The Catholic University of America

Benjamin T. Rome School of Music

Officers of Instruction

Administration

Grayson Wagstaff, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor
Amy Antonelli, Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor; Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies
Joseph A. Santo, D.M.A.
Adjunct Assistant Professor; Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies

Faculty

Sharyn Battersby, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor
Sharon Christman, M.M.
Associate Professor
Nikita Fitenko, D.M.A.
Associate Professor
Jody Gatwood, B.S.
Professor
Stephen Gorbos, D.M.A.
Assistant Professor
Ivo Kaltchev, D.M.A.
Associate Professor
Michael Mermagen, M.M.
Assistant Professor
Leo Nestor, D.M.A.
Justine Bayard Ward Professor
Denise Puricelli, M.M.
Assistant Professor
Murry Sidlin, M.M. Professor
David Searle, M.M.
Assistant Professor
Andrew Earle Simpson, D.M.
Professor
Michael Vernon Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Steven Strunk, D.M.A.
Professor
Paul Taylor, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Elaine R. Walter, Ph.D.
Professor
Andrew H. Weaver, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Emeritus Faculty 

Cyrilla Barr, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita
Helmut Braunlich, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Robert Garofalo, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Barbara English Maris, D.M.A.
Professor Emerita
Thomas Mastroianni, Mus.D.
Professor Emeritus
Ruth Steiner, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita

Associates of the Faculty

Emma Garmendia, Ph.D.
Director Emerita, Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music
Robert Stevenson, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music

Faculty Distribution (includes Part-Time Faculty)

NSO=Member, National Symphony Orchestra; BSO=Member, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Chamber Music Jody Gatwood; Michael Mermagen
Conducting Leo Nestor, choral; David Searle, orchestral/opera; John Mitchell, wind ensemble; Murry Sidlin
Institute of Sacred Music Robert Grogan, Organ; Edward Alan Moore; Leo Nestor, Director; Joseph Santo, Composition; Andrew Simpson, Composition; Rev. Robert A. Skeris; Steven Strunk, Composition; Grayson Wagstaff, Musicology; Andrew H. Weaver, Musicology
Music Education Sharyn Battersby; Michael V. Smith
Musicology Grayson Wagstaff; Elaine R. Walter; Andrew H. Weaver; Esperanza Berrocal; ChristinaTaylor-Gibson
Theory and Composition Amy Antonelli; Stephen Gorbos; Joseph Santo; Andrew Simpson; Steven Strunk; Paul Taylor
Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music Esperanza Berrocal; Rosemarie Houghton; Richard Miller; José Ramos Santana; Christina Taylor-Gibson; Grayson Wagstaff
Bassoon Truman Harris (NSO); Phillip Kolker (BSO)
Cello Michael Mermagen
Clarinet Steven Barta; Lawrence Bocaner (NSO); Paul Cigan; Eugene Mondie (NSO)
Double Bass Ira Gold (NSO)
Flute Vanita Jones; Toshiko Kohno (NSO); Alice Weinreb (NSO)
Guitar Richard Miller
Harp [Members of the NSO or BSO available to interested students.]
Horn Robert Craven; James Nickel
Oboe Igor Leschishin
Organ Robert Grogan; Edward Alan Moore
Piano Nikita Fitenko; Ivo Kaltchev; James Litzelman; Thomas Mastroianni; José Ramos Santana; Ralitza Patcheva
Percussion Albert Merz
Saxophone Scott Weinhold
Trombone Matthew Guilford (NSO); Craig Mulcahy
Trumpet Steven Hendrickson (NSO); Charles Daval
Tuba David Fedderly (BSO)
Viola Tsuna Sakamoto (NSO)
Violin Jody Gatwood; Elisabeth Adkins (NSO): Emil Chudnovsky; Amy Beth Horman
Vocal Coaching Katerina Souvórova; Henriette Lund
Musical Theatre Coaching  
Staff Accompanist Nicolas Catravas
Voice In Dal Choi; Rick Christman; Sharon Christman; Rosemarie Houghton; Susanne Marsee, Kevin Strother; Arianna Zukerman
Voice/Musical Theatre Ellwood Annaheim; Doug Bowles; Eugene Galvin; Fleta Hylton; Thomas Pedersen; Denise Puricelli; Dominic Traino

Biographies of regular full-time and selected adjunct and part-time faculty may be viewed on the School of Music Web site: http://music.cua.edu.

History

The Catholic University of America has long been committed to educating musicians and scholars. In 1927, the university first began offering music courses. A music department was established in 1950 with John Paul as chair. Under his leadership, the department became the School of Music in 1965. The school was named the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music in the spring of 1984, in honor of alumnus, trustee emeritus and longtime friend and benefactor, the late Benjamin T. Rome. Dean Paul and his successors-Thomas Mastroianni, Elaine R. Walter, Marilyn Neeley, and Murry Sidlin--have shaped a school where performance and scholarship receive equal attention to benefit undergraduate and graduate students from the United States and many foreign countries. The school is fully accredited by The National Association of Schools of Music and is Washington, D.C.'s only university school of music.

Today, with some 30 distinct majors offered, music students are admitted to programs leading to the degrees Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts, Master of Music, Master of Music in Sacred Music, Doctor of Musical Arts, or Doctor of Philosophy. Students study with an impressive faculty of artists and scholars and participate in master classes offered by some of the world's most respected performers including Renata Scotto, Thomas Stewart, André Watts, Misha Dichter, Lorin Hollander, Horacio Gutierrez, and Mstislav Rostropovich. The school houses the Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music and the international Ward Center. The Summer Opera Theatre Company was a professional and independent company in residence for more than two decades at the university.

Benjamin T. Rome School of Music schedules numerous concerts, recitals, and special events throughout each academic year. Recent opera and musical theater productions include Verdi's La Traviata, Bellini's I Capuleti ed i Montecchi, Puccini's Il Trittico and Madama Butterfly, Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, Mozart's The Magic Flute, Rodgers' and Hammerstein's Allegro and Carousel, Stein, Bock, and Harnick's Fiddler on the Roof, Bernstein's West Side Story, Herman's Hello, Dolly!, and Sondheim's Into the Woods. The highlight of each year is the annual spring concert benefiting the school's endowed scholarship funds. Past benefit concerts include the 1982 world premiere of Gian Carlo Menotti's Muero porque no muero, the 1984 concert conducted by honorary alumnus and friend, Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich, former music director of The National Symphony Orchestra, and the 1991 world premiere of Menotti's Llama de Amor Viva. In 1987, 1993, and 1999, student musicians traveled to Rome for a series of concerts, including performances for Pope John Paul II. Students and alumni have performed for presidents, heads of state, and all the cardinals of the United States Catholic Church. At the 2003 President's Concert, the students of the school performed Leonard Bernstein's Mass, under the direction of Dean Murry Sidlin, and the university awarded the President's Medal to Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center. At the re-opening of the Kennedy Center's Opera House, Maestro Sidlin and the students were invited to perform excerpts from Bernstein's landmark work. Subsequent years have seen performances of Defiant Requiem-Verdi at Terezín, both on campus in 2004 and at the Terezi­n concentration camp in 2006; Benjamin Britten's War Requiem (2005); Aaron Copland's The Tender Land (2006); Leonard Bernstein's Candide (2007); and Ned Rorem's opera on Thornton Wilder's Our Town (2008). These annual performances, all under the baton of Maestro Sidlin and in connection with the annual President's Festival of the Arts, are the culmination of a week of concerts, lectures, and symposia associated with the theme for that year.

More than 2,000 music alumni have won many awards and maintain high professional visibility on six continents as performers, music educators, composers, liturgical musicians, and scholars. Among those who have received national and international recognition are tenor John Aler, who won Grammy awards for recordings of Handel's Semele (best opera) and Bartok's Cantata Profana (best classical album); and soprano Harolyn Blackwell, who received critical acclaim for her Metropolitan Opera debut performances in Donizetti's opera La Fille du Regiment opposite Luciano Pavarotti. Graduates perform with the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, New York City Opera and major symphony orchestras throughout the United States.

The school remains the preeminent Catholic center for music study in this country and is recognized for perpetuating the Church's historical role in uplifting the human spirit through the study and performance of music. The Institute of Sacred Music integrates the comprehensive study of music with the worlds of liturgical, theological, classical, and humanistic studies. The school welcomes applications from women and men of character, intelligence, motivation, and talent, regardless of race, creed, nationality, ethnic background, or disability.

Goals

Benjamin T. Rome School of Music serves the cultural needs of the Church, nation, and region through the training of men and women by an outstanding faculty of artists/scholars. Together, faculty and students are creatively engaged in research, performance, composition, and teaching, always striving "to find cultural treasures both old and new ...."

Through its comprehensive graduate and undergraduate programs, the school is committed to excellence. The school provides a liberal education for undergraduates and the finest professional training for all its students. It is committed to graduate education and offers the highest quality instruction to assist in the preparation of creative artists and teachers who upon graduation take their place as leaders in the world community. Of special importance is the Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music, the only such center in the United States that offers a minor in Latin American music within the graduate degree programs. In addition to the training of artists and scholars through the Institute of Sacred Music, the school directly serves the Church by training liturgical musicians to assume leadership within the parishes, seminaries, and dioceses of the world. The school strengthens the Church and the nation by developing leaders in music education capable of awakening cultural appreciation and values in the students of parochial and public school systems.

The school offers the university community opportunities to participate in its performing organizations and concerts. It provides humanities and elective courses in music to all students in the university and seeks to collaborate further in interdisciplinary studies. It also serves the campus community as a resource when needed for official functions. Convinced that the school contributes "to the development of Christian culture and human progress," it consistently provides the campus and this nation with musical activities that reflect the excellence of the school and this university, further demonstrating the commitment to the arts held traditionally by the Church. (Quotations are from Ex corde Ecclesiae, the Apostolic Constitution of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II on Catholic Universities, Aug. 15, 1990.)

Institute of Sacred Music

The Institute of Sacred Music (http://sacredmusic.cua.edu/) at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music of The Catholic University of America integrates the comprehensive study of music with the worlds of sacred and liturgical, theological, classical, and humanistic studies. Degree programs at the graduate level (M.M. and D.M.A. in sacred music) are offered, as is nondegree study of music at every level of development. The institute prepares its participants for careers in the arena of sacred music and develops those already engaged in the field.

The institute affords coursework during the academic year and in summer-study, year-round, and weekend seminars. The schedule of the institute accommodates the working professional and aspirant in the field of sacred music, offering late afternoon, evening and weekend study. Balance among academic studies, professional skills, creativity and performance characterize the institute at CUA.

The institute draws faculty from the disciplines of the entire university as well as professional practitioners in the metropolitan Washington area, the nation, and Europe.

The Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music

The Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music (http://lamc.cua.edu/) was founded in 1984. The Center promotes the study of, research in, and performance of Ibero-American music. It fosters the exchange of students, scholars, performers, composers, musicologists, and music educators between Ibero-American countries, North America, and the Caribbean region. The Center houses a specialized library of scores, books, and recordings of Ibero-American music. Through this Center, musicians from the Americas come together with the essence of their own cultures to investigate, exchange, develop, perfect, and promulgate their musical knowledge and gifts toward better understanding through mutual respect of the peoples and arts of our hemisphere.

The Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music has developed a visiting professorship program by accepting scholars and professors from the Americas and Spain to research and offer lectures and performances.

The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music offers master's, and doctoral degree programs with concentration in the music of Latin America, with each program requiring courses, performance and research in Latin American music. For each degree program that follows, the difference between the regular curriculum and the curriculum for students concentrating in Latin American music is summarized.

Bachelor of Music Programs

Programs leading to the Bachelor of Music degree are offered in composition, music education, music history and literature (honors program), musical theatre, or performance (orchestral instruments, organ, piano, voice).

Handbook for students in the School of Music: Students should consult the online Handbook found at http://music.cua.edu/ for music school forms and procedures not detailed in these Announcements.

Waiver of coursework or credit by examination: A student who has extensive professional or academic experience in a specific music subject area may request a waiver of coursework or credit by examination. In either case, an examination will be administered by the faculty in specific subject areas and a faculty recommendation will be submitted to the dean. Credit will be awarded only for outstanding performance in a subject area. If a waiver only is granted in a subject area, an appropriate credit substitution will be made. The maximum number of semester hours a student may achieve by examination in the bachelor's program is six.

First Year Experience: The school of music participates in the First Year Experience.  Freshmen take ENG 101 and PHIL 201 in the first semester; they take TRS 201 and PHIL 202 in the second semester.  For further details, the student is asked to see his/her program curriculum below.

Performing organization requirements: Full-time and part-time undergraduate students are required to enroll each semester in University Chorus (MUS 507) (MUS 110 Women's Chorus by advisement), University Symphony Orchestra (MUS 508), Wind Ensemble (MUS 508B) according to the requirements of their degree program. Undergraduates who pass the audition for entrance into Chamber Choir (MUS 507A) may use that performing ensemble to fulfill their major ensemble requirements. Transfer students, whether from another institution or another School within the university, are required to enroll in a performing organization during the semesters in residence at the School of Music. Students in Musical Theatre who participate in the London Dramatic Academy and students in Music Education should consult their curriculum for exceptions to the above.

Studio X (MUS 100): All undergraduate students are required to register for MUS 100 Studio X each semester they are in residence.

Accelerated Harmony: Harmony I-IV is an eight-credit sequence. Students permitted to take Accelerated Harmony I (3 cr) and Accelerated Harmony II (3 cr) have fulfilled the Harmony sequence without further need to make up two credits.

The Music History sequence: The music history courses must be taken in sequence: MUS 325 History of Music I, MUS 326 History of Music II, MUS 327 History of Music III.

Music Certification: The Music Education curriculum leads to K-12 Music Certification in the District of Columbia. Pursuit of reciprocal certification with other state departments of education is possible.

Music Teacher Certification Program (non-degree): Although the Music Teacher Certification Program may stand alone, it is also available to undergraduate students who wish to pursue music education certification simultaneously with the completion of a Bachelor of Music degree in a field other than music education. Students are advised that this may result in additional length of time required to complete the degree and are advised to begin the certification program early in their undergraduate program. Students interested in this program should consult with the the chair of Music Education.

Independent Study: Except in cases approved by the dean, no more than four Independent Studies may be included in a Bachelor of Music degree program, and the student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Private Instruction with part-time faculty: Part-time faculty members teaching private instruction are appointed at an hourly rate by the university. Study with part-time applied faculty is subject to their availability; some part-time applied faculty members teach off campus. Students studying with part-time faculty may be required to pay an additional studio rate.

Private Instruction and degree recital: Students are required to enroll for at least one semester hour of private instruction in their major field during the semester in which they present a degree recital.

Minor (Subconcentration): Undergraduate students may, with approval of the dean, elect a subconcentration in a nonmusic area. This may result in additional length of time required to complete the degree. A minor in Drama is not permitted for students in the Musical Theatre degree program.

English requirements: Undergraduate majors in the music school are required to take two English courses: a writing course (ENG 101), part of the First Year Experience sequence of courses; and a literature course (HUM 101).  An additional English course may be required in certain degree programs: see individual curriculum for details.  A student who earns a score of 4 or 5 on the AP English Literature and Composition exam will receive automatic credit for ENG 102.  Note: The university does not accept the AP exam for English Language/Composition.  HUM 101 Classics in Conversation may be accepted as a music (MUS) elective if it has not been used to satisfy the English literature requirement or other English course requirement.

Theology and Religious Studies (TRS) requirements: All undergraduates in the music school are required to take three TRS courses, the specifics of which are outlined in the curricula of the degree programs that follow. Transfer students in the music school are permitted to take two TRS courses, a 200-level course in the Catholic Tradition and a 300-level course of one's choosing, but in a different area or field from that of the 200-level taken.

Academic electives: Academic electives may be chosen from courses in any field except music (MUS) or music private instruction (MUPI).

Theory Placement Exam: Entering undergraduate students, including transfer students, are given the Theory Placement Examination to determine their placement in music theory. Based on the results of the test, students may be required to complete successfully two semesters of Fundamentals of Music Theory (MUS 023, 024) before enrolling in MUS 121 and 123.

Advanced Placement: The music school follows guidelines established by the School of Arts and Sciences in the awarding of credits to students who submit Advanced Placement Test results and who have earned the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Transfer credits: For credits to be transferred from another institution, the other institution must be regionally accredited, the grade received in the course must be "C" or higher, the course must be applicable to the degree being pursued at CUA, and the course must first be evaluated for equivalency. When transferring credits, if a student's prior institution awarded more credits for a course than CUA awards for an equivalent course, only the number of credits awarded by CUA will be granted for the course; surplus credits for the course may be used as free music elective credits, if necessary. If a student's prior institution awarded fewer credits for a course than CUA awards for an equivalent course, the missing credits must be made up in music electives. An exception to this latter policy will be applied lessons for which the student's prior institution awarded one or two semester hours of credit for weekly hour-long lessons during the entire course of a semester; in such cases, CUA will award three semester hours of credit upon written confirmation from the institution.

Good standing, probation, dismissal: The music school follows university policy on good standing, probation, and dismissal, as outlined in the general section of these Undergraduate Announcements.

Dean's List: A dean's list is created for each semester to recognize those music students who in a degree program have achieved at least a 3.5 grade point average in a full-time course load for that semester (12 credit hours or more) and who have not incurred a failing grade in either a credit-bearing or non-credit bearing course taken that semester.

Music students derive benefit from participation in many aspects of the management and production of performances. Students may, as part of their educational experience, be assigned various duties in the production of operas, musical theater productions, and orchestral, choral, and chamber music concerts. 

COMPOSITION

A student who wishes to major in composition must submit original works for evaluation, which must be approved by the composition committee. In addition, the student must pass an audition in his or her principal performance area (instrument or voice) and must complete a specified number of credits in that performance area, normally during the freshman year.

Incoming freshmen are admitted initially to the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, but not to the composition degree program itself. Upon completion of sophomore-level composition, the composition faculty reviews the student's progress and determines whether or not the student is to be admitted formally to the degree program. At this time the student's compositions should show evidence of original creative ability as determined by the composition committee. Also, grades of B- or above are required in any of the following courses already taken: MUS 121, 122, 221, 222, 125, 126, 321, 322, 323, 324, 435, 436, 404. (Students are required to earn a B- or better in any of the aforementioned courses to be taken following their admission to the composition degree program.) If a B- or above is not achieved, the student will be required to repeat the course until the requisite grade is attained. Any student not admitted may seek admission to another degree program within the school of music.

While enrolled for applied instruction in composition, composition majors are required to submit samples of their work to a jury of the composition faculty for evaluation at the end of each semester. MUS 322, 323, 324, 337, 342, 435, and 436 are offered on a rotational basis, and students may take these courses out of the sequence listed, if necessary. Students are required to take History of Music I, II, and III (MUS 325, 326, 327) in the sequence listed.

To graduate, piano principals must complete, at a minimum, Piano Level VI. Requirements for all levels appear at the end of the Undergraduate Programs section. In satisfying the music elective requirements listed below for the sophomore and junior years, piano principals may, with the adviser's approval, elect additional private instruction in piano.

Within this program, a minor in piano is offered as an option. Students interested in seeking permission to pursue this option should contact the music school for requirements.

 
Major Area
credits
MUPI 121
Composition: Freshman Year (2 semesters @ 1 credit)
2
MUPI 191
Composition Private Instruction (6 semesters @ 3 credit)
18
MUS 321, 322
Form and Analysis I, II (3 credits each)
6
MUS 323, 324 (581)
Orchestration I (3 credits), Orchestration II (or Adv. Orch).; 3 credits
6
MUS 435, 436
18th-Century Counterpoint; 16th-Century Counterpoint (3 credit each)
6
MUS 573A Inroduction to Electronic Composition 1
MUS 404
Composition Seminar (8 semesters @ 1 credit)
8
MUS 499
Senior Recital (30-45 minutes)
Recital of original compositions. The candidate must participate in the recital as either performer or conductor. Completed scores for the graduation recital must be submitted no later than 30 days in advance of the recital date.
0
 
Total Major Area:
46
 
Supportive Courses in Music
 
MUPI 171
Principal Instrument or Voice ( 2 semesters @ 3 credits)
6
MUPI or MUS
Secondary Piano (non-piano principals; MUPI 181; 6 semesters @ 1 credit) or Music Electives (piano principals; 2 semesters @ 3 credits)
6
MUS 100
Studio X (8 semesters @ 0 credits)
0
 
MUS 121, 122
Ear Training and Sight Singing I, II (2 credits each)
4
MUS 125, 126
Accelerated Harmony I, II (2 semesters @ 3 credits)
6
MUS 221, 222
Ear Training and Sight Singing III, IV (2 credits each)
4
MUS 321, 326, 327
History of Music I, II, III (3 credits each)
9
MUS 337, 342
Basic Conducting, Instrumental Conducting (2 credits each)
4
MUS
Performing Organization (8 semesters @ 1 credit)
8
 
Piano Principals: Level VI
0
 
Total Supportive Courses in Music:
47
 
General Studies
 
ENG 101
Rhetoric and Composition (Freshman year)
3
HUM 101
Classical and Christian Foundations in the Humanities (Sophomore year)
3
PHIL 201, 202
The Classical Mind, The Modern Mind (3 credits each) (Freshman year)
6
TRS 201
Faith Seeking Understanding (Freshman year)
3
TRS 200-/300-level
Introductory Level Theology Course
3
TRS 300-level
Upper Level Theology Course
3
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Academic (non-music) Electives
12
 
The three TRS courses must be in three different areas or fields, chosen from among the following: Biblical Studies (Old Testament, New Testament); Church History; Moral Theology/Ethics; Liturgy and Sacraments; Spirituality/Pastoral/Religious Education; Systematic Theology; Theology and Culture (Religious Studies, World Religions).
 
 
Total General Studies:
33
 
Electives
 
MUS
Music Electives
6
 
Total Electives:
6
 
Total program credits:
133
 
Number of years to complete: 4 years (8 semesters)
 

 

GENERAL-CHORAL MUSIC EDUCATION

Academic electives will include courses in the natural and behavioral sciences and the humanities. To graduate, piano principals must complete, at a minimum, Piano Level VIII. Requirements for all levels appear at the end of the Undergraduate Programs section. MUS 139, 140, 185, 186, 239, 240, 323, 337, 338, and 353 are offered on a rotational basis, and students may take these courses out of the sequence listed, if necessary. Students are required to take History of Music I, II, and III (MUS 325, 326, 327) in the sequence listed.

Music education majors are required to take the Pre-Professional Skills Test (Praxis I) during their freshman year. They must pass the test before being permitted to enroll in MUS 453 or 454.

Students must register each semester for MUS 150 (Field Experiences in Music Education) until they acquire 100 hours of field experience.

Mus Ed Gen-Ch
Basic Musicianship and Performance
credits
MUPI 171
Principal Instrument or Voice (8 semesters @ 3 credits)
24
MUS 100
Studio X (8 semesters @ 0 credits)
0
MUS 121, 122, 221, 222
Ear Training and Sight Singing I, II, III, IV (4 semesters @ 2 credits each)
8
MUS 123, 124, 223, 224
Harmony I, II, III, IV (4 semesters @ 2 credits each)
8
MUS 147
Folk Instruments of the World for Music Educators
2
MUS 148
World Percussion Techniques
1
MUS 179
Instrumental Techniques for the Choral Music Educator
3
MUS 183, 184, 283, 284
or
MUS 185, 186
Class Piano, I, II, III, IV (non-piano principals; 1 credit each)
or
Class Voice I, II (piano principals; 2 credits each)
4
MUS 321
Form and Analysis I
3
MUS 323
Orchestration I
3
MUS 325, 326, 327
History of Music I, II, III (3 credits each)
9
MUS 337, 338
Basic Conducting, Choral Conducting (2 credits each)
4
MUS 353
Piano Sight Reading and Improvisation (piano principals only)
(2)
MUS 500
Piano Pedagogy I (piano principals only)
(2)
MUS 507
CUA Chorus (7 semesters @ 1 credit)
No performing ensemble is required during the semester of Supervised Internship
7
MUS 499
Senior Solo Recital (45 minutes)
0
 
Piano Proficiency Exam; Piano Principals: Level VIII
0
 
Total Basic Musicianship and Performance:
76
(80)
 
Professional Education
 
EDUC 251
Foundations of Education
3
EDUC 361
Psychology of Education
3
EDUC 586
Curriculum and Methods in Secondary Education
3
MUS 138
Introduction to Music Education
1
MUS 150
Field Experiences with Children and Youth
(each semester until 100 hours of field experience acquired)
0
MUS 415
Supervised Internship: Elementary and Secondary General-Choral Music
9
MUS 453
Elementary General-Choral Music Methods
3
MUS 454
Secondary General-Choral Music Methods
3
 
Total Professional Education:
25
 
General Studies
 
ENG 101
Rhetoric and Composition (Freshman year)
3
HUM 101
Classical and Christian Foundations in the Humanities (Sophomore year)
3
ENG ___
English Elective
3
PHIL 201, 202
The Classical Mind, The Modern Mind (3 credits each) (Freshman year)
6
TRS 201
Faith Seeking Understanding (Freshman year)
3
TRS 200-/300-level
Introductory Level Theology Course
3
TRS 300-level
Upper Level Theology Course
3
(To be determined by student in consultation with adviser.)
Academic (non-music) Electives
12
 
The three TRS courses must be in three different areas or fields, chosen from among the following: Biblical Studies (Old Testament, New Testament); Church History; Moral Theology/Ethics; Liturgy and Sacraments; Spirituality/Pastoral/Religious Education; Systematic Theology; Theology and Culture (Religious Studies, World Religions).
 
 
Total General Studies:
36
 
Total Credits for Degree Program:
137
 
Number of years to complete: 4 years (8 semesters)
 

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC EDUCATION

Instrumental music education majors are required to complete class instrument courses as listed below. Academic electives will include courses in the natural and behavioral sciences and the humanities.

Piano principals may be accepted into this degree program provided they possess sufficient experience and/or aptitude for learning band and orchestral instruments. To graduate, piano principals must complete, at a minimum, Piano Level VIII. Requirements for each level appear at the end of the Undergraduate Programs section.

MUS 143, 144, 160, 189, 243, 244, 323, 337, 342, 343, 344, 455, and 456 are offered on a rotational basis, and students may take these courses out of the sequence listed, if necessary. Students are required to take History of Music I, II, and III (MUS 325, 326, 327) in the sequence listed. Music education majors are required to take the Pre-Professional Skills Test (Praxis I) during their freshman year. They must pass the test before being permitted to enroll in MUS 455 or 456.

Students must register each semester for MUS 150 (Field Experiences in Music Education) until they acquire 100 hours of field experience.

 
Basic Musicianship and Performance
credits
MUPI 171
Principal Instrument (8 semesters @ 3 credits)
24
MUS 100
Studio X (8 semesters @ 0 credits)
0
MUS 121, 122, 221, 222
Ear Training and Sight Singing I, II, III, IV (4 semesters @ 2 credits each)
8
MUS 123, 124, 223, 224
Harmony I, II, III, IV (4 semesters @ 2 credits each)
8
MUS 147
Folk Instruments of the World for Music Educators
2
MUS 148
World Percussion Techniques
1
MUS 170
Percussion Techniques for Music Educators
1
MUS 172
Woodwind Techniques for Music Educators
3
MUS 173
Brass Techniques for Music Educators
3
MUS 174
String Techniques for Music Educators
3
MUS 183, 184, 283, 284
Class Piano, I, II, III, IV (1 credit each)
4
MUS 185
Class Voice I
2
MUS 321
Form and Analysis I
3
MUS 323
Orchestration I
3
MUS 325, 326, 327
History of Music I, II, III (3 credits each)
9
MUS 337, 342
Basic Conducting, Instrumental Conducting (2 credits each)
4
MUS ___
Performing Organization (7 semesters @ 1 credit)
No performing ensemble is required during the semester of Supervised Internship
7
MUS 499
Senior Solo Recital (45 minutes)
0
 
Piano Proficiency Exam; Piano Principals: Level VIII
0
 
Total Basic Musicianship and Performance:
85
 
Professional Education
 
EDUC 251
Foundations of Education
3
EDUC 361
Psychology of Education
3
MUS 138
Introduction to Music Education
1
MUS 150
Field Experiences with Children and Youth
(each semester until 100 hours of field experience acquired)
0
MUS 417
Supervised Internship: Elementary and Secondary Instrumental Music
9
MUS 455
Elementary and Middle School Instrumental Music Methods
3
MUS 456
Secondary Instrumental Music Methods
3
 
Total Professional Education:
22
 
General Studies
 
ENG 101
Rhetoric and Composition (Freshman year)
3
HUM 101
Classical and Christian Foundations in the Humanities (Sophomore year)
3
ENG ___
English Elective
3
PHIL 201, 202
The Classical Mind, The Modern Mind (3 credits each) (Freshman year)
6
TRS 201
Faith Seeking Understanding (Freshman year)
3
TRS 200-/300-level
Introductory Level Theology Course
3
TRS 300-level
Upper Level Theology Course
3
(To be determined by student in consultation with adviser.)
Academic (non-music) Electives
9
 
The three TRS courses must be in three different areas or fields, chosen from among the following: Biblical Studies (Old Testament, New Testament); Church History; Moral Theology/Ethics; Liturgy and Sacraments; Spirituality/Pastoral/Religious Education; Systematic Theology; Theology and Culture (Religious Studies, World Religions).
 
 
Total General Studies:
33
 
Total Credits for Degree Program:
140
 
Number of years to complete: 4 years (8 semesters)
 

COMBINED GENERAL-CHORAL AND INSTRUMENTAL EDUCATION

This is a nine-semester program. Acceptance into this selective program is determined after a student has been admitted into the undergraduate school of music and has approval of the advisers.

Majors in this degree program are required to complete class instrument courses as listed below. Academic electives will include courses in the natural and behavioral sciences and the humanities.

To graduate, piano principals must complete, at a minimum, Piano Level VIII. Requirements for each level appear at the end of the "Undergraduate Programs" section.

MUS 143, 144, 160, 185, 186, 243, 244, 323, 337, 342, 343, 344, 353, 455, and 456 are offered on a rotational basis, and students may take these courses out of the sequence listed, if necessary. Students are required to take History of Music I, II, and III (MUS 325, 326, 327) in the sequence listed.

Music Education majors are required to take the Pre-Professional Skills Test (Praxis I) during their freshman year. They must pass the test before being permitted to enroll in MUS 453, 454, 455, or 456.

Students must register each semester for MUS 150 (Field Experiences in Music Education) until they acquire 100 hours of field experience.

 
Basic Musicianship and Performance
credits
MUPI 171
Principal Instrument or Voice (9 semesters @ 3 credits)
27
MUS 100
Studio X (9 semesters @ 0 credits)
0
MUS 121, 122, 221, 222
Ear Training and Sight Singing I, II, III, IV (4 semesters @ 2 credits each)
8
MUS 123, 124, 223, 224
Harmony I, II, III, IV (4 semesters @ 2 credits each)
8
MUS 147
Folk Instruments of the World for Music Educators
2
MUS 148
World Percussion Techniques
1
MUS 170
Percussion Techniques for Music Educators
1
MUS 172
Woodwind Techniques for Music Educators
3
MUS 173
Brass Techniques for Music Educators
3
MUS 174
String Techniques for Music Educators
3
MUS 183, 184, 283, 284
or
MUS 353, 500
Class Piano, I, II, III, IV (non-piano principals; 1 credit each)
or
Piano Sight Reading and Improvisation (piano principals only; 2 credits),
Piano Pedagogy I (piano principals only; 2 credits)
4
MUS 185, 186
Class Voice I, II (non-voice principals; 2 credits each)
(4)
MUS 321
Form and Analysis I
3
MUS 323
Orchestration I
3
MUS 325, 326, 327
History of Music I, II, III (3 credits each)
9
MUS 337, 338 (or 342)
Basic Conducting, Choral or Instrumental Conducting (2 credits each)
4
MUS ___
Performing Organization (8 semesters @ 1 credit)
No performing ensemble is required during the semester of Supervised Internship
8
MUS 499
Senior Solo Recital (45 minutes)
0
 
Piano Proficiency Exam; Piano Principals: Level VIII
0
 
Total Basic Musicianship and Performance:
87
(91)
 
Professional Education
 
EDUC 251
Foundations of Education
3
EDUC 361
Psychology of Education
3
EDUC 581
Educating Diverse Learners
3
MUS 138
Introduction to Music Education
1
MUS 150
Field Experiences with Children and Youth
(each semester until 100 hours of field experience acquired)
0
MUS 419
Supervised Internship: Elementary and Secondary Levels
9
MUS 453
Elementary General-Choral Music Methods
3
MUS 454
Secondary General-Choral Music Methods
3
MUS 455
Elementary and Middle School Instrumental Music Methods
3
MUS 456
Secondary School Instrumental Music Methods
3
 
Total Professional Education:
31
 
General Studies
 
ENG 101
Rhetoric and Composition (Freshman year)
3
HUM 101
Classical and Christian Foundations in the Humanities (Sophomore year)
3
ENG
English Elective
3
PHIL 201, 202
The Classical Mind, The Modern Mind (3 credits each) (Freshman year)
6
TRS 201
Faith Seeking Understanding (Freshman year)
3
TRS 200-/300-level
Introductory Level Theology Course
3
TRS 300-level
Upper Level Theology Course
3
(To be determined by student in consultation with adviser.)
Academic (non-music) Electives
6
 
The three TRS courses must be in three different areas or fields, chosen from among the following: Biblical Studies (Old Testament, New Testament); Church History; Moral Theology/Ethics; Liturgy and Sacraments; Spirituality/Pastoral/Religious Education; Systematic Theology; Theology and Culture (Religious Studies, World Religions).
 
 
Total General Studies:
30
 
Total Credits for Degree Program:
148
 
Number of years to complete: 4½ years (9 semesters)
 

MUSIC HISTORY AND LITERATURE

This degree program is an honors program open to qualified undergraduate students with SAT scores of 1200 (Reading and Math) or above and a minimum G.P.A. of 3.4. An audition for this program is required only if the student desires advanced standing in piano study.

Majors in this program are required to pass a piano proficiency examination. Beginners will normally take Class Piano I, II initially (private instruction by audition).

As graduation requirements, majors must (1) complete a senior thesis or project and (2) either give a public oral presentation of the senior thesis or project, including musical examples, or successfully complete a comprehensive examination.

Students desiring to transfer to another Bachelor of Music program must apply no later than the end of their sophomore year and pass an audition in the principal performance area.

The writing of term papers, reports, and assignments is an important component of this program. Foreign language is strongly recommended.

Students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit in a performance area, either in piano or in a combination of piano and another instrument or voice. Beginning pianists will normally take Class Piano I, II (private instruction by audition). Piano instruction must be continued until the piano proficiency examination is passed.

MUS 322, 323, and 539 are offered on a rotational basis, and students may take these courses out of the sequence listed, if necessary. Students are required to take History of Music I, II, and III (MUS 325, 326, 327) in the sequence listed.

Music Literature/History Electives (by advisement) are offered at two or three semester hours of credit. They are to be chosen from the following courses: History of the American Musical Theatre I-IV (MUS 347, 348, 447, 448); Survey in Solo Vocal Literature I-II (MUS 511, 512); Survey of Organ Literature I-II (MUS 516, 517); Piano Literature I-V (MUS 522, 523, 527, 528, 530); Gregorian Chant Practicum I-II (MUS 547, 552); Liturgical Music (MUS 583, 587); The History of Jazz through Analysis (MUS 665); Latin American Music electives (by advisement); or a graduate music history course (by advisement, during the senior year).

At least one music history or literature elective must be in a course that covers the music of Latin America or another non-Western European region.

 
Major Area
credits
MUS 133
Honors Music Literature
3
MUS 325, 326, 327
History of Music I, II, III (3 credits each)
9
MUS __, __, __, __, (__)
Music Literature/History Electives (by advisement)
12-18
MUS ___
Advanced Music History Elective (by advisement)
3
MUS ___
Senior Seminar
3
MUS 494
Senior Project/Thesis
0
[MUS 494, see above]
or
COMP 498 (or 499)
Oral Presentation of Senior Project/Thesis, including musical examples
or
Successful Completion of Comprehensive Examination
0
 
Total Major Area:
30-36
 
Supportive Courses in Music
 
MUPI or MUS
Applied Private Instruction and/or Class Piano
(0-4 credits per semester by advisement)
12
minimum
MUS 100
Studio X (8 semesters @ 0 credits)
0
MUS 121, 122
Ear Training and Sight Singing I, II (2 credits each)
4
MUS 125, 126
Accelerated Harmony I, II (2 semesters @ 3 credits)
6
MUS 321
Form and Analysis I
3
MUS 322
or
MUS 633
Form and Analysis II
or
Introduction to the Analysis of 20th-Century Music (by advisement)
3
MUS 323
Orchestration I
3
MUS 435
18th-Century Counterpoint
3
MUS ___
Performing Organization (8 semesters @ 1 credit)
8
MUS ___
Music Elective (by advisement)
3
 
Piano Proficiency Examination
0
 
Total Supportive Courses in Music:
49
minimum
 
General Studies
 
ENG ___
English Course by advisement
3
HUM 101
Classical and Christian Foundations in the Humanities (Sophomore year)
3
PHIL 201, 202
The Classical Mind, The Modern Mind (3 credits each) (Freshman year)
6
HIST 101, 102
The History of World Civilizations
(or other history courses by advisement, 3 credits each)
6
HIST ___
History Elective (by advisement)
3
TRS 201
Faith Seeking Understanding (Freshman year)
3
TRS 200-/300-level
Introductory Level Theology Course (see below re: TRS courses)
3
TRS 300-level
Upper Level Theology Course (see below re: TRS courses)
3
(To be determined by student in consultation with adviser.)
Academic (non-music) Electives
15
 
The three TRS courses must be in three different areas or fields, chosen from among the following: Biblical Studies (Old Testament, New Testament); Church History; Moral Theology/Ethics; Liturgy and Sacraments; Spirituality/Pastoral/Religious Education; Systematic Theology; Theology and Culture (Religious Studies, World Religions).
 
 
Total General Studies:
45
 
Total Credits for Degree Program:
124-130
 
Number of years to complete: 4 years (8 semesters)
 

MUSICAL THEATRE

Applicants for this degree program must successfully complete proficiency auditions in voice, acting, and dance. Contact the school for details.

Once accepted into the degree program, musical theatre majors must audition for all university musical productions, including CUA Singers and revue shows. All shows will be cast (principals and chorus) from these auditions.

Participation on one crew (set, costume, props, make-up, lighting, sound, house management and publicity, stage management) is required each academic year. A minimum of 50 hours per crew is required for completion.

All students, at the end of the sophomore year jury, will receive a comprehensive review of their progress to determine their acceptability for admission to junior-level musical theatre courses and voice lessons. At semester juries, students may be given written warnings if they are not developing as expected. Those not admitted to junior-level musical theatre courses, including voice lessons, may seek admission to another degree program in the music school or will be allowed to re-audition for the Musical Theater Program after completing additional study in deficient areas that would be specified in writing. Juniors and seniors may be required to repeat skill studies as warranted before graduation.

If it becomes necessary for a musical theatre major to take more than one set of voice lessons in a given semester, all lessons must be taken with the same instructor. Students are not permitted to study for credit with two different voice instructors in any given semester.

The student is normally required to complete eight semester hours of credit in dance, as listed below; however, final determination of dance requirements will depend on the student's background, and substitutions may be recommended by the adviser.

Students with extensive dance training may elect to fulfill their dance requirements at one of the consortium universities or an area professional dance school. Each course taken elsewhere (at least two times per week, minimum 40 hours per semester) will equal one of CUA's dance courses per semester. Only students with advanced level training may request to take dance elsewhere. This will be determined during the first week of the semester. The student must first go to the CUA dance class of choice (i.e., intermediate ballet, intermediate jazz or intermediate tap) with an Off Campus Dance Form (available in the music school Academic Records Office). The Off Campus Dance Form must be signed by the CUA dance instructor and the musical theatre adviser. The student will notify the instructor at the consortium institution or professional dance studio that he or she is taking the class in substitution for a one-credit class at CUA by presentation of the Off-Campus Dance Form. At the completion of the course, the dance instructor must sign the form certifying that the student has taken a minimum of 40 hours of dance instruction and has satisfactorily completed the class. The student must complete a curriculum exception sheet, signed by his or her musical theatre adviser and the dean, indicating a waiver of one dance credit. The student is required to file the Off-Campus Dance Form, with all appropriate signatures, in his or her academic file.

If the student wishes to take advanced level dance courses during the summer, he or she must get pre-approval of the chosen university or professional dance studio and the course from the musical theatre adviser and the dance teacher. The Off-Campus Dance Form must then be signed by the CUA dance teacher, the musical theatre adviser and, at the conclusion of the course, the dance instructor certifying that all the requirements were met.

In addition to tuition, students are required to pay a fee for each dance class taken at The Catholic University of America. Contact the music school for applicable fees.

Musical theatre majors are required to complete a minimum of two credits of class piano or secondary piano, as assigned. The adviser may approve secondary piano based upon the student's prior piano study. Students study at their own pace until target proficiencies are acquired and must pass a 10-minute proficiency examination, which must be taken at the end of the second semester of piano study. Should the student not pass the proficiency examination following the second semester of piano, he or she may take up to two more semesters of secondary piano in order to pass the proficiency examination, and will not be charged the elective (higher) lesson fee. After that, the student will have to pay the elective fee to continue with piano lessons. Students who enter with no piano background may require more than two semesters to attain the target proficiencies. After the proficiency examination is passed, students may elect further study in piano by advisement, paying the elective study private instruction fee.

Coaching is available for undergraduate musical theatre majors by request, for one semester hour of credit only and only in the semester in which the junior and senior recitals are scheduled. For this coaching, students pay the elective study private instruction fee.

The musical theatre student who, before the beginning of his/her Junior year, has (1) maintained at least a 3.000 cumulative GPA, (2) completed Harmony I-IV and ET/SS I-IV, and (3) registered for and completed one of the two required internships may elect to spend a spring semester abroad in the junior year to study theater in London. No music courses are offered in this study abroad program. Incoming Musical Theatre students who are placed in Fundamentals I and II may not be able to participate in the study abroad program unless they complete harmony and ear-training courses in summer sessions.

A minor in Drama is not permitted for students in the Musical Theatre degree program.

 
Major Area
credits
MUPI 191
Private Instruction: Voice (8 semesters @ 3 credits)
24
MUS 103, 104
Body Movement (1 credit), Stage Deportment (1 credit)
2
MUS 385, 386
History of Musical Theatre, 1727-1935 (3 credits);
History of Musical Theatre, 1935-present (3 credits)
6
MUS 399
Junior Solo Recital (30 minutes)
0
MUS 439, 439
Musical Theatre Workshop: Sophomore Level (2 semesters @ 1 crediteach)
2
MUS 440, 440
Musical Theatre Workshop: Junior Level (2 semesters @ 1 credit each)
2
MUS 445, 446
Musical Theatre Internship (2 semesters @ 0 credit each)
0
MUS 499
Senior Solo Recital (60 minutes)
0
 
Crews (1 per year)
0
 
Total Major Area:
36
 
Supportive Courses in Music
 
MUPI or MUS
Secondary Piano or Class Piano (as assigned; 2 semesters @ 1 credit each)
2
MUS 100
Studio X (8 semesters @ 0 credits)
0
MUS 121, 122, 221, 222
Ear Training and Sight Singing I, II, III, IV (2 credits each)
8
MUS 123, 124, 223, 224
Harmony I, II, III, IV (2 credits each)
8
MUS 131
Music Literature
3
MUS 337
Basic Conducting
2
MUS 507
University Chorus (8 semesters @ 1 credit)
8
 
Piano Proficiency Examination
0
 
Total Supportive Courses in Music:
31
 
Dance/Theatre Courses
 
MUS 105, 105
Beginning Ballet (1 credit, 1 credit)
2
MUS 205, 205
Beginning Tap (1 credit,1 credit)
2
MUS 305, 305
Intermediate Tap (1 credit, 1 credit)
2
MUS 405, 406
Beginning Modern Dance (1 credit), Beginning Jazz Dance (1 credit)
2
DR 101
Theatre I (3 credits)
3
DR 102
or
DR 206
Introduction to the Alexander Technique
or
Acting I
3
DR 104
Theatre II (3 credits)
3
DR 201, 202
Theatre Topics I, II (3 credits each)
6
DR 307
Speech for the Actor
3
DR ___ , DR ___
Acting Classes (by advisement)
6
 
Total Dance/Theatre Courses:
32
 
General Studies
 
ENG 101
Rhetoric and Composition (Freshman year)
3
HUM 101
Classical and Christian Foundations in the Humanities (Sophomore year)
3
PHIL 201, 202
The Classical Mind, The Modern Mind (3 credits each) (Freshman year)
6
TRS 201
Faith Seeking Understanding (Freshman year)
3
TRS 200-/300-level
Introductory Level Theology Course
3
TRS 300-level
Upper Level Theology Course
3
(To be determined by student in consultation with adviser.)
Academic (non-music) Electives
9
 
The three TRS courses must be in three different areas or fields, chosen from among the following: Biblical Studies (Old Testament, New Testament); Church History; Moral Theology/Ethics; Liturgy and Sacraments; Spirituality/Pastoral/Religious Education; Systematic Theology; Theology and Culture (Religious Studies, World Religions).
 
 
Total General Studies:
30
 
Total Credits for Degree Program:
129
 
Number of years to complete: 4 years (8 semesters)
 
ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTS

Violin, Viola, Cello

In this degree program, music electives may include chamber music, with instructor's approval, or other music courses. MUS 323, 337, 342, 435, 568, and 569 are offered on a rotational basis, and students may take these courses out of the sequence listed, if necessary. Students are required to take History of Music I, II, and III (MUS 325, 326, 327) in the sequence listed.

Undergraduate applied string majors will be evaluated by members of the string committee during their fourth-semester jury to determine acceptability for admission to junior-level applied study. Any student not admitted to the junior level will be permitted to continue studies in applied music at the sophomore level in order to correct deficiencies or may seek admission to another degree program within the music school.

 
Major Area
credits
MUPI 191
Private Instruction: Major Instrument (8 semesters @ 3 credits)
24
MUS 399
Junior Solo Recital (30 minutes)
0
MUS 402 (403)
Chamber Music or Accompanying (8 semesters @ 1 credit each)
8
MUS 495, 495
Two Chamber Music Performances
0
MUS 499
Senior Solo Recital (60 minutes)
0
MUS 568
Orchestral Literature for String Players
3
MUS 569
String Pedagogy
3
MUS ___
Performing Organization (8 semesters @ 1 credit each)
8
 
Total Major Area:
46
 
Supportive Courses in Music
 
MUS 100
Studio X (8 semesters @ 0 credits)
0
MUS 121, 122, 221, 222
Ear Training and Sight Singing I, II, III, IV (2 credits each)
8
MUS 123, 124, 223, 224
Harmony I, II, III, IV (2 credits each)
8
MUS 183, 184, 283, 284
Class Piano I, II, III, IV (1 credit each)
4
MUS 321
Form and Analysis I
3
MUS 323
Orchestration I
3
MUS 325, 326, 327
History of Music I, II, III (3 credits each)
9
MUS 337, 342
Basic Conducting, Instrumental Conducting (2 credits each)
4
MUS 435
18th-Century Counterpoint
3
 
Total Supportive Courses in Music:
42
 
General Studies
 
ENG 101
Rhetoric and Composition (Freshman year)
3
HUM 101
Classical and Christian Foundations in the Humanities (Sophomore year)
3
PHIL 201, 202
The Classical Mind, The Modern Mind (3 credits each) (Freshman year)
6
TRS 201
Faith Seeking Understanding (Freshman year)
3
TRS 200-/300-level
Introductory Level Theology Course
3
TRS 300-level
Upper Level Theology Course
3
(To be determined by student in consultation with adviser.)
Academic (non-music) Electives
9
 
The three TRS courses must be in three different areas or fields, chosen from among the following: Biblical Studies (Old Testament, New Testament); Church History; Moral Theology/Ethics; Liturgy and Sacraments; Spirituality/Pastoral/Religious Education; Systematic Theology; Theology and Culture (Religious Studies, World Religions).
 
 
Total General Studies:
30
 
Electives
 
MUS ___, ___
Music Electives
6
 
Total Electives:
6
 
Total Credits for Degree Program:
124
 
Number of years to complete: 4 years (8 semesters)
 

String Bass, Harp, Guitar

In this degree program, music electives may include chamber music, with instructor's approval, or other music courses. MUS 323, 337, 342, 435, 568, and 569 are offered on a rotational basis, and students may take these courses out of the sequence listed, if necessary. Students are required to take History of Music I, II, and III (MUS 325, 326, 327) in the sequence listed.

Undergraduate string bass, harp, and guitar majors will be evaluated by members of the string committee during their fourth-semester jury to determine acceptability for admission to junior-level applied study. Any student not admitted to the junior level will be permitted to continue studies in applied music at the sophomore level in order to correct deficiencies or may seek admission to another degree program within the music school.

 
Major Area
credits
MUPI 191
Private Instruction: Major Instrument (8 semesters @ 3 credits)
24
MUS 399
Junior Solo Recital (30 minutes)
0
MUS 499
Senior Solo Recital (60 minutes)
0
MUS 495, 495
Two Chamber Music Performances
0
MUS 568, 569
 
or
___, ___
Orchestral Literature for String Players, String Pedagogy (3 credits each) (string bass)
or
Academic Electives (3 credits each) (harp, guitar)
6
MUS ___
Performing Organization (8 semesters @ 1 credit each)
8
 
Total Major Area:
38
 
Supportive Courses in Music
 
MUS 100
Studio X (8 semesters @ 0 credits)
0
MUS 121, 122, 221, 222
Ear Training and Sight Singing I, II, III, IV (2 credits each)
8
MUS 123, 124, 223, 224
Harmony I, II, III, IV (2 credits each)
8
MUS 183, 184, 283, 284
Class Piano I, II, III, IV (1 credit each)
4
MUS 321
Form and Analysis I
3
MUS 323
Orchestration I
3
MUS 325, 326, 327
History of Music I, II, III (3 credits each)
9
MUS 337, 342
Basic Conducting, Instrumental Conducting (2 credits each)
4
MUS 435
18th-Century Counterpoint
3
 
Total Supportive Courses in Music:
42
 
General Studies
 
ENG 101
Rhetoric and Composition (Freshman year)
3
HUM 101
Classical and Christian Foundations in the Humanities (Sophomore year)
3
PHIL 201, 202
The Classical Mind, The Modern Mind (3 credits each) (Freshman  year)
6
TRS 201
Faith Seeking Understanding (Freshman year)
3
TRS 200-/300-level
Introductory Level Theology Course
3
TRS 300-level
Upper Level Theology Course
3
(To be determined by student in consultation with adviser.)
Academic (non-music) Electives
9
 
The three TRS courses must be in three different areas or fields, chosen from among the following: Biblical Studies (Old Testament, New Testament); Church History; Moral Theology/Ethics; Liturgy and Sacraments; Spirituality/Pastoral/Religious Education; Systematic Theology; Theology and Culture (Religious Studies, World Religions).
 
 
Total General Studies:
30
 
Electives
 
MUS ___, ___, (___)
Music Electives
6
(To be determined by student in consultation with adviser.)
Electives (at least 2 of these credits must be music electives)
8
 
Total Electives:
14
 
Total Credits for Degree Program:
124
 
Number of years to complete: 4 years (8 semesters)
 

Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion

In this degree program, music electives may include chamber music, with instructor's approval, or other music courses. MUS 323, 337, 342, and 435 are offered on a rotational basis, and students may take these courses out of the sequence listed, if necessary. Students are required to take History of Music I, II, and III (MUS 325, 326, 327) in the sequence listed.

 
Major Area
credits
MUPI 191
Private Instruction: Major Instrument (8 semesters @ 3 credits)
24
MUS 399
Junior Solo Recital (30 minutes)
0
MUS 495
Chamber Music Performance
0
MUS 499
Senior Solo Recital (60 minutes)
or
Special examination in orchestral literature
0
MUS ___
Performing Organization (8 semesters @ 1 credit each)
8
 
Total Major Area:
32
 
Supportive Courses in Music
 
MUS 100
Studio X (8 semesters @ 0 credits)
0
MUS 121, 122, 221, 222
Ear Training and Sight Singing I, II, III, IV (2 credits each)
8
MUS 123, 124, 223, 224
Harmony I, II, III, IV (2 credits each)
8
MUS 183, 184, 283, 284
Class Piano I, II, III, IV (1 credit each)
4
MUS 321
Form and Analysis I
3
MUS 323
Orchestration I
3
MUS 325, 326, 327
History of Music I, II, III (3 credits each)
9
MUS 337, 342
Basic Conducting, Instrumental Conducting (2 credits each)
4
MUS 350, 351
Wind and/or Percussion Orchestral Repertoire I, II (2 credits each)
4
MUS 435
18th-Century Counterpoint
3
MUS ___, ___, ___, ___
Music Electives
10
 
Total Supportive Courses in Music:
56
 
General Studies
 
ENG 101
Rhetoric and Composition (Freshman year)
3
HUM 101
Classical and Christian Foundations in the Humanities (Sophomore year)
3
PHIL 201, 202
The Classical Mind, The Modern Mind (3 credits each) (Freshman year)
6
TRS 201
Faith Seeking Understanding (Freshman year)
3
TRS 200-/300-level
Introductory Level Theology Course
3
TRS 300-level
Upper Level Theology Course
3
(To be determined by student in consultation with adviser.)
Academic (non-music) Electives
15
 
The three TRS courses must be in three different areas or fields, chosen from among the following: Biblical Studies (Old Testament, New Testament); Church History; Moral Theology/Ethics; Liturgy and Sacraments; Spirituality/Pastoral/Religious Education; Systematic Theology; Theology and Culture (Religious Studies, World Religions).
 
 
Total General Studies:
36
 
Total Credits for Degree Program:
124
 
Number of years to complete: 4 years (8 semesters)
 

ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTS AND INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC EDUCATION (DOUBLE MAJOR)

This is a nine-semester program. Majors in this program are required to complete class instrument courses as listed below. Piano principals may be accepted into this degree program provided they possess sufficient experience and/or aptitude for learning band and orchestral instruments. To graduate, piano principals must complete, at a minimum, Piano Level VIII. Requirements for each level appear at the end of the Undergraduate Programs section.

MUS 143, 144, 160, 189, 243, 244, 323, 337, 342, 343, 344, 455, and 456 are offered on a rotational basis, and students may take these courses out of the sequence listed, if necessary. Students are required to take History of Music I, II, and III (MUS 325, 326, 327) in the sequence listed. Undergraduate string principals will be evaluated by members of the string committee during their fourth-semester jury to determine acceptability for admission to junior-level applied study. Any student not admitted to the junior level will be permitted to continue studies in applied music at the sophomore level in order to correct deficiencies or may seek admission to another degree program within the music school.

Majors in this program are required to take the Pre-Professional Skills Test (Praxis I) during their freshman year. They must pass the test before being permitted to enroll in MUS 455 or 456.

Students must register each semester for MUS 150 (Field Experiences in Music Education) until they acquire 100 hours of field experience.

 
Basic Musicianship and Performance
credits
MUPI 171
Principal Instrument (9 semesters @ 3 credits)
27
MUS 100
Studio X (9 semesters @ 0 credits)
0
MUS 121, 122, 221, 222
Ear Training and Sight Singing I, II, III, IV (4 semesters @ 2 credits each)
8
MUS 123, 124, 223, 224
Harmony I, II, III, IV (4 semesters @ 2 credits each)
8
MUS 147
Folk Instruments of the World for Music Educators
2
MUS 148
World Percussion Techniques
1
MUS 170
Percussion Techniques for Music Educators
1
MUS 172
Woodwind Techniques for Music Educators
3
MUS 173
Brass Techniques for Music Educators
3
MUS 174
String Techniques for Music Educators
3
MUS 183, 184, 283, 284
Class Piano, I, II, III, IV (non-piano principals; 1 credit each)
4
MUS 185
Class Voice I
2
MUS 321
Form and Analysis I
3
MUS 323
Orchestration I
3
MUS 325, 326, 327
History of Music I, II, III (3 credits each)
9
MUS 337, 342
Basic Conducting, Instrumental Conducting (2 credits each)
4
MUS ___
Performing Organization (8 semesters @ 1 credit)
No performing ensemble is required during the semester of Supervised Internship
8
MUS 399
Junior Solo Recital (30 minutes)
0
MUS 402, 403
or
MUS ___, ___
Chamber Music (vln, vla, cello principals; 4 semesters @ 1 credit each)
or
Music Electives (all other principals)
4
MUS 495, 495
or
MUS 495
2 Chamber Music Performances (violin, viola, cello principals);
or
1 Chamber Music Performance (all other principals)
0
MUS 499
Senior Solo Recital (60 minutes)
0
MUS 568 or MUS 569
or
MUS ___
Orchestral Literature for String Players or String Pedagogy (string principals)
or
Music Elective (all other principals)
3
 
Piano Proficiency Exam; Piano Principals: Level VIII
0
 
Total Basic Musicianship and Performance:
96
 
Professional Education
 
EDUC 251
Foundations of Education
3
EDUC 361
Psychology of Education
3
MUS 138
Introduction to Music Education
1
MUS 150
Field Experiences with Children and Youth
(each semester until 100 hours of field experience acquired)
0
MUS 417
Supervised Internship: Elementary and Secondary Instrumental Music
9
MUS 455
Elementary and Middle School Instrumental Music Methods
3
MUS 456
Secondary School Instrumental Music Methods
3
 
Total Professional Education:
22
 
General Studies
 
ENG 101
Rhetoric and Composition (Freshman year)
3
HUM 101
Classical and Christian Foundations in the Humanities (Sophomore year)
3
ENG ___
English Elective
3
PHIL 201, 202
The Classical Mind, The Modern Mind (3 credits each) (Freshman year)
6
TRS 201
Faith Seeking Understanding (Freshman year)
3
TRS 200-/300-level
Introductory Level Theology Course
3
TRS 300-level
Upper Level Theology Course
3
(To be determined by student in consultation with adviser.)
Academic (non-music) Electives
9
 
The three TRS courses must be in three different areas or fields, chosen from among the following: Biblical Studies (Old Testament, New Testament); Church History; Moral Theology/Ethics; Liturgy and Sacraments; Spirituality/Pastoral/Religious Education; Systematic Theology; Theology and Culture (Religious Studies, World Religions).
 
 
Total General Studies:
33
 
Total Credits for Degree Program:
151
 
Number of years to complete: 4½ years (9 semesters)
 

ORGAN

MUS 185, 186, 322, 323, 337, 338, 435, 436, 579, and 580 are offered on a rotational basis, and students may take these courses out of the sequence listed, if necessary. Students are required to take History of Music I, II, and III (MUS 325, 326, 327) in the sequence listed.

 
Major Area
credits
MUPI 191
Private Instruction: Organ (8 semesters @ 3 credits)
24
MUS 399
Junior Solo Recital (30 minutes)
0
MUS 499
Senior Solo Recital (60 minutes)
0
MUS 579
The Organ as a Church Instrument
3
MUS 580
The Organist as a Church Musician
3
MUS ___
Performing Organization (8 semesters @ 1 credit each)
8
 
Total Major Area:
38
 
Supportive Courses in Music
 
MUS 100
Studio X (8 semesters @ 0 credits)
0
MUS 121, 122, 221, 222
Ear Training and Sight Singing I, II, III, IV (2 credits each)
8
MUS 123, 124, 223, 224
Harmony I, II, III, IV (2 credits each)
8
MUS 185, 186
Class Voice I, II (2 credits each)
4
MUS 321, 322
Form and Analysis I, II (3 credits each)
6
MUS 323
Orchestration I
3
MUS 325, 326, 327
History of Music I, II, III (3 credits each)
9
MUS 337, 338
Basic Conducting, Choral Conducting (2 credits each)
4
MUS 435, 436
18th-Century Counterpoint, 16th-Century Counterpoint (3 credits each)
6
 
Total Supportive Courses in Music:
48
 
General Studies
 
ENG 101
Rhetoric and Composition (Freshman year)
3
HUM 101
Classical and Christian Foundations in the Humanities (Sophomore year)
3
PHIL 201, 202
The Classical Mind, The Modern Mind (3 credits each) (Freshman year)
6
TRS 201
Faith Seeking Understanding (Freshman year)
3
TRS 200-/300-level
Introductory Level Theology Course
3
TRS 300-level
Upper Level Theology Course
3
TRS ___, ___
Liturgical Electives
6
(To be determined by student in consultation with adviser.)
Academic (non-music) Electives
9
 
The three TRS courses must be in three different areas or fields, chosen from among the following: Biblical Studies (Old Testament, New Testament); Church History; Moral Theology/Ethics; Liturgy and Sacraments; Spirituality/Pastoral/Religious Education; Systematic Theology; Theology and Culture (Religious Studies, World Religions).
 
 
Total General Studies:
36
 
Electives
 
MUS ___, ___, ___, (__)
Music Electives
9
 
Total Electives:
9
 
Total Credits for Degree Program:
131
 
Number of years to complete: 4 years (8 semesters)
 

PIANO

To graduate, piano performance majors must complete Piano Level X. They are expected to complete Level IX by the end of their junior year. Requirements for each level appear at the end of the Undergraduate Programs section.

MUS 153, 154, 155, 156, 322, 323, 337, 338, 514, and 435 are offered on a rotational basis, and students may take these courses out of the sequence listed, if necessary. Students are required to take History of Music I, II, and III (MUS 325, 326, 327) in the sequence listed. The required concerto normally will be accompanied by piano. The securing of the accompanist is the responsibility of the soloist.

A partnership has been established between the Levine School of Music and the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. This partnership consists of the following:

Internships and Observations. Selected undergraduate and/or graduate students who are registered for 529, Internship in Teaching Piano, and who are recommended by both CUA and Levine School of Music faculty may be able to carry out their practice teaching at LSM. Full semester/academic year practice teaching assignments may include music sampler classes or individual lessons for scholarship students. Internship students will be required to do a final project related to the internship course, to be evaluated by a CUA faculty member. Opportunities for CUA students to observe teachers at LSM are possible.

Independent Study. Independent study projects in piano pedagogy for CUA registered students may be designed in collaboration with LSM. Reciprocal projects may be created for registered LSM students.

 
Major Area
credits
MUPI 191
Private Instruction: Piano (8 semesters @ 3 credits)
24
MUS 153, 154
Piano Ensemble (1 credit each)
2
MUS 155
Piano Sight Reading I
1
MUS 156
or
MUS 514
Piano Sight Reading II
or
Introduction to Vocal Accompanying (by advisement)
1
MUS 399
Junior Solo Recital (30 minutes)
0
MUS 402, 403
Chamber Music or Accompanying (2 semesters @ 1 credit each)
2
MUS 495
Chamber Music Performance
0
MUS 496
Concerto Performance
0
MUS 499
Senior Solo Recital (60 minutes)
0
MUS 500
Piano Pedagogy I
2
MUS 529, 529
Internship in Teaching Piano (2 semesters @ 1 credit each
2
MUS ___, ___
Piano Literature Electives (2 @ 3 credits each)
6
MUS ___, ___
Piano Pedagogy Electives (2 @ 2 credits each)
4
 
Piano Level X
0
 
Total Major Area:
44
 
Supportive Courses in Music
 
MUS 100
Studio X (8 semesters @ 0 credits)
0
MUS 121, 122, 221, 222
Ear Training and Sight Singing I, II, III, IV (2 credits each)
8
MUS 123, 124, 223, 224
Harmony I, II, III, IV (2 credits each)
8
MUS 321, 322
Form and Analysis I, II (3 credits each)
6
MUS 323
Orchestration I
3
MUS 325, 326, 327
History of Music I, II, III (3 credits each)
9
MUS 337, 338
Basic Conducting, Choral Conducting (2 credits each)
4
MUS 435
18th-Century Counterpoint
3
MUS ___
Performing Organization (8 semesters @ 1 credit each)
8
 
Total Supportive Courses in Music:
49
 
General Studies
 
ENG 101
Rhetoric and Composition (Freshman year)
3
HUM 101
Classical and Christian Foundations in the Humanities (Sophomore year)
3
PHIL 201, 202
The Classical Mind, The Modern Mind (3 credits each) (Freshman year)
6
TRS 201
Faith Seeking Understanding (Freshman year)
3
TRS 200-/300-level
Introductory Level Theology Course
3
TRS 300-level
Upper Level Theology Course
3
(To be determined by student in consultation with adviser.)
Academic (non-music) Electives
9
 
The three TRS courses must be in three different areas or fields, chosen from among the following: Biblical Studies (Old Testament, New Testament); Church History; Moral Theology/Ethics; Liturgy and Sacraments; Spirituality/Pastoral/Religious Education; Systematic Theology; Theology and Culture (Religious Studies, World Religions).
 
 
Total General Studies:
30
 
Electives
 
MUS ___, (___)
Electives (music or non-music)
3
 
Total Electives:
3
 
Total Credits for Degree Program:
126
 
Number of years to complete: 4 years (8 semesters)
 

VOICE

Voice majors are required to complete a minimum of two credits of Class Piano or Secondary Piano, as assigned. The adviser may approve Secondary Piano based upon the student's prior piano study. Students study at their own pace until target proficiencies are acquired and must pass a 10-minute proficiency examination, which is scheduled at the end of the semester in which the student and his or her instructor feel that the student is prepared. Students who enter with no piano background may require more than two semesters to attain the target proficiencies. After the proficiency examination is passed, students may elect further study in piano by advisement, paying the elective study private instruction fee.

In the satisfaction of foreign language requirements, voice majors will normally take Italian 101-104 and either German 101-104 or French 101-104, depending on their prior high school foreign language study. If the student has had no Italian, French, or German language study in high school, the student may take Italian 101-104, German 101-102, and French 101-102.

An evaluation by the voice faculty to determine acceptability for admission to junior level courses will take place during the fourth semester jury.

Participation on one crew (set, costumes, props, makeup, lighting, sound) each academic year is required. No crew may be repeated.

In addition to tuition, students are required to pay a fee for each dance class taken at The Catholic University of America. This fee is paid at the DuFour Center; it is not billed by the Office of the Registrar when students enroll. Contact the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music for applicable fees.

Coaching is available for undergraduate voice majors by request, for one semester hour of credit only and only in the semesters in which the junior and senior recitals are scheduled. For this coaching, students pay the elective study (higher) private instruction fee.

If it becomes necessary for a voice major to take more than one set of voice lessons in a given semester, all lessons must be taken with the same instructor. Students are not permitted to study for credit with two different voice instructors in any given semester.

MUS 337, 509, 510, 574, and 588 are offered on a rotational basis, and students may take these courses out of the sequence listed, if necessary. Students are required to take History of Music I, II, and III (MUS 325, 326, 327) in the sequence listed.

 
Major Area
credits
MUPI 191
Private Instruction: Voice (8 semesters @ 3 credits)
24
MUS 399
Junior Solo Recital (30 minutes)
0
MUS 499
Senior Solo Recital (60 minutes)
0
MUS 507
CUA Chorus (8 semesters @ 1 credit each)
8
MUS 572
Italian Lyric Diction and Repertoire
3
MUS 574
French Lyric Diction and Repertoire
3
MUS 588
German Lyric Diction and Repertoire
3
MUS 661
Seminar in Vocal Performance
3
 
Crews (1 per year)
0
 
Total Major Area:
44
 
Supportive Courses in Music
 
MUS 100
Studio X (8 semesters @ 0 credits)
0
MUS 121, 122, 221, 222
Ear Training and Sight Singing I, II, III, IV (2 credits each)
8
MUS 123, 124, 223, 224
Harmony I, II, III, IV (2 credits each)
8
MUS 321
Form and Analysis I
3
MUS 325, 326, 327
History of Music I, II, III (3 credits each)
9
MUS 337
Basic Conducting
2
MUS 509, 510
Opera Workshop (2 semesters @ 2 credits each)
4
MUS 536, 536A
Stage Movement for Singers I, II (1 credit each)
2
MUS or MUPI
Class or Secondary Piano as assigned (2 semesters @ 1 credit each)
2
 
Piano Proficiency Examination
0
 
Total Supportive Courses in Music:
38
 
General Studies
 
ENG 101
Rhetoric and Composition (Freshman year)
3
HUM 101
Classical and Christian Foundations in the Humanities (Sophomore year)
3
PHIL 201, 202
The Classical Mind, The Modern Mind (3 credits each) (Freshman year)
6
TRS 201
Faith Seeking Understanding (Freshman year)
3
TRS 200-/300-level
Introductory Level Theology Course (see note below re: TRS courses)
3
TRS 300-level
Upper Level Theology Course (see note below re: TRS courses)
3
ENG 201
Form and Value in Poetry
3
DR 206
Acting I
3
GER* or FREN*
German or French (by advisement)
12*
ITAL 101*, 102*, 103, 104
Elementary Italian, Intermediate Italian (4 semesters @ 3* credits each)
12*
 
The three TRS courses must be in three different areas or fields, chosen from among the following: Biblical Studies (Old Testament, New Testament); Church History; Moral Theology/Ethics; Liturgy and Sacraments; Spirituality/Pastoral/Religious Education; Systematic Theology; Theology and Culture (Religious Studies, World Religions).
 
 
Total General Studies:
51*
 
Total Credits for Degree Program:
131*
 
Number of years to complete: 4 years (8 semesters)
 

*Please note: Per recent changes in the Department of Modern Languages, effective Fall 2010, levels 101 and 102 of language courses carry 4 credits. The Vocal Performance student is asked to consult with his/her adviser regarding the number of credits required and the effect on the total credits for his/her degree program.

MINOR IN COMPOSITION

Students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at The Catholic University of America with a major in an area other than composition may request permission to complete simultaneously a minor in composition.

Admission Requirements

The student must submit a portfolio of representative scores accompanied by recordings (if available) to the composition faculty of the School of Music. The composition faculty must approve the submitted scores before admission to a composition minor can be approved.

Program of Study

In addition to completing requirements in the major area, the student must also complete the following requirements to earn a minor in composition.

 
 
credits
MUPI ___
Private Instruction: Composition (Jury required each semester)
12 minimum
MUS 323 or 324 (581)
Orchestration I or Orchestration II (or Advanced Orchestration)
If the student has already taken level I, level II will be substituted.
3
MUS 404
Composition Seminar (1 credit each)
4
MUS 435 or 436
18th-Century Counterpoint or 16th-Century Counterpoint
If the student has already taken level I, level II will be substituted.
3
MUS 573A Introduction to Electronic Composition 1
MUS 499B
Composition Minor Recital (15 minutes of music)
Recital of original compositions. The candidate must participate in the recital as either performer or conductor. At least one work on the graduation recital must have been substantially generated through electronic media. Completed scores (including realizations of electronic scores) for the graduation recital must be submitted no later than 30 days in advance of the recital date.
0
 
Total Credits for Composition Minor:
23

MINOR IN CONDUCTING (ORCHESTRAL/OPERA)

This curriculum is designed for performance majors who are orchestral or chamber musicians, voice majors, pianists, and composers. The program offers knowledge, techniques, and experience in the art and craft of conducting for those who wish to become more adept and expressive as conductors, who expect to conduct their own ensembles, or, as in the case of composers, their own musical creations. This curriculum is highly recommended for those students who aspire to become conducting majors in graduate programs. Preparation for auditions to graduate programs is considered in the curriculum. Duration of the program: four semesters, not to begin before the junior year. Prerequisites: Basic Conducting; Harmony IV.

Admission Requirements

Students interested in the Conducting Minor program should be permitted to enroll in a special section of Basic Conducting for instrumental, piano, voice, and composition majors during the second semester of the sophomore year while they are studying Harmony IV.  The instructor of this special section of Basic Conducting will determine which students are accepted into the Conducting Minor program, based on their performance in this course.

Program of Study

In addition to completing requirements in the major area, the student must also complete the following requirements to earn a minor in conducting.

 
 
credits
MUPI ___
Private Instruction (one credit per semester)
4
MUS 503A
Conducting Repertoire: survey of major works to create a basic repertoire knowledge of symphonic, opera, ballet, and oratorio compositions.
(four semesters; two credits per semester)
8
MUS 503B
Conducting Seminar: score reading, and conducting technique
(four semesters; two credits per semester)
8
 
Total Credits for Conducting Minor:
20

MINOR IN PIANO

Qualified students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at The Catholic University of America with a major in an area other than piano performance may request permission to complete simultaneously a minor in piano. Composition majors may pursue the Bachelor of Music in Composition with Minor in Piano. Admission and curriculum requirements for that program are available in the music office. Undergraduate students pursuing other majors within the music school may request permission to pursue the program described below.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance as a piano minor is granted following successful completion of a 10-minute audition of classical repertoire before a faculty committee of the music school. The audition should consist of three memorized pieces in contrasting tempos and styles.

Program of Study

In addition to completing requirements in the major area, the student must also complete the following requirements to earn a minor in piano.

 
 
credits
MUPI ___
Private Instruction: Piano (Jury required each semester)
12
MUS 153 (154)
or
MUS 155 (156)
Piano Ensemble (1 credit each)
or
Piano Sight Reading (1 credit each)
2
MUS ___, ___
Piano Literature Electives (Piano Pedagogy Electives may replace 3 credits of Piano Literature)
6
MUS 499C
Piano Minor Recital (45 minutes)
0
 
Piano Level VIII
0
 
Total Credits for Piano Minor:
20

 

MUSIC TEACHER CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

This nondegree program, approved by NCATE and NASDTEC, was originally designed to meet the needs of those who hold a bachelor's degree in music and who wish to be certified to teach music in the elementary or secondary school. This program is available also, however, to undergraduate students who wish to pursue music education certification simultaneously with the completion of a Bachelor of Music degree in a field other than music education.

Undergraduate students in Bachelor of Music degree programs other than music education who wish to become certified to teach music (K-12) may pursue the nondegree Music Teacher Education program simultaneously with their declared major. In addition to the adviser in the major area, these students are guided from the beginning and throughout the program by the music education adviser concerning additional courses and other requirements needed for competencies in music education that are not required in their major degree program. These additional course requirements may vary from student to student, depending on the student's major field. Students in the non-degree Music Teacher Education Program must meet with the music education adviser each semester to plan their course of studies.

Students in this program must first be accepted into the program by successfully completing Introduction to Music Education (MUS 138) and simultaneous enrollment in Field Experiences in Music Education (MUS 150). Other music education and education curriculum requirements follow, including the methods classes (MUS 453, 454, 455, 456 as needed), education coursework (EDUC 251, 361, 581), the supervised internship (student teaching), and the majority of the core courses at CUA. They must pass the Pre-Professional Skills Test (Praxis I), the music education piano proficiency examination, and at least two semesters of field experience in order to enroll for the methods classes. The complete program of study for each track in the Music Teacher Certificaion Program is listed below.

Program of Study

 
Core Courses: General-Choral Emphasis
credits
EDUC 251
Foundations of Education
3
EDUC 361
Psychology of Education
3
EDUC 581
Educating Diverse Learners
3
MUS 138
Introduction to Music Education
2
 
Total: Music Teacher Certification Program, Core Courses:
11
 
Additional Courses: General-Choral Emphasis
 
MUS 415
Supervised Internship: Elementary and Secondary General-Choral Music
9
MUS 453
Elementary General-Choral Music Methods
3
MUS 454
Secondary General-Choral Music Methods
3
MUS ___
Class Voice (by advisement, as needed)
0-4
 
Total Additional Courses:
15-19
 
Total: Music Teacher Certification Program, General-Choral Emphasis:
26-30
 
 
 
 
Core Courses: Instrumental Emphasis
credits
EDUC 251
Foundations of Education
3
EDUC 361
Psychology of Education
3
EDUC 581
Educating Diverse Learners
3
MUS 138
Introduction to Music Education
2
 
Total Core Courses:
11
 
Additional Courses: Instrumental Emphasis
 
MUS 417
Supervised Internship: Elementary and Secondary Instrumental Music
9
MUS 455
Elementary and Middle School Instrumental Music Methods
3
MUS 456
Secondary Instrumental Music Methods
3
MUS ___
Secondary Instrument Classes: Brass, Woodwinds, Strings, Percussion, and/or Guitar (by advisement, as needed)
0-12
 
Total Additional Courses:
15-27
 
Total: Music Teacher Certification Program, Instrumental Emphasis:
26-38

Undergraduate Levels of Piano Study

Each level represents normally one year of study. Students may audition to advance at their own pace. Initial placement is designated at entrance.

Semester Jury = 20 minutes
Level Jury = 20 minutes

Assignment of level is made by jury hearing audition and is not based solely on repertoire presented. Each level requires either a public performance appropriate to that level or, where no public performance is designated, 60 minutes of prepared repertoire.

To graduate, music education piano principals must complete a minimum level of VIII; piano performance majors must complete Level X; composition majors whose principal instrument is piano must complete Level VI; and piano concentrators in the Bachelor of Arts degree program must complete Level IX.

Level Representative Repertoire
X Bach-E Minor Partita
  Beethoven-Op. 53 or Op. 57
  Chopin-Ballades
  Chamber Music Performance
IX Bach-Toccatas
  Chopin-Fantasy
  Debussy-Images
  Concerto Performance
VIII Scales-144, plus a virtuoso etude
  Broken Chords, Arpeggios
  Repertoire level of: Beethoven Op. 28, Debussy-"Pour le Piano," Chopin Scherzos, Bach-"The Well-Tempered Clavier"
VII Scales-120
  Broken Chords, Arpeggios
  Repertoire: Mozart Sonatas, Schumann-"Papillons," Debussy Preludes, Bach Suites (English)
VI Scales-96
  Repertoire: Bach French Suites, Poulenc, Mozart-D Minor Fantasy, Debussy-"Arabesque"
V Scales-80
  Bach Sinfonia (Inventions)
  Beethoven Op. 49
  Schumann-"Scenes from Childhood"
IV Method books level IV
III Method books level III
II Remedial Study
I Remedial Study

Footnotes