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.


Academic Requirements
Music majors must maintain a 2.5 GPA in music coursework.


Bachelor of Arts in Music
Required Music Core (29 hours):

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):

MUSC 1051 Concert Choir (6)

MUSC 3513 Voice Diction and Pedagogy (3)

Piano as a secondary instrument (4)

 

Piano Specialization (13 hours):

MUSC 2101 Accompanying (3)

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

Secondary instruments (4)

Instrumental Specialization (13 hours):

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):

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)

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)

ART 1004 Beginning Drawing Studio (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 OR (3)

DRAM 3423 Principles of Design

COMM 1113 Mass Comm (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)

MUSC 4082 Recital Project (2)

MUSC 2552 Elementary Music Methods OR (2)

MUSC 4562 Secondary Vocal Methods OR

MUSC 4572 Secondary Inst. Methods

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)

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):

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):

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):

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

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