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2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music — Musicology, BMus

Location(s): WWU - Bellingham


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Department of Music, College of Fine and Performing Arts

110-114 credits

Introduction

Aimed at students with a particular interest in musicological research, the Musicology track offers opportunities for students to pursue in-depth study in a variety of topics related to the history and culture of music, including multiple upper-division courses in both historical and ethnomusicological studies. In addition to writing a senior thesis, core courses in music theory, aural skills, and keyboarding are also required.

 Contact Information

Program Coordinator
​Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Catherine Brown
Performing Arts 263
360-650-6280
Catherine.Brown@wwu.edu

History Coordinator
Felicia Youngblood
Performing Arts 139
360-650-6856
Felicia.Youngblood@wwu.edu

Department Chair
Timothy Fitzpatrick
Performing Arts 271
360-650-3772
fitzpat@wwu.edu

 Sample Careers

Musicologist | College Musicology Faculty | Music Reporter | Music Librarian | Music Critic | Public Relations Specialist | Music Publishing Specialist | Music Promoter

 Major/Career Resources

www.wwu.edu/careers/students_choosingamajor.shtml

Admission and Declaration Process:

To begin a music major or minor and to enroll in core music classes, students must complete an Entrance Audition on their primary instrument or voice. New music majors are advised to audition the same year they apply to WWU. Although we primarily admit students for the fall term, mid-year applicants are also accepted depending on space availability. Please visit the Music Auditions webpage to read about our different audition processes and navigate to the Entrance & Scholarship Audition page to explore audition dates, deadlines, and requirements. 

Declaration and Advising

Undergraduate music students are assigned to the Undergraduate Music Advisor (UMA) after being admitted through an Entrance Audition. Students will declare their major or minor during registration sessions, through email, or during advising appointments. Overrides will be entered prior to orientation registration sessions or by appointment to obtain access to all program-restricted courses before declarations have been processed. Visit the Current Music Students webpage for more information about advising after acceptance.

Course Equivalency Assessments

We offer optional assessments for new students who wish to test out of one or more quarters of our two-year core sequence of music theory, aural skills, and keyboarding skills. The type of assessment depends on whether students have transfer credit in our core music subjects. Assessments can be taken online or in person after a student has been accepted through an Entrance Audition. Visit the Prospective Music Student webpage to review assessment types, eligibility, study guides, and transfer credit policies. 

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for all Music Major and Minor courses. A minimum GPA of 2.5 in music courses is required for graduation with a degree in music.

Requirements


Music Non-Course Requirements


Upper-division Jury: Musicology students must complete lessons at the 300-level. An upper-division jury is required to reach this level, and it is recommended that students attempt this upper-division jury by the end of their second year. Jury schedules, including frequency and repertoire, are determined by each area of study. Students will schedule their upper-division jury according to area policies, and under the advisement of their applied instructor. 

Keyboarding Proficiency Exam (KPE): To fulfill the music degree program, all music majors must pass the Keyboarding Proficiency Exam (KPE). The exam is given throughout the final quarter of the keyboarding sequence (MUS 225B-225C), or can be individually arranged for students who are eligible for assessments.

Foreign Language: Students must complete research in a language of specialty. Please see the musicology coordinator, Dr. Youngblood, for more details. 

Music Core Sequences


The music core sequence starts with 100-level courses in theoretical and analytical skills (music theory), aural skills, keyboarding skills (at either the 100 or 200 level, depending on the student’s piano level). After that, students take 200-level courses in those subjects, followed by a year of 300-level musicology courses. This sequence starts each Fall quarter and repeats the next academic year. To learn more about core sequence track options, co-requisites, keyboarding levels, and advising, visit the Prospective Students page. For additional information on degree planning and advisement, visit the Current Students page.

Musicology Core Requirements


Conducting


Upper-Division Musicology


Students must complete 12 credits total of upper-division musicology. We offer a musicology seminar on various topics each quarter (MUS 442). MUS 443A-F or one course from MUS 301 or MUS 302 are accepted substitutions.

Senior Thesis


In addition to completing the thesis in their senior year, students are encouraged to enroll in one quarter of independent study with their advisor in preparation for the thesis.

Electives


18 credits selected under advisement. Any additional music courses may apply towards electives, including additional chamber ensembles, major ensemble, lessons, musicology, theory, conducting, and survey courses.

Chamber Music


Musicology students must complete two courses of chamber music as partial fulfillment of the degree program. Student may choose to register for multiple groups, or the same chamber course to fulfill this requirement. Students may participate in a chamber music ensemble not associated with their primary instrument. Some ensembles may require an audition and may not be available every quarter. Students should use Browse Classes to plan their courses accordingly.

Primary Instrument Requirements


Brass


Applied Lessons (minimum of 18 credits, maximum of 42 credits)

Brass students must enroll in applied lessons each quarter until all major requirements are fulfilled, regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. A minimum of three credits for applied lessons must be completed in 314F-J. Brass students will register for applied lessons on their primary instrument. Instrument sections are indicated F-J. Students will register for the 200 level of applied lessons until passing an upper-division jury.

Major Ensemble (minimum of 18 credits, maximum of 42 credits)

Brass students must enroll in a major ensemble each quarter until all major requirements are fulfilled. Students must attend ensemble auditions each year to be placed into the appropriate major ensemble. Advanced students may be asked to perform in more than one ensemble during any given quarter. However, only one ensemble per quarter may apply towards major ensemble degree requirements and the other ensemble will apply towards major or general electives.

Guitar


Applied Lessons (minimum of 18 credits, maximum of 42 credits)

Guitar students must enroll in applied lessons every quarter until major requirements are fulfilled, regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. At least three credits must be completed in MUS 316. Students will register for the 200 level of applied lessons until passing an upper-division jury.

Major Ensemble (minimum of 18 credits, maximum of 42 credits)

Students must enroll in major ensemble and guitar ensemble according to the following schedule each quarter until all major requirements are fulfilled, regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. Guitar students enroll in an instrumental or choral major ensemble each fall quarter, followed by enrollment in Guitar Ensemble, MUS 282, winter, and spring quarter. Advanced students may be asked to perform in more than one ensemble during any given quarter. However, only one ensemble per quarter may apply towards major ensemble degree requirements and the other ensemble will apply towards major or general electives.

Major Ensemble Courses (minimum of 6 credits)

Students must attend ensemble auditions each year to be placed into the appropriate major ensemble. Students who do not audition into an ensemble must enroll in MUS 271, University Tenor/Bass or University Treble Choir. Guitar students may continue to enroll in a major ensemble alongside Guitar Ensemble winter and spring quarter.

Guitar Ensemble (minimum of 12 credits)

Percussion


Applied Lessons (minimum of 18 credits, maximum of 42 credits)

Percussion students must enroll in applied lessons each quarter until all major requirements are fulfilled, regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. A minimum of three credits for applied lessons must be completed in MUS 314K. Students will register for the 200 level of applied lessons until passing an upper-division jury.

Major Ensemble (minimum of 18 credits, maximum of 42 credits)

Percussion students must enroll in a major ensemble each quarter until all major requirements are fulfilled, regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. Students must attend ensemble auditions each year to be placed into the appropriate major ensemble.

Piano


Applied Lessons (minimum of 18 credits, maximum of 42 credits)

Piano students must enroll in applied lessons each quarter until all major requirements are fulfilled, regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. A minimum of three credits for applied lessons must be completed in MUS 312. Students will register for the 200 level of applied lessons until passing an upper-division jury.

Major Ensemble (minimum of 18 credits, maximum of 42 credits)

Piano students must enroll in a major ensemble or piano accompanying according to the following schedule each quarter until all major requirements are fulfilled, regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. Advanced students may be asked to perform in more than one ensemble during any given quarter. However, only one ensemble per quarter may apply towards major ensemble degree requirements and the other ensemble will apply towards major or general electives.

Major Ensemble Courses (minimum of 6 credits)

Piano students will enroll in three consecutive quarters of a major ensemble, with the remainder of their major ensemble requirements fulfilled with Piano Accompanying (MUS 276/476). Students who do not audition into another ensemble must enroll in MUS 271.

Piano Accompanying (minimum of 12 credits)

Students will register for MUS 276 until receiving permission to enroll in MUS 476.

Strings


Applied Lessons (minimum of 18 credits, maximum of 42 credits)

String students must enroll in applied lessons each quarter until all major requirements are fulfilled, regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. Strings students will register for applied lessons on their primary instrument. Instrument sections are indicated A-E. A minimum of three credits for applied lessons must be completed in MUS 313A-E. Students will register for the 200 level of applied lessons until passing an upper-division jury.

Major Ensemble (minimum of 18 credits, maximum of 42 credits)

String students must enroll in a major ensemble each quarter until all major requirements are fulfilled, regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. Students must attend ensemble auditions each year to be placed into the appropriate major ensemble. Advanced students may be asked to perform in more than one ensemble during any given quarter. However, only one ensemble per quarter may apply towards major ensemble degree requirements and the other ensemble will apply towards major or general electives.

Voice


Applied Lessons (minimum of 18 credits, maximum of 42 credits)

Voice students must enroll in applied lessons each quarter until all major requirements are fulfilled, regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. A minimum of three credits for applied lessons must be completed in MUS 315. Students will register for the 200 level of applied lessons until passing an upper-division jury.

Major Ensemble (minimum of 18 credits, maximum of 42 credits)

Voice students must enroll in a major ensemble each quarter until all major requirements are fulfilled, regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. Students must attend ensemble auditions each year to be placed into the appropriate major ensemble. Advanced students may be asked to perform in more than one ensemble during any given quarter. However, only one ensemble per quarter may apply towards major ensemble degree requirements and the other ensemble will apply towards major or general electives.

Woodwinds


Applied Lessons (minimum of 18 credits, maximum of 42 credits)

Woodwind must register for applied lessons each quarter until all major requirements are fulfilled, regardless of completing the minimum credit requirements. Students will register for applied lessons on their primary instrument. Instrument sections are indicated A-E. A minimum of three credits for applied lessons must be completed in MUS 314A-E. Students will register for the 200 level of applied lessons until passing an upper-division jury.

Major Ensemble (minimum of 18 credits, maximum of 42 credits)

Woodwind students must enroll in a major ensemble each quarter until all major requirements are fulfilled, regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. Students must attend ensemble auditions each year to be placed into the appropriate major ensemble. Advanced students may be asked to perform in more than one ensemble during any given quarter. However, only one ensemble per quarter may apply towards major ensemble degree requirements and the other ensemble will apply towards major or general electives.

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