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New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2024 Mason Gross School of the Arts Programs of Study Music 702 Major Requirements  

Major Requirements


Instrumental Performance Concentration

Students in the instrumental performance concentration must take the following courses in music theory (25 credits):

  • 07:700:121-122 Theory I,II (3,3)
  • 07:700:123-124 Aural Skills I,II (2,2) or 07:700:153-154 Advanced Aural Skills I,II (2,2)
  • 07:700:127 Introduction to Music Technology (1)
  • 07:700:221-222 Theory III,IV (3,3)
  • 07:700:223-224 Aural Skills III,IV (2,2) or 07:700:253-254 Advanced Aural Skills III,IV (2,2)
  • 07:700:323 Advanced Aural Skills V (2) or 07:700:353 Advanced Aural Skills V (2)
  • 07:700:329 Conducting I (2)
Performance students must also take the following courses in music history (12 credits):
  • 07:700:301-302 Music History I,II (3,3)
  • 07:700:303 Principles of Ethnomusicology (3)
  • 07:700:419 or 420 Special Studies in Music History (3)

In addition to the requirements above, students in the instrumental performance concentration must pass the piano proficiency exam and also complete the following course of study (50 credits):

  • 07:701:407,408 20th- and 21st-Century Performance Seminar (1,1)
  • chamber music courses (4)*
  • large ensemble courses (8)*
  • pedagogy courses (2)
  • applied major lessons (24)

Music electives (7) To fulfill the 7 credits of music electives, courses may be selected from any 300- or 400-level music courses not being counted toward the music major requirements, or 200-level music courses pending approval of the coordinator of undergraduate studies. Students may use Classroom Piano to satisfy 4 of the 7 music elective credits.

Free electives (3) To fulfill the 3 credits of free electives, courses may be selected from any music course or any nonmusic courses.

Students in the instrumental performance concentration must complete a minimum of 33 credits in liberal arts courses (see Degree Requirements), for a total of 120 credits required for graduation. All performance students present a recital in the senior year in partial fulfillment of their requirements for graduation. Acceptability of this recital is determined by a faculty jury in attendance.

*Bachelor of music students must enroll in a large ensemble in every semester of enrollment with the exception of music education majors in the semester in which they are enrolled in Clinical Practice II and composition majors after they have completed the required 6 semesters of large ensemble. The music department will assign all students to the ensemble of its choice.

Vocal Performance Concentration

Students in the vocal performance concentration must take the following courses in music theory (25 credits):

  • 07:700:121-122 Theory I,II (3,3)
  • 07:700:123-124 Aural Skills I,II (2,2) or 07:700:153-154 Advanced Aural Skills I,II (2,2)
  • 07:700:127 Introduction to Music Technology (1)
  • 07:700:221-222 Theory III,IV (3,3)
  • 07:700:223-224 Aural Skills III,IV (2,2) or 07:700:253-254 Advanced Aural Skills III,IV (2,2)
  • 07:700:323 Advanced Aural Skills V (2) or 07:700:353 Advanced Aural Skills V (2)
  • 07:700:329 Conducting I (2)

Performance students must also take the following courses in music history (12 credits):

  • 07:700:301-302 Music History I,II (3,3)
  • 07:700:303 Principles of Ethnomusicology (3)
  • 07:700:419 or 420 Special Studies in Music History (3)

In addition to the requirements above, students in the vocal performance concentration must pass the piano proficiency exam and also complete the following course of study (52 credits):

  • 07:701:407,408 20th- and 21st-Century Performance Seminar (1,1)
  • 07:701:358 Stage Movement for Singers (2)
  • 07:701:357 Acting for Singers (2)
  • 07:701:201,202 Diction for Singers (1,1)+
  • chamber music courses (4)*
  • large ensemble courses (8)*
  • pedagogy courses (4)
  • vocal coaching (4)+
  • applied major lessons (20)+

Music electives (3) To fulfill the 3 credits of music electives, courses may be selected from any 300- or 400-level music courses not being counted toward the music major requirements or 200-level music course pending approval by the coordinator of undergraduate studies. Students may use Classroom Piano to satisfy the music elective credits.

Free electives (3) To fulfill the 3 credits of free electives, courses may be selected from any music course or nonmusic courses not counted toward the major requirements.

Students in the vocal performance concentration must complete a minimum of 33 credits in liberal arts courses (see Degree Requirements) for a total of 122 credits required for graduation. All performance students present a recital in their senior year in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation. Acceptability of this recital is determined by a faculty jury in attendance.


+Diction for Singers satisfies 2 credits of the chamber music requirement.

*Bachelor of music students must enroll in a large ensemble in every semester of enrollment with the exception of music education majors in the semester in which they are enrolled in Clinical Practice II and composition majors after they have completed the required 6 semesters of large ensemble. The music department will assign all students to the ensemble of its choice.

Music Education Concentration

Students in the music education concentration take the following courses in music theory (26 credits):

  • 07:700:121-122 Theory I,II (3,3)
  • 07:700:123-124 Aural Skills I,II (2,2) or 07:700:153-154 Advanced Aural Skills I,II (2,2)
  • 07:700:128 Music Education Technology (1)
  • 07:700:221-222 Theory III,IV (3,3)
  • 07:700:223-224 Aural Skills III,IV(2,2) or 07:700:253-254 Advanced Aural Skills III,IV (2,2)
  • 07:700:329-330 Conducting I,II (2,2)
  • 07:700:341 Orchestration I (1)

Music education students must also take the following courses in music history (12 credits):

  • 07:700:301-302 Music History I,II (3,3)
  • 07:700:303 Principles of Ethnomusicology (3)
  • 07:700:419 or420 Special Studies in Music History (3)+

In addition to the requirements above, students must pass the piano proficiency exam and also complete the following course of study (58 credits):

  • large and small ensemble courses (8)*
  • music education courses (35 instrumental) (33 vocal/general)
  • performance study courses (15)

There are two streams that music education majors may follow: vocal/general concentration, which requires 121 credits for graduation, and instrumental concentration, which requires a total of 123 credits for graduation. All music education students must present a 30-minute recital in the senior year in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation. The total number of requirements for each music education concentration includes 30 credits in liberal arts courses. The music education degree program is specifically designed so that students acquire course credits necessary to both graduate with a degree from Rutgers AND meet the teacher certification requirements for the state of New Jersey. Prior to acceptance into the Music Education Professional Sequence, students must either demonstrate adequate SAT/ACT scores or pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Combined Exam (code:5751). In order to be certified as a licensed New Jersey educator, students must also complete and pass a series of exams as required by the state of New Jersey.

+These 3 credits are included in the 30 liberal arts credits.

*Bachelor of music students must enroll in a large ensemble in every semester of enrollment with the exception of music education majors in the semester in which they are enrolled in Clinical Practice II and composition majors after they have completed the required 6 semesters of large ensemble. The music department will assign all students to the ensemble of its choice.

Jazz Studies Concentration

Students concentrating in jazz studies must pass the piano proficiency exam and the following course of study (89 credits):

  • 07:700:102 Introduction to Music History (3)
  • 07:700:121-122 Theory I,II (3,3)
  • 07:700:123-124 Aural Skills I,II (2,2) or 07:700:153-154 Advanced Aural Skills I,II (2,2)
  • 07:700:125 Survey of Jazz Styles (2)
  • 07:700:127 Introduction to Music Technology (1)
  • 07:700:223-224 Aural Skills III,IV (2,2) or 07:700:253-254 Advanced Aural Skills III,IV (2,2)
  • 07:700:247-248 Jazz Theory I,II (3,3)
  • 07:700:251-252 Keyboard Harmony for Jazz Majors (2,2)
  • 07:700:293 Introduction to Jazz Improvisation Online (2)
  • 07:700:303 Principles of Ethnomusicology (3)
  • 07:700:305-306 Evolution of Jazz (3,3)
  • 07:700:329 Conducting I (2)
  • 07:700:347-348 Jazz Composition and Arranging (3,3)
  • 07:700:371-372 Jazz Improvisation I (3,3)
  • 07:700:471-472 Jazz Improvisation II (3,3)
  • ensemble courses (12)*
  • applied major lessons (16)

Students in the jazz studies concentration must complete a minimum of 33 credits in liberal arts courses (see the Degree Requirements chapter), for a total of 122 credits required for graduation. All jazz students present a recital in their senior year in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation. Acceptability of this recital is determined by a faculty jury in attendance.

*Bachelor of music students must enroll in a large ensemble in every semester of enrollment with the exception of music education majors in the semester in which they are enrolled in Clinical Practice II and composition majors after they have completed the required 6 semesters of large ensemble. The music department will assign all students to the ensemble of its choice.

Composition Concentration

Students in the composition concentration must take the following courses in music theory (36 credits):

  • 07:700:121-122 Theory I,II (3,3)
  • 07:700:221-222 Theory III,IV (3,3)
  • 07:700:322 Music Analysis (3)
  • 07:700:123-124 Aural Skills I,II (2,2) or 07:700:153-154 Advanced Aural Skills I,II (2,2)
  • 07:700:223-224 Aural Skills III,IV (2,2) or 07:700:253-254 Advanced Aural Skills III,IV (2,2)
  • 07:700:323 Aural Skills V (2) or 07:700:353 Advanced Aural Skills V (2)
  • 07:700:329-330 Conducting I, II (2,2)
  • 07:700:341-342 Orchestration I, II (2,2)

Composition students must also take the following courses in music history (12 credits):

  • 07:700:301-302 Music History I,II (3,3)
  • 07:700:303 Principles of Ethnomusicology (3)
  • 07:700:419 or 420 Special Studies in Music History (3)
Technology (7 credits)
  • 07:700:127 Introduction to Music Technology (1)
  • 07:700:284 Digital Audio Composition (3)
  • 07:700:468 Scoring for Film and Visual Media (3)
  • 07:700:469 Interactive Computer Music (3)

In addition to the requirements above, students must pass the piano proficiency exam and also complete the following requirements:

  • 07:700: 375 Composition Practicum I-VIII (8)
  • composition lessons (16)
  • large ensemble courses (6)*
  • chamber music (2)
  • 07:701:307 New Music Ensemble (2)
  • secondary lessons (4)

Students in the composition concentration must complete a minimum of 30 credits in liberal arts courses (see Degree Requirements) for a total of 123 credits required for graduation. All composition majors must complete an annual portfolio review with the composition faculty and present a recital in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation.

*Bachelor of music students must enroll in a large ensemble in every semester of enrollment with the exception of music education majors in the semester in which they are enrolled in Clinical Practice II and composition majors after they have completed the required 6 semesters of large ensemble. The music department will assign all students to the ensemble of its choice.


 
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