MUSIC (MUSC)

College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Music
Brady Education Center (BEC) 09, (651) 962-5850
George (chair), Broeker, Bryan, Cole, Cornett-Murtada, Gleason, Howard, Johnson, Kachian, Orzolek, Schmalenberger; Allaire, Arons, Auerbach, Balder, Berget, Broeker, Brown, Brudnoy, Budde, Cadwell, Capener, Douglas, Garneau, Garvin, Gerth, Griffith, Hauser, Hisey, Itkin, Jenkins, Jensen, Jorstad, Kemperman, Mensah, Miller, Mitchell, Morgan, Reed, Rinear, Schons, Schroepfer, Schulz, Skaar, Strusinski, Titus, Volpe, Vickery, Weis, Westover, Zimmerman, Zocchi

Department Web Site:http://www.stthomas.edu/music/

The Mission of the University of St. Thomas Department of Music is to provide outstanding music instruction through our progressive curriculum; enable students to realize their full potential in the development of their musical, artistic and career goals; and instill ethical professional behavior. Our accomplished faculty offers musical and academic excellence while mentoring students in a creative environment, which enhances the cultural, spiritual and intellectual life of the university and community.

Beyond the specific area of study, all students majoring in music take courses in six areas: performance studies, ensembles, music theory, musicology, music media, and conducting.

Through the study of music, students develop an aural comprehension of tonal and non-tonal music, an understanding of the harmonic language and voice-leading principles, and an understanding of musical vocabulary, analytical systems, and structural and formal principles. Students develop the necessary skills to read musical scores and to write in standard musical notation for a variety of instruments and voices. Students develop the ability to understand a wide range of musical traditions and cultural practices, ranging from the western classical tradition to the music of selected non-western cultures to today’s popular music. Students will be able to discuss music critically and will be prepared to engage in meaningful research in musical fields. Student performers will develop an expressive interpretation of solo repertoire through an understanding of compositional process and historical style with the necessary technical proficiency. Students will demonstrate advanced ensemble skills and contextual understanding of repertoire by artistically performing music representing a variety of genres, stylistic periods and cultures.

Transfer students must:

  • take a theory placement test. This placement test should be taken at the beginning of the first semester of studies at UST. Review sheets and information on time and place of the placement test are available from the Music Department Office (651) 962-5850.
  • file an Application for Major Field with the department chair.
  • take at least one semester of music history at UST.
  • pass the performance level audition.
  • take at least four semesters of performance level lessons at UST.
  • perform their final level recital at UST.
  • take a minimum of four semesters of an appropriate ensemble.
  • complete 32 of their last 36 credits at UST.

Students intending on majoring in music must pass a performance audition. Students majoring in music may not have a letter grade lower than C- in a required music course.

For information concerning the department’s current policies and procedures, consult the Handbook for Music Majors and Minors, which is available on the Music Department website.

The department offers minors for those students who have an interest in music, but do not wish to major in the field.

A variety of musical ensembles are available for instrumentalists and vocalists, regardless of major.

The department also offers a number of courses for non-majors that fulfill the Fine Arts and Human Diversity components of the core curriculum.

The University of St. Thomas is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Major in Music – Performance (B.M.)

Performance (B.M.) - Major Field Guide

  • MUSC 001 Student Convocation Hour (0 credits) (6 semesters)
  • MUSC 101 Piano Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 102 Piano Skills II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 140 Music Media (2 credits)
  • MUSC 113 Music Theory and Aural Skills I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 114 Music Theory and Aural Skills II (4 credits)
  • MUSC 133 Music of the United States: Aural and Written Traditions (2 credits)
  • MUSC 201 Piano Skills III (1 credit)
  • MUSC 202 Piano Skills IV (1 credit)
  • Students for whom piano or organ is the primary instrument will take the following courses in lieu of MUSC 101, 102, 201, and 202:
  • MUSC 192 Technical Skills for Keyboard Majors (1 credit)
  • MUSC 292 Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 293 Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors II (1 credit)
  • MUSC xxx Piano Elective (1 credit) to be chosen from the following: MUSP 121, 131 (organ majors only), 135 (piano majors only), 153, MUSN 171, 172, 182, or MUSW 501. 
  • MUSC 213 Music Theory and Aural Skills III (4 credits)
  • MUSC 214 Music Theory and Aural Skills IV (4 credits)
  • MUSC 231 Introduction to Conducting I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 232 Introduction to Conducting II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 233 Music of the World: Aural and Written Traditions (4 credits)
  • MUSC 340 Theory Elective (2 semesters) (2 credits per semester)
  • MUSC 411 History and Literature of Music I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 412 History and Literature of Music II (4 credits
  • MUSC 420 Senior Research Paper (2 credits)
  • MUSN 1xx Eight semesters of Ensemble participation (0 credits)

Guidelines for choosing an ensemble:

If principal instrument is:

    • Piano - at least two semesters in MUSN 171: at least two semesters in MUSN 172; at least two
    • semesters in one of: MUSN 140, 142, 143. 160, 181, 185, 186, 190: two semesters may be in 161, 182, 183.
    • Voice - voice majors must participate in a minimum of eight semesters in MUSN 140, 142, 143, or 160.
    • Woodwind, Brass or Percussion - at least eight semesters in MUSN 185 or 186.
    • Orchestral String - at least eight semesters in MUSN 181.
    • Guitar - at least six semesters in MUSN 173; at least two semesters in MUSN 174.
    • Other Instruments - at least eight semesters chosen from: MUSN 140, 142, 143, 160, 171, 172, 181, 185, 186, 190.
  • MUSP 3xx Eight semesters of performance studies in the same performance medium (2 credits per semester)
  • MUSR 200 Piano Proficiency (0 credits)
  • MUSR 270 Level I Recital (0 credits)
  • MUSR 350 Level II Recital (0 credits)
  • MUSR 450 Level III Recital (0 credits)

Plus:

  • EDUC 308 Pedagogy and Literature for Music Performers I (2 credits)
  • EDUC 309 Pedagogy and Literature for Music Performers II (2 credits) 

Allied Requirements:

  • PHYS 105 Musical Acoustics (4 credit hours)

MUSIC EDUCATION – INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC EDUCATION (K-12) (B.M.)

See Education

MUSIC EDUCATION – VOCAL MUSIC EDUCATION (K-12) (B.M.)

See Education

Major in Music (B.A.)

Music - Major Field Guide

  • MUSC 001 Student Convocation Hour (0 credits) (6 semesters)
  • MUSC 101 Piano Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 102 Piano Skills II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 113 Music Theory and Aural Skills I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 114 Music Theory and Aural Skills II (4 credits)
  • MUSC 140 Music Media (2 credits)
  • MUSC 201 Piano Skills III (1 credit)
  • MUSC 202 Piano Skills IV (1 credit)
  • Students for whom piano or organ is the primary instrument will take the following courses in lieu of MUSC 101, 102, 201, and 202:
  • MUSC 192 Technical Skills for Keyboard Majors (1 credit)
  • MUSC 292 Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 293 Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors II (1 credit)
  • MUSX xxx Piano Elective (1 credit) to be chosen from the following: MUSP 121, 131 (organ majors only), 135 (piano majors only), 153, MUSN 171, 172, 182, or MUSW 501. 
  • MUSC 213 Music Theory and Aural Skills III (4 credits)
  • MUSC 214 Music Theory and Aural Skills IV (4 credits)
  • MUSC 231 Introduction to Conducting I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 411 History and Literature of Music I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 412 History and Literature of Music II (4 credits)
  • MUSN 1xx Six semesters of Ensemble participation (0 credits)

Guidelines for choosing an ensemble:

If principal instrument is:

    • Piano - at least two semesters in MUSN 171: at least two semesters in MUSN 172; at least two
    • semesters in one of: MUSN 140, 142, 143, 160, 181, 185, 186, 190: two semesters may be in MUSN 161, 182, 183.
    • Voice - a minimum of six semesters in MUSN 140, 142, 143, or 160.
    • Woodwind, Brass or Percussion - at least six semesters in MUSN 185 or 186
    • Orchestral String - at least six semesters in MUSN 181.
    • Guitar - at least four semesters in MUSN 173; at least two semesters in MUSN 174.
  • MUSP 2xx Six semesters of performance studies in the same performance medium (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSR 200 Piano Proficiency (0 credit)
  • MUSR 270 Level I Recital (0 credit)
  • MUSR 350 Level II Recital (0 credit)

Plus 7 credit hours selected from the following:

  • MUSP 1xx Up to 2 credits on any secondary instrument, voice or composition (1 or 2 credit hours)
  • MUSP 108 Class Voice (1 credit)
  • MUSC 133 Music of the United States: Aural and Written Traditions (2 credits)
  • MUSC 160 Introduction to Music Business (4 credits)
  • MUSC 170 The Music of Film (4 credits)
  • MUSC 216 Jazz in America (4 credits)
  • MUSC 218 Black American Music: A Historical Survey (4 credits)
  • MUSC 223 Arranging (2 credits)
  • MUSC 224 Songwriting/Composition (2 credits)
  • MUSC 232 Introduction to Conducting II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 260 Fundamentals of Musicianship in Popular Music (4 credits)
  • MUSC 281 Introduction to Accompanying (2 credits)
  • EDUC 308 Pedagogy and Literature for Music Performers I (2 credits)
  • EDUC 309 Pedagogy and Literature for Music Performers II (2 credits)
  • MUSC 340 Theory Elective: Topics (2 credits)
  • MUSC 354 Advanced Conducting and Materials: Instrumental Conc. (2 credits)
  • MUSC 355 Advanced Conducting and Materials: Vocal Concentration (2 credits)
  • MUSC 360 History of Music Industry and Music Careers (4 credits) 

Allied requirements

  • PHYS 105 Musical Acoustics (4 credits)
  • Four credits in Art History or Theater

Major in Music – Liturgical Music (B.A.)

Liturgical Music - Major Field Guide

Note: This concentration is available only to students whose principal instrument is voice, keyboard, guitar, or by special permission of the chair.

  • MUSC 001 Student Convocation Hour (6 semesters) (0 credits)
  • MUSC 101 Piano Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 102 Piano Skills II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 113 Music Theory and Aural Skills I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 114 Music Theory and Aural Skills II (4 credits)
  • MUSC 140 Music Media (2 credits)
  • MUSC 201 Piano Skills III (1 credit)

Students for whom piano or organ is the primary instrument will take the following courses in lieu of MUSC 101, 102, 201, and 202:

  • MUSC 192 Technical Skills for Keyboard Majors (1 credit)
  • MUSC 292 Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 293 Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors II (1 credit)
  • MUSX xxx Piano Elective (1 credit) to be chosen from the following: MUSP 121, 131 (organ majors only), 135 (piano majors only), 153, MUSN 171, 172, 182, or MUSW 501.
  • MUSC 202 Piano Skills IV (1 credit)
  • MUSC 213 Music Theory and Aural Skills III (4 credits)
  • MUSC 214 Music Theory and Aural Skills IV (4 credits)
  • MUSC 231 Introduction to Conducting I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 232 Introduction to Conducting II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 302 Introduction to Liturgical Music (2 credits)
  • MUSC 355 Advanced Conducting and Materials: Vocal Concentration (2 credits)
  • MUSC 411 History and Literature of Music I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 412 History and Literature of Music II (4 credits)
  • MUSN 1xx Eight semesters of Ensemble participation (0 credits)

Guidelines for choosing an ensemble:

If principal instrument is:

    • Piano - one semester in MUSN 171: one semester in MUSN 172; six semesters in MUSN 143.
    • Voice – a minimum of six semesters in MUSN 143. The remaining two semesters may be in MUSN 140, 142, 143, or 160.
    • Guitar – Six semesters in MUSN 143 and two semesters in MUSN 173
    • Other – a minimum of six semesters in ensemble chosen by consultation with the chair.
  • MUSP 2xx Performance Studies (8 semesters) (1 credit each semester)
  • MUSR 200 Piano Proficiency (0 credit)
  • MUSR 270 Level I Recital (0 credit)
  • MUSR 350 Level II Recital (0 credit)
  • MUSR 450 Level III Recital (0 credit)

Plus four semesters (if principal instrument is not voice) (1 credit each semester)

  • MUSP 133 Voice: Elective

Allied requirements

  • THEO 101 Christian Theological Tradition (4 credits)

Plus four credits from the following:

  • THEO 205 Old Testament (4 credits)
  • THEO 210 New Testament (4 credits)

Plus four credits from the following:

  • THEO 310 Christian Worship (4 credits)
  • THEO 313 Christian Sacramentality (4 credits)

Plus four credits from the following:

  • THEO 430 Music and the Bible (4 credits)
  • THEO 357 Sacred Music of the Catholic Heritage (4 credits) 

Plus:

  • IDSC 478 Experiential Learning (4 credits)
  • PHYS 105 Musical Acoustics (4 credits)

Plus four credits from the following:

  • ARTH 280 Sacred Architecture and Space (4 credits)
  • ARTH 335 Cathedrals, Monasteries, and Caliphates (4 credits)
  • ARTH 340 Southern Renaissance Art and Society (4 credits)

 

Major in Music Business (B.A.)

Music Business - Major Field Guide

  • MUSC 001 Student Convocation Hour (6 semesters) (0 credits)
  • MUSC 101 Piano Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 102 Piano Skills II (1 credit)

Students for whom piano or organ is the primary instrument will take the following courses in lieu of MUSC 101 and 102:

  • MUSC 192 Technical Skills for Keyboard Majors (1 credit)
  • MUSC 292 Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors I (1 credit) 
  • MUSC 113 Music Theory and Aural Skills I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 114 Music Theory and Aural Skills II (4 credits)
  • MUSC 133 Music of the United States: Aural and Written Traditions (2 credits)
  • MUSC 140 Music Media (2 credits)
  • MUSC 160 Introduction to Music Business (4 credits)
  • MUSC 231 Introduction to Conducting I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 233 Music of the World: Aural and Written Traditions (4 credits)
  • MUSC 260 Fundamentals of Musicianship in Popular Music (4 credits)
  • MUSC 360 History of Music Industry and Music Careers (4 credits)
  • MUSC 480 Music Business Seminar (4 credits)
  • MUSN 1xx Six semesters of Ensemble participation (0 credits)

Guidelines for Choosing an Ensemble:

If principal instrument is:

    • Piano - at least two semesters in MUSN 171: at least two semesters in MUSN 172; at least two
    • semesters in one of: MUSN 140, 142, 143, 160, 181, 185, 186, 190: two semesters may be in MUSN 161, 182, 183.
    • Voice - a minimum of six semesters in MUSN 140, 142, 143, or 160.
    • Woodwind, Brass or Percussion - at least six semesters in MUSN 185 or 186.
    • Orchestral String - at least six semesters in MUSN 181.
    • Guitar - at least four semesters in MUSN 173; at least two semesters in MUSN 174.
    • Other Instruments - at least six semesters in ensemble chosen in consultation with the chair.
  • MUSP 2xx Six semesters of performance studies in the same performance medium (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSR 200 Piano Proficiency (0 credit)
  • MUSR 270 Level I Recital (0 credit)
  • MUSR 350 Level II Recital (0 credit)

Allied requirements

  • ECON 252 Principles of Microeconomics (4 credits) (Social Analysis Core)
  • IDSC 475-77 Experiential Learning: Music Business Internship (2-4 credits)
  • PHYS 105 Musical Acoustics (4 credits) (Lab Science Core)

Business Courses:

  • ACCT 210 Introduction to Financial Accounting (4 credits)
  • BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service (0 credits)
  • FINC 300 Finance for Non-Business Majors (4 credits)
  • MGMT 305 Management and Organizational Behavior (4 credits)
  • MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (4 credits)

(additional business electives, for example advanced accounting, per student are optional)

Plus one of the following:

  • BETH 301 Business Ethics (4 credits)
  • BLAW 301 Legal Environment of Business (4 credits)
  • ENTR 300 Entrepreneurship for Non-Business Majors (4 credits)

Minor in Music

  • MUSC 113 Music Theory and Aural Skills I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 114 Music Theory and Aural Skills II (4 credits)
  • MUSC 115 Understanding Music and Culture ( 4 credits)
  • MUSN 1xx Four semesters of appropriate Ensemble for principal instrument (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSP 1xx Four semesters of performance studies in same performance medium (50 minute lessons)

(1 credit per semester)

  • MUSR 270 Level I Recital (0 credits) 

Plus four credits from the following:

  • MUSC 216 Jazz in America (4 credits)
  • MUSC 233 Music of the World: Aural and Written Traditions (4 credits) 

Plus two credit hours selected from the following:

  • MUSN 1xx Up to 2 semesters of appropriate Ensemble for principle instrument (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSP 1xx Up to 2 semester of performance studies in any performance medium (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSP 1xx Up to 2 credits on any secondary instrument or voice (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSP 108 Class Voice (1 credit)

Or any additional MUSC course not previously taken 

Minor in Recording Arts

  • MUSC 140 Music Media (2 credits)
  • MUSC 160 Introduction to Music Business (4 credits)
  • MUSC 161 Elements of Popular Music (4 credits)
  • MUSC 205 Advanced Studio Recording (4 credits)
  • MUSC 224 Songwriting/Composition (2 credits)
  • MUSC 305 The Art of Mixing (4 credits)

Minor in Popular Music

The Minor in Popular Music is designed to provide students performance experiences in popular music combined with an understanding of theoretical analysis, popular music history and development, songwriting, instrumental composition, arranging, and techniques in live studio recording.

  • MUSC 161 Elements of Popular Music (4 credits)
  • MUSC 224 Songwriting/Composition (2 credits)
  • MUSC 260 Fundamentals of Musicianship in Popular Music (4 credits)
  • MUSP 1xx Four semesters of performance studies (50-minute lessons) (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSR 270 Level 1 Recital (0 credit) 

Plus eight credits from the following:

  • MUSC 130 Introduction to World Music (4 credits)
  • MUSC 140 Music Media (2 credits)
  • MUSC 162 The Roots of Blues, Rock and Country Music (4 credits)
  • MUSC 216 Jazz in America (4 credits)
  • MUSC 217 Music of the Americas (4 credits)
  • MUSC 218 Black American Music: A Historical Survey (4 credits)
  • MUSC 219 Music in the United States (4 credits)
  • MUSC 223 Arranging (2 credits) 

Plus four semesters in one or a combination of the following:

  • MUSN 173 Guitar Ensemble (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSN 175 Popular Music Ensemble (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSN 182 Instrumental Jazz Ensemble (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSN 183 Jazz Singers (1 credit per semester)

Minor in Music Composition

  • MUSC 113 Music Theory and Aural Skills I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 114 Music Theory and Aural Skills II (4 credits)
  • MUSC 140 Music Media (2 credits)
  • MUSC 231 Intro to Conducting I (1 credit)
  • MUSN 1xx Four semesters of Ensemble (1 credit per semester)
  • including at least one semester of MUSN 176 New Music Ensemble.
  • MUSP 165 Four semesters of Composition Studies (50 minute lessons) (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSR 270 Level 1 Composition Recital (0 credits) 

Plus four credits from the following, two of which need to be at the 200 level or above:

  • MUSC 101 Piano Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 102 Piano Skills II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 201 Piano Skills III (1 credit)
  • MUSC 202 Piano Skills IV (1 credit)
  • MUSC 213 Music Theory and Aural Skills III (4 credits)
  • MUSC 224 Songwriting (2 credits)
  • MUSC 232 Intro to Conducting II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 260 Fundamentals of Musicianship in Popular Music (4 credits)
  • MUSC 340 Music Theory Elective: Topics (2 credits)
  • MUSC 354 Advanced Conducting and Materials: Instrumental Concentration (2 credits)
  • MUSC 355 Advanced Conducting and Materials: Vocal Concentration (2 credits)
Course Number Title Credits
MUSC  001 Student Convocation Hour 0
MUSC  101 Piano Skills I 1
MUSC  102 Piano Skills II 1
MUSC  113 Music Theory & Aural Skills I 4
MUSC  114 Music Theory & Aural Skills II 4
MUSC  115 Understanding Music&Culture 4
MUSC  130 Introduction to World Music 4
MUSC  133 Music of the US: Aural & Writt 2
MUSC  140 Music Media 2
MUSC  150 Midi Studio 2
MUSC  160 Introduction to Music Business 4
MUSC  161 Elements of Popular Music 4
MUSC  162 Roots of Blues, Rock, Country 4
MUSC  170 The Music of Film 4
MUSC  192 Techn. Skills for Keyboard Maj 1
MUSC  201 Piano Skills III 1
MUSC  202 Piano Skills IV 1
MUSC  205 Advanced Studio Recording 4
MUSC  213 Music Theory & Aural Skill III 4
MUSC  214 Music Theory & Aural Skill IV 4
MUSC  216 Jazz in America 4
MUSC  218 Black American Music:Hist 4
MUSC  219 Music in the United States 4
MUSC  220 Digital Recording/Sampling 2
MUSC  224 Songwriting/Composition 2
MUSC  231 Intro to Conducting I 1
MUSC  232 Intro to Conducting II 1
MUSC  233 Music of the Wrld: Aural/Writt 4
MUSC  240 Music/Audio Post Production 2
MUSC  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
MUSC  260 Fund-Musicianship in Popul Mus 4
MUSC  261 Elements of Popular Music II 2
MUSC  269 Research 2 OR 4
MUSC  292 Functl Skills Keyboard Maj I 1
MUSC  293 Funct Skills Keyboard Majr II 1
MUSC  296 Topics 2
MUSC  297 Topics 4
MUSC  302 Intro to Liturgical Music 2
MUSC  305 The Art of Mixing 4
MUSC  308 Pedagogy & Lit for Musc Perf I 2
MUSC  309 Pedagogy & Lit for Musc Per II 2
MUSC  340 Theory Elective: Topics 2
MUSC  341 Theory Elective: Musicianship 2
MUSC  354 Adv Conducting & Materials 2
MUSC  355 Adv Conducting & Mat: Vocal 2
MUSC  360 Hist-Music Industry & Careers 4
MUSC  389 Research 2 OR 4
MUSC  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
MUSC  411 History & Lit Music I 4
MUSC  412 History & Lit Music II 4
MUSC  416 Theory Elective: Orchestration 2
MUSC  420 Senior Research Paper 2
MUSC  475 Experiential Learning 2
MUSC  476 Experiential Learning 2
MUSC  477 Experiential Learning 4
MUSC  478 Experiential Learning 4
MUSC  480 Music Business Seminar 4
MUSC  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4
MUSC  497 Individual Study 4