The Bachelor of Arts in Music is a 120-credit program that allows students to study music in the context of a liberal arts education. Clayton State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The Division of Music's mission is to provide:
- Professional preparation for performers, educators, scholars, and creators
- Broad-based liberal arts education in music
- Service to the university and the public through performance and community engagement
- Hear, identify and manipulate with fluency in sound and notation the elements of music such as rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, timbre, and texture
- Demonstrate proficiency in solo and collaborative performance including technical competency, sight-reading, interpretive skill and artistic self-expression
- Think, speak and write clearly and effectively about music
- Develop teaching and coaching skills appropriate to the performance medium
Honor Societies and Clubs
Several honor societies, clubs, and service organizations are designed to support, augment, and supplement the educational and professional development of music students, including Mu Phi Epsilon (Coeducational Professional Music Fraternity) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME Collegiate).
Students who wish to major in Music must successfully audition for members of the faculty. Information about music auditions is available from the office of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and on the Department’s webpage. In addition, students must pass a Sophomore Barrier before enrolling in certain 3000- or 4000-level music courses.
|Core Curriculum (Areas A-E)||42|
|All Core Curriculum requirements for the Music major are shown under Core Curriculum in the Graduation Requirements section of the Undergraduate Catalog.|
|Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F)||18|
|MUSC 1011||Music Theory I||3|
|MUSC 1012||Music Theory II||3|
|MUSC 1111||Aural Skills I||1|
|MUSC 1112||Aural Skills II||1|
|MUSC 1710||Major Ensemble (four semesters)||4|
|MUSC 2111||Aural Skills III||1|
|MUSC 2112||Aural Skills IV||1|
|MUSC 2500||Applied Music Primary (four semesters)||4|
|MUSC 0890||Recital Attendance (six semesters)||0|
|MUSC 2011||Music Theory III||3|
|MUSC 2012||Music Theory IV||3|
|MUSC 2152||Class Piano IV||1|
|MUSC 3220||Intro to Music Technology||3|
|MUSC 3614||Music History Survey I||3|
|MUSC 3615||Music History Survey II||3|
|MUSC 4990||Music Capstone||3|
|Additional Music Courses/Ensembles|
|Choose four from the following:||4|
|Choral Conducting Techniques|
|Instr. Conducting Techniques|
|Music Drama Workshop|
|Performing Arts Electives||18|
|Choose 18 hours from MUSC, DANC, THEA courses.|
|Choose 18 hours from non-MUSC courses.|
|Total Credit Hours||120|
Other Music Graduation Requirements
- A minimum of 39 hours of 3000- or 4000-level courses is required for graduation.
- Students are encouraged, but not required, to use Electives to complete a minor program.
- No grades of D in upper-division courses are allowed in the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree program. Upper-division courses are all courses other than those of Areas A through F of the core curriculum. 1000- or 2000-level courses used in the upper division are included in this restriction. Additionally:
- No grades of D are allowed for any MUSC, THEA, or DANC course at any level.
- No grades of D are allowed for any course for students in the Music Education program.
- Requirements specific to the Music Program:
- To graduate with a BA degree, students must demonstrate proficiency in keyboard skills, in ear training, and in performance, and must attend performances and forums.
- Students must pass the Sophomore Barrier (usually at the end of the sophomore year) in order to enroll in upper-division music courses.
- MUSC 2301 Introduction to World Music must be taken as an elective if not taken in Area C2 of the Core Curriculum.