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The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2019-2020 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

Program Options

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a major in music - Intended for students who wish to balance music training with other academic courses.
  • Bachelor of Music (B.M.) with majors in applied music for voice, piano, strings, or wind/brass/percussion.  Students also may pursue a B.M. degree with elective studies in business.
  • Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) - Completion of this degree qualifies the student for a State of Iowa teaching certificate.  Music education students achieve specialization in one of the following two areas:
    • Choral/general music emphasis
    • Instrumental/general music emphasis
  • Music Minor
  • Jazz Studies concentration

Music department web site


Program Overview

The Department of Music in the School of Fine Arts is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.  The requirements for entrance and for graduation are in accordance with the published regulations of this association.

For more information regarding specific policies, procedures, regulations, ensembles, recitals, competitions, student organizations, and other resources, consult the Music Department web site.


B.A. Degree Requirements

Candidates for the B.A. degree in music are prepared for graduate studies in music (particularly in musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology or music therapy) or interdisciplinary fields that emphasize musical knowledge or related skills (such as music criticism or library science). This degree is particularly well suited for students wishing to pursue a double major in music and another field, for those interested in pursuing academic research in music, or for those looking for a wide-ranging liberal arts curriculum that emphasizes studies in music.

The completion of a senior thesis on a topic in music of the candidate’s choice is required during the senior year.
 The B.A. degree is not intended to be a substitute for any of the professional degrees offered by the Department of Music.

Course Credits          
MUS 001 - Materials of Music I 3
MUS 002 - Materials of Music I 1
MUS 003 - Materials of Music II 3
MUS 004 - Materials of Music II 1
MUS 021 - Recitals 8 semesters
MUS 051 - Materials of Music III 3
MUS 052 - Materials of Music III 1
MUS 053 - Materials of Music IV 3
MUS 054 - Materials of Music IV 1
MUS 081 - World Music 3
MUS 085 - Music History I 3
MUS 095 - Music History II 3
MUS 105 - Music History III 3
MUS 107 - Analysis of Post-Tonal Music 3
Ensemble - Select from the following, depending on candidate's chosen path. A minimum of 8 credits is required.
MUS 148 - Band 1
MUS 149 - Choir 1
MUS 150 - Orchestra 1
Music Literature/Theory Electives - Select 5-6 credits from the following. 5-6
MUS 096 - Music in the Classical Era 3
MUS 101 - Contrapuntal Techniques 3
MUS 102 - Structure and Design 3
MUS 106 - Symphonic Literature 2
MUS 108 - Composition 2
MUS 109 - Piano Literature to 1800 2
MUS 110 - Piano Literature 1800-Present 2
MUS 167 - Junior Research Seminar 1
MUS 168 - Senior Thesis 2
Applied Instrument - Select from the following, depending on candidate's chosen path. A minimum of 16 credits, all from the same instrument/voice, is required.
MUS 170 - Piano 1-6
MUS 171 - Voice 1-6
MUS 172 - Organ 1-6
MUS 173 - Violin 1-6
MUS 174 - Cello 1-6
MUS 175 - Trumpet 1-6
MUS 176 - Flute 1-6
MUS 177 - Percussion 1-6
MUS 178 - Clarinet 1-6
MUS 179 - Oboe 1-6
MUS 180 - Harpsichord 1-6
MUS 182 - Viola 1-6
MUS 185 - Bassoon 1-6
MUS 186 - Saxophone 1-6
MUS 187 - French Horn 1-6
MUS 188 - Trombone 1-6
MUS 189 - Euphonium 1-6
MUS 190 - Harp 1-6
MUS 191 - Tuba 1-6
MUS 193 - String Bass 1-6
MUS 194 - Classical Guitar 1-6
TOTAL 63-64

 


B.M. Degree Requirements

Candidates for the B.M. degree with a major in applied music are prepared for full-time or part-time work as performers, as leaders of community choral or instrumental groups, as studio teachers or as teachers of applied music in private schools or colleges. The candidate must complete a minimum of 124 credit hours.

An acceptable senior recital of approximately one hour’s duration in the student’s major applied music field is required.

Winds and Percussion Track

The winds and percussion track takes 39 to 40 hours in the applied major and minor, 31 to 34 hours in music theory and history-literature and eight hours of ensemble, plus the Drake Curriculum and free electives. (Hours vary according to each instrument; students should consult with advisers for specific number of hours.)

Course Credits           
MUS 001 - Materials of Music I 3
MUS 002 - Materials of Music I 1
MUS 003 - Materials of Music II 3
MUS 004 - Materials of Music II 1
MUS 006 - Piano Laboratory I (or equivalent private lessons in MUS 170) 1
MUS 007 - Piano Laboratory II (or equivalent private lessons in MUS 170) 1
MUS 021 - Recitals 8 semesters
MUS 049 - Piano Laboratory III (or equivalent private lessons in MUS 170) 1
MUS 050 - Piano Laboratory IV (or equivalent private lessons in MUS 170) 1
MUS 051 - Materials of Music III 3
MUS 052 - Materials of Music III 1
MUS 053 - Materials of Music IV 3
MUS 054 - Materials of Music IV 1
MUS 081 - World Music 3
MUS 085 - Music History I 3
MUS 095 - Music History II 3
MUS 105 - Music History III 3
MUS 106 - Symphonic Literature 2
MUS 107 - Analysis of Post-Tonal Music 3
MUS 114 - Studio Teaching Techniques 2
Ensemble - Select from the following, depending on candidate's chosen path. A minimum of 8 credits is required.
MUS 148 - Band 1
MUS 150 - Orchestra 1
MUS 161 - Instrumental Conducting 2
Applied Instrument - Select from the following, depending on candidate's chosen path. A minimum of 32 credits is required.
MUS 175 - Trumpet 1-6
MUS 176 - Flute 1-6
MUS 177 - Percussion 1-6
MUS 178 - Clarinet 1-6
MUS 179 - Oboe 1-6
MUS 185 - Bassoon 1-9
MUS 186 - Saxophone 1-6
MUS 187 - French Horn 1-6
MUS 188 - Trombone 1-6
MUS 189 - Euphonium 1-6
MUS 191 - Tuba 1-6
MUS 181 - Chamber Ensemble 1-3
Senior Recital

Piano Track

The piano track takes 39 to 40 hours in the applied major and minor, 31 to 34 hours in music theory and history-literature and eight hours of ensemble, plus the Drake Curriculum and free electives. (Hours vary according to each instrument; students should consult with advisers for specific number of hours.)

Course Credits          
MUS 001 - Materials of Music I 3
MUS 002 - Materials of Music I 1
MUS 003 - Materials of Music II 3
MUS 004 - Materials of Music II 1
MUS 021 - Recitals 8 semesters
MUS 051 - Materials of Music III 3
MUS 052 - Materials of Music III 1
MUS 053 - Materials of Music IV 3
MUS 054 - Materials of Music IV 1
MUS 081 - World Music 3
MUS 085 - Music History I 3
MUS 092 - Advanced Keyboard Skills 1
MUS 095 - Music History II 3
MUS 105 - Music History III 3
MUS 107 - Analysis of Post-Tonal Music 3
MUS 109 - Piano Literature to 1800 2
MUS 110 - Piano Literature 1800-Present 2
MUS 113 - Piano Studio Teaching Techniques and Materials 3
Ensemble - Select from the following, depending on candidate's chosen path. A minimum of 8 credits is required.
MUS 148 - Band 1
MUS 149 - Choir 1
MUS 150 - Orchestra 1
MUS 161 - Instrumental Conducting, or
MUS 163 - Choral Conducting
2
MUS 170 - Piano - A minimum of 32 credits of MUS 170 is required. 32
Senior Recital

Strings Track

The strings track takes 39 to 40 hours in the applied major and minor, 31 to 34 hours in music theory and history-literature and eight hours of ensemble, plus the Drake Curriculum and free electives. (Hours vary according to each instrument; students should consult with advisers for specific number of hours.)

Course Credits          
MUS 001 - Materials of Music I 3
MUS 002 - Materials of Music I 1
MUS 003 - Materials of Music II 3
MUS 004 - Materials of Music II 1
MUS 006 - Piano Laboratory I (or equivalent private lessons in MUS 170) 1
MUS 007 - Piano Laboratory II (or equivalent private lessons in MUS 170) 1
MUS 021 - Recitals 8 semesters
MUS 049 - Piano Laboratory III (or equivalent private lessons in MUS 170) 1
MUS 050 - Piano Laboratory IV (or equivalent private lessons in MUS 170) 1
MUS 051 - Materials of Music III 3
MUS 052 - Materials of Music III 1
MUS 053 - Materials of Music IV 3
MUS 054 - Materials of Music IV 1
MUS 059 - Orchestral Excerpts 2
MUS 081 - World Music 3
MUS 085 - Music History I 3
MUS 095 - Music History II 3
MUS 105 - Music History III 3
MUS 107 - Analysis of Post-Tonal Music 3
Upper division music courses - Select 8 credits from the following.
MUS 106 - Symphonic Literature 2
MUS 114 - Studio Teaching Techniques 2
MUS 116 - String Literature 2
MUS 161 - Instrumental Conducting 2
MUS 150 - Orchestra - A minimum of 8 credits is required. 8
Applied Instrument - Select from the following, depending on candidate's chosen path. A minimum of 32 credits is required.
MUS 173 - Violin 1-6
MUS 174 - Cello 1-6
MUS 182 - Viola 1-6
MUS 193 - String Bass 1-6
MUS 194 - Classical Guitar 1-6
MUS 181 - Chamber Ensemble 1-3
Senior Recital

Vocal Track

The vocal track takes 43 hours in applied music, 33 hours in music theory and history-literature, and eight hours of ensemble, plus the Drake Curriculum and free electives. [*Fulfillment of the foreign language requirement for the vocal major is to be approved by the student’s adviser.*]

Course Credits          
MUS 001 - Materials of Music I 3
MUS 002 - Materials of Music I 1
MUS 003 - Materials of Music II 3
MUS 004 - Materials of Music II 1
MUS 006 - Piano Laboratory I (or equivalent private lessons in MUS 170) 1
MUS 007 - Piano Laboratory II (or equivalent private lessons in MUS 170) 1
MUS 021 - Recitals 8 semesters
MUS 049 - Piano Laboratory III (or equivalent private lessons in MUS 170) 1
MUS 050 - Piano Laboratory IV (or equivalent private lessons in MUS 170) 1
MUS 051 - Materials of Music III 3
MUS 052 - Materials of Music III 1
MUS 053 - Materials of Music IV 3
MUS 054 - Materials of Music IV 1
MUS 075 - Diction for Singers I 2
MUS 076 - Diction for Singers II 2
MUS 081 - World Music 3
MUS 085 - Music History I 3
MUS 095 - Music History II 3
MUS 105 - Music History III 3
MUS 107 - Analysis of Post-Tonal Music 3
MUS 140 - Vocal Literature 2
MUS 154 - Vocal Pedagogy 2
MUS 163 - Choral Conducting 2
MUS 149 - Choir - A minimum of 8 credits is required. 8
MUS 171 - Piano - A minimum of 32 credits is required. 32
Foreign Language 6
Senior Recital

Elective Studies in Business

Course Credits          
ACCT 041 - Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
BLAW 060 - Business Law I 3
ECON 002 - Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECON 010 - Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ENTR 101 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
FIN 095 - Managing Individual Finances 3
IS 044 - Microsoft Office Tools for Business Analysis 2
MKTG 101 - Marketing Principles 3
MGMT 110 - Organizational Behavior 3
MUS 001 - Materials of Music I 3
MUS 002 - Materials of Music I 1
MUS 003 - Materials of Music II 3
MUS 004 - Materials of Music II 1
MUS 006 - Piano Laboratory I (or equivalent private lessons in MUS 170) 1
MUS 007 - Piano Laboratory II (or equivalent private lessons in MUS 170) 1
MUS 021 - Recitals 8 semesters
MUS 049 - Piano Laboratory III (or equivalent private lessons in MUS 170) 1
MUS 050 - Piano Laboratory IV (or equivalent private lessons in MUS 170) 1
MUS 051 - Materials of Music III 3
MUS 052 - Materials of Music III 1
MUS 053 - Materials of Music IV 3
MUS 054 - Materials of Music IV 1
MUS 081 - World Music 3
MUS 085 - Music History I 3
MUS 091 - Performing Arts Management 3
MUS 095 - Music History II 3
MUS 105 - Music History III 3
MUS 107 - Analysis of Post-Tonal Music 3
Ensemble - Select from the following, depending on candidate's chosen path. A minimum of 8 credits is required.
MUS 148 - Band 1
MUS 149 - Choir 1
MUS 150 - Orchestra 1
MUS 161 - Instrumental Conducting, or
MUS 163 - Choral Conducting
2
MUS 165 - Professional Internship in Music 3
Applied Instrument - Select from the following, depending on candidate's chosen path. A minimum of 16 credits is required.
MUS 170 - Piano 1-6
MUS 171 - Voice 1-6
MUS 172 - Organ 1-6
MUS 173 - Violin 1-6
MUS 174 - Cello 1-6
MUS 175 - Trumpet 1-6
MUS 176 - Flute 1-6
MUS 177 - Percussion 1-6
MUS 178 - Clarinet 1-6
MUS 179 - Oboe 1-6
MUS 180 - Harpsichord 1-6
MUS 182 - Viola 1-6
MUS 185 - Bassoon 1-6
MUS 186 - Saxophone 1-6
MUS 187 - French Horn 1-6
MUS 188 - Trombone 1-6
MUS 189 - Euphonium 1-6
MUS 190 - Harp 1-6
MUS 191 - Tuba 1-6
MUS 193 - String Bass 1-6
MUS 194 - Classical Guitar 1-6
TOTAL 94

 


Music Minor

The minor in music is intended for students with musical skills who do not wish to pursue careers in music. This program does not satisfy the requirement for certification in a minor teaching area. The minimum requirement for the minor is 22 credit hours. Music history/literature and music electives must be chosen in consultation with a designated music faculty adviser. An audition is required in the applied music area.

Course Credits
MUS 001 - Materials of Music I 3
MUS 002 - Materials of Music I 1
MUS 003 - Materials of Music II 3
MUS 004 - Materials of Music II 1
MUS 080 - Music in Western Culture 3
Music history/literature electives - Select 2-3 credits from the following, subject to advisor approval. 
MUS 010 - Jazz History 2
MUS 073 - Music Since 1900 3
MUS 078 - Introduction to Jazz 3
MUS 081 - World Music 3
MUS 085 - Music History I 3
MUS 095 - Music History II 3
MUS 105 - Music History III 3
MUS 096 - Music in the Classical Era 3
MUS 109 - Piano Literature to 1800 2
MUS 110 - Piano Literature 1800-Present 2
MUS 116 - String Literature 2
MUS 119 - Music and Politics 3
MUS 120 - Shape Notes and Sacred Harps 3
MUS 140 - Vocal Literature 2
Other music electives - Select 5-6 MUS credits, subject to advisor approval.
Applied Instrument - Select from the following, depending on candidate's chosen path. A minimum of 4 credits, all from the same instrument/voice, is required.
MUS 170 - Piano 1-6
MUS 171 - Voice 1-6
MUS 172 - Organ 1-6
MUS 173 - Violin 1-6
MUS 174 - Cello 1-6
MUS 175 - Trumpet 1-6
MUS 176 - Flute 1-6
MUS 177 - Percussion 1-6
MUS 178 - Clarinet 1-6
MUS 179 - Oboe 1-6
MUS 180 - Harpsichord 1-6
MUS 182 - Viola 1-6
MUS 185 - Bassoon 1-6
MUS 186 - Saxophone 1-6
MUS 187 - French Horn 1-6
MUS 188 - Trombone 1-6
MUS 189 - Euphonium 1-6
MUS 190 - Harp 1-6
MUS 191 - Tuba 1-6
MUS 193 - String Bass 1-6
MUS 194 - Classical Guitar 1-6
TOTAL 22

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