School of Music

Mission Statement
The mission of the School of Music is to provide the highest level of musical training in a comprehensive program that prepares students in conducting, music education, music industry, music performance and theory/composition, and to prepare them to be thoughtful and productive citizens. Specifically, the school's mission is to:

The School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Objectives
The nine major degree concentrations are each designed to establish a set of skills and a knowledge base necessary for success as a practitioner in specific career areas in the broad field of music. These objectives are achieved through School of Music classes.

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Career Opportunities
The various programs offered by the school can lead students to a wide range of careers. Programs in performance or composition are intended for students who desire to continue their musical training in graduate programs that will prepare them for professional careers in performance, composition and/or teaching at the college level.

Those who elect the emphasis in music industry will be prepared for positions in a broad area of music-business occupations and for admission to graduate professional schools of business.

The music education program prepares students to teach vocal and/or instrumental music in public schools.

The music theatre program is designed to prepare vocal music majors for the field of popular Broadway musical theatre performance as well as for careers in opera and operetta.

The following list of careers is only a small sample of possibilities.

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Co-curricular Activities and Organizations
These activities are open to all JMU students without audition:

These activities are open to all JMU students with audition or instructor permission:

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Admission Requirements
Students choosing to major in music must possess a solid background and experience in the performance medium they elect for their major, and they should display sufficient musical talent to indicate promise in their field.

To be considered for undergraduate admission to the music program, all entering first year students, transfer students and previously enrolled students seeking re-admission must complete the following:

An information packet containing audition guidelines, an audition application and other pertinent materials will be sent to prospective music majors by request. Applications are available online. Students can obtain information packets by visiting the School of Music office or by contacting the music admissions coordinator, Dr. Michele Kirkdorffer, or an admissions assistant at (540) 568-3851 or at music_admit@jmu.edu.

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Audition, Exam and Placement Test
No student will be accepted as a music major until an audition and a music aptitude test are successfully completed. A piano placement test will also be taken but has no bearing on acceptance.

All candidates are expected to perform the entrance audition on one of the scheduled audition dates. The school does not encourage special appointments and will arrange them only when applicants have serious conflicts with the scheduled auditions. Because assessing a student's ability through a recorded performance is difficult, only students who live at great distances are encouraged to send audition recordings. All recordings submitted must be of high quality and demonstrate the student's ability.

The audition should reveal the student's highest level of musical attainment. Appropriate literature in at least two varying styles and tempos is suggested so that the school can evaluate the candidate's ability accurately. The theory test is an aural-skills aptitude test and is part of the admissions process. The piano test primarily determines class-level placement.

In addition to meeting the audition requirements above, all students who intend to major in the Bachelor of Music, Emphasis in Music Industry or the music industry minor are required to first complete MUI 221 and then enroll in MUI 231 and MUI 250. To successfully complete MUI 250, prospective majors and minors must submit a portfolio for review, showing evidence of their interest and potential for success in the music industry. The portfolio should represent work completed in the above classes with assistance in resume preparation from Career and Academic Planning. Portfolios will be reviewed once each fall and once each spring semester. Following the portfolio review, students who are recommended for the major or minor will be eligible to register for upper level music industry classes. Students who are not recommended for admission to the major or minor may reapply the following semester.

For additional details, see the School of Music's Undergraduate Student Handbook. To obtain the schedule of portfolio review sessions, as well as other specific information about the admission process, contact the School of Music, Music Industry area.

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Music Scholarships
The entrance audition also serves as the scholarship audition. All music scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit. Recorded auditions will not qualify a prospective student for consideration to receive a music scholarship.

A transfer student on scholarship at another school can only be considered for a scholarship at JMU if the music executive of the current school sends a written release to the director of the School of Music.

Retention Policy
Students admitted as music majors must meet school standards published in the School of Music Student Handbook to continue. To ensure that these standards are met, the Music Academic Review Committee examines each music major's progress at the end of each semester in accordance with policies stated in the handbook.

Music majors must earn a minimum grade of "C-" in all music courses required for their degree.

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Degree and Major Requirements

Bachelor of Music Degree
The Bachelor of Music degree offers five specialized concentrations: performance, composition, music industry, music education and music theatre. All music majors must complete the general education program and a 27 credit hour core program of music courses common to all the majors' curricula. The remaining hours are specified under each of the various concentrations.

Music majors must perform in at least one adviser-approved ensemble each semester in which they are enrolled for at least twelve credit hours. An exception is made for music education majors during the student-teaching semester. All music students should enroll in class piano each semester until they meet the requirements appropriate to their specific degree or concentration. Graduating seniors must participate in assessment activities including assessment day.

Another vital aspect of the programs is attendance at recitals and concerts. Attending these events contributes to the breadth of students' knowledge of music literature. Hearing performances also allows students to observe performing techniques from the student to the professional levels. Consequently, undergraduate music majors must attend a minimum of 15 recitals per semester for six semesters, totaling 90 attendances during their degree studies. Students must continue to register for MUS 195 until they fulfill this requirement.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses Credit Hours
General Education courses 1 38-41
Core music program courses 27-30
Major concentration courses and electives 55-62

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1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Major Requirements

Core Requirements Credit Hours
Choose one of the following: 1
MUS 101. Keyboard Skills I  
(required for music industry majors and prerequisite for MUS 202-303)  
MUS 303. Keyboard Skills IV  
(all music majors except music industry; must be passed prior to student teaching)  
MUS 141-142. Theory I: Writing and Analysis Techniques 6
MUS 143-144. Theory I: Aural Perception and Analysis 2
MUS 195. Recital Attendance (six semesters) 0
GMUS 206. Introduction to Global Music1 3
MUS 241-242. Theory II: Writing and Analysis Techniques 6
MUS 243-244. Theory II: Aural Perception and Analysis 2
MUS 317. Basic Conducting 2
MUS 373,374,375. Music History 8

  27-30

1 GMUS 206 will count for the Music Core and also for the General Education, Cluster 2, Part 2 if desired. There will be a specific music major section of GMUS 206 offered once each academic year.

Recommended Schedule for First Year Majors
The first year of study shares a common curriculum for all concentrations. The year is devoted to courses from the basic music core requirements, general education courses, ensemble participation and applied study in the student's major applied area.

A typical first year course of study might be:

First Year

First Semester Credit Hours
Choose one of the following: 1
MUS 100, 101. Keyboard Skills I-II  
MUS 202, 303. Keyboard Skills III-IV  
MUS 141. Theory I: Writing and Analysis Techniques 3
MUS 143. Theory I: Aural Perception and Analysis 1
MUS 195. Recital Attendance 0
GWRTC 103. Critical Reading and Writing 3
Applied music major course 2
Music ensemble course 1-2
General Education courses 3

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Second Semester Credit Hours
Choose one of the following: 1
MUS 101. Keyboard Skills I  
MUS 202, 303. Keyboard Skills III-IV  
MUS 142. Theory I: Writing and Analysis Techniques 3
MUS 144. Theory I: Aural Perception and Analysis 1
MUS 195. Recital Attendance 0
Applied music major course 2
Music ensemble course 1-2
General Education courses 6

  14-15

For a recommended eight-semester outline of curricular requirements for each major concentration, see the School of Music's Undergraduate Student Handbook.

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Bachelor of Music in Performance

Vocal Track

Dr. John Little, Coordinator
(540) 568-6970

Degree Requirements

Required Courses Credit Hours
General Education courses1 41
Core music program courses 27
Major concentration courses and electives 60

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1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Major Requirements

Courses1 Credit Hours
Choose two of the following: 16
FR 101-102. Elementary French  
GER 101-102. Elementary German  
ITAL 101-102. Elementary Italian  
MUS 120. Diction for Singers I 1
MUS 121. Diction for Singers II 1
MUS 304. Advanced Keyboard Skills 1
MUS 318. Intermediate Choral Conducting 2
MUS 395. Junior or Senior Half Recital 0
MUS 444. Counterpoint 2
MUS 450. Advanced Music Analysis 2
MUS 465-466. Opera History and Literature I and II 4
MUS 467-468. Song Literature I and II 4
MUS 477. Vocal Pedagogy 2
MUS 495. Senior Graduation Recital 1
Applied voice study 16
Ensembles (one each semester) 8

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1 Additional requirements: Admission to this concentration by successful completion of performance audition, no sooner than end of first year as approved music major.

Piano Track

Dr. Eric K. Ruple, Coordinator
(540) 568-6375

Degree Requirements

Required Courses Credit Hours
General Education courses 1 41
Core music program courses 27
Major concentration courses and electives 57

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1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Major Requirements

Courses1 Credit Hours
MUS 371. Private Piano Pedagogy 3
MUS 372. Supervised Private Piano Teaching 1
MUS 395. Junior Half Recital 0
MUS 420. Piano Technology 2
MUS 443-444. Counterpoint 4
MUS 449-450. Advanced Music Analysis 4
MUS 460. Piano Literature I 2
MUS 470. Piano Literature II 2
MUS 480. Advanced Seminar in Musicological Topics 2 6
MUS 495. Senior Graduation Recital 1
Applied piano study 22
Ensembles (one each semester) 8
Approved music electives 3 2

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1 Additional requirements: Admission to this concentration by successful completion of performance audition, no sooner than end of first year as approved music major.
2 Must include two different iterations of MUS 480. Advanced Seminar in Musicological Topics.
3 Approved music electives may not be fulfilled by additional ensemble credits

Piano Track, Subtrack in Accompanying/Coaching

Dr. Gabriel Dobner, Coordinator
(540) 568-6002

Degree Requirements

Required Courses Credit Hours
General Education courses 1 41
Core music program courses 27
Major concentration courses and electives 58

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1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Major Requirements

Courses Credit Hours
Choose one of the following: 4
FR 101. Elementary French  
GER 101. Elementary German  
ITAL 101. Elementary Italian  
MUS 120. Diction for Singers I 1
MUS 121. Diction for Singers II 1
Choose one of the following: 2
MUS 318. Intermediate Choral Conducting  
MUS 319. Intermediate Instrumental Conducting  
MUS 371. Private Piano Pedagogy 3
MUS 395. Junior or Senior Half Recital 0
MUS 444. Counterpoint 2
MUS 450. Advanced Music Analysis 2
MUS 460. Piano Literature I 2
MUS 467. Solo Vocal Literature 3
MUS 495. Senior Graduation Recital 1
Applied piano accompanying 9
Applied piano study 13
Applied voice study 2
Approved music electives 1 5
Ensembles (one each semester) 8

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1 Approved music electives may not be fulfilled by additional ensemble credits.

Instrumental Track

Dr. Susan Barber, Prof. Sam Cross and Prof. Kevin Stees, Co-coordinators
(540) 568-6197

Degree Requirements

Required Courses Credit Hours
General Education courses 1 41
Core music program courses 27
Major concentration courses and electives 56

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1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Major Requirements

Courses1 Credit Hours
MUS 319. Intermediate Instrumental Conducting 2
MUS 395. Junior or Senior Half Recital 0
Choose two of the following: 4
MUS 443-444. Counterpoint and/or  
MUS 449-450. Advanced Music Analysis  
MUS 472. Instrumental Pedagogy 1
MUS 480. Advanced Seminar in Musicological Topics2 3
MUS 495. Graduation Recital 1
Applied music courses (major instrument) 22
Basic music core requirements 27
Chamber ensembles (in addition to the eight 6
semester major ensemble requirement)  
Ensembles (one each semester) 8
General Education courses 41
Advanced music literature or seminar elective 3
Approved music electives3 6

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1 Additional requirements: Admission to this concentration by successful completion of performance audition, no sooner than end of first year as approved music major.
2 The MUS 480 requirement will be fulfilled by taking the class when the seminar focuses on a topic within the past century. MUS 480 can also be repeated to fulfill the requirements for an advanced music literature elective or the approved music electives.
3 Approved music electives may not be fulfilled by additional ensemble credits. A maximum of two credits may be counted in secondary applied music study.

Bachelor of Music in Composition

Dr. Jason Haney, Coordinator
(540) 568-6664

Degree Requirements

Required Courses Credit Hours
General Education courses 1 41
Core music program courses 27
Major concentration courses and electives 62

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1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Major Requirements

Courses1 Credit Hours
MUS 352. Music Composition 16
MUS 441-442. Music Arranging 6
MUS 443-444. Counterpoint 4
MUS 445. Orchestration 3
MUS 449-450. Advanced Music Analysis 4
MUS 480. Advanced Seminar in Musicological Topics 2 3
MUS 495. Senior Graduation Recital 1
Applied major study 12
Ensembles (one each semester) 3 8
Music literature or seminar electives 3
Approved music electives4 2

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1 Additional requirements: Admission to this concentration by approval of theory/composition faculty. Grades no lower than "B" in all theory and composition courses.
2 The MUS 480 requirement will be fulfilled by taking the class when the seminar focuses on a topic within the past century. MUS 480 can also be repeated to fulfill the requirements for a music literature elective or the approved music electives.
3 Various ensembles approved by adviser.
4 Approved music electives may not be fulfilled by additional ensemble credits.

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Bachelor of Music with an Emphasis in Music Industry

Dr. David Cottrell, Coordinator
(540) 568-6303

Degree Requirements

Required Courses Credit Hours
General Education courses1 41
Core music program courses 27
Major concentration courses and electives 57

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1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Major Requirements

Courses Credit Hours
ACTG 244. Accounting for Non-Business Majors 3
MGT 305. Management and Organizational Behavior 3
MKTG 380. Principles of Marketing 3
MUI 221. Survey of the Music Industry 3
MUI 231. Legal Aspects of the Music Industry 3
MUI 250. Portfolio Review 0
MUI 392. Practicum in Music Industry 1
MUI 440. Entrepreneurship in the Music Industry 3
MUI 492. Internship in Music Industry 3
Applied major study 14
Ensembles (one each semester for seven semesters) 7
Music industry electives 12
Approved music electives1 3
MUS 395. Junior or Senior Half Recital 0

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1 Approved music electives may not be fulfilled by additional ensemble credits.

Bachelor of Music with an Emphasis in Music Theatre

Dr. Don Rierson, Director of Opera and Music Theatre
(540) 568-4164

Degree Requirements

Required Courses Credit Hours
General Education courses 1 41
Core music program courses 27
Major concentration courses and electives 55

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1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Major Requirements

Courses1 Credit Hours
MUI 221. Survey of the Music Industry 3
MUS 120. Diction for Singers I 1
MUS 121. Diction for Singers II 1
MUS/THEA 357. Music Theatre History and Analysis 3
MUS 395. Junior or Senior Half Recital 0
MUS 465-466. Opera History and Literature I and II 4
THEA 171. Performance Production 3
THEA 251. Basic Acting 3
THEA 273. Visual Aspects of Theatre 3
THEA 353. Music Theatre Workshop 2
THEA 454. Advanced Music Theatre Performance 2
DANC 246. Intermediate Jazz Dance 2
DANC 346. Intermediate Jazz II/Musical Theatre Styles 2
Applied voice study 16
Approved music, theatre or dance electives2 2
Basic music core requirements 27
Ensembles (one each semester, as listed below) 3 8
General Education courses 41

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1 Additional requirements: Admission to this concentration by successful completion of performance audition, no sooner than end of first year as approved music major.
2 Approved music electives may not be fulfilled by additional ensemble credits.
3 Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre majors must participate in MUAP 343, Opera Theatre, for at least four semesters. They may elect to fill the ensemble requirement in their remaining semesters by taking any of the credited vocal ensembles of the school - Chorus; Men's or Women's Chorus; Chorale; Madison Singers; Opera Theatre. A minimum of one credit of ensemble must be selected each semester.

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Bachelor of Music in Music Education

Dr. Gary K. Ritcher, Coordinator
(540) 568-6753

The Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education is designed primarily for those preparing to teach vocal or instrumental music in public schools. In addition to the School of Music requirements outlined below, students seeking a degree in music education must meet all the criteria for admission to the teacher education program and complete the professional education sequence for teaching licensure.

Teaching Licensure Requirements
Students who want to pursue the music education program must earn acceptance into the teaching licensure program offered by the College of Education.

Professional Education Sequence

Required Courses Credit Hours
EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education 3
EDUC 480. Student Teaching (senior year) 12
GPSYC 160. Life Span Human Development 3
Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Child  
READ 420. Content Area Literacy, K-12 2

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Vocal Track
(Applied study in voice or piano)

Degree Requirements

Required Courses Credit Hours
General Education courses 1 38-41
Core music program courses 27
Major concentration courses and electives 42
Professional education sequence 20

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1 GPSYC 160 may double count as a Cluster 5 course in General Education

Major Requirements

Courses Credit Hours
MUED 206. Instrument Familiarization 1
MUED 271. Music Education: A Professional Choice 1
MUED 273. Music Education: A Professional Practice 1
MUED 372. General Music Practices 2
MUED 376. Choral Materials and Techniques 2
MUED 380. Music in the Elementary School 2
MUED 471. Jazz and Show Choir Procedures 2
MUS 120. Diction for Singers I 1
MUS 121. Diction for Singers II 1
MUS 150. Introduction to Technological Applications in Music 1
MUS 318. Intermediate Choral Conducting 2
MUS 395. Junior or Senior Half Recital 0
MUS 441. Vocal Arranging 3
MUS 477. Vocal Pedagogy 2
Applied major study (voice or keyboard) 12
Applied secondary area 2
(voice for piano majors; MUS 304. Advanced Keyboard Skills for voice majors) 1  
Ensembles (one each semester for seven semesters) 2 7

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1 Vocal majors must pass the Advanced Keyboard Skills exam.
2 Piano majors may elect MUAP 357. Piano Accompanying and Piano Ensemble for two semesters.

Instrumental Track
(Applied study in winds, strings, percussion, piano 1)

Degree Requirements

Required Courses Credit Hours
General Education courses 2 38-41
Core music program courses 27
Major concentration courses and electives 42
Professional education sequence 20

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1 Students whose major instrument is piano must pass an interview with music education faculty, an audition on a band or orchestra instrument, and participate in instrumental ensembles each semester except for two during which they may elect MUAP 357. Piano Accompanying and Piano Ensemble. Performance in these ensembles will be on the secondary instrument with one semester on piano permitted as ensemble needs dictate.
2 GPSYC 160 may double count as a Cluster 5 course in General Education.

Major Requirements

Courses Credit Hours
MUED 271. Music Education: A Professional Choice 1
MUED 273. Music Education: A Professional Practice 1
Instrumental Techniques classes 1 7
MUED 301-302. Woodwind Techniques  
MUED 303-304. Brass Techniques  
MUED 305-306. Percussion Techniques  
MUED 307-308. String Techniques  
MUED 310. Vocal Techniques 1
MUED 371. Beginning Methods and Materials for 2
Instrumental Music  
MUED 373. Advanced Methods and Materials for 2
Instrumental Music  
Choose one of the following: 2
MUED 470. Marching Band Procedures  
MUED 472. Survey of String and Orchestra Repertoire  
MUS 150. Introduction to Technological Applications in Music 1
MUS 319. Intermediate Instrumental Conducting 2
MUS 395. Junior or Senior Half Recital 0
MUS 442. Instrumental Arranging 3
Applied music study (major instrument) 13
Ensembles (one each semester for seven semesters) 2,3 7

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1 One credit required in major instrument area. Two credits are required in other three instrumental areas. In the case of piano students, two credits are required in each instrument area for a total of eight credits.
2 Wind and percussion majors are required to participate in marching band for a minimum of two years, but participation every year is recommended.
3 Students whose major instrument is piano must pass an interview with music education faculty, an audition on a band or orchestra instrument, and participate in instrumental ensembles each semester except for two during which they may elect MUAP 357. Piano Accompanying and Piano Ensemble. Performance in these ensembles will be on the secondary instrument with one semester on piano permitted as ensemble needs dictate.

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Endorsement in Both Vocal and Instrumental Music
Students desiring licensure in both instrumental and vocal music must complete the requirements of both concentrations, including 12 credits of student teaching in each area. All students desiring double endorsement should consult the coordinator of music education to plan their programs.

Double licensure may add over a year to the student's program.

Minor Requirements

General Music Minor 1
Open to all JMU undergraduate students, the general music minor develops both the performing and non-performing musician's understanding of music. The minor requires the successful completion of six hours drawn from three areas – fundamentals, literature and history, and electives – for a total of 18 credit hours. Students must earn 50 percent of the required curriculum at JMU.

Required Courses Credit Hours
Fundamentals 3–6
MUS 131. Fundamentals of Music  
MUS 141, 142. Writing and Analysis Techniques  
Literature and History 6–9
GMUS 200. Music in General Culture  
GMUS 203. Music in America  
GMUS 206. Global Music 18th Century to the Present  
MUS 356. The History of Jazz in America  
MUS 357. Music Theatre History  
MUS 373, 374, 375, 376. Music History  
Electives – Any music course may count in this category, 6
examples include:  
All music ensembles  
MUI 221. Survey of the Music Industry  
MUI 410. Songwriting  
MUI 422. Concert Production and Promotion  
MUED 380. Music in Elementary School  
MUS 204. History of Rock  
MUS 240/440. Jazz Improvisation  
MUS 456. Choral Literature  
MUS 463. Twentieth Century Music  

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1 The minor in music does not qualify a student to teach music in Virginia public schools.

Music Industry Minor
Open to all JMU undergraduate students, the music industry minor provides students majoring in other disciplines with a foundation for exploring career opportunities in the entertainment industry. The minor requires successful completion of MUI 221, Survey of the Music Industry; MUI 323, Legal Aspects of the Music Industry and of an additional 12 elective credit hours. Students must earn 50 percent of the required curriculum at JMU.

Required Courses Credit Hours
MUI 221. Survey of the Music Industry 3
MUI 321. Legal Aspects of the Music Industry 3
MUI 250. Portfolio Review 0
Electives – Any music industry course may count in this category, 12
examples include:  
MUI 315. Songwriting  
MUI 324. Introduction to Audio Devices  
MUI 400. Multi-track Recording Techniques I  
MUI 401. Multi-track Recording Techniques II  
MUI 411. Film Scoring: Music in Entertainment and Broadcast Media  
MUI 422. Concert Production and Promotion  
MUI 430. Artist Management  
MUI 435. Marketing of Recorded Music  
MUI 440. Entrepreneurship in the Music Industry  
MUI 492. Internship in Music Industry  

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Jazz Studies Minor
Open to all undergraduate students at JMU, the jazz studies minor helps students majoring in other disciplines understand and perform the jazz art form. The minor requires the successful completion of 15 credit hours in specified music courses and five credit hours in jazz ensembles. Students must earn 50 percent of the required curriculum at JMU.

Required Courses Credit Hours
MUS 141. Writing and Analysis Theory I 3
MUS 143. Theory Lab I 1
MUS 240. Improvisation Lab I 2
MUS 356. History of Jazz in America 3
MUS 440. Improvisation Lab II (repeat 3 times) 6
Ensembles (choose from the following): 5
MUAP 347. Jazz Ensembles  
MUAP 348. Jazz Band  
MUAP 355. Jazz Chamber Ensemble  
MUED 471. Jazz and Show Choir Procedures  
MUED 473. Jazz Ensemble Procedures and Techniques  

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