Undergrad Catalog

Music Studies (MUS)

Program Option: B.A.

The music studies major provides the opportunity for St. Kate's students to engage in the study of music within a liberal arts degree format.  The major provides a broad program of general education while also providing the opportunity for individualized study in particular areas of interest.  Through this major, students will develop individual performance skills in music, participate in ensemble performances, deepen their appreciation of, and literacy in, music traditions of the west, and explore global perspectives through the arts.  The students will develop leadership skills preparing them to adapt to the ever-changing opportunities of a career in music, directions of which might include graduate work in musicology, ethnomusicology and performance; composing or performing music; working in the music industry or a music business; and serving society in the non-profit sector. Most courses are open to all students, regardless of major.

Private music instruction is offered at St. Kate's in voice, piano, organ, guitar, flute, harp, and strings.  These courses are listed with the "MUSL" designation.  Students should follow normal online registration for their choice of lesson AND contact the Music Office (651-690-6690) to complete additional paperwork.  Those seeking lessons in other wind or brass instruments should also contact the Music Office for assistance in registering for lessons through the ACTC.  For piano and voice, students with little or no experience are expected to register for Beginning Voice (MUS 1070) or Beginning Piano (MUS 1060) for their first semester of study.

Participation in music ensembles is generally dependent upon an audition with the group's director.  Ensemble courses are designated as  "MENS" courses.  Students seeking acceptance into an ensemble should hold the timeslot for the course open and register for the course upon acceptance into the ensemble.  Contact the Music Office (651-690-6690) or the ensemble director for audition information.  Alternatively, a student may indicate her intention to participate in the ensemble by registering for the course prior to an audition, with the understanding that the registration might need to be adjusted.

All other music courses appear in the catalog with the prefix "MUS."

All music courses fulfill the fine arts core requirement.  Four semesters of ensemble and/or private music lessons will satisfy the requirement, provided that at least two of the four semesters are consecutive and in the same ensemble or applied area (instrumental or voice).

See also: Music in the Church, Music Theater

Major Requirements:

MUS 1130  Music Skills I
MUS 1150  The Art of Listening
MUS 2130  Music Skills II
MUS 2180  World Music
4 semesters of lessons (1000 & 2000 levels) (1 credit per semester)
4 semesters of ensemble (1 credit per semester)
MUS 4954  Independent Study: Senior Lecture/Recital or Senior Research Presentation

Choice of three of the following (one must be MUS 3250 or 3350):
MUS 2200  History of Rock
MUS 3250  Music of the Church: Historical Perspectives
MUS 3350  Women and Music
MUS 3360  Music and Healing
Four additional semesters of lessons (3000 & 4000 level)
Any other 3000 or 4000 level music course

Music studies majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing MUS 3350 Women and Music or MUS 3250 Music of the Church: Historical Perspectives. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000 or 2000, CORE 3990 and any other writing-intensive course in this or another department).

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