Music

The music curriculum at USAO provides many opportunities for both music and non-music majors. All students of the University are eligible to participate in Concert Choir, Concert Band, USAO Show Band, USAO Key Players, USAO Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Opera Scenes.

The following courses in music qualify for Artistic Expression credit: MUSC 1021 (Class Voice), MUSC 1031 (Class Piano), MUSC 1102 (Music Fundamentals), MUSC 1202 (The Enjoyment of Music), and Applied Studio Instruction.

The following ensembles qualify for Artistic Expression credit: Concert Band, Concert Choir, USAO Show Band, USAO Key Players, USAO Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Details concerning music degree programs and procedures of proficiency exams are found in the USAO Music Student Handbook.

Courses of study include:

•    Bachelor of Arts degree in music (with an emphasis in Performance)

•    Bachelor of Arts in Music Education degree with teacher certification in instrumental or vocal music

•    Minor in music

Applied Music (Private Instruction)

Music majors and minors choose a primary and secondary emphasis area from studies in voice, piano, or instruments of the concert band. Voice or piano may be selected as the primary emphasis area toward choral/vocal teacher certification. Any concert band instrument may be selected as the primary emphasis area toward instrumental teacher certification.

Applied Juries and Progress and Skills Exams

Students enrolled in applied music must perform for the music faculty at the end of each trimester of enrollment. Criteria regarding performance exams are found in the Music Student Handbook.

Senior Recital

Music majors must present a senior recital or recital project. Specific procedures toward preparation of recitals are detailed in the Music Student Handbook.

Ensemble Participation

Continuous enrollment in a major ensemble is required of all music majors. The major ensemble for the vocal major is Concert Choir. The major ensemble for the instrumental major is Concert Band. 

Recital Attendance

Enrollment in Recital Attendance (MUSC 2880) is required each fall and spring trimester. Five trimesters, with passing grades, are required for graduation.

Application for Admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree

At the end of the freshman year all students declaring music as a major must apply for admission to the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music. Details and criteria for admission are outlined in the Music Student Handbook.

All students intending to major in music are required to audition on their principal instrument for the music faculty prior to acceptance into the music major.

Academic Requirements

Music majors must maintain a 2.5 GPA in music coursework.

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Required Music Core (29 hours):

Course                                                    Title                                                                           Hours Required

MUSC 1113                                            Music Theory I                                                                   3

MUSC 1111                                            Aural Skills Lab I (concurrent with MUSC 1113)                      1

MUSC 1123                                            Music Theory II                                                                  3

MUSC 1121                                            Aural Skills Lab II (concurrent with MUSC 1123)                     1

MUSC 2880                                            Recital Attendance (must complete five times)                       0          

MUSC 2103                                            Music Theory III                                                                 3

MUSC 2113                                            Music Theory IV                                                                 3

MUSC 3102                                            Forms and Analysis                                                             2

MUSC 3201                                            Music Technology                                                               1   

MUSC 3303                                            Music History to 1750                                                         3

MUSC 3313                                            Music History 1750-Present                                                 3

MUSC 4102                                            Principles of Conducting                                                      2

Music Electives                                                                                                                               4

 

Applied Study (7 hours)

Primary Instrument Applied Study                                                                                                     7

MUSC 2880                                           Recital Attendance (5 trimesters passed)                                0

Majors must select one of the following areas of specialization:


Voice Specialization (13 hours):                                                                
Course                                                    Title                                                                           Hours Required

MUSC 1051                                            Concert Choir                                                                     6

MUSC 3513                                            Voice Diction and Pedagogy                                                 3

Piano as a secondary instrument                                                                                                      4


Piano Specialization (13 hours):
Course                                                    Title                                                                           Hours Required

MUSC 2101                                            Accompanying                                                                    3

MUSC 1051 or 1081                                Concert Choir or Concert Band                                             6

Secondary instruments                                                                                                                    4


Instrumental Specialization (13 hours):
Course                                                    Title                                                                           Hours Required

MUSC 1081                                            Concert Band                                                                     6

Piano                                                                                                                                            4

Other secondary instruments                                                                                                           2

MUSC 1051 (Concert Choir) or MUSC 1021 (Class Voice)                                                                     1


Composition Specialization (13 hours):
Course                                                    Title                                                                           Hours Required

MUSC 1051 (Concert Choir) or MUSC 1081 (Concert Band)                                                                 6

Piano                                                                                                                                            4

Secondary instruments                                                                                                                   3

Students must choose one area of emphasis:

 

Performance Emphasis (26 hours)                                                                                         Hours Required

Additional hours of Primary Applied Study                                                                                        3

MUSC 4082    Senior Recital Project                                                                                                 2

MUSC 3122    Music Business                                                                                                          2

General Education (non-music)                                                                                                       19

 

Fine & Performing Arts Emphasis (26 hours)                                                                        Hours Required

ART 1004        Beginning Drawing Studio OR                                                                                    3

OR

ART 1112        Des & Comp Studio I

ART 3493, 4113, 4223 or 4433 (Art History)                                                                                      3

DRAM 1103   Introduction to the Theatre                                                                                          3

DRAM 2113   Acting                                                                                                                        3

OR

DRAM 3423    Principles of Design                                                                                                    3

COMM 1113   Mass Communications                                                                                                 3

MUSC 3122    Music Business                                                                                                           2

MUSC 3322    History of Pop Music in America                                                                                    2

MUSC 3212    World Music                                                                                                               2

Electives                                                                                                                                        5

(may be taken in Art, Drama, Philosophy, Communications or disciplines other than Music)

 

Studio Teaching Emphasis (26 hours)                                                                               Hours Required

MUSC 4082    Recital Project                                                                                                            2

MUSC 2552    Elementary Music Methods OR                                                                                     2

OR

MUSC 4562    Secondary Vocal Methods

OR

MUSC 4572     Secondary Inst. Methods                                                                                             2

BADM 1503     Intro to Business                                                                                                        3

EDUC 2103     Human Dev and Learning                                                                                            3

MUSC 3800     Studio Teaching Practicum                                                                                           0

MUSC 3122     Music Business                                                                                                           2

PSYC 1643      Elementary Psychology                                                                                                3

BADM 3243     Principles of Marketing                                                                                                3

Electives                                                                                                                                          8

(May be taken in Education, Psychology, Business, Communications or disciplines other than music)

 

Music Business & Industry Emphasis (26 hours)                                                              Hours Required

BADM 1503   Intro to Business                                                                                                          3

BADM 3223   Business Communication                                                                                               3

BADM 3243   Principles of Marketing                                                                                                  3

COMM 1113  Mass Communication                                                                                                    3

MUSC 3122 Music Business                                                                                                               2

MUSC 3212 World Music                                                                                                                   2

MUSC 3322 History of Pop Music in America                                                                                        2

Electives                                                                                                                                          8

(May be taken in Business, Economics, Accounting, Communications, or discipline other than Music)

 

Bachelor of Arts in Music/Teacher Certification

This program qualifies individuals for an Oklahoma teaching certificate to teach music in grades PreK-12. For a program checklist for teacher certification in music, students should consult the music education advisor. 

In addition to the IDS requirements (50 hours), all students seeking music certification must complete the required professional education core (28 hours), required music core (29 hours), and an emphasis in either choral music education (27 hours) or instrumental music education (29 hours). At least two trimesters of summer enrollment will be necessary to complete this program within four years.

Required Professional Education Core (28 hours) – All courses in the Teacher Education Sequence are required except Education Media and Technology (MUSC 3201 Music Technology is substituted)

Required Music Core (29 hours):

Course                                                    Title                                                                           Hours Required

MUSC 1113                                            Music Theory I                                                                   3

MUSC 1111                                            Aural Skills Lab I (concurrent with MUSC 1113)                      1

MUSC 1123                                            Music Theory II                                                                  3

MUSC 1121                                            Aural Skills Lab II (concurrent with MUSC 1123)                     1

MUSC 2880                                            Recital Attendance (must complete five times)                       0          

MUSC 2103                                            Music Theory III                                                                 3

MUSC 2113                                            Music Theory IV                                                                 3

MUSC 3102                                            Forms and Analysis                                                             2

MUSC 3201                                            Music Technology                                                               1    

MUSC 3303                                            Music History to 1750                                                         3

MUSC 3313                                            Music History 1750-Present                                                 3

MUSC 4552                                            Elementary Music Methods                                                  2

MUSC 4102                                            Principles of Conducting                                                      2

Music Electives                                                                                                                               2


Primary Applied Study (10 hours)

Primary Applied Instrument or Voice                                                                                                 8

MUSC 4082    Senior Recital Project                                                                                                  2

MUSC 2880    Recital Attendance (5 trimester passed)                                                                        0

Students must choose either the choral emphasis or instrumental emphasis:


Choral Emphasis (17 hours):

Course                                                    Title                                                                           Hours Required

MUSC 1051                                            Concert Choir                                                                     6         

MUSC 3513                                            Voice Diction and Pedagogy                                                 3

MUSC 4112                                            Choral Conducting                                                              2

MUSC 4562                                            Secondary Vocal Methods                                                    2

Piano as a secondary instrument                                                                                                      4
 

Instrumental Emphasis (19 hours):

Course                                                    Title                                                                           Hours Required

Brass, woodwind, percussion, strings (1 credit each)                                                                          4

MUSC 1021 or MUSC 1051                      Class Voice or Concert Choir                                                 1

MUSC 1081                                           Concert Band                                                                      6

MUSC 4572                                           Secondary Instrumental Methods                                          2

MUSC 4212                                           Instrumental Conducting                                                      2

 

Minor in Music

Required Music Courses (19 hours):

Course                                                    Title                                                                           Hours Required

MUSC 1051                                            Concert Choir                                                                     3

OR

MUSC 1081                                            Concert Band                                                                     3

MUSC 1113                                            Music Theory I                                                                   3

MUSC 1111                                            Aural Skills Lab I (concurrent with MUSC 1113)                      1

MUSC 1123                                            Music Theory II                                                                  3

MUSC 1121                                            Aural Skills Lab II (concurrent with MUSC 1123)                     1

MUSC 1203                                            Music History and Literature                                                 3

MUSC 2880                                            Recital Attendance (must complete two times)                       0         

                                                           
                                                            Applied Instrument (class or private lessons)                          4

                                                            OR

                                                            Applied Voice (class or private lessons)                                  4

                                                            Secondary Applied Instrument or Voice

                                                            (class or private lessons)                                                      1

 

COURSE LISTINGS in MUSIC (MUSC)

1021       CLASS VOICE
              Class instruction in voice, designed for beginning voice student; includes group and individual instruction. (May be
              repeated for total of 2 hours). 1 hour

1031       CLASS PIANO
              Class instruction in piano, designed for beginning piano student; includes group and individual instruction. (May
              be repeated for total of 2 hours). 1 hour

1041       APPLIED STUDIO INSTRUCTION
              Instruction in piano, voice, woodwind, brass, percussion, guitar, strings or composition. (May be repeated for total
              of 4 hours). 1-3 hours

1051       CONCERT CHOIR
              Performance experience in various choral styles. Open to students from all majors; no audition required. (May be
              repeated for total of 8 hours). 1 hour

1061       CLASS GUITAR
              Designed for the beginning guitar student; group and individual instruction. 1 hour.

1081       CONCERT BAND
              Open to students from all majors; no audition required. (May be repeated for total of 8 hours). 1 hour

1102       MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS
              Study of staff, clef signs, notation, scales, and musical terminology; analysis of simple rhythm, melody, and
              chordal structure; introduction to the keyboard and the singing of simple melodies. Open to all students. 2 hours.

1111       AURAL SKILLS I
              Aural Skills I lab is taken concurrently with Music Theory I. Aural Skills will emphasize rhythmic reading; sight-
              singing; melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation, and notation skills. 1 hour

1113       MUSIC THEORY I
              A course combining aspects of harmonic theory, sight singing, dictation, and keyboard approached through the
              study and analysis of music of the Baroque and Early Classical Periods. Co-requisite: MUSC 1111. 3 hours.

1121       AURAL SKILLS II
              Aural Skills II lab is taken concurrently with Music Theory II. Aural Skills will emphasize rhythmic reading; sight-
              signing; melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation and notation skills. Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in
              Aural Skills I. 1 hour

1123       MUSIC THEORY II
              Continuation of the study of harmonic theories, sight singing, dictation, and keyboard approached through the
              study and analysis of music of the Classical and Early Romantic Periods. 4 hours. Co-requisite: 1121. Prerequisite:
              MUSC 1113. Prerequisite: A grade of: “C” or better in Music Theory I. 3 hours

1161       ORCHESTRAL STRINGS
              Elementary fundamentals and techniques in playing of stringed instruments. 1 hour.

1171       ELEMENTARY WOODWIND TECHNIQUES
              Elementary fundamentals and techniques in playing of flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, and saxophone. 1 hour.

1181       ELEMENTARY BRASS AND PERCUSSION TECHNIQUES
              Elementary fundamentals and techniques in playing of trumpet, trombone, French horn, tuba, and percussion
              instruments. 1 hour.

1203       THE ENJOYMENT OF MUSIC
              Development of musical listening, recreating, and aesthetic skills through introduction to music literature; stresses
              active student participation. 3 hours.

2002       ACCOMPANYING
              Practical applications in piano accompanying with singer and instrumentalist; analysis of musical examples from
              representative music. Includes studio accompanying assignments and lecture time. 2 hours.

2031       CLASS PIANO
              Class instruction in piano. (May be repeated for total of 2 hours). Prerequisite: MUSC 1031 or equivalent. 1 hour

2041       APPLIED STUDIO INSTRUCTION
              Instruction in piano, voice, woodwind, brass, percussion, guitar or composition. (May be repeated for total of 4
              hours). 1-3 hours

2101       APPLIED ACCOMPANYING
              Specific assignments in piano accompanying in variety of settings, including recitals, ensembles, and private studio
              lessons. Practical experience in piano accompanying will include supervised classroom time for coaching and
              review. 1 hour

2103       MUSIC THEORY III
              Continuation of harmonic theory, sight singing, dictation, and keyboard with emphasis on chromatic movement
              through the late Romantic Period. Prerequisite: MUSC 1123 with a grade of “C” or better. 3 hours

2113       MUSIC THEORY IV
              Continuation of harmonic theory, sight singing, dictation, and keyboard with emphasis on counterpoint and music
              of 20th century. Prerequisite: MUSC 2103 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 hours

2222       MUSIC FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
              Methods and materials applicable to teaching of public school music grades 1-6. Designed for candidates for the
              elementary certificate. 2 hours.

2880       RECITAL ATTENDANCE
              Students must complete 5 times if music majors and 2 times if music minors.

2900       WORKSHOP
              Guided study in music under supervision of a faculty member; topics and methods of instruction may vary. (May
              be repeated for total of 6 hours with change in title and topic). 1-4 hours

2990       TUTORIAL
              Independent study in music under faculty supervision. (May be repeated for total of 9 hours with change in title
              and content). 1-4 hours

3041       APPLIED STUDIO INSTRUCTION
              Instruction in piano, voice, woodwind, brass, percussion, guitar, strings or composition. (May be repeated for total
              of 4 hours). 1-3 hours

3102       FORMS AND ANALYSIS
              Study and analysis of musical forms and compositional techniques approached through each structural level.
              Prerequisite: MUSC 2103. 2 hours

3122       MUSIC BUSINESS
              Will introduce students to aspects of the music industry; marketing, administration, careers, publicity, financial
              management, resources, publishing, and recording. 2 hours

3201       MUSIC TECHNOLOGY
              Contemporary skills in music and performing require familiarity with sound reinforcement equipment, music
              recording techniques, computers, various music software, and the ability to combine these skills in performance or
              the classroom. 1 hour

3212       SURVEY OF WORLD MUSIC
              This course offers a survey of non-western music; music of Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, South America, as well
              as folk music from the Americas. The course provides study of indigenous instruments, the influence of music of
              other cultures, music practices, and listening skills. 2 hours

3303       MUSIC HISTORY TO 1750
              Chronological study of history of western music from beginnings to 1750; includes aural and analytical recognition
              of instrumental and vocal literature. Prerequisites: MUSC 1114 and MUSC 1203, or permission of instructor.
              3 hours.

3313       MUSIC HISTORY, 1750-PRESENT
              Chronological study of history of western music from 1750 to present; includes aural and analytical recognition of
              instrumental and vocal literature. Prerequisites: MUSC 1114 and MUSC 1203, or permission of instructor. 3 hours

3322       THE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC IN AMERICA
              An introduction to cultural and historic influences leading to developments in popular music in America, from early
              American folk music to pop, rock, and hip-hop music. The course introduces major contributors, developments
              and performers. 2 hours

3513       VOICE DICTION AND PEDAGOGY 
              Study of specific problems posed by both beginning and more advanced voice students; includes essential
              materials, methods, and literature, and supervised practical experience in teaching voice students. Phonetic
              diction skills applied to vocal literature in the Latin, Italian, German, French, and English languages. 3 hours

3611       OPERA SCENES
              Coaching, staging, and performing of various scenes and arias from opera, operetta, and musical theatre.  1 hour
              (may be repeated). Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

3800       PRACTICUM IN STUDIO TEACHING
              Gives students the opportunity to develop studio teaching skills by working with students privately and in groups
              in real teaching situations monitored by a professor.

4041       APPLIED STUDIO INSTRUCTION
              Instruction in piano, voice, woodwind, brass, percussion, guitar, strings or composition. (May be repeated for total
              of 4 hours). 1-3 hours

4082       SENIOR RECITAL PROJECT
              Instruction in piano, voice, guitar, woodwind, brass, percussion or composition, ending with recital. 2 hours.

4102       PRINCIPLES OF CONDUCTING
              Problems of baton technique, score reading and interpretation, rehearsal technique, and musical style as they
              concern the conductor. Prerequisite: MUSC 3102. 2 hours

4112       CHORAL CONDUCTING
              Continuation of 4102 with emphasis on advanced choral conducting techniques. 2 hours

4212       INSTRUMENTAL CONDUCTING
              A continuation of 4102 with emphasis on advanced instrumental conducting techniques. 2 hours

4552       ELEMENTARY MUSIC METHODS
              Study of methods, materials, and procedures used in teaching music in elementary grades, including selected
              song materials, approved texts, and Orff, Kodaly and Curwen systems of teaching. 2 hours

4562       SECONDARY VOCAL METHODS
              Study of methods, materials, and procedures used in teaching music in secondary schools, including selection of
              choral literature for various choral ensembles, curriculum guidelines, and vocal techniques for choral ensemble.
              2 hours

4572       SECONDARY INSTRUMENTAL METHODS
              Study of methods, materials, and procedures used in teaching instrumental music in secondary schools, including
              introduction of marching techniques, general treatment of instrumental music, music appreciation, music theory,
              materials for special programs, and general use in instrumental classes. 2 hours

4880       SPECIAL TOPICS
              Special topics in the area of music. (May be repeated for total of 6 hours). 1-4 hours

4900       MUSIC WORKSHOP
              Treatment of related topics and problems in music. (May be repeated for total of 9 hours with change in title and
              content). 1-6 hours
           
4901       SMALL ENSEMBLE
              Performance experience in one of several ensembles, including Chamber Choir, Opera Scenes, Musical Theatre,
              USAO Band, USAO Choir, USAO Show Band, or other vocal or instrumental ensembles. 1 hour (may be repeated).

4990       TUTORIAL
              Independent study in music under faculty supervision. (May be repeated for total of 9 hours with change in title
              and content). 1-4 hours