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DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC

All degrees require the completion of the general education curriculum, supplemental requirements and if necessary additional electives or coursework to total 120 or more hours.

Degrees

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Music

Majors                                                          

Church Music
Music
Music Education*

Minors                                                         

Contemporary Church Music
Music
Worship Arts

*Also see Bachelor of Science for opportunities in music education  

BACHELOR OF ARTS

Music 

  • Mu 102 Aural Skills I (2)
  • Mu 103 Music Theory I (3)
  • Mu 104 Aural Skills II (2)
  • Mu 105 Music Theory II (3)
  • Mu 202 Aural Skills III (2)
  • Mu 203 Music Theory III (3)
  • Mu 204 Aural Skills IV (2)
  • Mu 205 Music Theory IV (3)
  • Mu 211 Music History to 1750  (3)
  • Mu 212 Music History since 1750 (3)
  • Mu 213 World Music (3)
  • Mu 320 Seminar in Music (3)
  • Mu 493 Senior Project (2)
  • Electives in Music (6)
  • Principle Instrument (8)
  • Ensembles (4) [may audit]

Auditing ensembles reduces the number of hours in the program, allowing more room  for electives.

Keyboard Proficiency: pass keyboard prof. exam

Recital attendance: See Music Student Handbook.

Emphasis-Select 6 hours from one of the following:

Church Music

ChMu 275 Hymn Adaptations (2)  
ChMu 313 Christian Hymnody (2)
ChMu 411 Christian Liturgy (3)
ChMu 431 Liturgical Church Music Admin. (2)
Mu 331 Basic Conducting (2)
MuAp 182 Service Playing (1)

Conducting

Mu 331 Basic Conducting (2)
Mu 332 Instrumental Conducting (2)
Mu 333 Choral Conducting (2)

General Studies

Select 6 hours of additional music courses numbered 200 or above

Performance

Principal Instrument (6 additional hours, for a total of 14 hours)

Theory and Composition

ChMu 275 Hymn Adaptations (2)
Mu 303 Arranging (2)
MuAp 291 Composition (1-2)
MuAp 391 Composition (1-2)
MuAp 491 Composition (1-2)

Total Hours: 58

Note: All students who wish to major in music must make formal application for admittance in the major during their first year at Concordia. See Student Music Handbook for admission and retention procedures.

BACHELOR OF MUSIC

The requirements for each Bachelor of Music program include the general education requirements and the following. All Bachelor of Music programs require a 2.0 average in the courses listed below, under the student’s particular program. For specific questions refer to the music department handbook or speak with the department chair.

All students who wish to receive a Bachelor of Music degree make formal application for admittance into that program during their first year at Concordia. See the Music Student Handbook for admission and retention procedures. 

This degree leads to rostered status in the Missouri Synod as a Director of Parish Music for individuals who are members of an LCMS congregation. See the Music Department for details.

Church Music  

Required in each of 8 semesters. Must have at least one each of choral ensemble, praise band and hand bells. Auditing ensembles reduces the number of hours in the program.

  • Recital attendance (see Music Student Handbook)
  • Voice Proficiency: Satisfy level of MuAp 151
  • Keyboard Proficiency: pass keyboard prof. exam
  • Piano or Organ Proficiency: Satisfy level of MuAp 271 or MuAp 281

Organ Principal only:

Total Hours: 85-90

Music Education                                                                               

K-12 Vocal and Instrumental

  • Mu 102 Aural Skills I (2)
  • Mu 103 Music Theory I (3)
  • Mu 104 Aural Skills II (2)
  • Mu 105 Music Theory II (3)
  • Mu 202 Aural Skills III (2)
  • Mu 203 Music Theory III (3)
  • Mu 204 Aural Skills IV (2)
  • Mu 205 Music Theory IV (3)
  • Mu 211 Music History to 1750 (3)
  • Mu 212 Music History since 1750 (3)
  • Mu 213 World Music (3)
  • Mu 303 Arranging (2)
  • Mu 331 Basic Conducting (2)
  • Mu 332 Instrumental Conducting (2)
  • Mu 333 Choral Conducting (2)
  • Mu 334 Choral Literature (2)
  • Mu 354 Diction (2)
  • Mu 493 Senior Project (1)
  • ChMu 313 Christian Hymnody (2) or ChMu 411 Christian Liturgy (3)
  • Educ 375 Methods in Secondary Music (2)
  • ScMu 262 Techniques in Woodwinds (2)
  • ScMu 263 Techniques in Brass (2)
  • ScMu 264 Techniques in Percussion (2)
  • ScMu 265 Techniques in Strings (2)
  • ScMu 317 Instrumental Literature & Development (2)
  • ScMu 328 Methods of Elementary Music (3)
  • ScMu 361 Marching Band Techniques (1)
  • ScMu 431 Org./Adm. of Elem. & Sec. Music (2)
  • Principal instrument (10)
  • Ensembles (13) [may audit]

Select either (1) or (2):

1. Symphonic Band or Concert Band  (7) and Choral Ensemble (6)

2. Choral Ensemble (7) and Symphonic Band or Concert Band (6)

Ensembles may be audited, reducing the number of required hours by 13.

  • Keyboard proficiency: pass keyboard prof. exam      
  • Voice proficiency: satisfy level of MuAp 151               
  • Recital attendance (see Music Student Handbook)

Total Hours: 85-86*

*Must also complete the requirements for the Secondary Education program and, if relevant, the requirements for the Lutheran Teacher Diploma. See the Bachelor of Science in Education.

MINORS

Contemporary Church Music 

  • ChMu 231 Contemporary Church Music Admin. (1)
  • ChMu 275 Hymn Adaptations (2)
  • ChMu 282 Media in Contemporary Worship (2)
  • Mu 103 Music Theory I (3)
  • Mu 105 Music Theory II (3)
  • Mu 331 Basic Conducting (2)
  • MuAp 151 or 251 Voice (Based on Ability) (1)
  • MuAp 161 or 261 Guitar (Based on Ability) (2)
  • MuAp 171 or 271 Piano (Based on Ability) (2)
  • Mu 252 University Praise Band (1)
  • Applied Music Study (1)
  • Additional Ensembles (except Praise Band) (2)

Total Hours: 22

Music (Minor) 

  • Mu 102 Aural Skills I (2)
  • Mu 103 Music Theory I (3)
  • Mu 104 Aural Skills II (2)
  • Mu 105 Music Theory II (3)
  • One course from:  

Mu 211 Music History to 1750 (3)
Mu 212 Music History since 1750 (3)
Mu 213 World Music (3)

  • Music Electives (3)
  • Applied music (in one area) (4)
  • Ensembles (4) [may audit]

Total Hours: 24 

Worship Arts 

  • Theo 382 Theology of Corporate Worship (3)
  • Mu 252 University Praise Band (1)
  • ChMu 174 Songwriting for Contemporary Worship (2)
  • ChMu 282 Media in Contemporary Worship (2)
  • MuAp 161 or 261 Guitar (depending on ability) (2)
  • MuAp 171 or 271 Piano (depending on ability) (2)

Total Hours: 12

See also: The Music Department Handbook is also an important guide for music students.

The course catalog may also be helpful for learning about other programs in which you are interested.