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Bachelors of Arts in Music

The Music Major at Roger Williams University offers a solid foundation in music theory, the principle music styles in western culture, and provides an introduction to the music of various world cultures. This degree program leads to a Bachelors of Arts in Music.
Students study the elements of music and explore their application in various compositional formats. They consider the evolution of popular music styles as well as the classical forms that have characterized and helped define western culture. The Roger Williams University Music Major offers two unique tracks that reflect the mission of the University. The “Music & Culture” track highlights performance and world culture through music, and the “Music & Technology” track explores 21st century developments in music, as influenced by new electronic and computer technologies.
The Music Major and Minor also include an Applied Music component, requiring private instrument, voice, and/ or composition lessons, as well as participation in one of Music’s for-credit ensembles. Although there is a lab fee for the private lessons, it is waived for students pursuing a Major or Minor in Music, as long as they remain in good standing. Eligibility for the fee waiver will be determined each semester by the Music faculty, and will depend on the student’s progress, as measured by their end-of-semester lesson juries and their successful and timely completion of required Music courses for the Major or Minor.

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 Music 170 Basic Musicianship with a C or better or, upon entrance to the program, demonstrate their knowledge in the basics of music theory through written and oral examination. In addition, all majors must complete the Foundation Requirement (24 credits) and the additional credits in either Track 1: Music and Culture (19 additional credits, 43 total) or Track 2: Music and Technology (20 additional credits, 44 total).

Foundation Requirements (24 credits, required of all majors):

Western Music Tradition (3 credits)

MUSIC 211 Evolution of Musical Style  

Music Theory (12 credits all required)

(These courses lay the foundation in theory and basic skills for the study of Western Music. Music 170 Basic Musicianship or test-out is required before a student can enroll in Music 270.)
MUSIC 270 Musical Theory and Composition I  
MUSIC 271 Aural Skills I (1 credit, co-requisite with MUSIC 270)  
MUSIC 370 Musical Theory and Composition II  
MUSIC 371 Aural Skills II (1 credit, co-requisite with MUSIC 370)  
MUSIC 470 Musical Theory and Composition III  
MUSIC 471 Aural Skills III (1 credit, co-requisite with MUSIC 470)  

World Culture Through Music Series (6 credits)

Select two (2) of the following courses:

MUSIC 310 Music in the USA
MUSIC 311 Music of Latin America and the Caribbean
MUSIC 312 Music of China & Japan
MUSIC 313 Music of India & Middle East
MUSIC 314 Music of Indigenous Peoples

Final Project (3 credits)

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

MUSIC 480 Thesis, Composition, or Recital  
MUSIC 460 Internship  

Track #1 – Music and Culture (19 additional credits)

Building on the Foundation courses, the Music and Culture track explores the role of music in the world today through performance and study of music history.

Music and Culture Requirements

Western Music Tradition (3 credits)

MUSIC 212 Great Personalities in Music  

World Culture Through Music Series (3 credits)

One (1) course from the WCTM series (Music 310-314), taken in addition to the two required for the Music Foundation.

Music Elective (3 credits)

One additional 3-credit music course, 200-level or above. May not be fulfilled by Applied Music or Ensemble credits.

Applied Music Requirement

Note: Applied Music courses are each one credit and may be repeated for required totals.

Ensemble requirement (take 4 credits from the following)

MUSIC 141 Chorus  
MUSIC 151 Instrumental Ensemble  

Music Lesson requirement: (take 6 credits)

Students must take at least one (1) semester of piano lessons and at least four (4) semesters in their primary instrument, or voice or composition; the final one (1) credit may be in any area.
MUSIC 231 Piano  
MUSIC 232 Guitar  
MUSIC 233 Voice  
MUSIC 234 Composition  
MUSIC 239 Other Instrument  

Track #2 – Music and Technology (20 additional credits)

Music and Technology Requirements

Western Music Tradition (3 credits)

MUSIC 213 Music of the 20th Century and Beyond  

Music Technology (9 credits)

MUSIC 220 Intro to Music and Computers  
MUSIC 320 Electronic & Computer Music I  
MUSIC 420 Electronic & Computer Music II  

Music Elective (3 credits)

One additional 3-credit music course at the 200-level or above; may not be fulfilled by one-credit Applied Music or Ensemble courses.

Applied Music Requirement

Note: Applied Music courses are each one credit and may be repeated for required totals.

Ensemble requirement (2 credits)

MUSIC 152 Digital Music Ensemble  

Music Lesson requirement: (3 credits)

Students must take at least one (1) semester of piano lessons and at least 2 semesters in their primary instrument, or voice or composition.
MUSIC 231 Piano  
MUSIC 232 Guitar  
MUSIC 233 Voice  
MUSIC 234 Composition  
MUSIC 239 Other Instrument