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 that allows students to focus the major with elective courses.  Students might use these electives to develop a specialization in composition, history, performance, technology, or theory.  Additionally, students may pursue licensure to teach music through the College of Education.  A number of ensembles offer performance opportunities for the 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 a specialized interest in music beyond a specific core of courses.   The Department of Music is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

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 recording studio, electronic music lab and media collection.  Nearby DuPont Hall houses the department’s music production lab.

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, Flute Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, String Ensemble, Instrumental Ensemble, Fredericksburg Singers, UMW Chorus, and Chamber Chorale. The department and the University also sponsor visiting performers, composers, 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 MUTH 100 (Technology for Musicians), MUTH 191 (Diatonic Music Theory) and MUTH 192 (Diatonic Music Theory Skills) in the first year.  Prespective 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

Twenty-six (26) credits in Music including MUTH 191, 192,  291, 292, 391, 392; Two credits from MUPR 205A, 206, 306A, or 405; Music History and Literature 275A, 376A; MUTC 100.  Students take MUTH 490 in the final semester.  Students enroll in four semesters of studio lessons and four semesters of ensembles.  In addition, students enroll in addition six credits for a total of forty (40) credits.

Requirements for the Music Major Track with Music Licensure

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, and technology 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.

Additional Teaching Licensure Requirement: 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 performance ensemble.  They also must have 5 credit hours in minor performance areas.

Music courses are divided into several categories; Music History and Literature (MUHL), Music Theory (MUTH), Music Technology (MUTC), and Music Performance (MUPR).

 

Music Course Offerings

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

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.

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 191. A study of music history from its beginnings through the 17th century. Analysis and research.

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. A study of music history from the 17th century through the time of Beethoven. Analysis and research.

471 – Special Studies in Music History and Literature (3)

Studies of a topic in music history or literature.

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.

181 – Materials and Sources for Music Theory (3)

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

191 – Diatonic Music Theory (3)

Co-requisite: MUTH 192.  Materials and structural elements of tonal music: scales, intervals, and cords.  Explores major-minor
tonality, figured bass, 7th chords, cadence formulae.Includes principles of voice-leading and harmonic progression.  Analysis emphasized.

192 – Diatonic Music Theory Skills (1)

Co-requisite: MUTH 191.  Harmonic and melodic Dictation in coordination with MUTH 191.  Sight-singing, keyboard applications, basic conducting, beginning improvisational techniques.

291 – Chromatic Music Theory (3)

Prerequisite: MUTH 191 and 192. Co-requisite: MUTH 292. Chromatic Music Theory of the 18th and 19th Centuries.  Harmonic syntax and structure including altered chords, missed modes, advanced tonality and modulation, small forms.

292 – Chromatic Music Theory Skills (1)

Prerequisite: MUTH 191 and 192. Co-requisite: MUTH 291.  Continued harmonic and melodic dictation in coordination with MUTH 291. Sight-singing, keyboard applications, basic conducting, beginning improvisational techniques.

351 – Fundamentals of Counterpoint and Form (3)

Prerequisite: MUTH 291. Introduction to the principles of counterpoint as exemplified in the music of the Renaissance.  Introduction to larger musical forms.

369 – Orchestration (3)

Prerequisite: MUTH 291, 292. A study of techniques of instrumental scoring considered historically and creatively. Project required.

391 – Post-Tonal Music Theory (3)

Prerequisite MUTH 291 and 292. Co-requisite: MUTH 392.  Contemporary music theory.  Theoretical developments and analytical techniques of the 20th and 21st Centuries.

392 – Post-Tonal Music Theory Skills (1)

Prerequisite: MUTH 291 and 292. Co-requisite: MUTH 391.  Development and application of aural and written skills pertaining to modern era.  Includes continuations of sight-singing, dictation, keyboard, conducting and improvisational techniques.

473 – Special Studies in Music Theory (3)

Studies of a topic in Music Theory.

483 – Music Composition (3)

Prerequisite: MUTH 291 and 292. A study of compositional techniques focusing on selected style periods, featuring both large and small models. Creative project required.

490 – Music History-Theory Seminar (3)

Prerequisite: MUHL 376 and MUTH 391. 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 Technology course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of MUTC in the course listings.

100—Technology for Musicians (3)

An introduction to notational tools, sound reinforcement, recording, sequencing, video capture/editing and music specific web design and social media.

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.

320 – Audio Recording (3)

Fundamental of acoustics audio recording for all types of instruments and ensembles including microphone selection and placement, acoustical treatments, professional practices and applications in related fields.

330 – Audio Production (3)

Prerequisite: MUTC 320. Production techniques in a variety of styles with an exploration of the roles that production, artists, and finances play in the process from conception to finished recording.

370 –Electronic Music (3)

An emphasis on historical developments, current status, physical concepts, language, and compositional techniques as they apply to synthesized music. Project required.

473 – Special studies in Music Technology (3)

Studies of a topic of music technology.

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 (1, 2)
324, 424 – Tuba/Euphonium (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)
336, 436 – Composition (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 291, 292. The principles and techniques of choral conducting, including score reading and analysis, program planning, and workshop experience.

348 – Instrumental Conducting (3)

Prerequisite: MUTH 291, 292. 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.

471 – Special Studies in Music Performance (3)

Studies of a topic in music performance.

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.