Music (B.Mus.)

Southwestern Adventist University’s Department of Music provides comprehensive study on music theory, history, pedagogy, conducting, composition, literature and performance. Our students receive opportunities to frequently participate in masterclasses presented by Southwestern faculty and guest artists as well as the opportunities to perform in recitals on a monthly basis. Southwestern’s choral and instrumental ensembles provide our students with the opportunity to perform a vast array of music from classical masterworks to modern compositions in both large ensembles and small chamber groups. Each year Southwestern is represented by their ensembles internationally, providing our students with rich musical and cultural experiences.

The B.Mus is a professional degree designed for students seeking a career in performance or for those students pursuing a graduate degree in music.

Many graduates work as teachers in elementary and secondary education, college or university. Graduates may also have careers in performance, composition, church music and private studio instruction.

Job Outlook

Music education opportunities are readily available each year. Performance opportunities are highly competitive. Elite performers have a significant advantage in pursuing a career in music.

Educational Qualifications

Students planning to be music educators will complete the required certification needed for teaching in elementary and secondary education with the BME degree. College and University-level educators must have a masters degree and many positions may require a Doctoral degree.

To view general education requirements for this major, please visit http://catalog.swau.edu/undergraduate/2016-2017.

MUCT 111      Music Theory I................................... 3

MUCT 121      Ear Training and Sight Singing I.................. 1

MUCT 151      Music Theory II....................................... 3

MUCT 161      Ear Training and Sight Singing II................. 1

MUCT 221      Music Theory III...................................... 3

MUCT 251      Music Theory IV...................................... 3

MUCT 315      Form and Analysis OR

MUCT 414      Orchestration and Arranging............. 3

MUED 280     Basic Conducting..................................... 1

MUEN             Music Ensemble (lower division)*........... 2

MUEN             Music Ensemble (upper division)*........... 2

MUHL 311      Music History I........................................ 3

MUHL 312      Music History II....................................... 3

MUPF              Applied Music......................................... 7

MUPF 468      Senior Recital.......................................... 1

TOTAL: 36 

 

 

 

*One major ensemble and applied lessons required for each semester in residence.

 

First Year

First Semester

MUCT111—Music Theory I................................................. 3

MUCT121—Ear Training I.................................................. 1

RLGN101—Christian Beliefs............................................. 3

ENGL121—Freshmen Composition................................... 3

MATH110—College Algebra............................................. 3

MUPF—Lessons.................................................................. 1

MUEN—Ensemble.............................................................. 1

TOTAL:​ 15

Second Semester

MUCT151—Music Theory II................................................ 3

MUCT161—ET & Sight Singing II....................................... 1

ENGL220—Research & Writing.......................................... 3

CSIS102—Microcomputer Literacy.................................... 3

MUPF—Lessons.................................................................. 1

MUEN—Ensemble.............................................................. 1

MUED—Pedagogy............................................................. 2

TOTAL:​ 14

Second Year

MUCT221—Music Theory III............................................ 3

MUED280—Basic Conducting........................................... 1

KINT111—Health & Wellness........................................... 3

COMM111—Speech........................................................... 3

MUPF—Lessons................................................................. 1

MUEN—Ensemble............................................................. 1

MUED—Pedagogy............................................................ 2

TOTAL:​ 14

MUCT251—Music Theory IV........................................... 3

MUED380—Choral Conducting....................................... 2

or

MUED381—Instrumental Conducting.............................. 2

RLGN211—Life and Teachings of Jesus............................ 3

PSYC220—Human Growth & Develop............................. 3

ENGL232—American Lit II............................................... 3

MUPF—Lessons................................................................. 1

MUEN—Ensemble............................................................. 1

TOTAL:​ 16

Third Year

MUHL311—Music History I.............................................. 3

MUCT315—Form & Analysis........................................... 3

MUHL221—Survey of Music............................................. 3

RLGN—Upper Div. Course................................................ 3

MUPF—Lessons.................................................................. 1

MUEN—Ensemble.............................................................. 1

TOTAL:​ 14

MUED380—Choral Conducting......................................... 2

or

MUED381—Instrumental Conducting.............................. 2

MUHL312—Music History II............................................... 3

RLGN230—History of the SDA Church........................... 3

MUED—Pedagogy............................................................... 2

MUEN—Chamber Music................................................... 1

MUPF—Lessons................................................................. 1

MUEN—Ensembles........................................................... 2

TOTAL:​ 14

Fourth Year

MUCT414—Orchestration & Arr...................................... 3

MUCT416—Composition................................................... 2

HIST111—American History............................................ 3

BIOL111—General Biology............................................... 4

BIOL—LAB

MUPF—Lessons.................................................................. 1

MUEN—Ensemble.............................................................. 1

TOTAL:​ 14

KINA—PE Activity Course............................................... 1

BIOL104—Human Biology................................................ 4

BIOL—LAB

HIST112—American History............................................ 3

HIST312—Historical & Political Geography................. 3

MUPF468—Senior Recital................................................. 1

MUPF—Lessons.................................................................. 1

TOTAL:​ 14