Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Music, Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Rock 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

If you are a Liberal Studies student, please click here for your Curriculum Guide.

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

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

Summary*

Rock Studies Requirements42
Modern Language Requirement0-9
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements42
Electives36

* 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.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Subtotal15
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select one of the following:3
MUSI 114-414
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
MUSI 115-415
Concert Choir
MUSI 116-416
Women’s Choir
MUSI 118-418
Marching Pride
MUSI 119-419
Concert Band
MUSI 121-421
Orchestra
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Sciences Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Subtotal12
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours39

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 203Musician's Health (non-voice majors) 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
Subtotal25
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 Hours42

Recommended Electives

MUSI 131Class Piano I 11
MUSI 132Class Piano II 11
MUSI 234Class Piano III 11
MUSI 235Class Piano IV 11
MUSI 179-479Applied Piano 11-4
MUSI 301Women and Music3
MUSI 360Keyboard Improvisation1
or MUSI 361 Instrumental Improvisation
MUSI 499Applied Recital1
MUSI 300/400 levelAditional 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.

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs (short-term, semester)
  2. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  3. Student-faculty research
  4. Student leadership development
  5. Career education and development
  6. Internships
  7. Field Experiences
  8. Student Teaching
  9. Volunteering (schools, health care facilities, churches, communities)

MUSIC - BA (5 53)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 9-2019
UCC 3.26.2019

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

Recommended Rock Studies Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallHours
Major Applied – 100 level 1
Major Ensemble – 100 level (Arts Inquiry 1) 1
MUSI 151 Music Theory and Analysis I (F) 2
MUSI 154 Musicianship Skills I (F) 1
Select one of the following: 1
Music Elective
 
Diction for Singers (voice majors only) (F) 1  
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
SUBJ 139University Seminar 2 3
Integrated Inquiry/Thread 3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar 1
 Hours16
Spring
Major Applied – 100 level 1
Major Ensemble – 100 level (Arts Inquiry 2) 1
MUSI 253 Music Theory and Analysis II (S) 2
MUSI 256 Musicianship Skills II (S) 1
Select one of the following: 1
Music Elective
 
Diction for Singers II (voice majors only)(S) 1  
MUSI 203 Musician's Health 1
Free Elective 3
MATH 117 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Integrated Inquiry/Thread 3
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall
Major Applied – 200 level 1
Major Ensemble – 200 level (Arts Inquiry 3) 1
MUSI 254 Music Theory and Analysis III (F) 2
MUSI 257 Musicianship Skills III (F) 1
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
Rock Studies 3
Foreign Language (101)/Free Elective 3 3
 Hours14
Spring
Major Applied – 200 level 1
Major Ensemble – 200 Level 1
MUSI 255 Music Theory and Analysis IV (S) 2
MUSI 258 Musicianship Skills IV (S) 1
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
Foreign Language (102)/ Free Elective 3 3
Free Elective 1
Advanced Standing Review scheduled at the completion of 60 credits  
 Hours12
Third Year
Fall
Major Applied – 300 level 1
Major Ensemble – 300 level 1
Select one of the following: 0-2
Computer Technology in Music (F) 4  
Arranging & Orchestration (S)  
MUSI 359 History of Music I 3
Rock Studies 3
Foreign Language (103)/Free Elective 3 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours14-16
Spring
Major Applied – 300 level 1
Major Ensemble – 300 level 1
Select one of the following: 0-2
Computer Technology in Music (F) 4  
Arranging & Orchestration (S)  
MUSI 373 History of Music II 3
Rock Studies 3
Integrated Inquiry/Thread 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours14-16
Fourth Year
Fall
Major Applied – 400 level 3
Large Ensemble – 400 level 1
MUSI 206 Fundamentals of Conducting 1
MUSI 431 Pedagogy 1
MUSI 473 History of Music III 3
Music Electives 3
Integrated Inquiry/Thread 3
 Hours15
Spring
Major Applied – 400 level 1
Major Ensemble – 400 level 1
Rock Studies 3
Free Electives 6
Integrated Inquiry/Thread 3
 Hours14
 Total Hours**115-119

Major Code: 5 53
Revised: 03.2020

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year.