Music Major

Department of Music

Department Faculty

The Music Program

The Department of Music functions as one component of the liberal arts institution. Cognizant of its mission the department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in music with two tracks: 1) a traditional liberal arts curriculum and 2) a traditional liberal arts curriculum that allows students to obtain a licensure to teach music in the public schools. Additionally, the department provides a wide variety of elective courses to the entire student body. Some ensembles also offer performance opportunities for University as well as community musicians. The department also serves the community at large through its offerings of cultural events – lectures, workshops, and concerts. This liberal arts orientation defines the goal of the major program – to allow students to pursue an interest in music within the context of a broadly-based program of study. The Department of Music is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

To fulfill its mission within the liberal arts environment, the Department of Music offers courses for both the music major and students whose primary interests are in other disciplines. Required courses in the music major are presented sequentially. These courses are also available to the non-music major if taken in sequence. The department sponsors chapters of Mu Phi Epsilon, the international professional music fraternity, and the Music Educators National Conference. The major program in music includes intensive study in theory, history, and performance. As in all liberal arts programs, the emphasis is on broad coverage rather than specialization, although specialization is possible through careful selection of elective courses, individual study projects, and internships.

The objectives of the major program in music involve preparing students for graduate study as well as for careers in the performing arts, public school teaching, and many other areas. The music department’s Pollard Hall includes a small recital hall, a class piano laboratory, practice and rehearsal facilities as well as a media center, which supports instructional technology and also houses the department’s collections of sound and video recordings, scores, and books. Nearby DuPont Hall houses the department’s electronic music laboratory.

The department presents a wide variety of public musical performances throughout the academic year. Students and faculty appear in general recitals, senior and faculty recitals, and chamber programs. They also perform with the University-Community Symphony Orchestra, the Concert Band, the UMW Jazz Ensemble, the Flute Ensemble, the Brass Ensemble, the String Ensemble, the Old World Consort, the Fredericksburg Singers, the UMW Chorus, the Show Choir, the Chamber Chorale, and the Women’s Chamber Chorale. The department and the University also sponsor visiting performers and lecturers in recitals, concerts, and master classes. The music department offers individual instruction in all traditional wind, string, and keyboard instruments and voice based on competitive auditions. A maximum of 12 credits in individual instruction and 10 credits in performing ensembles may be counted toward the minimum 120 credits required for a degree. Students should balance their total program before exceeding these limits. Students planning to major in music should take Music Theory 181 (Music Theory I) in their first semester. Students qualify to continue as potential majors by successfully completing this course. Prospective majors also should audition for admission to individual study in their performance area and to a musical ensemble. Incoming majors also should audition in the winter months for the Aurelia B. Walford and the Henry and Grace Spicer Scholarships, awarded to outstanding performers.

Requirements for the Music Major

Forty (42) credits in Music including Music Theory 181, 281, 286, 381, 382, 385, 386, 481, 485, and 490; Music History and Literature 200, 275, 376, and 377; plus eight more credits in music courses above the 100-level (performance requirements may be included). Additional Major Requirements: All music majors must study their major performance area for a minimum of four semesters. Majors must also participate for four semesters in a performing ensemble or serve as an accompanist for four semesters. The music faculty monitors the progress of music majors enrolled in individual instruction through jury examinations in each student’s primary performance area. The department also conducts a series of outcomes assessments at various stages of the program.

Requirements for the Music Major Track with Music Licensure

The music department has forged a second track within the Bachelor of Arts degree in music in tandem with the education department to meet NASM standards and provide students with the preparation to obtain music-teaching positions in public schools. This combination of music and education courses constitutes a professional degree in music.

The liberal arts orientation of the teaching licensure track of the major program allows students 1) to pursue an interest in music within the context of a broadly-based program of study; 2) to study the theory, history of the discipline and apply this information in solo and ensemble performances, and 3) to complete the additional courses in their major discipline and the education department required for licensure within a four-year time span. The University of Mary Washington enjoys reciprocity in 48 states allowing school systems in those states to hire the department’s graduates.

Music majors seeking public school teaching licensure in music must obtain a complete outline of requirements for either the “Choral/Vocal,” “Band,” or “Strings” license in their first semester of attendance at the University. A licensure guide for music majors is available from the music department chairperson. Additionally, concurrent contact must be made with the University’s Department of Education registering the intent to seek licensure.

Additional Teaching Licensure Requirements: MUTH 369 or 483; MUHL 368; MUPR 347, 348. All majors seeking licensure must study their major performance area for a total of 7 credit hours and participate for 7 credit hours in a performing ensemble. They also must have 5 credit hours in minor performance areas.

Music Course Offerings

Music courses are divided into several categories: Music Education, Music History and Literature, Music Theory and Music Performance.

Music Education course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of MUED in the course listings.

100: Introduction to Music Education (3)

An introductory course for all students to explore the application of musical knowledge in diverse educational environments.

491, 492 – Individual Study in Music Education ( 1-3, 1-3)

Prerequisite: permission of department. Advanced study under the direction of a music department faculty member. Project required.

499 – Internship in Music Education (1-3)

Prerequisite: permission of department. Supervised off-campus work developed in consultation with the Department of Music and the off-campus agency.

Music History and Literature course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of MUHL in the course listings.

151 – Great Musical Masterworks (3)

An introductory level course that follows a“great books” approach. For the non major.

152 – Music and Society (3)

A study of musical works that mirror the society that produced them. The topics chosen for study will include at least two centuries and two continents. For the non major.

153 – Women in Opera (3)

A historical survey of opera that focuses on an examination of the roles of women and their social and economic opportunities.

154 – Music of Non-Western Cultures (3)

A course investigating the roles of music, its distinguishing features, and performance traditions in eight to 10 geographic regions to appreciate how it differs from a Western perspective.

156 – American Music (3)

A study of the developments in American Music provided by America’s various ethnicities that focus on genre, composer, and/or era.

200 – Research and Methods in Music History (3)

Prerequisite: Music Theory 281. An introduction to research and writing in music history, with emphasis on preparing the student for the three-semester sequence in music history. Four to six major works will be studied in conjunction with writing skills, research methodologies, and documentation styles.

261 – Topics in Vocal Music (3)

An exploration of chiefly vocal repertories focusing on genre, composer, and/or era.

262 – Topics in Instrumental Music (3)

An exploration of chiefly instrumental repertories focusing on genre, composer, and/or era.

263 – Mozart (3)

A biographical and analytical study of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his music. Works from all genres are included.

275 – Music History I (3)

Prerequisite: MUTH 281. A study of music history from its beginnings through the 17th century. Analysis and research.

355 – Symphonic Literature (3)

A study of the orchestral repertoire from the late 17th century to the present day

362 – Beethoven (3)

A biographical and analytical study, pertaining to Ludwig van Beethoven and his music.

368 – History of Jazz (3)

The study of the development of jazz, ragtime, blues, Dixieland, boogie-woogie, and later styles, which evolved in the genre.

376 – Music History II (3)

Prerequisites: MUHL 275 and MUTH 382. A study of music history from the 17th century through the time of Beethoven. Analysis and research.

377 – Music History III (3)

Prerequisite: MUHL 376. A study of music history from the early romantic era to the present time. Analysis and research.

491, 492 – Individual Study in Music History and Literature (1-3, 1-3)

Advanced study under the direction of a music department faculty member. Project required. Departmental permission required.

499 – Internship in Music History and Literature (1-3)

Supervised off-campus work developed in consultation with the Department of Music and the off-campus agency. Departmental permission required.

Music Theory course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of MUTH in the course listings.

170—Introduction to MIDI Composition (3)

An application of basic rhythm, meter, melody, and chords through computer controlled sound production systems and MIDI (musical instrument digital interface), which enables the student to produce original compositions.

181 – Music Theory I (3)

A conceptual explanation of basic music vocabulary and sound resources–rhythm, meter, modes, scales, clefs, intervals, notation, acoustics–with musical examples.

281 – Music Theory II (3)

Prerequisite: MUTH 181 or equivalent. Pre-Baroque music theory. A study of principles of counterpoint, 16th-century polyphony, evolution of functional harmony and emphasis on the mass and early choral writing. Analysis emphasized.

286 – Theory II Skills (1)

Corequisite: MUTH 281, which must be taken concurrently by music majors. Development and application of two to four-part aural and written skills, relating to 16th-century polyphony and early chorales. Includes sight-singing, dictation, keyboard and basic conducting.

369 – Orchestration (3)

Prerequisite: MUTH 382. A study of techniques of instrumental scoring considered historically and creatively. Project required.

370 –Electronic Music (3)

Prerequisite: MUTH 181 or MUTH 170. An emphasis on historical developments, current status, physical concepts, language, and compositional techniques as they apply to synthesized music. Project required.

381 – Music Theory III (3)

Prerequisite: MUTH 281 or equivalent. Baroque music theory. Explores major-minor tonality, figured bass, 7th chords, cadence formulae, modulations, and progressions as exemplified in period pieces. Analysis emphasized.

382 – Music Theory IV (3)

Prerequisite: MUTH 381. Classic-Romantic music theory. Harmonic syntax and structure, including altered chords, advanced tonality, and form. Analysis emphasized.

385 – Theory III Skills (1)

Prerequisite: MUTH 286. Corequisite: MUTH 381, which must be taken concurrently by music majors. The development and application of three- and four-part aural and written skills. Includes sight-singing, dictation, keyboard experiences, basic conducting, and improvisational techniques.

386 – Theory IV Skills (1)

Prerequisite: MUTH 385. Corequisite: MUTH 382, which must be taken concurrently by music majors. The continuing development and application of aural and written skills. Includes sight-singing and dictation. The course emphasizes keyboard experiences as well as basic conducting and improvisational techniques.

481 – Music Theory V (3)

Prerequisite: MUTH 382 or equivalent. Contemporary music theory. Theoretical developments and analytical techniques of 20th-century music, both tonal and atonal.

483 – Music Composition (3)

Prerequisite: MUTH 481. A study of compositional techniques focusing on selected style periods, featuring both large and small models. Creative project required.

485 – Theory V Skills (1)

Prerequisite: MUTH 386. Corequisite: MUTH 481, which must be taken concurrently by music majors. The development and application of aural and written skills pertaining to the modern era. Includes continuations of sight-singing, dictation, keyboard, conducting, and improvisational techniques.

490 – Music History-Theory Seminar (3)

Prerequisite: MUTH 481. Project required, presenting research from historical and theoretical perspectives.

491, 492 – Individual Study in Music Theory (1-3, 1-3)

Advanced study under the direction of a music department faculty member. Project required. Departmental permission required.

499 – Internship in Music Theory (1-3)

Supervised off-campus work developed in consultation with the Department of Music and the off-campus agency. Departmental permission required.

Music Performance course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of MUPR in the course listings.

201, 202 – Class Voice I, II (1, 1)

Class instruction through the intermediate performance level, emphasizing fundamentals of vocal technique through performance, as preparation for private voice study. Placement audition.

203, 204 – Class Voice III, IV (1, 1)

Corequisite: Private Voice (MUPR 301). A comprehensive study of diction applying the standard international phonetic alphabet to the Italian and German (MUPR 203) and English and French (MUPR 204) languages.

205, 206, 207 – Class Piano I, II, III, (1, 1, 1)

Class instruction for beginners through the intermediate level. MUPR 205 and 206 deal with fundamental performance techniques. The course presumes the ability to read music. MUPR 207 emphasizes musical expression and preparation for private piano study. Placement audition.

214 – Class Woodwinds (1)

Beginning group study in performance techniques of woodwind instruments. Recommended for music majors seeking teaching certification in the instrumental area and for students interested in composition.

215 – Class Guitar I (1)

Beginning group study in performance techniques of guitar. Recommended for students with no prior music reading and performing experience. Class Guitar I is an introduction to playing chords, reading music, interpreting charts, and developing basic music skills needed to understand various published methods on learning guitar.

216 – Class Guitar II (1)

Prerequisite: Music Performance 215. Intermediate group study in more involved principles and techniques to prepare for private lesson study and ensembles.

223 – Class Brass (1)

Beginning group study in performance techniques of brass instruments. Recommended for music majors seeking teaching certification in the instrumental area and for students interested in composition.

225 – Class Percussion (1)

Beginning group study in performance techniques of percussion instruments. Recommended for music majors seeking teaching certification in the instrumental area and for students interested in composition.

235 – Class Strings (1)

Beginning group study in performance techniques of string instruments. Recommended for music majors seeking teaching certification in the instrumental area and for students interested in composition.

Private Instruction

Registration for private instruction is contingent upon a successful audition. All 300-level courses consist of one half-hour lesson per week for one credit. The 400-level courses consist of a one-hour lesson per week for two credits. Both are available by permission from the department chairperson. Each course may be repeated for additional credit at the discretion of the instructor. A lesson fee applies for all students.

301, 401 – Voice (1, 2)
305, 405 – Piano (1, 2)
309, 409 – Harp (1, 2)
310, 410 – Organ (1, 2)
311, 411 – Flute (1, 2)
312, 412 – Oboe (1, 2)
313, 413 – Clarinet (1, 2)
314, 414 – Bassoon (1, 2)
315, 415 – Saxophone (1 ,2)
321, 421 – French horn (1, 2)
322, 422 – Trumpet (1, 2)
323, 423 – Trombone/Baritone (1, 2)
324, 424 – Tuba (1, 2)
325, 425 – Percussion (1, 2)
331, 431 – Violin (1, 2)
332, 432 – Viola (1, 2)
333, 433 – Cello (1, 2)
334, 434 – Contrabass (1, 2)
335, 435 – Guitar (1, 2)

Performing Ensembles (courses 341 – 344)

341E – Chorus: UMW Chorus (1)

Treble voices performing representative repertoire of all periods of music. Open by audition.

341F – Chorus: Fredericksburg Singers (1)

Mixed voices performing representative repertoire of all periods of music. Open by audition. In cooperation with local community musicians.

341H – Chamber Choir (1)

Mixed voices performing representative repertoire of all periods of music. Open by audition.

342 – Orchestra (1)

Opportunity to study and perform selected repertoire representative of the literature written for orchestra. Open by audition. In cooperation with local community musicians.

344 – Instrumental Ensemble (1)

Opportunity to study and perform specialized repertoire. Open by audition.

344A1 – Instrumental Ensemble: Jazz (1)

Opportunity to study and perform specialized repertoire in the jazz genre. Open by audition.

344B – Instrumental Ensemble: Flute (1)

Opportunity to study and perform specialized repertoire for flute choir. Open by audition.

344D – Instrumental Ensemble: Brass (1)

Opportunity to study and perform specialized brass repertoire. Open by audition.

344E Concert Band (1)

Opportunity to study and perform selected repertoire representative of the literature written for band. Open by audition.

344F – Instrumental Ensemble: String (1)

Opportunity to study and perform specialized string repertoire. Open by audition.

344G – Guitar Ensemble (1)

Prerequisite: MUPR 216. Opportunity to study and perform specialized guitar repertoire. Open by audition.

347 – Choral Conducting (3)

Prerequisite: MUTH 381, 385. The principles and techniques of choral conducting, including score reading and analysis, program planning, and workshop experience.

348 – Instrumental Conducting (3)

Prerequisite: MUTH 381, 385. The principles and techniques of instrumental conducting, including score reading and analysis, program planning, and workshop experience.

441 – Opera Workshop (Operafest) (3)

Opportunity to study and perform scenes from the operatic repertoire. Open by audition. First summer session only.

491, 492 – Individual Study in Music Performance (1-3, 1-3)

Advanced study under the direction of a music department faculty member. Project required. Departmental permission required.

499 – Internship in Music Performance (1-3)

Supervised off-campus work developed in consultation with the Department of Music and the off-campus agency. Departmental permission required.