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DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC

Office: 240-245 Talbot Hall
Phone: 985-448-4600
Professor: Britt (Head), Klaus.
Associate Professor: Soares.
Assistant Professors: Bartnik, Francis.
Instructors: Hollenbeck, Mendoza, Sammarco, Torres.

Mission

The Department of Music is committed to its reputation as a center of quality education in the performing arts that meets the multi-cultural needs of the region. The Department embraces the idea that music plays an important role in the enrichment of the general quality of life for the geographic area that the university serves. Faculty strive to provide majors with opportunities that are practical in preparation for careers in music and the general student population with an understanding and appreciation of music.

To that end, the music faculty embraces teaching as its primary responsibility. The department offers a program leading to the completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music that allows students to pursue a music major combined with a career cluster of elective courses suited to the student’s individual interests and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with teaching certification in instrumental or vocal music.

In addition the department supports the general education requirements and other degree programs by offering electives in music.

Retention Guidelines

  • A student must earn the grade of C or higher in each required course for the major or minor, and meet all graduation requirements as stated under General University Requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree in the Nicholls Catalog.
  • All music majors enrolled in a studio lesson must perform a board exam during finals week at the end of each semester. The requirements are specified in each course syllabus according to level of study.
  • At the completion of the fourth semester of study, all music majors must take the barrier exam, which will determine continued study at the junior level. This exam consists of an expanded board exam plus a self-study piece.
  • The Department of Music updated its website to include an online survey for alumni to complete regarding current address, job title, location, and/or teaching responsibilities, and suggestions for improving our degree programs.

Music Program

The University awards the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Music to a student who completes the basic curriculum.  This degree is not intended as a substitute for the professional degree in music performance. It is designed to help meet the changing needs of students. The music therapy concentration is offered in cooperation with the College of Music and Fine Arts at Loyola University in New Orleans. Before being permitted to enroll in music courses designated as performance courses, a student must perform a placement audition.

Minor

A minor in Music is available to all students. Courses taken for the 18-hour minor in music must be approved by the Director of the School of Fine Arts. Degrees in the Department of Music are nationally accredited by and the  department is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music

  • Liberal Arts Concentration (MUSA)
  • Instrumental Education Concentration (MUSN)
  • Vocal Education Concentration (MUSV)

  • (CLR) Computer Literacy Requirement;
  • (GER) General Education Requirement;
  • (OCR) Oral Communication Requirement;
  • (UR) University Requirement

Suggested Course Sequence:

YEAR* COURSE NAME COURSE NUMBER REQUIREMENT CREDIT HRS
1 ENGL 101 GER 3
1 ENGL 102 GER 3
1 Freshman Seminar Course   UR 1
1 MATH Elective   GER 3
1 MATH Elective   GER 3
1 MUS 100   0
1 MUS 100   0
1 MUS 110   2
1 MUS 119   4
1 MUS 169   1
1 MUS 171   2
1 MUS 172   2
1 MUS 201 CLR 2
1 MUS Ensemble Elective     1
1 MUS Ensemble Elective     1
1 Natural Sciences Elective   GER 3
2 ENGL Literature Elective   GER 3
2 Concentration Course     2
2 HIST 255 or 256 GER 3
2 MUS 100   0
2 MUS 100   0
2 MUS 120   4
2 MUS 170   1
2 MUS 211   3
2 MUS 217   1
2 MUS 240   2
2 MUS 269   1
2 MUS 271   2
2 MUS 272 OCR 2
2 MUS Ensemble Elective     1
2 MUS Ensemble Elective     1
2 Natural Sciences Elective   GER 3
3 ENGL 366 or 368 GER 3
3 MUS 212   3
3 MUS 218   1
3 Concentration Course     1
3 MUS 300   0
3 MUS 300   0
3 MUS 301   2
3 MUS 323   3
3 MUS 340 GER 3
3 MUS 341 GER 3
3 MUS 371   2
3 MUS 372   2
3 MUS Ensemble Elective 300-level or above   1
3 MUS Ensemble Elective 300-level or above   1
3 Natural Sciences Elective   GER 3
3 Concentration Course     3
3 Concentration Course 300-level or above   3
3 Concentration Course   GER 3
4 MUS 300   0
4 Concentration Course     2
4 Concentration Course     3
4 Concentration Course     3
4 Concentration Course 300-level or above GER 3
4 Concentration Course 300-level or above   3
4 Concentration Course 300-level or above   3
4 Concentration Course 300-level or above   3
4 Concentration Course 300-level or above   3
4 Concentration Course     0 – 6
  TOTAL HOURS     120 – 126

*Recommend complete as Freshman (1), Sophomore (2), Junior (3), Senior (4)

NOTE: A proficiency board examination in piano will be given at the end of the sophomore year and will include displaying the ability to accompany. Candidates who fail the examination will be required to study piano until they pass.

At the completion of the fourth semester of study, all music majors must take the barrier exam, which will determine continued study at the junior level. This exam consists of an expanded board exam plus a self-study piece.

LIBERAL ARTS CONCENTRATION (MUSA)  INSTRUMENTAL EDUCATION CONCENTRATION (MUSN)     VOCAL EDUCATION CONCENTRATION (MUSV)
MUS 270 (1)   EDUC 313 (3)   EDUC 313 (3)
MUS 400 (1)   EDUC 321 (3)   EDUC 321 (3)
6 hours from: MUS 302 (1), 303 (1), 319 (3), 320 (3), 376 (3), 389 (3), 407 (3), 476 (3), 489 (3)   EDUC 368 (3)   EDUC 368 (3)
Social Sciences Elective (3) (GER)   EDUC 467 (9)   EDUC 467 (9)
Social Sciences Elective (3) (GER) (300-level or above)   MUED 221 (1)   MUED 383 (3)
Approved Elective (3)   MUED 223 (1)   MUS 209 (1)
Approved Electives (15) (300-level or above)   MUED 225 (1)   MUS 244 (1)
Elective (3)   MUED 227 (1)   MUS 270 (1)
    MUED 229 (1)   MUS 303 (1)
    MUED 383 (3)   MUED 384 (3)
    MUED 385 (2)   MUED 478 (2)
    MUED 386 (1)   MUS 109 (1)
    MUS 243 (1)   MUS 407 (3)
    MUS 302 (1)   MUS 433 (1)
    MUS 407 (3)   PSYC 212 (3) (GER)
    MUS 432 (1)   PSYC 311 (3) (GER)
    PSYC 212 (3) (GER)  
    PSYC 311 (3) (GER)  

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