The study of music affords the student opportunities not only to develop self-discipline, creativity, critical thinking, and an appreciation for human achievement, but also yields life-long intellectual and personal benefits.

jazz trombone studentStudents majoring in music are expected to gain knowledge and skill in the areas of performance, aural skills and analysis, composition and improvisation, history and repertory, and technology. Lander’s music curriculum focuses on heightening the student’s musical awareness and sensitivity to the broadest possible spectrum of music in preparation for possible graduate study and the pursuit of a career in music.

Conceived within the tradition of a liberal arts education, the Bachelor of Science in Music degree combines a strong music component with a broad menu of elective courses, allowing the student to tailor the program to individual needs and career goals. The program is divided into three components: 1) general education requirements, 2) core music requirements, and 3) electives. Students may choose electives from any combination of music and non-music courses. Elective hours may be used to satisfy requirements for a minor in a non-music field.

 

GOALS

Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Department of Music offers a comprehensive program of music study designed to promote musical literacy and artistry.

Graduates in music should:

  1. demonstrate proficiency in performing music and an appreciation of the technique and artistry essential to performance at a professional level;
  2. demonstrate a working knowledge of the theoretical concepts associated with the creation of music; and
  3. demonstrate a working knowledge of the historical contexts associated with the creation of music.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS1  CREDIT
HOURS
A. Core Skills

 

  ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
  ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3
   

Approved Mathematics

3

B. Humanities and Fine Arts

 
  2MUSI 201

Introduction to Music History

3
   

Approved Humanities and Fine Arts elective

3
C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives  
  HIST 101 Western Civilization to 1600
OR HIST 102 Western Civilization 1600-1918
OR HIST 121 World Civilizations to 1600
OR HIST 122 World Civilizations 1600-present
3
    Behavioral and Social Perspectives elective 3
D. Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning  
    Approved Science or Mathematics 3
    Approved Lab Science 4
E. Founding Documents of the United States  
  HIST 111

United States History to 1877
OR POLS 101 American National Government

3
F. World Cultures  
  2MUSI 333

Music of the World

3
G. LINK 101 1
University Requirement  
  FALS 101 15 FALS-approved events

0

Total General Education Requirements 35

For approved courses see the General Education section 
2Music majors must earn a “C” or better in MUSI 201 and MUSI 333.

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
MUSI 111 First-Year Theory 3
MUSI 112 First-Year Theory 3
MUSI 113 First-Year Theory Applications 1
MUSI 114 First-Year Theory Applications 1
MUSI 211 Second-Year Theory 3
MUSI 212 Second-Year Theory 3
MUSI 213 Second-Year Theory Applications 1
MUSI 214 Second-Year Theory Applications 1
MUSI 342 Music of Antiquity, Middle Ages, and Renaissance 3
MUSI 343 Music of the Baroque and Classic 3
MUSI 344 Music of the 19th and 20th Centuries 3
MUSI 401 Form and Analysis 2
MUSI 017 Recitals and Concerts 0
MUSI 017 Recitals and Concerts 0
MUSI 017 Recitals and Concerts 0
MUSI 017 Recitals and Concerts 0
MUSI 017 Recitals and Concerts 0
MUSI 017 Recitals and Concerts 0
MUSI 017 Recitals and Concerts 0

 

Students majoring in music can choose an emphasis from three different areas:

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS - INSTRUMENTAL CREDIT HOURS
SPCH 101 Speech Fundamentals 3
MUSI 499 Music Issues 1
Applied Major Instrument
MUSN 150MUSN 151MUSN 250MUSN 251MUSN 350MUSN 351
MUSN 450MUSN 451
8
Secondary Piano*
MUSI 123MUSI 124 or MUSK 154MUSK 155
2
Ensemble (assigned by music faculty
MUSI 143MUSI 145MUSI 149 
8
     
Total Major Program Requirements 49
Additional Electives 36
TOTAL FOR BS DEGREE 120

*Students may satisfy this two hour piano requirement by passing the Piano Proficiency Exam or by completing MUSI 123-124 or MUSK 154, 155. If a student passes the Piano Proficiency Exam, two additional hours of a major elective must be earned in order to satisfy the minimum number of credit hours for a degree in music (120).

  • Students must earn a “C” or better in all major program requirement courses.
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS - KEYBOARD CREDIT HOURS
SPCH 101 Fundamentals of Speech 3
MUSI 499 Music Issues 1
Primary Applied Keyboard
MUSK 150MUSK 151MUSK 250MUSK 251MUSK 350MUSK 351
MUSK 450MUSK 451
8
MUSI 141  University Singers 8
     
Total Major Program Requirements 47
Additional Electives 38
TOTAL FOR BS DEGREE 120
  • Students must earn a “C” or better in all major program requirement courses.
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS - VOCAL CREDIT HOURS
SPCH 101 Fundamentals of Speech 3
MUSI 499 Music Issues 1
Applied Voice
MUSV 150MUSV 151MUSV 250MUSV 251MUSV 350MUSV 351
MUSV 450MUSV 451
8
Secondary Piano*
MUSI 123MUSI 124 or MUSK 154MUSK 155
2
MUSI 141  University Singers 8
     
Total Major Program Requirements 49
Additional Electives 36
TOTAL FOR BS DEGREE 120

*Students may satisfy this two hour piano requirement by passing the Piano Proficiency Exam or by completing MUSI 123-124 or MUSK 154, 155. If a student passes the Piano Proficiency Exam, two additional hours of a major elective must be earned in order to satisfy the minimum number of credit hours for a degree in music (120).

  • Students must earn a “C” or better in all major program requirement courses.
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses