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School of Music

Dr. Mellasenah Y. Morris, Director

See page 5 for information regarding curricular changes.


Professors

Choi, Cross, J. Cryder, S. Cryder, Estock, Hilliard, Kluesner, Lance, Little, Lyon, McPherson, M. Morris, Mossblad, Noe, Rice, Rooney, G. West

Associate Professors

Ashby, Berneking, Brady, Hiatt, Kehlenbrink, McCashin, McEnderfer, Ruple, Tynes, D. Watkins

Assistant Professors

Gerster, Gilliam, Nicholas, R. Smith, Stees

Instructors

Crawley, Megaw

The School of Music at JMU is strongly committed to the highest level of musical training. A significant emphasis is placed on developing professional level musicianship skills. To fulfill this mission, a major focus of all curricular programs is excellence in performance which includes a solid grounding in the theoretical, historical and stylistic aspects of music. Graduates of our programs are prepared to be outstanding music teachers, professionals in the music industry, performers and composers.

The School of Music offers specific programs leading to professional careers in music and provides opportunities for students to study music for personal enrichment. It offers the Bachelor of Music degree in composition, performance, music industry emphasis and music education. The performance degree includes instrumental, keyboard and vocal concentrations. Concentrations for the music education degree are instrumental and vocal. A minor in music is also invaluable for students interested in continuing their musical development while pursuing a major in another field.

An important part of the mission of the School of Music is to provide the campus community and Shenandoah Valley area a variety of cultural benefits with on- and off-campus music performances throughout the year. These performances include faculty and student recitals, concerts by the numerous musical ensembles within the school, and performances, clinics and workshops by visiting artists.

Students who do not plan to major or minor in music may elect to enroll in many of the courses, including performing organizations offered by the school, provided the prerequisites have been met. Applied or group lessons are available through audition with the appropriate music faculty at the time of registration.

The School of Music is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Admission and Retention Requirements

Admission

Students choosing to major in music must possess the necessary background and experience in the performance medium they elect for their major and display sufficient musical talent to indicate promise in their field.

Although students desiring admission to James Madison University must follow the usual procedure for admission by submitting an application to the admissions office, no student will be accepted as a music major until an audition, music theory exam and piano placement test are successfully completed. Information regarding these requirements can be secured from the music admissions coordinator in the School of Music.

Auditions, music tests and interviews are scheduled on the university campus during the first part of the spring semester. Specific dates are established early in the school year and are announced to high school music teachers, guidance counselors and prospective music students upon request.

All candidates are expected to perform the entrance audition at one of the scheduled audition dates. Special appointments are not encouraged and will only be arranged when students find it impossible to appear for scheduled auditions because of serious conflicts. Because it is often difficult to assess a student's ability through a taped performance, only students who live at great distances are encouraged to send an audition tape. All tapes submitted must be high quality recordings and demonstrate the student's ability. Candidates who do not appear at scheduled auditions must take the music tests during summer orientation/ registration or during the fall registration period.

The audition should reveal the student's highest level of musical attainment. Appropriate literature of at least two selections of varying style and tempo are suggested so that an accurate evaluation of the candidate's ability can be made. The music tests are primarily used to determine class-level placement.

An information packet containing audition guidelines, an audition application and other pertinent materials will be sent to prospective music majors upon request. Packets may be obtained from the School of Music office or by writing or calling the music admissions coordinator in the School of Music, Music Building.

Retention

Students admitted as music majors must meet school standards, as published in the "Music School Student Handbook," if they are to continue. To ensure that these standards are met, the Music Academic Review Committee examines each music major's progress each semester according to the policies stated in the "Music School Student Handbook."

Music School
Student Handbook

For more detailed information on admission and retention policies, student affairs, scholarships, recital performance requirements, ensemble participation, recital and concert attendance, reviews and juries, piano proficiencies and curricula, students should refer to the "Music School Undergraduate Student Handbook." Handbooks are available upon request from the School of Music office.

Music Degree Requirements

All music majors must complete the liberal studies program and a 25 credit-hour core program of music courses common to all Bachelor of Music degree major curricula. The remaining hours are specified under each of the various majors and concentrations.

Ensemble participation, one major ensemble each semester except in the professional semester, is also required for a total of seven or eight credits. All music students should enroll in class piano each semester until requirements appropriate to their specific degree or concentration have been met. Graduating seniors are expected to participate in assessment activities including assessment day.

Attendance at recitals and concerts is a vital part of the education of a musician. It should contribute to the breadth of students' knowledge of music literature. Hearing performances also allows students to observe performing techniques from the student to the professional level. To assure an appropriate amount of experience in this area of musical development, undergraduate music majors are required to attend a minimum of 20 recitals per semester for six semesters, totaling 120 attendances during their degree studies. Registration for MUS 195 is required until this requirement has been fulfilled.

Basic Music Core for All Majors

A minimum grade of "C" is required of music majors in all music courses required for their degree. Required music courses without a "C" minimum must be repeated until "C" or higher is earned.

                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
Choose one of the following:                           1
  MUS 101. Elementary Class Piano 
    (required for music industry majors and 
    prerequisite for MUS 202-303)
  MUS 303. Class Piano (all music majors 
    except music industry)
MUS 141-142. Theory I: Writing and Analysis            6
  Techniques
MUS 143-144. Theory I: Aural Perception                2
  and Analysis
MUS 195. Recital Attendance (six semesters)            0
MUS 241-242. Theory II: Writing and Analysis           6
  Techniques
MUS 243-244. Theory II: Aural Perception               2
  and Analysis
MUS 317. Basic Conducting                              2
MUS 365-366. Music History                             6
                                                    ____
                                                      25
The freshman year of study shares a common curriculum for all concentrations. The year is devoted to courses from the basic music core requirements, liberal studies courses, ensemble participation and applied study in the student's major applied area. A typical freshman course of study might be:

                                                  Credit
First Semester                                     Hours
Choose one of the following:                           1
  MUS 100-101. Elementary Class Piano
  MUS 202-303. Class Piano
MUS 141. Theory I: Writing and Analysis Techniques     3
MUS 143. Theory I: Aural Perception and Analysis       1
MUS 195. Recital Attendance                            0
Applied music major course                             2
Music ensemble course                                  1
Liberal studies electives                              6
                                                    ____
                                                      14

                                                  Credit
Second Semester                                    Hours
ENG 102. Reading and Composition                       3
Choose one of the following:                           1
  MUS 100-101. Elementary Class Piano
  MUS 202-303. Class Piano
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
Liberal studies electives                              6
                                                    ____
                                                      17

Bachelor of Music Degree

The School of Music is in the process of revising its programs to meet the university's new 120 minimum required hours for graduation while maintaining NASM accreditation. All Bachelor of Music degree programs will achieve this goal by the 1995-96 academic year. Students entering under this year's catalog may elect to follow the 1995-96 catalog course of study should the new curriculum prove to be to the student's benefit.

The Bachelor of Music degree is designed for students in four specialized programs: performance, composition, music industry and music education.

Programs in performance or composition are intended for students who desire to continue their musical training in graduate programs which 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.

Performance - Vocal Concentration

Dr. John A. Little, Coordinator


                                                  Credit
Required Courses [1]                               Hours
Choose one of the following:                           8
  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 318. Intermediate Choral Conducting                2
MUS 444. Counterpoint                                  2
MUS 450. Advanced Music Analysis                       2
MUS 465. Opera History and Literature                  3
MUS 467. Solo Vocal Literature                         3
MUS 477. Vocal Pedagogy                                2
MUS 495. Senior Graduation Recital                     1
Applied voice study                                   22
Applied keyboard study (piano and/or organ)            6
Basic music core requirements                         25
Ensembles (one each semester)                          8
Liberal studies courses                            41-50
Approved music electives [2]                           3
Free non-music elective                                3
                                                    ____
                                                 133-142
________
Notes:
[1]
Additional requirement: Half Recital (junior year).
[2]
Approved music electives may not be fulfilled by additional ensemble credits.

Music Theater Concentration


                                                  Credit
Required Courses [1]                               Hours
MUI 221. Survey of the Music Industry                  3
MUI 323. Legal Aspects of the Music Industry           3
MUS 120 and 121. Diction for Singers (I-II)            2
MUS 357. Music Theatre History                         3
  (even spring semesters)
MUS 465. Opera History and Literature                  3
  (odd spring semesters)
Applied voice study                                   16
THEA 171-172. Performance Production (I- II)           6
THEA 251. Basic Acting                                 3
THEA 273. Visual Aspects of Theater                    3
THEA 351. Intermediate Acting                          3
THEA 453. Advanced Performance Techniques              3
DANC 246. Intermediate Jazz Dance                      2
DANC 346. Advanced Jazz/Musical Theater Styles         2
Music, theater or dance electives                    5-6
Theater elective                                       3
Ensembles (one each semester, as listed below) [2]     8
Music theater concentration credits                68-69
Basic Music Core Credits                              25
Liberal studies courses                            41-50
                                                    ____
                                                 134-144
________
Notes:
[1]
Additional requirement: half recital (senior year).
[2]
Bachelor of music in music theater majors must participate in MUAP 343, Opera Theater, for at least six 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; Chorale; Madison Singers or Madisonians. Madisonians may also substitute for a maximum of two semesters of opera theater. A minimum of one credit of ensemble must be selected each semester.

Performance - Piano Concentration

Dr. Eric Ruple, Coordinator


                                                  Credit
Required Courses [1]                               Hours
Choose one of the following:                           2
  MUS 318. Intermediate Choral Conducting
  MUS 319. Intermediate Instrumental Conducting
MUS 371. Private Piano Pedagogy                        3
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 495. Senior Graduation Recital                     1
Applied piano study                                   22
Applied secondary area(s)                              6
Basic music core requirements                         25
Ensembles (one each semester)                          8
Liberal studies courses                            41-50
Approved music electives [2]                          12
                                                    ____
                                                 132-141
________
Notes:
[1]
Additional requirement: Half Recital (junior year).
[2]
Approved music electives may not be fulfilled by additional ensemble credits.

Emphasis in Accompanying/Coaching


                                                  Credit
Required Courses [1]                               Hours
Choose two of the following:                           8
  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 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                                    6
Basic music core requirements                         25
Liberal studies courses                            41-50
Approved music electives [2]                           9
Ensembles (one each semester)                          8
                                                    ____
                                                 136-145
________
Notes:
[1]
Additional requirement: Half Recital (junior year)
[2]
Approved music electives may not be fulfilled by additional ensemble credits.

Performance - Organ Concentration

Dr. Richard E. McPherson, Coordinator


                                                  Credit
Required Courses                                   Hours
MUS 318. Intermediate Choral Conducting                2
MUS 441. Music Arranging                               2
MUS 443-444. Counterpoint                              4
MUS 449-450. Advanced Analysis                         4
MUS 456. Choral Literature I                           3
MUS 457. Choral Literature II                          3
MUS 468. Organ Literature                              2
MUS 469. Church Music                                  2
MUS 477. Vocal Pedagogy                                2
MUS 495. Senior Graduation Recital                     1
Applied organ study                                   22
Applied secondary area (voice)                         6
Basic music core requirements                         25
Ensembles (one each semester)                          8
Liberal studies courses                            41-50
Approved music electives [1]                           3
                                                    ____
                                                 130-139
________
Notes:
[1]
Approved music electives may not be fulfilled by additional ensemble credits.

Performance - Instrumental Concentration

James Kluesner, Coordinator


                                                  Credit
Required Courses [1]                               Hours
MUS 319. Intermediate Instrumental Conducting          2
Choose two of the following:                           4
  MUS 443-444. Counterpoint and/or
  MUS 449-450. Advanced Music Analysis
MUS 463. Twentieth-Century Music                       3
MUS 472. Instrumental Pedagogy                         1
MUS 495. Graduation Recital                            1
Applied music courses (may all be in one              28
  area of performance or divided between a 
  major instrument, 22 credit minimum, and minor 
  instruments, 0-6 credits.)
Basic music core requirements                         25
Chamber ensembles (in addition to the eight            6
  semester major ensemble requirement)
Ensembles (one each semester)                          8
Liberal studies courses                            41-50
Advanced music literature elective                     3
Approved music electives (music literature             8
  and/or theory) [2]
                                                    ____
                                                 130-139
________
Notes:
[1]
Additional requirements: Half Recital (junior year).
[2]
Approved music electives may not be fulfilled by additional ensemble credits.

Emphasis in Jazz Studies


                                                  Credit
Required Courses [1]                               Hours
MUI 324. Audio Devices I                               2
MUS 240. Jazz Improvisation Lab I                      1
MUS 251. Music Composition                             2
MUS 319. Intermediate Instrumental Conducting          2
MUS 356. History of Jazz in America                    3
MUS 440. Jazz Improvisation Lab II                     5
MUS 441. Music Arranging                               2
MUS 444. Counterpoint                                  2
MUS 463. Twentieth-Century Music                       3
MUS 472. Instrumental Pedagogy                         1
MUS 490. Special Studies in Music Jazz Arranging       2
MUS 495. Senior Graduation Recital                     1
Applied music courses (in the student's               22
  major instrument)
Approved music electives                               3
  (music literature and theory courses) [2]
Basic music core requirements                         25
Chamber ensembles (a minimum of four credits in        6
  MUAP 355, Jazz Chamber Ensembles, required)
Ensembles                                              8
Liberal studies courses                            41-50
                                                    ____
                                                 131-140
________
Notes:
[1]
Additional school requirements: Ensembles - a minimum of four credits required in MUAP 347, Jazz Ensemble , or MUAP 348, Jazz Band, (MUAP 348, Jazz Band, may not be counted as part of the school ensemble requirements). Junior Half Recital (American Jazz Style).
[2]
Approved music electives may not be fulfilled by additional ensemble credits.

Composition

Dr. James S. Hiatt, Coordinator


                                                  Credit
Required Courses [1]                               Hours
MUS 251-252. Music Composition                         4
Choose one of the following:                           2
  MUS 318. Intermediate Choral Conducting
  MUS 319. Intermediate Instrumental Conducting
MUS 351-352. Music Composition                         6
MUS 441-442. Music Arranging                           4
MUS 443-444. Counterpoint                              4
MUS 449-450. Advanced Music Analysis                   4
MUS 451-452. Music Composition                         6
MUS 453. Introduction to Electronic Music              2
MUS 463. Twentieth-Century Music                       3
MUS 495. Senior Graduation Recital                     1
Applied major study                                   12
Basic music core requirements                         25
Ensembles (one each semester) [2]                      8
Liberal studies courses                            41-50
Music literature electives                             6
                                                    ____
                                                 128-137
________
Notes:
[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]
Various ensembles approved by adviser.

Emphasis in Music Industry

Dona Gilliam, Coordinator


                                                  Credit
Required Courses                                   Hours
ACTG 241. Financial Accounting                         3
ACTG 242. Managerial Accounting                        3
BLAW 218. Legal Environment of Business                3
ECON 131. Principles of Economics (Micro) [1]          3
MGT 300. Management Principles                         3
MKTG 380. Principles of Marketing                      3
MUI 221. Survey of the Music Industry                  3
MUI 323. Legal Aspects of the Music Industry           3
MUI 324. Audio Devices for Musicians I                 2
MUI 325. Audio Devices for Musicians II                2
MUI 426. Music and Sound Product                       3
  Merchandising
Choose one of the following:                           4
  MUI 392. Practicum in Music Industry
  MUI 492. Internship in Music Industry
PHYS 110. Physics of Musical Sounds                    3
Applied major study                                   14
Ensembles (one each semester)                          7
Basic music core requirements                         25
Liberal studies courses                            41-50
Music industry electives                              10
Free electives                                         3
                                                    ____
                                                 135-144
________
Notes:
[1]
Recommended liberal studies elective.

Music Education

Larry T. Tynes, Coordinator

The Bachelor of Music degree in music education is primarily designed 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 the following requirements:

Professional Education Sequence


                                                  Credit
Required Courses                                   Hours
EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education            3
  (junior year)
EDUC 480. Student Teaching (senior year)              12
PSYC 270. Psychology for Teachers of the               3
  Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Child [1]
  (sophomore year)
                                                    ____
                                                      18
________
Notes:
[1]
PSYC 160 is prerequisite for PSYC 270.

Vocal Concentration

(Applied study in voice or keyboard)


                                                  Credit
Required Courses [1]                               Hours
MUED 206. Instrument Familiarization                   1
MUED 271. Introduction to Music Education              2
MUED 372. General Music Practices                      2
MUED 376. Choral Materials and Techniques              2
MUED 380. Music in the Elementary School               2
MUS 120. Diction for Singers I                         1
MUS 121. Diction for Singers II                        1
MUS 318. Intermediate Choral Conducting                2
MUS 441-442. Music Arranging                           4
MUS 477. Vocal Pedagogy                                2
Applied major study (voice or keyboard)               14
Applied secondary area (voice for keyboard             5
  majors; keyboard for voice majors)
Basic music core requirements                         25
Ensembles (one each semester)                          7
Liberal studies courses [2]                        38-47
Professional education sequence                       18
Free electives                                         3
                                                    ____
                                                 131-140
________
Notes:
[1]
Additional requirements: Keyboard majors may elect MUAP 357, Piano Accompanying Ensemble, for two semesters.
[2]
EDUC 360, Foundations of American Education, required in the professional education sequence, meets the cultural studies and the philosophy/religion components of the Liberal Studies Program.

Instrumental Concentration

(Applied study in winds, strings, percussion)


                                                  Credit
Required Courses [1]                               Hours
MUED 271. Introduction to Music Education              2
MUED 301-302. Woodwind Techniques [2]                  2
MUED 303-304. Brass Techniques [2]                     2
MUED 305-306. Percussion Techniques [2]                2
MUED 307-308. String Techniques [2]                    2
MUED 310. Vocal Techniques                             1
MUED 372. General Music Practices                      2
MUED 373. Instrumental Materials and                   3
  Techniques
MUS 319. Intermediate Instrumental Conducting          2
MUS 441-442. Music Arranging                           4
Applied music study (major instrument)                14
Basic music core requirements                         25
Ensembles (one each semester)                          7
Liberal studies courses [3]                        38-47
Professional education sequence                       18
Free electives                                         3
                                                    ____
                                                 128-137
________
Notes:
[1]
Additional requirements: Wind and percussion majors are required to participate in marching band for a minimum of two years, but participation every year is recommended.
[2]
Less one techniques credit in major instrument area.
[3]
EDUC 360, Foundations of American Education, required in the professional education sequence, meets the cultural studies and the philosophy/religion components of the Liberal Studies Program.

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 Larry Tynes, coordinator of music education, before planning their programs. Double licensure will add approximately one year to the student's program.

Music Minor

The music minor program requires 30 credit hours in music courses and is designed to provide flexibility to meet the diverse needs and interests of students. Minors must consult Larry Tynes, music minor adviser, and complete the appropriate forms in both the music office and the registration and records office. Applied lessons for music minors are assigned after successful completion of an audition in their performance area. PHYS 110, The Physics of Musical Sounds, may be counted as an elective in the music minor if taken as a prerequisite to other music courses. Otherwise, electives in the minor must have these prefixes: MUS, MUED, MUI. The 30-hour minor includes:

                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
MUS 141-142. Theory I: Writing and Analysis Techniques 6
MUS 143-144. Theory I: Aural Perception                2
  and Analysis
Choose one of the following:                           3
  MUS 200. Music in General Culture
  MUS 203. Music in America
MUS 365 or 366. Music History                          3
Applied music course(s) [1]                            4
Ensembles and/or additional applied study              4
Music electives upon approval of appropriate           8
  area coordinator
                                                    ____
                                                      30
________
Notes:
[1]
Total applied music credits, including ensembles, may not exceed 10 credits toward degree requirements. Four applied credits must be in one performance medium.
The minor in music does not qualify a student to teach music in the public schools of Virginia.


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