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Degree Requirements

Music Department Handbook 2015-2016 (PDF)
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A campus and community with deep-rooted and long lasting musical traditions, Southwestern College is a place where all students regardless of major can experience a wide range of musical opportunities and offerings.  Music majors, minors, and non-majors receive a high quality of innovative individualized instruction from award-winning faculty who value life-long learning. 

Through dynamic classroom environments, innovative curriculum and programing, technology, labs, faculty & student performances, leadership & internship opportunities, and faculty collaboration, music majors and minors have the opportunity to gain a holistic knowledge base and skills for a music career in the 21st century. These opportunities and course offerings are also open to non-majors who are given the same individual attention afforded to majors and minors.

Music at SC helps students develop as performers, teachers, and scholars who will be the future professionals and advocates that cultivate the arts and reach out to the next generation of musicians.  Come be a builder of SC’s future in music!

Students may declare a major in music (Bachelor of Arts, Major in Music), music education, (Bachelor of Music, Major in Music Education), or performance (Bachelor of Music, Major in 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.
  • Performance Forum, MUS 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-half, one, two, or three hours of credit. Students enrolling for one-half hours of credit receive a half-hour lesson each week.Students enrolling in one, two, or three hours of credit will receive a one hour lesson each week. All students are expected to practice a minimum of six hours a week per  credit hour. Instruction is offered in the following areas: organ, piano, harpsichord, voice, strings, brass, woodwinds, guitar, percussion, and composition.


B.A. Major in Music

The Bachelor of Arts, Major in Music degree at Southwestern College is designed to encourage the study of music within the broad context of liberal arts.  It challenges students to attain an intellectual understanding of music, develop music performance skills, and expand overall musicianship skills.

Major requirements:

At least 43 hours in Music and Music Education to include:

In Music:

  • 099 Performance Forum
  • 112 Music Theory 1
  • 126 Class Piano 1
  • 127 Class Piano 2
  • 151 Small Ensemble (minimum 4 hours)
  • 162 Aural Skills and Sight Singing 1
  • 211 Music Theory 2
  • 212 Music Theory 3
  • 226 Class Piano 3
  • 227 Class Piano 4
  • 230 Private Lessons (minimum 10 hours, maximum 16 hours)
  • 261 Aural Skills and Sight Singing 2
  • 262 Arual Skills and Sight Singing 3
  • 311 Music Theory 4
  • 313 Music History 1
  • 314 Music History 2
  • 361 Aural Skills and Sight Singing 4
  • 492 Sight Singing Proficiency (enroll semester of anticipated completion of proficiency requirement)
  • 493 Piano Proficiency (enroll semester of anticipated completion of proficiency requirement)
    • If not completed with MUS 227, MUS 230 M until completed.
  • 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. A minimum of eight credits in large ensembles and a minimum of four credits in small ensembles is required to complete the degree.

In Music Education:

  • 215 Foundations in Music Education/Teaching

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 (33 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:

  • 099 Performance Forum
  • 112 Music Theory 1
  • 126 Class Piano 1
  • 127 Class Piano 2
  • 151 Small Ensemble (minimum 4 hours)
  • 162 Aural Skills and Sight Singing 1
  • 211 Music Theory 2
  • 212 Music Theory 3
  • 215 Beginning Conducting
  • 226 Class Piano 3
  • 227 Class Piano 4
  • 230 Private Lessons (minimum 7 hours in primary area of study)
  • 261 Aural Skills and Sight Singing 2
  • 262 Aural Skills and Sight Singing 3
  • 311 Music Theory 4
  • 313 Music History 1
  • 314 Music History 2
  • 315 Advanced Conducting
  • 321 Orchestration
  • 328 Vocal Diction 1
  • 329 Vocal Diction 2
  • 361 Aural Skills and Sight Singing 4
  • 492 Sight Singing Proficiency (enroll semester of anticipated completion of proficiency requirement)
  • 493 Piano Proficiency (enroll semester of anticipated completion of proficiency requirement)
    • If not completed with MUS 227, enroll in MUS 230 M until completed.
  • 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. A minimum of two hours in large ensembles with declared secondary instrument/voice is required too complete the degree.

In Music Education:

  • 118 Beginning Voice or 210 Vocal Pedagogy
  • 215 Foundations in Music Education/Teaching
  • 216 String Techniques
  • 217 Woodwind Methods
  • 218 Percussion Techniques
  • 219 Brass Techniques
  • 220 Technology for Music Education
  • 224 Psychology of Music Learning
  • 325 Marching Band Methods or MUS 328 Vocal Diction 1 and MUS 329 Vocal Diction 2
  • 438C Middle School and High School General/Choral Methods
  • 438I Middle School and High School Instrumental Methods

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


**B.Mus., Major in Performance

The Bachelor of Music in Performance degree is a foundational program of study leading directly to careers in music performance and pedagogy, and to graduate study in performance, conducting, music theory, musicology, and pedagogy.

Major Requirements:

In Music:

  • 099 Performance Forum
  • 112 Music Theory 1
  • 126 Class Piano 1
  • 127 Class Piano 2
  • 151 Small Ensembles (minimum two semester hours)
  • 162 Auraal Skills and Sight Singing 1
  • 211 Music Theory 2
  • 212 Music Theory 3
  • 215 Beginning Conducting
  • 226 Class Piano 3
  • 227 Class Piano 4
  • 230 Private lessons (24 hours in primary area of study and four in a secondary area**)
  • 261 Aural Skills and Sight Singing 2
  • 262 Aural Skills and Sight Singing 3
  • 311 Music Theory 4
  • 313 Music History 1
  • 314 Music History 2
  • 315 Advanced Conducting
  • 321 Orchestration (for instrumental concentration) or MUS 328 Vocal Diction 1 and MUS 329 Vocal Diction 2 (for vocal concentration)
  • 361 Aural Skills and Sight Singing 4
  • 394 Junior Recital/Project (enroll semester of anticipated completion of recital/project)
  • 428 Advanced Methods and Pedagogy (minimum six hours)
  • 458 Special Literature Study (minimum four hours)
  • 492 Sight Singing Proficiency (enroll semester of anticipated completion of proficiency requirement)
  • 493 Piano Proficiency (enroll semester of anticipated completion of proficiency requirement)
    • If not completed with MUS 227, enroll in MUS 230 M until completed.
  • 494 Senior Recital/Project (enroll semester of anticipated completion of proficiency requirement)

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 hours in large ensembles is required to complete the degree.

In Music Education:  

  • 215 Foundations in Music Education/Teaching

*Pending NASM accreditation.

**Primary areas of study available are determined by the current full-time and part-time faculty with advanced professional degrees. Composition, Choral Conducting, or Instrumental Conducting may be taken as a secondary area of study only.


Minor in Music

Minor requirements:

At least 18 hours in Music and Music Education to include:

In Music:

  • 099 Performance Forum (four semesters)
  • 112 Music Theory 1
  • 162 Aural Skills and Sight Singing 1
  • 313 Music History 1 or 314 Music History 2

Four hours of private music lessons

Four semesters of ensemble participation

In Music Education:

  • 215 Foundations in Music Education/Teaching

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 Social Science:

  • 101 Introduction to Leadership

In Religion:

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

In Music:

  • 099 Performance Forum (four semesters)
  • 112 Music Theory 1
  • 162 Aural Skills and Sight Singing 1
  • 215 Beginning Conducting

Two hours of private music lessons

Two hours of large or small ensemble participation

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