Music : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: MusB in Performance and BA in Music

Advisement

Students interested in the music degree programs should prepare by taking private voice or instrument lessons prior to and throughout high school. While in junior and senior high school, students are advised to participate in ensembles and enroll in theory courses, if available.

Students may also prepare by obtaining the theory book Scales, Intervals, Keys, Triads, Rhythm, and Meter (3rd Edition) by Clough, Conley and Boge (W.W. Norton & Company). This book is excellent preparation for the diagnostic music theory examination.

Acceptance Information

Application for admission must be made both to the university and separately to the Department of Music. To download music department applications and to set up an audition, go to www.music.buffalo.edu. All students should be prepared to take a theory placement exam before beginning undergraduate music studies; students are encouraged to take this exam during their spring auditions.

Applicants requesting the MusB in Performance degree must pass an evaluation audition and as determined by the theory diagnostic examination. Applicants requesting to enter the BA major in music must be accepted for MUS 105 as determined by the theory diagnostic examination. Completion of MUS 105 with a minimum grade of C constitutes acceptance into both degree programs.

Applicants for the BA degree in music are not required to perform an audition unless they wish to include instrument or voice study as part of their music electives.

Academic Requirements

The academic requirements for admission to the Department of Music are the same as those for admission to the university. A GPA of 2.0 in each area of Music Theory and Music History with no grades below C must be maintained to graduate from this degree program.

Transfer Policy

Transfer students must apply to the department as well as to the university. The Office of Student Programs will evaluate the transfer credits in music. Up to one-half of the departmental requirements in the areas of music history, theory (determined by examination), performance (determined by audition), and ensemble can be accepted. Grades of D do not fulfill departmental requirements. Performance credits are transferred for degree fulfillment only if the candidate has been accepted as a performance major at the initial audition for admission. Theory credits transfer into the program based on the results of the transfer theory placement exam. Music history credits transfer into the program upon the approval of the coordinator of history.

Music - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Passing the freshman theory exam and successfully completing MUS 105 are required for conditional departmental acceptance.

Advising Note

Four music major free electives are chosen by advisement with the Director of Student Programs (226 Baird Hall) and the faculty advisor.

Prerequisite Courses

MUS 105 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint I
MUS 106 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint II
MUS 213 Music History Survey I

Required Courses

MUS 211 Intermediate Harmony and Counterpoint I
MUS 212 Intermediate Harmony and Counterpoint II
MUS 214 Music History Survey II
MUS 450 Senior Thesis Seminar
Two ensemble courses
Two upper-level music history electives
Four music major free electives
Foreign language courses, as necessary*

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 54-58

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

*Foreign language courses, as necessary. Proficiency in a foreign language through the second semester of the second year or its equivalent, to be demonstrated through classroom courses or through proficiency exams. Please see the Director of Student Programs for more information. (S/U grading may not be selected for courses taken to fulfill this departmental requirement.)

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall MUS 105, ensemble
Spring MUS 106, ensemble

SECOND YEAR
Fall MUS 211, MUS 213
Spring MUS 212, MUS 214

THIRD YEAR
Fall One upper-level music history elective, one music major free elective
Spring One upper-level music history elective, one music major free elective

FOURTH YEAR
Fall MUS 450, one music major free elective
Spring MUS 450, one music major free elective

Electives and Course Groupings

Music Electives

MUS 300 American Classical Music since 1900
MUS 305 Counterpoint 16th Century
MUS 311 Master Composer
MUS 400 Composition Seminar
MUS 401 Introduction to Electronic Music 1
MUS 402 Introduction to Electronic Music 2
MUS 404 Acoustics, Audio, and Computer Systems
MUS 407 Composition
MUS 408 Genres of Music
MUS 409 Music of the Middle Ages
MUS 410 Music of the Renaissance
MUS 411 Music of the Baroque Era
MUS 412 Music of the Classical Period
MUS 413 Music of the Romantic Period
MUS 414 Music of the 20th Century
MUS 416 Counterpoint 18th Century
MUS 418 Music and MIDI
MUS 437 Analysis of Tonal Music
MUS 438 Analysis of 20th-Century Music
MUS 439 Seminar in Music History
MUS 440 Seminar in Music History

Emphasis Areas

19th-Century Music
20th-Century Music
Composition (with faculty permission)
Music & Aesthetics
Music & Literature
Music & Technology
Music Management
Music History
Music Theory

Music Performance - Mus. B.

Acceptance Criteria

Successful audition for primary study on an instrument or in voice and successful completion of MUS 105 with a minimum grade of 2.0 (C) for official departmental acceptance.

Advising Notes

Performance majors receive weekly hour lessons for 4 credit hours each semester. A minimum of six semesters of ensemble must be chosen with faculty advisement. Transfer students are required to complete a minimum of six semesters of weekly hour lessons for 4 credit hours each semester. All performance majors must pass a keyboard proficiency examination. A pre-recital jury and senior recital are to be completed in the senior year.
Piano major requirement: MUS 324 Piano Literature.
Voice major requirement: MUS 221 Vocal Diction (2 semesters).

Required Courses

MUS 105 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint I
MUS 106 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint II
MUS 211 Intermediate Harmony and Counterpoint I
MUS 212 Intermediate Harmony and Counterpoint II
MUS 213 Music History Survey I
MUS 214 Music History Survey II
MUS 221 Vocal Diction (voice majors/2 semesters)
MUS 324 Piano Literature (if available; otherwise, students take individual instruction)
Eight 400-level applied instrument or voice courses
Six ensemble courses
Three upper-level music history electives
One upper-level music theory elective
Foreign Language courses, as necessary*

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 83-88

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

*Proficiency in a foreign language through two semesters or its equivalent, to be demonstrated through classroom courses or through proficiency exams. This also fulfills general education requirement. Please see the Director of Student Programs for more information. (S/U grading may not be selected for courses taken to fulfill this departmental requirement.)

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall MUS 105; one 400-level applied instrument or voice course; MUS 221 (voice majors), ensemble
Spring MUS 106; one 400-level applied instrument or voice course; MUS 221 (voice majors), ensemble

SECOND YEAR
Fall MUS 211, MUS 213; one 400-level applied instrument or voice course; ensemble
Spring MUS 212, MUS 214; one 400-level applied instrument or voice course; ensemble

THIRD YEAR
Fall One upper-level music history elective; one upper-level music theory elective, one 400-level applied instrument or voice course; ensemble
Spring One upper-level music history elective; one 400-level applied instrument or voice course; ensemble

FOURTH YEAR
Fall One upper-level music history elective; one 400-level applied instrument or voice course; ensemble (optional)
Spring One 400-level applied instrument or voice course; ensemble (optional)

Electives and Course Groupings

Music Electives

MUS 300 American Classical Music since 1900
MUS 305 Counterpoint 16th Century
MUS 311 Master Composer
MUS 400 Composition Seminar
MUS 401 Introduction to Electronic Music 1
MUS 402 Introduction to Electronic Music 2
MUS 404 Acoustics, Audio, and Computer Systems
MUS 407 Composition
MUS 408 Genres of Music
MUS 409 Music of the Middle Ages
MUS 410 Music of the Renaissance
MUS 411 Music of the Baroque Era
MUS 412 Music of the Classical Period
MUS 413 Music of the Romantic Period
MUS 414 Music of the 20th Century
MUS 416 Counterpoint 18th Century
MUS 418 Music and MIDI
MUS 437 Analysis of Tonal Music
MUS 438 Analysis of 20th-Century Music
MUS 439 Seminar in Music History
MUS 440 Seminar in Music History

Music - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for acceptance. Applicants for the performance minor must pass an audition. All minors must be accepted for MUS 105 as determined by the theory diagnostic examination.

Required Courses

PERFORMANCE MINOR
MUS 105-MUS 106 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint I-II
MUS 213-MUS 214 Music History Survey I-II
Two semesters in any ensemble
Four semesters of applied instrument or voice courses (2 credit hours per semester)
Total required credit hours for the minor: 28

ACADEMIC MINOR
MUS 105-MUS 106 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint I-II
MUS 213-MUS 214 Music History Survey I-II
Four music major free electives

*Music Electives (see BA chart above)

Summary
Total required credit hours for the minor: 28

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:45 EST