Degree Requirements

Music Department Handbook 2013-2014 (PDF)
Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2104 (includes course descriptions) (PDF)

The music department at Southwestern College is dedicated to helping all students who participate in its programs reach their maximum potential. Toward that end the music department makes a strong commitment to the liberal arts by providing all students with varied and significant classroom experiences and performance opportunities; prepares music students with the knowledge, skill, attitude, and appreciation necessary for them to be successful as professional music educators and performers; provides each music student with a wide range of educational and musical experiences which encourage continued professional growth; and serves as a center of musical excellence to its constituency—the school, the church, and the surrounding community. Students may declare a major in music, music education or *performance.

Southwestern College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.


General Requirements of Music Majors

  • Students entering the music curriculum are required to have an audition and a musicianship evaluation prior to matriculation.
  • Concert Attendance, Music 099, is required each semester, except during student teaching semester. Pianists may accompany for this requirement.
  • A sight singing proficiency and a piano proficiency are requirements for music degrees. Completion of these proficiencies must be satisfied prior to student teaching and graduation.
  • All music majors, unless excused by faculty, must be enrolled in private music lessons each semester in school.
  • A senior recital is required of all students seeking the B.Mus., major in music education and B.Mus., major in performance degrees. Performance majors must also give a full recital in the junior year. B.A., major in music candidates must complete a senior recital or optional requirements outlined in the Music Handbook.
  • The senior project, although recommended, is not required in every case. It may be combined with the senior recital.

Private Music Lessons

Private lessons are offered in increments of one, two, or three hours of credit. Students enrolling for one hour of credit receive a half-hour lesson each week and are expected to practice a minimum of six hours a week. Instruction is offered in the following areas: organ, piano, harpsichord, voice, strings, brass, woodwinds, guitar, percussion, and composition.


B.A. Major in Music

Major requirements:

At least 43 hours in Music to include:

  • 110 Music Fundamentals
  • 111 Foundations in Music
  • 112 Music Theory 1
  • 211 Music Theory 2
  • 212 Music Theory 3
  • 226 Class Piano (enroll until proficiency is achieved)
  • 230 Private Lessons (minimum 10 hours, maximum 16 hours)
  • 311 Music Theory 4
  • 313 Music History 1
  • 314 Music History 2
  • 492 Sight Singing Proficiency (enroll semester of anticipated completion of proficiency requirement)
  • 493 Piano Proficiency (enroll semester of anticipated completion of proficiency requirement)
  • 494 Senior Recital/Project (enroll semester of anticipated completion of recital/project)

Enrollment (for credit) in at least one of the following large ensembles each semester: MUS 150 Concert Band, MUS 160 Orchestra, MUS 233 A Cappella Choir, or MUS 234 Jazz Band. Enrollment (for credit) in at least one small ensemble MUS 151 for four semesters for a minimum of 4 credits. A minimum of eight credits in large ensembles and a minimum of four credits in small ensembles is required to complete the degree.

The National Association of Schools of Music (accrediting agency) requires 34 (minimum) non-music elective credits. These credits do not include Southwestern College’s general education requirements (34 credits).


B.Mus., Major in Music Education

The Bachelor of Music, Major in Music Education curriculum leads to Kansas teacher licensure P-12 in Music.

Major Requirements:

In Music:

  • 110 Music Fundamentals
  • 111 Foundations in Music
  • 112 Music Theory 1
  • 115 Beginning Guitar
  • 117 String Methods
  • 118 Vocal Methods
  • 211 Music Theory 2
  • 212 Music Theory 3
  • 215 Beginning Conducting
  • 217 Woodwind Methods
  • 219 Brass Methods
  • 224 Elementary School Music Methods
  • 230 Private Lessons (minimum 14 hours in primary area of study)
  • 226 Class Piano (enroll until proficiency is achieved)
  • 311 Music Theory 4
  • 313 Music History 1
  • 314 Music History 2
  • 315 Advanced Conducting
  • 317 Percussion
  • 321 Orchestration
  • 325 Marching Band Methods or 328 Vocal Diction
  • 492 Sight Singing Proficiency (enroll semester of anticipated completion of proficiency requirement)
  • 493 Piano Proficiency (enroll semester of anticipated completion of proficiency requirement)
  • 494 Senior Recital/Project (enroll semester of anticipated completion of recital/project)

Enrollment (for credit) in at least one of the following large ensembles each semester: MUS 150 Concert Band, MUS 160 Orchestra, MUS 233 A Cappella Choir, or MUS 234 Jazz Band. Music education majors are exempt from this requirement during the student teaching semester. Enrollment (for credit) in at least one small ensemble MUS 151 for four semesters for a minimum of 4 credits. A minimum of seven credits in large ensembles and a minimum of four credits in small ensembles is required to complete the degree.

Cognate requirements:

In Education:

  • 438S Teaching and Directing Music in the Secondary Schools

All requirements for Kansas teacher licensure as listed in the education department section of this catalog.


**B.Mus., Major in Performance

Major Requirements:

In Music:

  • 110 Music Fundamentals
  • 111 Foundations in Music
  • 112 Music Theory 1
  • 151 Small Ensembles (minimum two semester hours)
  • 211 Music Theory 2
  • 212 Music Theory 3
  • 215 Beginning Conducting
  • 226 Class Piano (minimum two semesters)
  • 230 Private lessons (24 hours in primary area of study and four in a secondary area**)
  • 311 Music Theory 4
  • 313 Music History 1
  • 314 Music History 2
  • 315 Advanced Conducting
  • 321 Orchestration (for instrumental concentration) or 328 Vocal Diction (for vocal concentration)
  • 394 Junior Recital/Project (enroll semester of anticipated completion of recital/project)
  • 428 Advanced Methods and Pedagogy (minimum six credits/two semesters)
  • 458 Special Literature Study (minimum four credits/two semesters)
  • 492 Sight Singing Proficiency (enroll semester of anticipated completion of proficiency requirement)
  • 493 Piano Proficiency (enroll semester of anticipated completion of proficiency requirement)
  • 494 Senior Recital/Project (enroll two semesters; recital required both junior and senior year)

Enrollment (for credit) in at least one of the following large ensembles each semester: MUS 150 Concert Band, MUS 160 Orchestra, MUS 233 A Cappella Choir, or MUS 234 Jazz Band. A minimum of eight credits in large ensembles is required to complete the degree.

*Performance concentrations available are determined by the current full-time and part-time faculty with advanced professional degrees. In addition to these offerings, Composition, Choral Conducting, or Instrumental Conducting may be taken as a secondary area of study.

**Pending NASM accreditation.


Minor in Music

Minor requirements:

At least 18 hours in Music to include:

  • 111 Foundations in Music
  • 313 Music History 1 or 314 Music History 2

Four hours of private music lessons

Four semesters of ensemble participation

The remaining three hours can be selected from:

  • 112 Music Theory 1
  • 118 Vocal Methods
  • 215 Beginning Conducting
  • 313 Music History 1
  • 314 Music History 2

Any one-hour credit course, ensemble, or applied lesson.

  • 099 Concert attendance required four semesters.

Students selecting a minor in music must have their program approved in advance of registration by the Music Minor Advisor.


Minor in Music in Worship

Minor requirements:

In Religion:

  • 201 Introduction to the Bible
  • 220 Introduction to Christian Theology
  • 307 Worship Planning
  • 359 Practicum in Music Worship

Cognate requirements:

In Music:

  • 115 Beginning Guitar
  • 215 Beginning Conducting
  • 226 Class Piano

Two hours of private music lessons

Two hours of large or small ensemble participation

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