Bachelors (BA) in Music

Overview

The music major offers a 40.5- to 52.5-semester-hour course of study. Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of C- in all courses taken for the major.

The music major consists of a music core required of all majors, plus one of four concentrations: composition, general, performance or preteaching. The preteaching concentration in music prepares the student to take the Oregon Praxis Examination in music as preparation for application to George Fox University's Master of Arts in Teaching program or another similar program.

Degree Outcomes

Graduates with a BA in music will:

  • Understand the role of the music educator and the components of an effective school music program
  • Demonstrate pedagogical competency on all wind, string and percussion instruments as well as competency in vocal pedagogy and production
  • Demonstrate the basic skills of conducting, including basic meters, compound meters, mixed meters, cueing, cut-offs, dynamics, tempos and fermatas
  • Explore the nuance and artistry of advanced conducting
  • Apply their knowledge of elementary music curriculum and methods in the music classroom
  • Apply their knowledge of secondary curriculum and methods in the secondary classroom

Major Requirements

Complete the following:

A course designed to help the student systematically acquire basic information and interrelated skills that will be of value in future musical endeavors as performer, teacher, or composer. Includes work in part writing, keyboard harmony, analysis, and creative writing. Corequisite: MUSI 131 Sight Singing and Ear Training I.
A course designed to help the student systematically acquire basic information and interrelated skills that will be of value in future musical endeavors as performer, teacher, or composer. Includes work in part writing, keyboard harmony, analysis, and creative writing. Corequisite: MUSI 132 Sight Singing and Ear Training II. Prerequisite: MUSI 121 Theory I.
An introductory thematic study of the roles of music in a variety of world cultures, with emphasis on listening to, viewing, and understanding a broad selection of musical styles mostly outside the Western classical tradition.
A lab experience designed to develop proficiency in singing prepared melodies, melodies at sight, rhythmic patterns, and in taking basic melodic dictation. Corequisite: MUSI 121 Theory I.
A lab experience designed to develop proficiency in singing prepared melodies, melodies at sight, rhythmic patterns, and in taking basic melodic dictation. Corequisite: MUSI 122 Theory II.
Introductory work with technological resources basic to work in the music field. Includes hands-on experience with MIDI and sequencing, music notation programs and desktop publishing, digital sound formats, and basic Web authoring.
A continuation of Theory II. Includes chromatic harmonies and remote modulations. Introduction to 20th-century harmonic usage. Creative work is required. Prerequisite: MUSI 122 Theory II.
A continuation of Theory III. Includes chromatic harmonies and remote modulations. Introduction to 20th-century harmonic usage. Creative work is required. Prerequisite: MUSI 221 Theory III.
A study of the development of music from antiquity through the 20th century. Comparisons are made to the development of the other arts. Concentrated study of music literature emphasizing the change in musical styles during the different historical periods. Prerequisites: MUSI 121 Theory I and MUSI 122 Theory II.
A study of the development of music from antiquity through the 20th century. Comparisons are made to the development of the other arts. Concentrated study of music literature emphasizing the change in musical styles during the different historical periods. Prerequisite: MUSI 311 Music History I.
Detailed study of the structural components of music, including the motive, phrase, and period. Application to principal contrapuntal and homophonic forms of the Classic, Romantic, and Modern periods. Prerequisites: MUSI 221 Theory III and MUSI 222 Theory IV.
A study of the relationships between musical communication and Christian faith and practice. Also includes some preparatory modules for senior recital. Prerequisites: MUSI 222 Theory IV and MUSI 312 Music History II or equivalents, and junior or senior standing.
Students prepare a project in cooperation with a faculty advisor. The project is presented before an audience and filed permanently in the music department.
Students prepare a project in cooperation with a faculty advisor. The project is presented before an audience and filed permanently in the music department.
See Credit for Applied Lessons and Ensemble Courses




 

Credit for Applied Lessons and Ensemble Courses


Applied lessons: Students must enroll for one 60-­minute applied lesson per week for 1 credit, with 13 lessons per semester. Although individual applied instructors’ studio policies vary, a minimum of ten hours of practice per week is assumed.

Ensemble courses: Students may enroll for ensembles for credit as follows:


  • Major ensembles (Concert Choir MUSA125C/325C, Symphonic Band MUSA145B/345B and George Fox University Symphony Orchestra MUSA155/355) may be taken for 0, 1 or 2 credits. These ensembles rehearse between 120 and 300 minutes per week and have substantial involvement outside of class time.
  • Other ensembles may be taken for 0 or 1 credit. These ensembles rehearse less time per week and have less out-­of-­class involvement.
  • The zero-­credit option is available so that students can participate in ensembles and still have it show on their college transcripts.

Choose one of the following:

Introduction to the basic fundamentals of conducting for the music major, the music education major, and the future church musician. Emphasis is placed upon the mastery of simple conducting patterns, cues, and expressive gestures, and on common problems in leading group singing and in directing musical ensembles.
A course designed to acquaint the student with advanced choral and instrumental literature. Basic conducting patterns are reviewed and adapted to all aspects of conducting: syncopation, cuing, and expressive gestures. Prerequisite: MUSI 200 Basic Conducting.

Additional Requirements

Students are also required to pass a piano proficiency examination prior to their junior or half-recital hearing. Students are required to register for MUSA 105/305 Applied Piano (0.5-1) or MUSI 135 Class Piano (1) in the piano proficiency specific sections until the proficiency has been met.
Music majors must be enrolled in a major ensemble each semester (George Fox University Symphony Orchestra, Concert Choir, Chorale, Keyboard Ensemble or Symphonic Band is required in addition to other ensembles).
All students enter the applied program at the 100 level. Before being advanced to upper-division study, the student must pass a faculty jury. All applied music students are expected to perform periodically in studio or public recitals, but only students who have advanced to upper-division study levels will be permitted to present a half or full recital. (For additional information, please see Applied Lessons Policy below.)
A solo recital and achievement of upper-division standing is required of all students. The recital is given in the junior or senior year after the student has been granted upper-division standing and has passed a recital hearing given before the applied music faculty.

Concentrations (0-12 hours) - choose one

Complete the following:

Principles of 16th- and 18th-century polyphony. Detailed study of the works of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries. Original composition required.
A study of the instruments of the orchestra and band, including their ranges, characteristics, and capabilities. Practical application of the principles of arranging and scoring for orchestral/band instrumental combinations. Prerequisites: MUSI 221 Theory III and MUSI 222 Theory IV.

Students must complete 8 semester hours of Composition

(two semesters of MUSI 225 and four semesters of MUSI 425)

Individual lessons in composition. Initial inquiry into organization of sound resources, developing techniques for working with musical materials, and composition in small forms. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: MUSI 122 Theory II and MUSI 132 Sight Singing and Ear Training II, or instructor's permission.
Individual lessons in composition. Initial inquiry into organization of sound resources, developing techniques for working with musical materials, and composition in small forms. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: MUSI 122 Theory II and MUSI 132 Sight Singing and Ear Training II, or instructor's permission.
Individual lessons in composition. Continuing work in composition including (but not limited to) composition in larger forms, digital media, multi-movement forms, exploration of style resources. Prerequisites: MUSI 225 Composition I and admission to upper-division study, or instructor's permission.
Individual lessons in composition. Continuing work in composition including (but not limited to) composition in larger forms, digital media, multi-movement forms, exploration of style resources. Prerequisites: MUSI 225 Composition I and admission to upper-division study, or instructor's permission.
Individual lessons in composition. Continuing work in composition including (but not limited to) composition in larger forms, digital media, multi-movement forms, exploration of style resources. Prerequisites: MUSI 225 Composition I and admission to upper-division study, or instructor's permission.
Individual lessons in composition. Continuing work in composition including (but not limited to) composition in larger forms, digital media, multi-movement forms, exploration of style resources. Prerequisites: MUSI 225 Composition I and admission to upper-division study, or instructor's permission.
Full Degree Recital performed with up to 50 minutes of original music

Students must take 5 semester hours of music theory and literature (MUSI) courses, at least 3 of which must be upper division.

Half Recital/Project performed during junior or senior year.

 

Half Recital performed during junior year
Full Degree Recital performed during senior year
Professional Development Requirement to be completed over a four-year program
  • Professional Masterclass in performance area (one per year)
  • Bosendorfer Series (one per year – on campus)
  • Studio Masterclass/Performance Class (two per year – four are offered)
  • Students in Recital (four per year – attend all and perform in at least one per semester)
  • Audition for the Honors Recital at least two times in four years

Complete the following:

This is a one-semester introductory course on the teaching profession for those planning to enroll in an MAT program or considering teaching as a profession. Students will expand their understandings of the field of education and the role of teachers through class topics and experiences. They will also participate in a 10-hour classroom field experience. The George Fox University MAT program application process and requirements will be discussed. (This course is not part of the undergraduate elementary education major.) Prerequisite: junior or senior status
Fundamental instruction in the technique required to play music instruments at an intermediate level. Attention will be given to the technical aspects of music performance with an emphasis on the various demands related to teaching instrumentalists. Prerequisites: MUSI 121 Theory I and MUSI 122 Theory II.
Fundamental instruction in the technique required to play music instruments at an intermediate level. Attention will be given to the technical aspects of music performance with an emphasis on the various demands related to teaching instrumentalists. Prerequisites: MUSI 121 Theory I and MUSI 122 Theory II. (MUSI 270 is not a prerequisite for MUSI 271.)
This course is designed to present a practical program to explain the physical, technical, and artistic aspects of singing combining historical pedagogy with current research in acoustics and the physiology of the human voice. We will explore how to coordinate the activities of resonation, articulation, vibration, and energization of the system to produce a freely functioning voice. Students will increase their aural awareness and understand the distinction between speaking and singing. They will learn to problem-solve and diagnose vocal stress in the role of teacher, observer, and student. Prerequisite: MUSA 105 VC Applied Voice or MUSA 305 VC Applied Voice or MUSI 125 Voice Class. (MUSI 270 and MUSI 271 are not prerequisites for MUSI 272.)
Students will be introduced to the foundations of elementary music education including the National Standards and current teaching methodologies. Student observation and participation will provide the basis of an understanding of teaching music at the elementary level. Prerequisites: MUSI 121 Theory I and MUSI 122 Theory II.
Students will investigate the many special teaching demands of music education at the secondary level. Vocal and instrumental music ensembles will be studied to determine the special requirements of these performance groups. Music courses at the secondary level will be examined to determine their individual teaching methodologies. Prerequisites: MUSI 121 Theory I and MUSI 122 Theory II.

 

Half Recital performed during junior or senior year
Professional Development Requirement to be completed over a four-year program

  • Conferences (attend a minimum of two – State or Regional/NW)
  • On-campus activities (serve at two every year – Choral Symposium, Choral Festival, Band Festival and Band Clinic)
  • OSAA State Choir or Band Festival/Clinic (serve at one event)
  • Workshops/Festivals (attend three approved events – may substitute an ensemble officer position for one event)
  • Field Supervision – STRONGLY recommended (one full semester experience which includes classroom observation and a K-12 school concert)
  • Membership and active participation in CMENC activities

Applied Lessons Policy

Individual instruction is offered in voice, piano, organ, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, drum set, bass guitar, and guitar. Music majors are required to enroll in applied music lessons each semester.

Each semester will include:
  • Thirteen 60-minute lessons
  • The one-hour applied lesson must be taken on the student's major instrument or voice. Splitting this requirement into two 30-minute lesson would not fulfill the NASM requirement.
  • A jury (on the Monday of each final exam week)
  • A minimum of 10 lessons (or roughly 75 percent of the lessons) must be attended by a student in order to receive a passing grade in applied music.
  • Incomplete grades will only be given for applied lessons with instructor approval. (Further instruction fees may apply.)
Students are charged an additional instructional fee each semester per credit. Each half-credit reflects 13 30-minute lessons.

Lessons will be made up if the teacher had to be absent or a student was unable to come to a lesson due to extended illness (with the appropriate nurse's or doctor's verification). It is the responsibility of the teacher or student to notify the other in advance if a lesson cannot be attended. Make-up lessons for any other reasons generally will not be given.

Through the second full week of lessons in each semester, students may discontinue study and be charged only for the number of scheduled lessons to date. Any of the lessons missed during the two-week period because of an extended illness will be made up. Any lesson missed because the teacher had to be absent will also be made up. Any lessons missed without a valid reason, as stated above, will not be made up but will still be charged to the student's account.

Students who discontinue lessons after the end of the second week may officially withdraw during the withdraw period. However, they will forfeit the instructional fee charged for the entire semester. The applied teacher will receive the total amount. One exception to this manner of dealing with charges is when students are incapacitated or have an official doctor's order to discontinue study (legitimate examples include a drummer who breaks an arm or a vocalist who develops vocal nodules and must be silent for a significant period of time). Any refund in these special cases will be given only for the remaining weeks of study after the student has met with the applied instructor.

All students enter the applied program at the 100 level. Before being advanced to upper-division study, the student must pass a faculty jury. All applied music students are expected to perform periodically in studio or public recital, but only students who have advanced to upper-division study levels will be permitted to present a half or full recital. These recitals may be given only by permission after the student has performed the recital repertoire in a faculty hearing.

The transfer student and/or a current GFU student who change to a Music major in their sophomore or junior year will still need to complete the 8-hours of applied lesson requirement, in order to prepare for the degree recital(s) and must be enrolled in ensemble(s) immediately.