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College of Fine Arts and Communication


School of Music


Scott Carter, Associate Director, A-307a A. J. Fletcher Music Center
Christopher Ulffers, Associate Director, A-119 A. J. Fletcher Music Center
Kerry Carlin, Chair, Keyboard Music, A-374 A. J. Fletcher Music Center
Michelle P. Hairston, Chair, Music Education, A-213 A. J. Fletcher Music Center
Thomas J. Huener, Chair, Theory, Composition, and Musicology, A-301 A. J. Fletcher Music Center
John Kramar, Chair, Vocal Studies, A-268 A. J. Fletcher Music Center

Admission

Prospective music majors and minors must be admitted both to the university and to the School of Music. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the School of Music. Admission to the School of Music is determined through a competitive audition process consisting of an acceptable personal or recorded performance and an evaluation of theory and aural skills. A satisfactory audition is required of all entering freshmen, transfer students students, and students being readmitted. For detailed information, students should contact the Associate Director for Administrative Support of the School of Music.

Performance Medium

Each music major or minor is required to have a major performance medium. The medium may be chosen in any of the following areas: piano, organ, voice, strings, woodwind, brass, or percussion. Private instruction in the chosen medium is required throughout the four-year program of study. Specific audition guidelines are listed in the materials for application to the School of Music. Basic entrance requirements in the major performance media are as follows:

Voice: An acceptable voice and the ability to sing with accurate pitch and rhythm.

Piano: The ability to perform acceptably major and minor scales and arpeggios and compositions representative of piano literature from three of the four style periods (baroque, classic, romantic, contemporary).

Other Instruments: A fundamental knowledge of the instrument, including an acceptable method of producing tone; awareness of intonation problems; accurate rhythmic feeling; some knowledge of solo literature available for the instrument; the ability to play major, minor, and chromatic scales with the proper fingering.

A student whose performance proficiency level is slightly below the minimum for entering freshmen may be admitted on probation in a major applied area. The student may take freshman music courses for credit and preparatory work in a major applied area for no credit for a maximum of one semester, as determined by the faculty in the major area.

Curricula


Placement Examinations
Transfer students are given placement tests in basic music knowledge at the time of their audition to determine their appropriate levels of study in music theory and history courses.

Transfer students are given jury examinations in their major applied areas at the end of the first semester to establish their appropriate proficiency levels.

General Recital Attendance Requirement for All Majors
Each music major is required to attend at least 75 percent of the total number of general recitals offered during his or her enrollment at East Carolina University. (Music education students will be exempted during the semester enrolled in MUSC 4325: Internship Seminar.)

Piano Proficiency for All Majors
Music majors are required to complete satisfactorily the group piano sequence indicated in their concentrations or to demonstrate a comparable level of accomplishment.

Students should enroll in group piano each semester until the sequence is completed. Any student interrupting the sequence (either by dropping or by not enrolling) must retake the placement audition before enrolling in any subsequent piano course.

Applied and Core Music Regulations for Music Majors and Minors
A minimum grade of C in applied lessons on a student’s major instrument will qualify as credit in the applied major guideline. The first grade lower than C must be raised the following semester according to the procedures given in the undergraduate catalog. A student will be disqualified as a music major or music minor the second time that he or she receives a grade lower than C in applied lessons on the major instrument.

A minimum grade of C in core MUSC courses (1156, 1166, 1176, 1186, 1406, 2156, 2166, 2176, 2186, 2248, 2406, 2416, 3156, 3166, 3176) is required to receive credit toward the music major. A student will be disqualified as a music major or music minor the second time that he or she receives a grade lower than C in any of these core MUSC classes.

To be admitted to upper division courses in all degree programs, students must pass a qualifying exam as specified in the School of Music Handbook.

Bachelor of Music Degrees

Majors for the bachelor of music degree are offered in music education, music therapy, performance (with concentrations in jazz studies, organ, piano, piano pedagogy, sacred music, strings, voice, and winds or percussion), and theory composition with concentrations in theory, traditional media composition, and electronic media composition. For admission to the upper level of the degree programs, a student must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA and a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in music courses at the end of the sophomore year. For admission to upper level theory-composition concentrations, a student must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA in music courses at the end of the sophomore year.

BM in Music Education

See Section 8, Academic Programs, College of Education, Licensure, for NC teacher licensure requirements. Minimum degree requirement is 128 s.h. as follows:

  1. Foundations curriculum requirements (For information about courses that carry foundations curriculum credit see Liberal Arts Foundations Curriculum) including those listed below - 42 s.h.
    MATH 1065. College Algebra (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: Appropriate score on math placement test or math section of the SAT/ACT) or MATH 2127. Basic Concepts of Mathematics (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: Appropriate score on math placement test)
    PSYC 1000. Introductory Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    PSYC 3206. Developmental Psychology (3) (WI*) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
  2. Common core - 64 s.h.
    Core MUSC courses (30 s.h.):
    MUSC 1156 (F), 1166 (S). Basic Musicianship (3,3)
    MUSC 1176 (F), 1186 (S). Basic Musicianship Laboratory (1,1) (C for 1186: MUSC 1166)
    MUSC 1406 (S), 2406 (F), 2416 (S). Music History and Literature (3,3,2) (WI, WI, WI)
    MUSC 2156 (F), 2166 (S). Basic Musicianship (3,3) (P: MUSC 1166)
    MUSC 2176 (F), 2186 (S). Basic Musicianship Laboratory (1,1) (P: MUSC 1186; C for 2176: MUSC 2156; C for 2186: MUSC 2166)
    MUSC 2248 (F,S,SS). Music of the World’s Peoples (2)
    MUSC 3156 (F), 3166 (S). Conducting (1,1) (P: MUSC 2166, 2186)
    MUSC 3176. Basic Musicianships V (2) (WI) (P: MUSC 2166, 2186)
    Performance groups (7 s.h.):
    Minimum of 5 semesters large ensemble
    Music education majors whose primary instrument is wind/percussion must include either two semesters of MUSC 1706 or one semester of MUSC 1706 and one semester of MUSC 3277.
    Music majors may count only two semester hours of Marching Band Field Experience (MUSC 1706, 1 s.h.) for large ensemble credit. Marching Band (MUSC 1705, 2 s.h.) may not count toward large ensemble credit for music majors. Music majors taking more than 2 s.h. of MUSC 1706 or 1705 must sign a release form to be made available in the music office and in the SOM Undergraduate Handbook. The form will help clarify that hours above the required 2 s.h. of MUSC 1706 will not count as part of the Music Education degree plan at ECU, and that these extra hours may lead to additional hours on a student’s transcript before graduation.
    Minimum of 2 semesters small ensemble
    Keyboard and voice majors must include two semesters of MUSC 3287. Choral Laboratory (1) (F,S) (P: Completion of or enrollment in MUSC 3156 or 3217 or 3237 or consent of instructor) as a small ensemble
    Music education (*with at least a C in each to be admitted to internship) (8 s.h.):
    *MUSC 2123. Early Experiences for the Prospective Teacher (1) (S) (P: Completion of 18 s.h. in theory, composition, and musicology or consent of chairperson of music education)
    Instrumental Music Education Track:
    *MUSC 2345. Secondary General Music (1) (F) and
    *MUSC 3217. Beginning Instruction in Instrumental Music (2) (F) and
    *MUSC 3227. Rehearsal Techniques in Secondary Instrumental Music Education (2) (S) and
    *MUSC 4323. Materials and Methods of Instrumental Music Teaching (2) (F)
    Vocal/General Music Education Track:
    MUSC 1011. Applied Piano (1)
    *MUSC 3237. Beginning Instruction in Vocal-General Music Education (2) (F) and
    *MUSC 3247. Rehearsal Techniques in Secondary Vocal-Choral Music Education (2) and
    *MUSC 4333. Materials and Methods of Vocal-General Music Teaching (2) (F) (P: MUSC 3247)
    Professional studies (20 s.h.):
    EDUC 3200. Foundations of American Education (3) (WI*) (F,S,SS) (P: Early experience course or consent of instructor)
    EDUC 4400. Foundations of School Learning, Motivation, and Assessment (3) (F,S) (P: Admission to upper division; C: Senior I semester) or PSYC 4305. Educational Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (P: PSYC 2201 or 2240 or 3206 or 3240 or equivalent)
    MUSC 4324. Internship in Music Education (10) (S) (P: Admission to upper division; MUSC 4323 or 4333; C: MUSC 4325)
    MUSC 4325. Internship Seminar: Issues in Music Education (0) (S) (P: Admission to upper division; C: MUSC 4324)
    READ 3990. Teaching Reading in the Content Areas in the Secondary School (2) (F,S,SS)
    SPED 4010. Effective Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms (2) (F,S) (RP: SPED 2000)
  3. Applied music (Keyboard, String, Voice, Wind or Percussion) - 22 s.h.
    Applied major (14 s.h.):
    No more than 6 semesters of 1000-level applied and 3 semesters of 3000-level applied
    Present a half senior recital
    Applied minor (7 s.h.):
    A student who is exempt from any applied minor courses specified must take other applied minor courses to complete the total required hours.
    Major Instrument: Keyboard
    MUSC 1061. Lower-Level Applied Music (1) (twice)
    MUSC 1205 (F), 1215 (S). Beginning Voice Group (1,1)
    MUSC 1455. Introduction to Winds and Percussion (2) (F)
    MUSC 2315. String Class (1) (F)
    Major Instrument: Strings
    MUSC 1105, 1115. Beginning Group Piano (1,1) (F,S)
    MUSC 1205. Beginning Voice Group (1) (F)
    MUSC 1455. Introduction to Winds and Percussion (2) (F)
    MUSC 3697. Introduction to String Teaching (2) (P: MUSC 2115; 2315)
    Major Instrument: Voice
    MUSC 1105, 1115. Beginning Group Piano (1,1) (F,S)
    MUSC 1455. Introduction to Winds and Percussion (2) (F)
    MUSC 2105, 2115. Intermediate Group Piano (1,1) (F,S) (P: MUSC 1115)
    MUSC 2315. String Class (1) (F)
    Major Instrument: Wind or Percussion
    MUSC 1105, 1115. Beginning Group Piano (1,1) (F,S)
    MUSC 1205. Beginning Voice Group (1) (F)
    MUSC 2315. String Class (1) (F)
    The following to be selected according to applied major instrument:
    MUSC 1415. Woodwind Group (1) (F,S)
    MUSC 1435. Brass Group (1) (F,S)
    MUSC 1445. Percussion Group (1) (F,S)

BM in Music Therapy

Minimum degree requirement is 128 s.h. as follows:

  1. Foundations curriculum requirements (For information about courses that carry foundations curriculum credit see Liberal Arts Foundations Curriculum) including those listed below - 42 s.h.
    BIOL 1050, 1051. General Biology and Laboratory (3,1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC)
    Recommended:
    ANTH 1000. Introduction to Anthropology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    BIOL 2130. Survey of Human Physiology and Anatomy (4) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P: Science course)
    PSYC 1000. Introductory Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    PSYC 2201. Psychology of Childhood (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060 or equivalent) or PSYC 3206. Developmental Psychology (3) (WI*) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    SOCI 2110. Introduction to Sociology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
  2. Common core - 64 s.h.
    Core MUSC courses (30 s.h.):
    MUSC 1156 (F), 1166 (S). Basic Musicianship (3,3)
    MUSC 1176 (F), 1186 (S). Basic Musicianship Laboratory (1,1) (C for 1186: MUSC 1166)
    MUSC 1406 (S), 2406 (F), 2416 (S). Music History and Literature (3,3,2) (WI, WI, WI)
    MUSC 2156 (F), 2166 (S). Basic Musicianship (3,3) (P: MUSC 1166)
    MUSC 2176 (F), 2186 (S). Basic Musicianship Laboratory (1,1) (P: MUSC 1186; C for 2176: MUSC 2156; C for 2186: MUSC 2166)
    MUSC 2248. Music of the World’s Peoples (2) (F,S,SS)
    MUSC 3156 (F), 3166 (S). Conducting (1,1) (P: MUSC 2166, 2186)
    MUSC 3176. Basic Musicianship V (2) (WI) (P: MUSC 2166, 2186)
    Music therapy (22 s.h.):
    MUSC 2277. Orientation to Therapy (1) (S)
    MUSC 2287. Orientation to Therapy Practicum (1) (S)
    MUSC 3257. Music Therapy I: Introduction to Music in Therapy (3) (S) (C: MUSC 3357)
    MUSC 3267. Music Therapy II: The Influence of Music on Behavior (3) (S) (P: MUSC 3257; C: MUSC 3367)
    MUSC 3357. Music Therapy Practicum I (1) (F) (C: MUSC 3257)
    MUSC 3367. Music Therapy Practicum II (1) (S) (C: MUSC 3267)
    MUSC 4277. Music for Group Activities (2) (F) (C: MUSC 4287)
    MUSC 4287. Music for Group Activities Practicum (1) (F) (C: MUSC 4277)
    MUSC 5257, 5267. Psychological Foundations of Music (3,3)
    MUSC 5287. Psychological Foundations of Music Practicum (1)
    MUSC 5297. Music Therapy Practicum III (1)
    MUSC 5997. Clinical Internship (1)
    Professional studies (5 s.h.):
    PSYC 4375. Abnormal Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    SPED 2000. Introduction to Exceptional Children (2) (F,S,SS)
    Performance groups (7 s.h.):
    Minimum of 5 semesters large ensemble
    Minimum of 2 semesters small ensemble
    Music majors may count only two semester hours of Marching Band Field Experience (MUSC 1706, 1 s.h.) for large ensemble credit. Marching Band (MUSC 1705, 2 s.h.) may not count toward large ensemble credit for music majors. Music majors taking more than 2 s.h. of MUSC 1706 or 1705 must sign a release form to be made available in the music office and in the SOM Undergraduate Handbook. The form will help clarify that hours above the required 2 s.h. of MUSC 1706 will not count as part of the Music Education degree plan at ECU, and that these extra hours may lead to additional hours on a student’s transcript before graduation. The music therapy program is affiliated with the American Music Therapy Association and leads to the designation of Registered Music Therapist (RMT).
  3. Applied music (Guitar, Keyboard, Percussion, Strings or Wind, Voice) - 22 s.h.
    Applied major (14 s.h.):
    No more than 6 semesters of 1000-level applied and 3 semesters of 3000-level applied
    Present a half senior recital
    Applied minor (8 s.h.):
    A student who is exempt from any applied minor courses specified must take other applied minor courses to complete the total required hours.
    Major Instrument: Guitar
    MUSC 1105, 1115. Beginning Group Piano (1,1) (F,S)
    MUSC 1205 (F), 1215 (S). Beginning Voice Group (1,1)
    MUSC 2105, 2115. Intermediate Group Piano (1,1) (F,S) (P: MUSC 1115)
    Choose 2 s.h. minor applied elective
    Major Instrument: Keyboard
    MUSC 1205 (F), 1215 (S). Beginning Voice Group (1,1)
    MUSC 3105 (F), 3115 (S). Functional Guitar Class (1,1) (P: MUSC 2115 or consent of instructor)
    Choose 4 s.h. minor applied electives
    Major Instrument: Percussion
    MUSC 1105, 1115. Beginning Group Piano (1,1) (F,S)
    MUSC 1205 (F), 1215 (S). Beginning Voice Group (1,1)
    MUSC 2105, 2115. Intermediate Group Piano (1,1) (F,S) (P: MUSC 1115)
    MUSC 3105. Functional Guitar Class (1) (F) (P: MUSC 2115 or consent of instructor)
    Choose 1 s.h. minor applied elective
    Major Instrument: Strings or Wind
    MUSC 1105, 1115. Beginning Group Piano (1,1) (F,S)
    MUSC 1205 (F), 1215 (S). Beginning Voice Group (1,1)
    MUSC 2105, 2115. Intermediate Group Piano (1,1) (F,S) (P: MUSC 1115)
    MUSC 3105. Functional Guitar Class (1) (F) (P: MUSC 2115 or consent of instructor)
    Choose 1 s.h. minor applied elective
    Major Instrument: Voice
    MUSC 1105, 1115. Beginning Group Piano (1,1) (F,S)
    MUSC 2105, 2115. Intermediate Group Piano (1,1) (F,S) (P: MUSC 1115)
    MUSC 3105 (F), 3115 (S). Functional Guitar Class (1,1) (P: MUSC 2115 or consent of instructor)
    Choose 2 s.h. minor applied elective

BM in Performance

Minimum degree requirement is 128 s.h. as follows:

  1. Foundations curriculum requirements (For information about courses that carry foundations curriculum credit see Liberal Arts Foundations Curriculum) including those listed below - 42 s.h.
    Music Theatre:
    THEA 1010. Introduction to Acting I (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA)
    THEA 1020. Introduction to Acting II (3) (S) (P: THEA 1010)
    Sacred Music:
    Recommended:
    RELI 2695. Introduction to the Old Testament (3) (F,) (FC:HU) (Formerly PHIL 1695
    RELI 2696. Introduction to the New Testament (3) (S) (FC:HU) (Formerly PHIL 1696
    Voice Performance:
    Recommended:
    DNCE 1011. Ballet I (3) (F) (FC:FA) or DNCE 1012. Contemporary Dance I (3) (F) (FC:FA) or DNCE 1013. Jazz Dance I (3) (F) (FC:FA)
    THEA 1010. Introduction to Acting I (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA)
  2. Common core (Core MUSC courses) - 30 s.h.
    MUSC 1156 (F), 1166 (S). Basic Musicianship (3,3)
    MUSC 1176 (F), 1186 (S). Basic Musicianship Laboratory (1,1) (C for 1186: MUSC 1166)
    MUSC 1406 (S), 2406 (F), 2416 (S). Music History and Literature (3,3,2) (WI, WI, WI)
    MUSC 2156 (F), 2166 (S). Basic Musicianship (3,3) (P: MUSC 1166)
    MUSC 2176 (F), 2186 (S). Basic Musicianship Laboratory (1,1) (P: MUSC 1186; C for 2176: MUSC 2156; C for 2186: MUSC 2166)
    MUSC 2248. Music of the World’s Peoples (2) (F,S,SS)
    MUSC 3156 (F), 3166 (S). Conducting (1,1) (P: MUSC 2166, 2186)
    MUSC 3176. Basic Musicianship V (2) (WI) (P: MUSC 2166, 2186)
  3. Concentration area (Choose one.) - 56 s.h.
    A student who is exempt from any of the applied minor courses specified must take other applied minor courses to complete the total required hours.
    Jazz Studies, Instrumental:
    Applied major (20 s.h.):
    8 s.h. applied major (traditional)
    12 s.h. applied jazz major
    Present a half senior recital
    Applied minor (4 s.h.):
    MUSC 1105, 1115. Beginning Group Piano (1,1) (F,S) (P for 1115: MUSC 1105)
    MUSC 2105, 2115. Intermediate Group Piano (1,1) (F,S) (P for 2105: MUSC 1115; P for 2115: MUSC 2105)
    Jazz Studies (17 s.h.):
    MUSC 2095, 2096. Jazz Keyboard Harmony (2,2) (F,S) (P for 2095: MUSC 2115, 2166, 2186; or consent of instructor; P for 2096: MUSC 2095)
    MUSC 2195. Jazz Improvisation (2) (F) (P: MUSC 1115, 2166, 2186; or consent of instructor)
    MUSC 2196. Advanced Jazz Improvisation (2) (S) (P: MUSC 2195 or consent of instructor)
    MUSC 2258. History of Jazz Music (2) (F,S,SS)
    MUSC 2295, 2296. Jazz Theory and Arranging (2,2) (F,S) (P for 2295: MUSC 2166, 2186; or consent of instructor; P for 2296: MUSC 2295)
    MUSC 4195. Jazz Seminar (3) (F,S,SS) (P: MUSC 1406, 2258, 2406, 2416; passing score on the jazz studies upper division exam)
    Pedagogy ( 5 s.h.):
    MUSC 2280. Introduction to Music Technology (2) (F) (P: MUSC major or consent of instructor)
    MUSC 4657. Directed Study in Instrumental Pedagogy (3) (F,S) (P: Acceptance in performance degree program; consent of instructor)
    Performance groups (10 s.h.):
    Minimum of 2 semesters selected from:
    MUSC 1706. Marching Band Field Experience (1) (F)
    MUSC 1715. Concert Band (1) (F,S)
    MUSC 1735. Wind Ensemble (1) (F,S)
    MUSC 1745. Symphony Orchestra (1) (F,S) (C: MUSC 1755)
    MUSC 1765. Symphonic Band (1) (S)
    Choose 8 s.h. from the following:
    MUSC 1775. Jazz Ensemble (1) (F,S)
    MUSC 1855. Jazz Chamber Music (1) (F,S)
    Jazz Studies, Vocal:
    Applied major (16 s.h.):
    6 s.h. applied major (traditional)
    10 s.h. applied jazz major
    Present a half senior recital
    Applied minor (4 s.h.):
    MUSC 1105, 1115. Beginning Group Piano (1,1) (F,S) (P for 1115: MUSC 1105)
    MUSC 2105, 2115. Intermediate Group Piano (1,1) (F,S) (P for 2105: MUSC 1115; P for 2115: MUSC 2105)
    Jazz studies (17 s.h.):
    MUSC 2095, 2096. Jazz Keyboard Harmony (2,2) (F,S) (P for 2095: MUSC 2115, 2166, 2186; or consent of instructor; P for 2096: MUSC 2095)
    MUSC 2195. Jazz Improvisation (2) (F) (P: MUSC 1115, 2166, 2186; or consent of instructor)
    MUSC 2196. Advanced Jazz Improvisation (2) (S) (P: MUSC 2195 or consent of instructor)
    MUSC 2258. History of Jazz Music (2) (F,S,SS)
    MUSC 2295, 2296. Jazz Theory and Arranging (2,2) (F,S) (P for 2295: MUSC 2166, 2186; or consent of instructor; P for 2296: MUSC 2295)
    MUSC 4195. Jazz Seminar (3) (F,S,SS) (P: MUSC 1406, 2258, 2406, 2416; passing score on the jazz studies upper division exam)
    Pedagogy (7 s.h.):
    MUSC 1627. Italian Lyric Diction for Singers (2) (F)
    MUSC 2280. Introduction to Music Technology (2) (F) (P: MUSC major or consent of instructor)
    MUSC 3637. Voice Pedagogy (3) (F-OY)
    Performance groups (12 s.h.):
    Minimum of 4 semesters selected from:
    MUSC 1625. Concert Choir (1) (F,S)
    MUSC 1635. University Chorale (1) (F,S)
    MUSC 1675. Chamber Singers (1) (F,S)
    Choose 8 s.h. from:
    MUSC 1775. Jazz Ensemble (1) (F,S)
    MUSC 1855. Jazz Chamber Music (1) (F,S)
    Organ Performance:
    Applied major (19 s.h.)
    No more than 6 semesters of 1000-level applied and 4 semesters of 3000-level applied
    Organ–present a full junior and a full senior recital
    Applied minor (12 s.h.):
    MUSC 2125, 2135. Basic Keyboard Skills (1,1)
    8 s.h. applied piano
    2 s.h. applied harpsichord
    Counterpoint (3 s.h.):
    MUSC 4327. Counterpoint (3)
    Organ literature and history (4 s.h.):
    MUSC 5667, 5677. Organ History, Literature, and Design (2,2)
    Organ pedagogy (2 s.h.):
    MUSC 5657. Organ Pedagogy (2) (P: Completion of 4 semesters of applied organ)
    Performance groups (8 s.h.):
    Minimum of 4 semesters large ensemble
    2 semesters accompanying
    Service playing (5 s.h.):
    MUSC 2476. Introduction to Service Playing (1) (S) (P: Completion of 1 semester of applied organ or of instructor)
    MUSC 4417, 4437. Advanced Service Playing (2,2) (P: MUSC 2476 or consent of instructor)
    Free electives (3 s.h.)
    Piano Pedagogy:
    Applied major (20 s.h.):
    No more than 6 semesters of 1000-level applied and 4 semesters of 3000-level applied
    Present a full senior recital
    Applied minor (2 s.h.)
    2 s.h. minor applied
    Pedagogy (12 s.h.):
    MUSIC 2125 (F02), 2135 (S03). Basic Keyboard Skills (1,1)
    MUSC 3707. Foundations and Principles of Piano Pedagogy (2) (F02)
    MUSC 3717. Elementary Piano Pedagogy (2) (S03)
    MUSC 5707. Seminar: Topics and Problems of Piano Pedagogy (2) (C: MUSC 5727)
    MUSC 5717. Advanced Piano Performance Problems (2) (C: MUSC 5727)
    MUSC 5727. Piano Pedagogy: Observation and Student Teaching (2) (C: MUSC 5707, 5717)
    Performance groups (8 s.h.):
    Minimum of 4 semesters large ensemble
    Minimum of 4 semesters accompanying and/or chamber music
    Piano literature and advanced pedagogy (6 s.h.):
    MUSC 5737. Piano Literature and Advanced Pedagogy (3)
    MUSC 5747. Piano Literature and Advanced Pedagogy (3) (RP: MUSC 5737)
    MUSC electives (3 s.h.)
    Free electives (5 s.h.)
    Piano Performance:
    Applied major (24 s.h.):
    No more than 6 semesters of 1000-level applied and 4 semesters of 3000-level applied
    Present a full junior recital and full senior recital
    Applied minor (2 s.h.)
    2 s.h. minor applied
    Pedagogy (6 s.h.):
    MUSIC 2125, 2135. Basic Keyboard Skills (1,1)
    MUSC 3707. Foundations and Principles of Piano Pedagogy (2)
    MUSC 5717. Advanced Piano Performance Problems (2) (C: MUSC 5727)
    Performance groups (10 s.h.):
    Minimum of 4 semesters large ensemble
    6 s.h. accompanying and/or chamber music
    Piano literature and advanced pedagogy (6 s.h.):
    MUSC 5737. Piano Literature and Advanced Pedagogy (3)
    MUSC 5747. Piano Literature and Advanced Pedagogy (3) (RP: MUSC 5737)
    MUSC electives (3 s.h.)
    Free electives (5 s.h.)
    Sacred Music, Organ:
    Applied major (16 s.h.):
    No more than 6 semesters of 1000-level applied and 4 semesters of 3000-level applied
    Organ–present a full senior recital
    Applied minor (9 s.h.):
    MUSC 1205 (F), 1215 (S). Beginning Voice Group (1,1)
    MUSIC 2125, 2135. Basic Keyboard Skills (1,1)
    4 s.h. applied piano
    1 s.h. applied harpsichord
    Organ literature and history (4 s.h.):
    MUSC 5667, 5677. Organ History, Literature, and Design (2,2)
    Performance groups (8 s.h.):
    Minimum of 4 semesters large choral ensemble
    Minimum of 2 semesters accompanying
    Sacred music (13 s.h.):
    MUSC 2476. Introduction to Service Playing (1) (P: Completion of 1 semester of applied organ or consent of instructor)
    MUSC 4417, 4437. Advanced Service Playing (2,2) (P: MUSC 2476 or consent of instructor)
    MUSC 4525. History of Sacred Music and Worship (3) (P: MUSC 2416)
    MUSC 4526, 4527. Philosophy and Practice of Sacred Music (2,2) (P for 4527: MUSC 4526 or consent of instructor)
    MUSC 4528. Sacred Music Internship (1) (F,S) (P: MUSC 2476)
    Advanced conducting (3 s.h.):
    MUSC 5706 or 5716. Advanced Applied Conducting (3,3) (P: MUSC 3166 or consent of instructor)
    Free electives (3 s.h.)
    Sacred Music, Vocal:
    Applied major (16 s.h.):
    No more than 6 semesters of 1000-level applied and 4 semesters of 3000-level applied
    Voice–present a full senior recital
    Applied minor (5 s.h.):
    MUSC 1105, 1115. Beginning Group Piano (1,1) (F,S)
    MUSC 2105, 2115. Intermediate Group Piano (1,1) (F,S) (P: MUSC 1115)
    1 s.h. piano or organ, in consultation with the degree advisor (A piano skills proficiency exam will be given no later than the end of the fifth semester; students found to be in need of further piano study must enroll in additional applied piano until they pass the proficiency exam.)
    Advanced conducting (3 s.h.):
    Choose one of MUSC 5706, 5716. Advanced Applied Conducting (3,3) (P: MUSC 3166 or consent of instructor)
    Pedagogy (9 s.h.):
    MUSC 1627. Italian Lyric Diction for Singers (2) (F)
    MUSC 1637. French Diction for Singers (2)
    MUSC 1647. German Diction for Singers (2)
    MUSC 3637. Voice Pedagogy (3)
    Performance groups (8 s.h.):
    Minimum of 4 semesters large choral ensemble
    Minimum of 4 semesters small ensemble
    Sacred music (12 s.h.):
    MUSC 4525. History of Sacred Music and Worship (3) (P: MUSC 2416)
    MUSC 4526, 4527. Philosophy and Practice of Sacred Music (2,2) (P for 4527: MUSC 4526 or consent of instructor)
    MUSC 4528. Sacred Music Internship (1) (F,S) (P: MUSC 3156, 3166)
    MUSC 5906, 5916. Choral Literature (2,2)
    Free electives (3 s.h.)
    String Performance:
    Applied major (24 s.h.):
    No more than 6 semesters of 1000-level applied and 4 semesters of 3000-level applied
    Present at least a half junior recital and full senior recital
    Applied minor (6 s.h.)
    MUSC 1105, 1115. Beginning Group Piano (1,1) (F,S)
    MUSC 2105, 2115. Intermediate Group Piano (1,1) (F,S) (P: MUSC 1115)
    Bowed String majors select 2 s.h. minor string (violin or viola major must elect 2 s.h. of cello; cello or string bass major must elect 2 s.h. of violin or viola)
    Guitar majors select 2 s.h. minor applied from: bowed strings, piano, jazz guitar, early plucked strings or other area with permission of appropriate applied instructor.
    Pedagogy (3 s.h.):
    MUSC 4657. Directed Study in Instrumental Pedagogy for Brass, Percussion, Strings, or Woodwinds (3) (F,S) (P: Acceptance in performance degree program; consent of instructor)
    Performance groups (12 s.h.):
    Minimum of 8 semesters large ensemble
    Minimum of 4 semesters of MUSC 1805. String Chamber Music (1) (F,S)
    Performance groups for guitar majors:
    Minimum of 8 semesters of MUSC 1805. String Chamber Music (1) (F,S) and 4 semesters of large ensemble
    Music history and literature electives (6 s.h.)
    Free electives (5 s.h.)
    Voice Performance:
    Applied major (16 s.h.):
    No more than 6 semesters of 1000-level applied and 4 semesters of 3000-level applied
    Present a half junior recital and a full senior recital
    Applied minor (2 s.h.)
    2 s.h. minor applied piano
    Students are required to pass a departmental piano proficiency examination. In preparation for the exam, students must enroll in MUSC 1305,1315 (Functional piano for singers) for 2 semesters. Students desiring further preparation may take piano minor, piano accompanying, MUSC 1105, 1115, 2105, and/or 2115 for no credit.
    Performance groups (10 s.h.):
    Minimum of 8 semesters large choral ensemble
    Minimum of 2 semesters of opera workshop or theatre
    Foreign language and diction (21 s.h.):
    Minimum of 6 s.h. FREN
    Minimum of 6 s.h. GERM
    Minimum of 3 s.h. ITAL
    MUSC 1627. Italian Lyric Diction for Singers (2) (F)
    MUSC 1637. French Lyric Diction for Singers (2) (S)
    MUSC 1647. German Lyric Diction for Singers (2) (S)
    Voice pedagogy (3 s.h.):
    MUSC 3637. Voice Pedagogy (3) (S)
    Music history and literature (4 s.h.):
    MUSC 4496. Opera History (2) (WI) (P: MUSC 2416)
    MUSC 4596. Historical Development of Solo Vocal Literature (2) (WI) (P: MUSC 2416)
    Wind Performance:
    Applied major (24 s.h.):
    No more than 6 semesters of 1000-level applied and 4 semesters of 3000-level applied
    Present at half junior recital and full senior recital
    Applied minor (4 s.h.)
    MUSC 1105, 1115. Beginning Group Piano (1,1) (F,S)
    MUSC 2105, 2115. Intermediate Group Piano (1,1) (F,S) (P: MUSC 1115)
    Pedagogy (3 s.h.):
    MUSC 4657. Directed Study in Instrumental Pedagogy for Brass, Percussion, Strings, or Woodwinds (3) (P: Acceptance in performance degree program; consent of instructor)
    Performance groups (12 s.h.):
    Minimum of 8 semesters large ensemble
    Music majors may count only two semester hours of Marching Band Field Experience (MUSC 1706, 1 s.h.) for large ensemble credit. Marching Band (MUSC 1705, 2 s.h.) may not count toward large ensemble credit for music majors. Music majors taking more than 2 s.h. of MUSC 1706 or 1705 must sign a release form to be made available in the music office and in the SOM Undergraduate Handbook. The form will help clarify that hours above the required 2 s.h. of MUSC 1706 will not count as part of the Music Education degree plan at ECU, and that these extra hours may lead to additional hours on a student’s transcript before graduation. Minimum of four semesters small ensemble.
    Percussion Performance:
    Applied major (24 s.h.):
    No more than 6 semesters of 1000-level applied and 4 semesters of 3000-level applied
    Applied minor (4 s.h.)
    MUSC 1105, 1115. Beginning Group Piano (1,1) (F,S)
    MUSC 2105, 2115. Intermediate Group Piano (1,1) (F,S) (P: MUSC 1115)
    Pedagogy (3 s.h.):
    MUSC 4660. Percussion Pedagogy and Literature (3) (P: Upper division standing in applied music)
    Performance groups (12 s.h.):
    Minimum of 8 semesters large ensemble
    Music majors may count only two semester hours of Marching Band Field Experience (MUSC 1706, 1 s.h.) for large ensemble credit. Marching Band (MUSC 1705, 2 s.h.) may not count toward large ensemble credit for music majors. Music majors taking more than 2 s.h. of MUSC 1706 or 1705 must sign a release form to be made available in the music office and in the SOM Undergraduate Handbook. The form will help clarify that hours above the required 2 s.h. of MUSC 1706 will not count as part of the Music Education degree plan at ECU, and that these extra hours may lead to additional hours on a student’s transcript before graduation. Minimum of four semesters small ensemble.
    Music history and literature electives (6 s.h)
    MUSC electives (2 s.h.)
    Free Electives (5 s.h.)

BM in Theory-Composition

For admission to upper level theory-composition concentrations, a student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in music courses at the end of the sophomore year. Minimum degree requirement is 128 s.h. as follows:

  1. Foundations curriculum requirements (For information about courses that carry foundations curriculum credit see Liberal Arts Foundations Curriculum) including those listed below - 42 s.h.
    Recommended:
    PHYS 1050. Physics and the Environment (4) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC)
    PHYS 1090. Physics of Sound (3) (S) (FC:SC)
    PHYS 1091. Physics of Sound Laboratory (1) (S) (FC:SC)
  2. Common core - 58 s.h.
    Core MUSC courses (30 s.h.):
    MUSC 1156 (F), 1166 (S). Basic Musicianship (3,3)
    MUSC 1176 (F), 1186 (S). Basic Musicianship Laboratory (1,1) (C for 1186: MUSC 1166)
    MUSC 1406 (S), 2406 (F), 2416 (S). Music History and Literature (3,3,2) (WI, WI, WI)
    MUSC 2156 (F), 2166 (S). Basic Musicianship (3,3) (P: MUSC 1166)
    MUSC 2176 (F), 2186 (S). Basic Musicianship Laboratory (1,1) (P: MUSC 1186; C for 2176: MUSC 2156; C for 2186: MUSC 2166)
    MUSC 2248. Music of the World’s Peoples (2) (F,S,SS)
    MUSC 3156 (F), 3166 (S). Conducting (1,1) (P: MUSC 2166, 2186)
    MUSC 3176. Basic Musicianship V (2) (WI) (P: MUSC 2166, 2186)
    Applied major (14 s.h.):
    No more than 6 semesters of 1000-level applied and 4 semesters of 3000-level applied
    Present half senior recital
    Applied minor (2-6 s.h.):
    MUSC 1105, 1115. Beginning Group Piano (1,1) (F,S)
    MUSC 2105, 2115. Intermediate Group Piano (1,1) (F,S) (P: MUSC 1115)
    (Keyboard majors apply these 4 s.h. toward music electives, resulting in an applied total of 16 s.h. for keyboard majors.)
    2 s.h. minor instrument
    Performance groups (6 s.h.):
    Minimum of 4 semesters large ensemble
    Music majors may count only two semester hours of Marching Band Field Experience (MUSC 1706, 1 s.h.) for large ensemble credit. Marching Band (MUSC 1705, 2 s.h.) may not count toward large ensemble credit for music majors. Music majors taking more than 2 s.h. of MUSC 1706 or 1705 must sign a release form to be made available in the music office and in the SOM Undergraduate Handbook. The form will help clarify that hours above the required 2 s.h. of MUSC 1706 will not count as part of the Music Education degree plan at ECU, and that these extra hours may lead to additional hours on a student’s transcript before graduation.
  3. Concentration area (Choose one.) - 30 s.h.
    Theory-Composition, Theory:
    Advanced theory (11 s.h.):
    MUSC 4327. Counterpoint (3) (F)
    MUSC 4328. Language of Post-tonal Music (3) (S-EY)
    MUSC 4506. Directed Study in Music Theory (2) (F,S,SS) (P: MUSC 2166) (MUSC 4506 must culminate in a project or research paper which will require the approval of a three-member committee, two of whom must be members of the theory, composition, and musicology faculty.)
    MUSC 4536. Schenkerian Analysis (3) (S-OY)
    Composition (4 s.h.):
    Choose one from MUSC 3326 (F), 3336 (S). Composition (2,2) (P: MUSC 2336 or consent of instructor)
    Choose one from MUSC 3366 (F), 3386 (S). Electronic Music Composition (2,2) (P: MUSC 2326 or consent of instructor)
    Music history and literature electives (6 s.h.)
    MUSC electives (4 s.h.)
    Free electives (5 s.h., 9 s.h. for keyboard majors)
    Theory-Composition, Composition:
    Composition as listed below (Choose one option.) (A full recital of the student’s compositions, approved by the theory, composition, and musicology faculty, must be presented at the end of the senior year.):
    Electronic music option (14 s.h.)
    MUSC 3326 (F), 3336 (S). Composition (2,2) (P: MUSC 2336 or consent of instructor)
    MUSC 3366 (F), 3386 (S). Electronic Music Composition (2,2) (P: MUSC 2326 or consent of instructor)
    MUSC 4366 (F), 4376 (S). Advanced Composition in Electronic Media (3,3) (F) (P: MUSC 3386 or consent of instructor)
    Traditional media option (14 s.h.)
    MUSC 3326 (F), 3336 (S). Composition (2,2) (P: MUSC 2336 or consent of instructor)
    MUSC 3366 (F), 3386 (S). Electronic Music Composition (2,2) (P: MUSC 2326 or consent of instructor)
    MUSC 4326 (F), 4336 (S). Composition (3,3) (P: MUSC 3336 or consent of instructor)
    Music history and literature (6 s.h.)
    MUSC 4446. Music of the Modern and Postmodern Eras (3)
    Music history and literature electives (4 s.h.)
    Advanced theory (8 s.h.)
    MUSC 4327. Counterpoint (3) (F)
    MUSC 4328. Language of Post-tonal Music (3) (S-EY)
    Choose one of the following:
    MUSC 4536. Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis (3) (S-OY) (P: MUSC 2166; or consent of instructor.
    MUSC 5336. Advanced Orchestration (2)
    Free electives (2 s.h., 6 s.h. for keyboard majors)

Jazz Studies Minor

The minor in jazz studies requires 24 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Core - 14 s.h.
    MUSC 2095 (F), 2096 (S). Jazz Keyboard Harmony (2,2) (P: MUSC 2115, 2166, 2186; or consent of instructor)
    MUSC 2195. Jazz Improvisation (2) (F) (P: MUSC 1115, 2166, 2186; or consent of instructor)
    MUSC 2196. Advanced Jazz Improvisation (2) (S) (P: MUSC 2195 or consent of instructor)
    MUSC 2258. History of Jazz Music (2) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA)
    MUSC 2295 (F), 2296 (S). Jazz Theory and Arranging (2,2) (P: MUSC 2166, 2186; or consent of instructor)
  2. Applied jazz - 4 s.h.
  3. Performance Groups - 6 s.h.
    MUSC 1775. Jazz Ensemble (1) (F,S) (FC:FA)
    MUSC 1855. Jazz Chamber Music (1) (F,S)

Music Minor

All persons minoring in music must pass an audition for acceptance by the School of Music at a minimum freshman applied level, level III. Minimum minor requirement is 28 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Theory and Literature - 16 s.h.
    MUSC 1156 (F), 1166 (S). Basic Musicianship (3,3)
    MUSC 1176 (F), 1186 (S). Basic Musicianship Laboratory (1,1) (C for 1186: MUSC 1166)
    MUSC 1406 (S), 2406 (F), 2416 (S). Music History and Literature (3,3,2) (WI, WI, WI)
  2. Applied Music - 8 s.h.
    6 s.h. primary performance medium
    2 s.h. piano (MUSIC 2125, 2135 for the student whose primary performance medium is a keyboard instrument; MUSC 1105, 1115 (F,S) for the student whose primary performance medium is other than keyboard)
  3. Performance Groups: Minimum of 4 semesters large and/or small ensemble - 4 s.h.

Certificate in Jazz Studies

A certificate in jazz studies comprises 18 s.h. of jazz courses as follows:

  1. Core - 14 s.h.
    MUSC 2095 (F), 2096 (S). Jazz Keyboard Harmony (2,2) (P: MUSC 2115, 2166, 2186; or consent of instructor)
    MUSC 2195. Jazz Improvisation (2) (F) (P: MUSC 1115, 2166, 2186; or consent of instructor)
    MUSC 2196. Advanced Jazz Improvisation (2) (S) (P: MUSC 2195 or consent of instructor)
    MUSC 2258. History of Jazz Music (2) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA)
    MUSC 2295 (F), 2296 (S). Jazz Theory and Arranging (2,2) (P: MUSC 2166, 2186; or consent of instructor)
  2. Performance Groups - 4 s.h.
    MUSC 1775. Jazz Ensemble (1) (F,S) (FC:FA)
    MUSC 1855. Jazz Chamber Music (1) (F,S)

Certificate in Suzuki Pedagogy

This program is for students holding an undergraduate degree in a field other than music, who have an extensive background in musical study and highly developed performance skills and music course work equivalent to an undergraduate major in music. Current upper-level undergraduate music degree students may be admitted upon the recommendation of the program director.

Students in the program must complete 16 s.h. of Suzuki pedagogy course work with a minimum grade of B, a written pedagogical project and a full solo recital. The recital must include advanced repertoire from the Suzuki Violin School and supplementary literature. Certificate candidates must exhibit a thorough understanding of the Suzuki approach to pedagogy and its materials through demonstration teaching and the written project. Students who complete the certificate program will qualify for registration with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Minimum certificate requirement is 16 s.h. of credit as follows: MUSC 4644, 4646, 4647, 4648, 4649, 4650, 4654, 4656.