Guide to Academic Planning 2018-2019

Music

Students interested in music may take the following:

  • MUSI 100 Music Fundamentals (introduces and develops music reading skills)
  • MUSI 101 Introduction to Music Studies (for any student interested in the music major or minor)
  • MUSI 150 Introduction to Western Classical Music (for all students regardless of background)
  • MUSI 180 Film Music
  • MUSI 201 Musicianship Skills (for students with an interest in music as a major or minor; students must successfully complete or test out of MUSI 100 in order to enroll in MUSI 201)
  • MUSI 202 Introduction to Diatonic Harmony and Counterpoint (Students must successfully complete or test out of MUSI 201 in order to enroll in MUSI 202)
  • MUSI 230 History of Jazz (for all students regardless of background)
  • MUSI 250 Introduction to Opera (for all students regardless of background)
  • MUSI 255 Women in Music (for all students regardless of background)
  • MUSI 270 Introduction to World Music (for all students regardless of background
  • MUSI 280 Topics in Music (for all students regardless of background) 

Course Planning

The major in music may be completed in three years; however, most music majors begin the major in the first year and spread their requirements over four years. Because of the sequential nature of the courses and the fact that some required courses are offered only every other year, it is NOT possible to begin the music major in the third year and still complete a Hendrix degree in four years.

The Music Department recommends that music majors who plan to study abroad during their time at Hendrix begin the music major during the first year of study.

Students considering a major in music are strongly advised to take MUSI 101 and 201, (if needed, applied lessons, and ensembles) during the first year.

The curriculum for the music major or minor is divided into three areas: 1. Theory and composition, 2. History and literature, and 3. Applied lessons and ensembles.

The sequence MUSI 100, 201, 202, 301, 302, and electives 370, 380, 430, and 440 make up the theory and composition area.

The sequence MUSI 101, 401, 402, 497 and electives 180, 230, 250, 255, 270, and 280 make up the history and literature area.

Courses in the series MUSA 200, 300 and 400 make up the applied area and may be repeated every semester to generate complete course credits.

Fall Spring
First Year

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Recital Attendance

MUSI 201 Basic Musicianship Skills

 MUSI 101 Intro to Music Studies 

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Second Year 

MUSI 202 Introduction to Diatonic Harmony and Counterpoint 

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MUSI 301 Introduction to Chromatic Harmony and Twentieth Century Practices

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Second Year Alternate (for years in which MUSI 301 and 302 are not offered)

MUSI 202 Introduction to Diatonic Harmony and Counterpoint 

MUSI 401 Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Music 

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MUSIC 301 Introduction to Chromatic Harmony and Twentieth Century Practices 

MUSI 402 Classic, Romantic, and Modern Music

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Third Year

MUSI 302 Form and Analysis of Western Music

MUSI 401 Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Music 

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MUSI 402 Classic, Renaissance, Romantic and Modern Music 

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Third Year Alternate (for years in which MUSI 401 and 402 are not offered)

 

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Fourth Year

 MUSI 497 Senior Seminar

Elective (if needed) 

Fourth Year Alternate (for years in which MUSI 401 and 402 are not offered)

MUSI 497 Senior Seminar 

MUSI 302 Form and Analysis in Western Music 

Elective (if needed)

Notes

Concurrent enrollment in piano lessons during the theory sequence is required until the piano proficiency is passed. No additional fee is charged for these lessons.

The requirement for MUSI 201 may be met by passing the Hendrix Theory Placement Exam

given during orientation week in the fall. Credit for MUSI 201 will be given only upon successful completion of MUSI 202.

Students may not pre-register for MUSA courses; they may enroll in lessons and ensembles only with the permission of the appropriate teacher or director. Permission must be obtained during the first week of classes each semester. Policies and timetables for adding, dropping and withdrawing from lessons and ensembles are the same as those for all other courses. See the Catalog for policies concerning the granting of grades and credit for lessons and ensembles.

  • Choir and voice lessons: Dr. Andrew Morgan
  • Piano, organ, and accompanying: Dr. John Krebs/Dr. Norman Boehm
  • Chamber orchestra and string lessons: Dr. John Krebs
  • Wind ensemble (band), jazz ensemble, and woodwind, brass, and percussion lessons: Dr. Gretchen Renshaw

The requirement for four music electives in the music major may be met by successfully completing 4 course credits worth of MUSA 200 and 300 courses or 2 or more course credits of MUSA 200 and 300 courses in combination with elective MUSI courses.

Proficiency Exams

All music majors are required to pass proficiency exams in piano, solfege, and aural skills. Majors are required to attempt these exams no later than the semester in which MUSI 302 is completed. In addition, students are required to study piano each semester during the theory sequence until this part of the requirement is met, at no additional fee. Students who are unable to pass proficiencies in any of these areas are required to take the exams each successive semester until they are successfully completed. No grade will be awarded for MUSI 302 until all three examinations are passed.