Bachelors (BA) in Music

The music major offers a 42.5- to 55-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 education 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

Music Core (42.5-43 hours)
MUSI 121 Theory I 3
MUSI 122 Theory II 3
MUSI 130 Music in World Cultures 2
MUSI 131 Sight Singing and Ear Training I 1
MUSI 132 Sight Singing and Ear Training II 1
MUSI 180 Introduction to Music Technology 2
MUSI 221 Theory III 4
MUSI 222 Theory IV 4
MUSI 311 Music History I 3
MUSI 312 Music History II 3
MUSI 320 Form and Analysis 2
MUSI 400 Music and Christian Faith 2
MUSI 481 Degree Recital/Project .5
MUSI 482 Degree Recital/Project
Applied Music and Ensemble Requirements (see details below) 8
Students must choose one of the following courses:  
MUSI 200 Basic Conducting 1.5
MUSI 460 Advanced Conducting (with permission) 2

Additional Requirements

Piano Proficiency
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.
Ensemble Requirement
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).
Applied Music Jury and Upper Division Standing
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.)
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 hoursof 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.
Recital requirement and Upper Division Standing
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.


Students must select one of the following concentrations:  
Composition (12 hours)
MUSI 310 Counterpoint 2
MUSI 430 Instrumentation and Orchestration 2

Students must complete 8 semester hours as follows:
MUSI 225 Composition I (two semesters) 2
MUSI 425 Composition II (four semesters) 6
Full Degree Recital performed with up to 50 minutes of original music
General (5 hours)

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
Preteaching (11 hours)
EDUC 250 Teaching as a Profession 2
MUSI 270 Music Techniques Instrumental I 1
MUSI 271 Music Techniques Instrumental II 1
MUSI 272 Music Techniques Vocal 1
MUSI 410 Elementary Music Methods 3
MUSI 411 Middle Level and High School Music Methods 3
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.