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Essential Studies

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Mission

It is the mission of the Department of Music at Chadron State College to provide students a rich environment in which to pursue their musical interests and career goals. With a broad-based curriculum, the undergraduate programs offered are designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in both the public and the private sectors. The CSC Department of Music strives to set and maintain high standards of excellence in providing musical leadership to the campus and to the service region as the premier four-year institution of higher education in the Nebraska Panhandle.

The Degree of Bachelor of Arts with a Comprehensive Major in Music

A student must complete the core requirements, an option, and Essential Studies requirements. No grade lower than “C” in any required music course will apply toward graduation. Incoming students should plan to take the theory and piano placement exams during the first week of classes.

Core Requirements

Number Course Title Hours
MUS 101 Student Recital 0
MUS 101 Student Recital 0
MUS 102/302
OR
MUS 103/303
Wind Symphony

Concert Choir
5-6*
MUS 104/304, 105/305, 106/306, 107/307, 108/308, 109/309, 110/310, 111/311, 124/324 or 125/325 Chamber Ensembles 1-2**
MUS 115 Private Instruction 2
MUS 131 & 131L Theory I & Lab 4
MUS 132 & 132L Theory II & Lab 4
MUS 231/231L Theory III and Lab 4
MUS 199 Admission to Candidacy 0
MUS 215 Private Music Instruction 2
MUS 231 & 231L Theory III & Lab 4
MUS 240 Principles of Conducting 2
MUS 299 Sophomore Qualifying Examination 0
MUS 315 Private Instruction 2
MUS 327 Survey of Music History 0
MUS 399 Solo Half-Recital 0
Total hours 29-31
* Six-credit requirement for the Applied Music option; Five-credit requirement for the Music Industry option
** Two-credit requirement for the Applied Music option; One-credit requirement for the Music Industry option

Applied Music Option

This program prepares a student for a career in the private sector as a private music instructor and performer as well as for continuing on to graduate school.

Number Course Title Hours
  Core Requirement 31
MUS 220
OR
MUS 317
Functional Piano Skills

Seminar in Accompanying Techniques
2
MUS 232 & 232L Theory IV & Lab 4
MUS 238
OR
MUS 315r
OR
MUS 319b
Diction **

Survey of Instrument Repair Techniques**

Independ Music Studio Teaching**
1-2
MUS 351
OR
MUS 319a
Music Ed. Practicum (vocal or instrumental pedagogy)

Piano Pedagogy
2
MUS 415 Private Music Instruction 2
MUS 499 Solo Full Recital 0
  Electives 6
Total hours 48
Electives to be chosen from the following: MUS 238, 315o, 315r, 319a, 319b, 321, 322, 335, 336, 413, 419, 423, 424, 426, 427, 428, 430
**Vocal Majors must enroll in Diction.

Music Industry Option

This program is a broad overview of the music industry. Students may pursue careers in the entertainment and music products industry including publishing, artist relations, record industry, marketing, and sales.

Number Course Title Hours
  Core Requirement 29
BIS 231 Principles of Information Systems 3
MKTG 230 Principles of Marketing 3
MKTG 331 Sales Techniques 3
MKTG 335
OR
MKTG 336
OR
MKTG 338
Entrepreneurial Business Start-Up

Entre-Promotions and Advertising

Buyer Behavior
3
MUS 335 Recording Techniques 2
MUS 336 Jazz Improvisation I 2**
MUS 390 Internship 1***
MUS 413 Jazz and Pop Arranging 2**
MUS 419 Music Business 3
MUS 420 Music Products Seminar 3
  Supportive Electives 2
Total hours 58
The following courses are strongly recommended as supportive electives for the Music Business Option: MUS 330, 337, 414, BIS 230, 332, 337, ART 229.
**MUS 115x Private Improvisation may be substituted for MUS 336. MUS 115z, Private Songwriting Arranging, and MIDI I, may be substituted for MUS 413.
***A student may elect to enroll in 1-12 credit of MUS 390, or a substitution suggested by the advisor and approved by the faculty based on the student’s career goals.

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The Degree of Bachelor of Arts with a Subject Major In Music Studies

A student must complete the following program in addition to the Essential Studies requirements and a major or minor in another discipline. Recommended majors or minors include Art, Business, Communication Arts, English, History, Library Information Management, Psychology, and Theater. A liberal arts degree, such as this, prepares a student for a variety of careers in industry and service as well as for continuing on to graduate school. No grade lower than “C” in any required music course will apply toward graduation.

Number Course Title Hours
MUS 101 Student Recital 0

MUS 102/302
OR
MUS 103/303

Wind Symphony
OR
Concert Choir
6

MUS 104/304
MUS 105/305
MUS 106/306
MUS 107/307
MUS 108/308
MUS 109/309
MUS 110/310
MUS 111/311
MUS 124/324
MUS 125/325

Chamber Ensembles 2
MUS 115 Private Instruction 2
MUS 131 & 131L Theory I & Lab 4
MUS 132 & 132L Theory II & Lab 4
MUS 199 Admission to Candidacy 0
MUS 215 Private Music Instruction 2
MUS 220
OR
MUS 317

 

Functional Piano Skills
OR
Seminar in Accompanying Techniques

 

2
MUS 240 Principles of Conducting 2
MUS 299 Sophomore Qualifying Exam 0
MUS 327 Survey of Music History 3
  Electives 8
Total hours 35
Electives to be chosen from the following: MUS 231/231L, 232/232L, 238, 315o (up to 3 cr.), 319a, 319b, 321, 322, 334, 335, 336, 413, 419, 423, 424, 426, 427, 428, 430

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Bachelor of Science in Education with a Field Endorsement in Music K-12

The primary goal of this degree is to qualify students for certification as music teachers in grades K-12 both vocal and instrumental in the state of Nebraska. It is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in teaching music at a variety of grade levels.

Number Course Title Hours
MUS 101 Student Recital 0
MUS 102/302

MUS 103/303
Wind Symphony
or
Concert Choir
6*
MUS 114 Introduction to Music Education 2
MUS 115 Private Music Instruction 2
MUS 131 & 131L Theory I & Lab 4
MUS 132 & 132L Theory II & Lab 4
MUS 199 Admission to Candidacy 0
MUS 215 Private Music Instruction 2
MUS 220
OR
MUS 317
Functional Piano Skills

Seminar in Accompanying Techniques
2
MUS 221 Keyboard Skills for the Class Teacher 2
MUS 231 & 231L Theory III & Lab 4
MUS 232 & 232L Theory IV & Lab 4
MUS 238 Diction 1
MUS 240 Principles of Conducting 2
MUS 251 Music Education Practicum, K-12 2-4**
MUS 299 Sophomore Qualifying Exam 0
MUS 315 Private Instruction 2
MUS 321 Choral Conducting 2
MUS 322 Instrumental Conducting 2
MUS 351 Music Education Practicum, K-12 2
MUS 352 Music Education Practicum, K-12 1
MUS 399 Solo Half Recital 0
MUS 412 Tech. of Marching Band 1
MUS 426 Music History I 3
MUS 427 Music History II 3
MUS 428 Music of the 20th Century 3
  Electives in Jazz 2
Total hours 58-60

Electives in Jazz may be selected from among the following: MUS 104/304, 105/305, 106/306, 336, or 413.

*Students must complete at least one credit hour of both band and choir to meet state accreditation requirements.

**This is a one credit hour repeatable course. Students may move to the next course in the sequence based on the completion of student learning outcomes. Transfer students may be asked to complete performance assessment in order to substitute coursework from other institutions.

The following classes are recommended as supportive classes: MUS 216, 315r, 334, 413, 421

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Bachelor of Science in Education with a Subject Endorsement in Vocal Music K-8

The primary goal of this degree is to qualify students for certification to teach vocal music in grades K-8 in the state of Nebraska. It is designed for students who wish to pursue a field endorsement in general elementary education AND a subject endorsement in vocal music K-8.

Number Course Title Hours
MUS 101 Student Recital 0
MUS 103/303 Concert Choir 5
MUS 115S Private Music instruction (Voice) 2
MUS 124/324
OR
MUS 125/325
Women’s Vocal Ensemble

Men’s Vocal Ensemble
1
MUS 131/131L Theory I & Lab 4
MUS 132/132L Theory II & Lab 4
MUS 231 & 232L Theory III & Lab 4
MUS 199 Admission to Candidacy 0
MUS 215S Private Music Instruction (Voice) 2
MUS 216 Guitar Class 1
MUS 220
OR
MUS 317
Functional Piano Skills
OR
Seminar in Accompanying Techniques
2
MUS 221 Keyboard Skills for the Class Teacher 2
MUS 240 Principles of Conducting 2
MUS 250 Music Education Practicum, K-8 1
MUS 252 Music Education Practicum, K-8 1
MUS 299 Sophomore Qualifying Examination 0
MUS 321 Choral Conducting 2
MUS 327 Survey of Music History 3
Total hours 36

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Minors in Music

Music

A student must complete the following program in addition to the Essential Studies requirements and a major in another discipline.

Number Course Title Hours
MUS 101 Student Recital 0
MUS 115 Private Instruction 2
MUS 131/131L Theory I & Lab 4
MUS 199 Admission to Candidacy 0
MUS 215 Private Instruction 1
MUS 327 Survey of Music History 3
Music Performance* 4
Music Electives** 7
Total hours 21
*Chosen from the following performance ensembles: MUS 102/302, 103/303, 104/304, 105/305, 106/306, 107/307, 108/308, 109/309, 110/310, 111/311, 124/324, 125/325, 126/326

**Chosen from the following courses: MUS 132/132L, 216, 220, 230, 231, 240, 315r, 319A, 319B, 321, 322, 336, 413, 419,420, 423, 424, 426, 428

Note: Entrance to many of the above ensembles is by audition.

Areas of Concentration – Elementary Education

Music: A student must complete the following courses in addition to the Essential Studies and Professional Education, Elementary Education requirements.

Number Course Title Hours
MUS 016
OR
MUS 103/303
OR
MUS 124/324
OR
MUS 125/325
Community Chorus

Concert Choir

Women's Vocal Ensemble

Men's Vocal Ensemble
1
and the following 7 credit hours:
EDUC 114 Introduction to Music Education 2
MUS 116 Piano Class Foundations I 1
MUS 216 Guitar Class 1
MUS 230 or 115S Voice Class or Lessons 1
MUS 334 Developing Music Literacy in Children 2
Total hours 9

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Private Lessons

Private instruction is offered for every instrument including voice. A minimum of seven hours of practice per week is required for each credit earned. A performance examination (Jury) in each private lesson course is required at the end of each semester. All private lessons must be taken for credit. Please see Admission to the Music Program (below) regarding the Freshman Admission to Candidacy and the Sophomore Qualifying Exam.

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Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate acquired musical skills by performing alone and in ensembles.
  • Students will notate, analyze, and describe music using a common vocabulary.
  • Students will develop an appreciation for and knowledge of the history of music as it relates to form, style, performance practice, and the other arts.
  • Students will be able to formulate strategies and demonstrate skills directly related to their degree program.

Admission to the music program

Incoming students are admitted to the music programs on a probationary basis. Admission is based on the following criteria:

  1. Students must successfully pass Admission to Candidacy (MUS 199) in order to continue in any music program. Admission to Candidacy is comprised of an evaluation of the student’s progress in their major performance area as well as their piano, theory, and aural skills. A satisfactory evaluation will qualify a student to proceed to 200-level applied lessons.
  2. Students must also successfully perform a Sophomore Qualifying Exam (MUS 299) for entrance to 300-level applied lessons. A student must demonstrate, through performance of technical material and repertoire, a degree of facility and musicality deemed sufficient to undertake advanced applied study.

Proficiencies and Requirements

  1. Music majors and minors are required to participate in the major performing ensemble directly related to their major performing instrument/voice throughout their entire program, excluding the professional year for education majors and during internship (music industry option).
  2. Attendance at department-approved musical programs is required of all full-time music majors and minors enrolled in applied music lessons. Attendance at these programs constitutes a part of the applied music grade.
  3. New incoming students must take the theory and piano placement exams during the first week of classes.
  4. Students in all degree programs (B.S.E. and B.A.) are required to pass a Piano Proficiency Examination before attempting the Sophomore Qualifying Exam (MUS 299) on their major instrument.
  5. The Department of Music requires that music majors and minors receive a grade of “C” or higher in all music coursework in order to receive departmental approval for graduation.
  6. Transfer students from a two (2) year institution must complete 50% of the required courses for the music major and music minor from Chadron State College.

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