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Majors

Music Major

Minors

Music Minor

Teacher Licensure

Endorsement in Music Education- Instrumental and Vocal (PreK-12)

In the Department of Music at Bridgewater College, you will be quickly immersed into a supportive musical environment that will help you hone your skills to reach your musical goals. Through ensembles, applied lessons, and academic music courses, you will explore many facets in the field of music.

Ensembles on campus are open to all students on campus, regardless of major. Ensembles include the Screamin’ Eagles Marching Band, Concert Choir, Chorale, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Chamber Strings.  We also offer smaller chamber ensembles like a cappella choirs, handbell choir, jazz combo, and many more! 

Music majors may specialize in Music or Music Education. The music minor has the flexibility to fit the interest and goals of all students.

Numerous exciting courses offered by the Department of Music meet the College’s general education requirement in fine arts.

Music Major

Degree Type Offered: B.A. Major

A bachelor of arts degree consisting of 42-48 credit hours. Students must complete 35 credits of core courses and 7-13 credits from one of the two tracks (music performance or music education).

Core Courses

MUS-115 Keyboard Skills I

MUS-116 Keyboard Skills II

MUS-215 Keyboard Skills III

MUS-216 Keyboard Skills IV

MUS-220 Introduction to Western Music

MUS-225 Theory and Aural Skills I

MUS-226 Theory and Aural Skills II

MUS-320 Basic Conducting

MUS-343 Music Arranging

MUS-345 Theory and Aural Skills III

MUS-380W Exploration of Western Music

MUS-450 Senior Recital

Applied Music: All Music Majors are required to register for applied lessons and at least 1 major ensemble every semester.

5 credit hours in applied music in the major performance area (300-level)

5 credit hours of major ensembles (major ensembles are MUS 440, MUS 441, MUS 442, MUS 443, MUS 444)

Music Performance (Track 1) 42 Credits Total

MUS-350 Junior Recital

Choose at least 6 credits from the following courses:

MUS-210 Voice Methods

MUS-233 Social History of Jazz in America

MUS-235 Music in Latin America

MUS-322 Choral Literature

MUS-323 Band Literature

MUS-371 Music in Film

MUS-420 Instrumental Conducting & Methods

MUS-421 Choral Conducting and Methods

MUS-445 Chamber Music

(may be taken twice for credit)

Music Education (Track 2) 48 credits total

MUS-140 Introduction to Music Education

MUS-210 Voice Methods

MUS-211 Brass Methods

MUS-212 Woodwinds Methods

MUS-213 String Methods

MUS-214 Percussion Methods

MUS-322 Choral Literature

or

MUS-323 Band Literature

MUS-420 Instrumental Conducting & Methods

or

MUS-421 Choral Conducting and Methods

For K-12 Teaching Certification, completion of the following professional education, music education and field experience courses and requirements, admission to the education department and passing scores on the PRAXIS Examinations:

EDUC-140 Introduction to Teaching

EDUC-200 Educational Psychology

EDUC-215 Diversity in the Classroom

EDUC-334 Literacy in the Context Area

EDUC-372E Classroom Management, Secondary

EDUC-380X Practicum in Current Teaching Techniques

EDUC-452 Seminar in Educational Practices, Secondary

EDUC-470 Professional Student Teaching

MUS-422 Music Education in the Elementary School

MUS-436 Music Education in the Secondary School

Music Minor

Degree Type Offered: Minor

Consists of 18 credit hours including the following courses:

MUS-220 Introduction to Western Music

MUS-225 Theory and Aural Skills I

MUS-226 Theory and Aural Skills II

4 credits in applied lessons and/or major ensembles (major ensembles are MUS 440, MUS 441, MUS 442, MUS 443, MUS 444)

5 credits of any other music course, excluding major ensembles, but including:

Maximum of 2 credits in:

MUS-445 Chamber Music

Maximum of 2 additional credits in applied lessons

Endorsement in Music Education- Instrumental and Vocal (PreK-12)

Degree Type Offered: Teacher Licensure

Refer to the Music major, Track 2-Music Education requirements and additional education courses.

Performing Ensembles

Ensemble members earn 1 credit per semester, and are expected to commit themselves to participation in the ensemble for the full academic year. These courses may be repeated for credit. Students from all majors are eligible for membership in the performing ensembles. The X version of ensemble courses may not be repeated for credit. 

Applied Music

Applied music lessons are taught individually and are scheduled by the instructor. They are worth 1 credit per semester and may be repeated for credit. There is a fee to register.

Anyone may register for the 200-level courses. The expectation is that the student will practice at least three hours per week. The 300-level courses are for the major performance area of a student majoring in music. The expectation is that the student will practice at least six hours per week. Non-majors may register at the 300-level by auditioning and permission from the instructor.

Courses

MUS-110 Music Fundamentals

MUS-111 Music Fundamentals at the Piano

MUS-113 Class Voice

MUS-115 Keyboard Skills I

MUS-116 Keyboard Skills II

MUS-140 Introduction to Music Education

MUS-201 Piano

MUS-202 Organ

MUS-203 Voice

MUS-204 Woodwind

MUS-205 Brass

MUS-206 Percussion

MUS-207 Strings

MUS-208 Guitar

MUS-210 Voice Methods

MUS-211 Brass Methods

MUS-212 Woodwinds Methods

MUS-213 String Methods

MUS-214 Percussion Methods

MUS-215 Keyboard Skills III

MUS-216 Keyboard Skills IV

MUS-220 Introduction to Western Music

MUS-225 Theory and Aural Skills I

MUS-226 Theory and Aural Skills II

MUS-233 Social History of Jazz in America

MUS-235 Music in Latin America

MUS-301 Piano

MUS-302 Organ

MUS-303 Voice

MUS-304 Woodwind

MUS-305 Brass

MUS-306 Percussion

MUS-307 Strings

MUS-308 Guitar

MUS-309X Audio Production

MUS-320 Basic Conducting

MUS-322 Choral Literature

MUS-323 Band Literature

MUS-329 Keyboard Pedagogy

MUS-340 Church Music

MUS-343 Music Arranging

MUS-345 Theory and Aural Skills III

MUS-346 Advanced Theory

MUS-350 Junior Recital

MUS-371 Music in Film

MUS-380W Exploration of Western Music

MUS-400 Composition

MUS-420 Instrumental Conducting & Methods

MUS-421 Choral Conducting and Methods

MUS-422 Music Education in the Elementary School

MUS-436 Music Education in the Secondary School

MUS-440 Chamber Strings

MUS-441 Concert Choir

MUS-441X Concert Choir

MUS-442 Chorale

MUS-442X Chorale

MUS-443 Symphonic Band

MUS-444 Jazz Ensemble

MUS-444X Jazz Ensemble

MUS-445 Chamber Music

MUS-446 Chamber Winds

MUS-447 Treble Choir

MUS-448 Exploratory Band

MUS-449 Marching Band

MUS-449X Marching Band

MUS-450 Senior Recital

MUS-480X Internship

MUS-490 Independent Study

MUS-491 Research

MUS-499 Honors Project