Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Music, Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Liberal Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Music program at Slippery Rock University provides a general, highly customizable music education that will prepare students for a variety of careers within the music industry. For more information about the BA in Music, please contact Dr. Warren Davidson.

For information regarding auditions for the Music Department, please click here.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • The student will be able to identify and analyze the basic elements of music both visually and aurally including analyzing musical compositions focusing on theoretical and historical aspects.
  • The student will be able to identify, explain and appreciate music of different historical periods, cultures, and composers.
  • The student will be able to use critical thinking skills and communicate effectively in oral, written, and electronic mode.
  • The student will be able to harmonize, transpose, compose, arrange, and orchestrate music utilizing concepts of the basic elements of music as well as instrumental and vocal characteristics.
  • The student will be able to demonstrate basic conducting patterns, techniques, expressions, and rehearsal techniques with vocal and instrumental ensembles.
  • The student will be able to understand and appreciate the creative process of the arts by exploring creative ways to express feelings, perform music, and select resources and procedures for instruction/therapy with their students/clients.
  • The student will be able to play scales, accompaniments, song repertoire, songs by ear, and transpose melodies with harmonization on the guitar.
  • The student will be able to explain and identify jazz concepts and styles and perform clinical instrumental improvisation techniques.
  • The student will be able to perform as a member of a musical ensemble demonstrating proper techniques of ensemble performance such as balance and blend, as well as musical and social interaction, and cooperation to achieve shared goals.
  • The student will be able to play scales, repertoire, hymns, music therapy literature, accompaniments, songs by ear, and transposed melodies with harmonization on the piano.
  • The student will be able to sing or play his/her primary instrument with appropriate techniques of posture, breathing, tone production, articulation/bowing, diction, intonation, expression, and style.
  • The student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of instrumental/vocal repertoire by performing music of different styles, periods, and composers.
  • The student will perform in a student recital or performance class every semester.
  • The student will be able to identify instrumental/vocal strengths and weaknesses.
  • The student will be able to use technology in composition, performance, analysis, teaching and research.

Related Links

Music, BA Program Page

Music Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.5 or higher

Summary*

Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Modern Language Requirement0-9
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements40
Electives35

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Goal3
Global Community
Goal–Non-US3
Goal–Non-US3
Goal–US3
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Goal3
Science, Technology & Math
Select nine to ten credits:9-10
Challenges of the Modern Age
Goal3
Subtotal36-37
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Subtotal9
Total Hours45-46

BA Modern Language Requirement

BA degree requires language proficiency at the 103 class level. Exemption by placement or examination is possible.

Complete 0-9 credits0-9
Total Hours0-9

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements

  • 21 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 21 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Required Music Courses
MUSI 151Music Theory and Analysis I 1,22
MUSI 154Musicianship Skills I 1,21
MUSI 206Fundamentals of Conducting 11
MUSI 253Music Theory and Analysis II 1,22
MUSI 254Music Theory and Analysis III 1,22
MUSI 255Music Theory and Analysis IV 1,22
MUSI 256Musicianship Skills II 1,21
MUSI 257Musicianship Skills III 1,21
MUSI 258Musicianship Skills IV 1,21
Select one of the following:2
Computer Technology in Music 1
Arranging & Orchestration 1
MUSI 359History of Music I 13
MUSI 373History of Music II 13
MUSI 473History of Music III 13
Subtotal24
Major Applied
Students must earn a “C” or better in each semester of applied major study. Four semesters must be at the 300+ level. Students must earn a “C” or better to move on to the next level.
Select two credits of the following:2
Applied Music 1
Applied Voice 1
Applied Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass) 1
Applied Brass (Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium) 1
Applied Woodwinds (Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Flute, Saxophone) 1
Applied Percussion 1
Select two credits of the following:2
Applied Piano 1
Applied Voice 1
Applied Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass) 1
Applied Brass (Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium) 1
Applied Woodwinds (Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Flute, Saxophone) 1
Applied Percussion 1
Select two credits of the following:2
Applied Piano 1
Applied Voice 1
Applied Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass) 1
Applied Brass (Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium) 1
Applied Woodwinds (Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Flute, Saxophone) 1
Applied Percussion 1
Select two credits of the following:2
Applied Piano 1
Applied Voice 1
Applied Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass) 1
Applied Brass (Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium) 1
Applied Woodwinds (Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Flute, Saxophone) 1
Applied Percussion 1
Subtotal8
Large Ensemble Courses
Four semesters must be at the 300+ level. The student must earn a “C” or better in each semester to satisfy this requirement.
Select one of the following:1
Symphonic Wind Ensemble (BRXWP) 1,3
Concert Choir (VPG) 1,3
Marching Pride (BRXWGP) 1,3
Concert Band (BRXWP) 1,3
Jazz Ensemble (XGPBW) 1,3
Orchestra (BRPSW) 1,3
Select one of the following:1
Symphonic Wind Ensemble (BRXWP) 1,3
Concert Choir (VPG) 1,3
Marching Pride (BRXWGP) 1,3
Concert Band (BRXWP) 1,3
Jazz Ensemble (XGPBW) 1,3
Orchestra (BRPSW) 1,3
Select one of the following:1
Symphonic Wind Ensemble (BRXWP) 1,3
Concert Choir (VPG) 1,3
Marching Pride (BRXWGP) 1,3
Concert Band (BRXWP) 1,3
Jazz Ensemble (XGPBW) 1,3
Orchestra (BRPSW) 1,3
Select one of the following:2
Symphonic Wind Ensemble (BRXWP) 1,3
Concert Choir (VPG) 1,3
Marching Pride (BRXWGP) 1,3
Concert Band (BRXWP) 1,3
Jazz Ensemble (XGPBW) 1,3
Orchestra (BRPSW) 1,3
Subtotal5
Required Music Electives - Voice Majors Only
MUSI 299Diction for Singers 12
MUSI 399Diction for Singers II 12
Subtotal4
Total Hours41

Recommended Electives

Select one of the following:1-4
Class Piano I 1
Class Piano II 1
Class Piano III 1
Class Piano IV 1
MUSI 179-479
Applied Piano
MUSI 299Diction for Singers (Voice Majors only)1-2
MUSI 301Women and Music3
MUSI 360Keyboard Improvisation1
or MUSI 361 Instrumental Improvisation
MUSI 399Diction for Singers II (Voice Majors only)1-2
MUSI 499Applied Recital1
MUSI 300/400 levelAdditional Applied Minor 1-4

Completed Requirement Checklist

Requirement Description

  • Musicianship Health Competency: Can be satisfied by passing the eight Musicianship Health Competency quizzes with scores of 70% or higher OR by earning a C or better in MUSI 203, Musician’s Health.

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

MUSIC - BA (5 53)
Effective Summer 2018
Revised 01.2019