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Bachelors of Arts in Music

The Music Major at Roger Williams University offers a solid foundation in music theory, and the principle musical styles in western culture and an introduction to the music of various world cultures. This study will lead to a Bachelors of Arts in Music.
Students study the elements of music and explore their application in various compositional formats. They have the opportunity to study the evolution of popular music as well as the classical forms that have characterized and helped define western culture. A unique aspect of Roger William’s Music Major, reflecting the mission of the university, is the exploration of world culture through music. These courses will focus not only on the music of various world cultures but also on the ways in which music is a reflection of its culture.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Music must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. Music majors will be required to pass an entrance examination (or pass MUSIC 170 Basic Musicianship with a C or better) demonstrating their knowledge in basics of music theory. In addition, majors must complete the following curriculum for a total of 42 credits.

Western Musical Tradition both required
(These 2 courses lay the formal and historical foundation for the Western Classical Music)

MUSIC 211 Evolution of Musical Style  
MUSIC 212 Great Personalities in Music  

Music Theory all required
(These 3 courses lay the music theory and basic skills foundation for Western Music)

MUSIC 270 Musical Theory and Composition I  
MUSIC 370 Musical Theory and Composition II  
MUSIC 470 Musical Theory and Composition III  

World Culture Through Music: select three (3) courses from the following:

MUSIC 310 World Culture Through Music/ North America
MUSIC 311 World Culture Through Music/ Latin America
MUSIC 312 World Culture Through Music/ China & Japan
MUSIC 313 World Culture Through Music/ India & Middle East
MUSIC 314 World Culture Through Music/ Indigenous Peoples

Applied Music
Ensemble requirement (3 credits)

MUSIC 141 Chorus  
MUSIC 151 Instrumental Ensemble  

Lessons requirement: (6 credits – at least 1 credit of piano lessons and at least 4 semesters in 1 instrument or voice)

MUSIC 231 Piano Lessons  
MUSIC 232 Guitar Lessons  
MUSIC 233 Voice Lessons  
MUSIC 239 Other Instrument Lessons  

Music Electives select (2) two courses from the following:

MUSIC 310 World Culture Through Music/ North America
MUSIC 311 World Culture Through Music/ Latin America
MUSIC 312 World Culture Through Music/ China & Japan
MUSIC 313 World Culture Through Music/ India & Middle East
MUSIC 314 World Culture Through Music/ Indigenous Peoples

NOTE: Sections taken as electives must be in addition to the sections taken to fulfill the “World Culture Through Music” requirement

ANTH 100 Introduction to Anthropology  
AMST 100 Introduction to the American Experience
MUSIC 430 Special Topics in Music  

Final Project required
Select one of the following courses. The Final Project must be approved by Music faculty

MUSIC 480 Thesis, Composition or Recital  
MUSIC 460 Internship