• Music history plays an important role in creating new music
  • Students at MTSU discover the language of music
  • Talented and award-winning faculty guide and mentor their students
  • Study partners can almost always be found in Wright Music Hall

Music Composition

MTSU's School of Music provides music majors with a thorough grounding in music theory and history, combined with instruction in conducting and solo, chamber, and ensemble performance. The concentration in Theory-Composition offers much more intensive training—examining the content and construction of music, learning the language of music and what makes it pleasing to the ear, and discovering what is involved in creating musical works. With award-winning and talented faculty members, MTSU’s School of Music offers aspiring students solid training and guidance that can lead to careers as composers, songwriters, music editors, or arrangers. 

MTSU composer's works featured on films, TV

MTSU composer's works featured on films, TV

Battery Lane Music owner / producer / writer / engineer Scott Gerow, an MTSU graduate who studied composition, has become a successful composer in film, TV, and ad jingles. Gerow has placed songs in and produced music for such television series as Army Wives, How I Met Your Mother, and Sons of Anarchy, plus movies such as People Like Us, The Slammin' Salmon, and Crazy, Stupid, Love. He also has worked for many artists, including Christina Aguilera and Crystal Gayle. Gerow owns and manages Battery Lane Music, which specializes in artist production and publishing, studio recording, mixing, and music for film and TV. He has studied at and holds degrees from MTSU as well as the University of Miami and the Vienna School of Music in Austria.

Grammy-winning producer nominated for professor's CD

Grammy-winning producer nominated for professor's CD

Osterfield: Rocky Streams, featuring faculty member and composer Paul Osterfield, was included in a catalog that earned a 2012 Grammy nomination for classical Producer of the Year for Blanton Alspaugh (the 2013 winner). The CD by Osterfield and fellow faculty Todd Waldecker had performances from 14 current and former MTSU School of Music professors including Don Aliquo, Michael Arndt, Sandra Arndt, Deanna R. Little, David Loucky, Tim Pearson, Dewayne Pigg, Stephen Smith, and William Yelverton. "This international recognition of the artistry of our MTSU professors as composer and performers is another milestone in the development of the School of Music as a national player," said Dr. George Riordan, former school director.

Music majors in the Theory-Composition concentration at MTSU set themselves up for professional music careers or to study for advanced degrees at premier schools of music. Some alumni have continued studies for vocations outside of music. Possible job paths to consider with the degree include

  • Band director/leader
  • Composer/arranger/orchestrator
  • Conductor
  • Copyright specialist
  • Film music director/editor 
  • Instrumental/vocal performer
  • Music critic/journalist
  • Music editor and publisher
  • Music educator
  • Music librarian
  • Music software programmer      
  • Music theater director
  • Musicologist
  • Orchestra librarian
  • Recording technician/engineer/mixer
  • Songwriter
  • Studio musician
  • Studio/private teacher
  • University professor

Employers hiring and graduate programs accepting MTSU alumni

  • Recent alumni have gone on to graduate degrees in composition from the Boston Conservatory, the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of South Florida, and the University of Texas. Others have attained graduate degrees in musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and performance at the University of Louisville.
  • Graduates have taught music in private studios and freelanced as composers, arrangers, and performers.
  • Student and alumni composers have had their works performed at the Czech-American Summer Music Institute in Prague, at Society of Composers conferences, on WLPN's Live in Studio C, and at New York's Fringe Festival.
  • Alumni have been working in the publishing and recording industry, including as classical music editor for Hal Leonard Publishers and digital services manager for Naxos of America.
  • Several graduates have composed for independent local films.

MTSU’s School of Music offers an undergraduate major in Music leading to Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree in the following concentrations:

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Undergraduate minors in Music, American Music Studies, and Music Industry are also available.

Graduate programs offered by the School of Music include the Master of Music (M.M.) degree with specializations in collaborative piano; conducting; jazz studies; music composition; music composition for contemporary media; music education; musicology; or performance.

There is a graduate minor in Music.

Music, Theory-Composition Concentration, B.M.

School of Music 
615-898-5742
Michael Linton, program coordinator
Michael.Linton@mtsu.edu

To be admitted into the Bachelor of Music degree program, all entering students must pass an audition before the faculty on their major instrument or voice. Students who do not pass the audition may be allowed, at the discretion of the faculty, to enroll in private music lessons or class instruction for one semester only. At the end of the semester the student must reaudition for admission into the program.

In addition, all prospective new or transfer undergraduate majors and minors are required to take the Music Theory and Aural Skills Diagnostic Exam to determine appropriate placement in the music theory program. For additional information and to schedule a time for the exam, contact the School of Music Office. Students may not enroll in any music theory course until the exam is taken.

Students seeking a Bachelor of Music degree should refer to The School of Music Undergraduate Student Handbook that serves as the official document of the school concerning specific additional degree requirements and school policies and procedures. It is essential that all music majors consult their advisors each semester.

Jury Examinations

All music majors and minors are required to participate in jury examinations in their primary performing areas. Non-music majors registered for private lessons may be required to perform a jury examination at the discretion of the instructor. Jury examinations are held to measure the student's progress at the conclusion of each semester. Those students who have presented and passed their senior recitals during the semester may be excused from jury examinations.

Undergraduate Music majors must pass a upper-division jury to qualify for applied music study at the MUAP 3000 level. A Music major must take his or her upper-division jury no later than the end of the sixth semester and if not passing must take an upper-division jury again the next semester. A third attempt must be accompanied by extraordinary circumstances and must carry the approval of the studio teacher and director of the School of Music.

Class Piano/Theory and Aural Skills

All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required, with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons.

Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550, Keyboard Skills for Pianists I, and MUS 2560, Keyboard Skills for Pianists II, in lieu of class piano.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Music, Theory-Composition, B.M., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

Major Requirements (78 hours)

Music Core (26 hours)

All music majors must take class piano or private piano instruction until they pass the piano proficiency examination prescribed by their degree programs. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in MUTH 1110, MUTH 1120, MUTH 2110, MUTH 2120 (music theory sequence) and MUHL 1610, MUHL 3010, MUHL 3020 (music history sequence).

  • MUS 1010 - Recital Attendance  0 credit hours  (6 semesters)

    MUS 1010 - Recital Attendance

    0 credit hours

    Attendance at a minimum number of recitals and concerts given by students, faculty, and guest artists. Six semesters required for undergraduate music majors (see School of Music handbook for details). May be repeated multiple times. Pass/Fail.

  • MUS 3140 - Basic Conducting  2 credit hours  

    MUS 3140 - Basic Conducting

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUTH 2120. Interpretation of scores, fundamental diagrams with and without baton, terminology, and stage deportment.

  • MUTH 1110 - Theory and Aural Skills I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1000 with grade of C- or higher or satisfactory score on theory diagnostic exam. Harmonic tonality and fixed-do solfège through chorale analysis and harmonizations of given bass lines. Major and minor scales and harmonizations through secondary function. Meets for five hours per week.

  • MUTH 1120 - Theory and Aural Skills II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1110. Harmonic tonality and fixed-do solfège through chorale analysis and harmonizations of given bass lines. Modal scales, harmonization, and analysis through the augmented sixth. Meets for five hours per week.

  • MUTH 2110 - Theory and Aural Skills III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1120. Harmonic tonality and twentieth-century vocabularies. Nineteenth-century chromaticism. Meets for four hours per week.

  • MUTH 2120 - Theory and Aural Skills IV

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2110. Continued study of harmonic tonality and twentieth-century vocabularies. Twentieth-century practices. Meets for four hours per week.

  • MUTH 4130 - Orchestration and Arranging

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2120. Compass and tonal qualities of band and orchestra instruments; transposition. Fundamentals of arranging for various instrumental groupings.

  • MUHL 1610 - The World of Music

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1000 with a grade of C- or better or satisfactory score on theory diagnostic exam. The first required music history course for music majors. Surveys the basic elements of music, world music cultures, American vernacular music, and Western art music. Establishes foundation of further music study.

  • MUHL 3010 - History of Western Art Music I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUHL 1610 with grade of C- or better. Second required music history course for Music majors. A survey of Western art music from antiquity through the eighteenth century, including Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.

  • MUHL 3020 - History of Western Art Music II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUHL 1610 and MUTH 1110 with grade of C- or better. Third required music history course for music majors. A survey of Western art music of the eighteenth through twenty-first century, including Classical, Romantic, Modern, and Postmodern periods.

Concentration Requirements (52 hours)

  • MUS 1530 - Class Piano I  1 credit hour credit hours  *

    MUS 1530 - Class Piano I

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Acquaints beginning piano students with the keyboard. Includes such skills as note reading, basic chords for harmonization of melodies, improvisation, basic exercises for development of coordination and technique, transposition, repertory, and sight reading.

    NOTE: All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

    Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons. Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550 and MUS 2560 in lieu of class piano.

  • MUS 1540 - Class Piano II  1 credit hour credit hours  *

    MUS 1540 - Class Piano II

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 1530. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 1530. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

    NOTE: All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

    Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons. Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550 and MUS 2560 in lieu of class piano.

  • MUS 2530 - Class Piano III  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUS 2530 - Class Piano III

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 1540. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 1540. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

  • MUS 2540 - Class Piano IV  1 credit hour credit hours  (1 credit hour required)

    MUS 2540 - Class Piano IV

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 2530. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 2530. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

  • MUTH 3110 - Counterpoint  3 credit hours  

    MUTH 3110 - Counterpoint

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2120 with C- or better. Review and continuation of contrapuntal techniques. Canon, imitation, various contrapuntal devices, inventions, and beginning fugue. Analysis and some degree of original work.

  • MUTH 4110 - Form and Analysis

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2120. Binary and tenary forms, simple rondos and sonatinas progressing to sonata form, large rondos, theme and variations, art song, and free forms. Stylistic analysis and study of devices and materials from early to contemporary periods.

  • MUTH 4190 - Principles and Practices of Electronic Music

    3 credit hours

    (Same as RIM 4190.) Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy and RIM 1230 or MUTH 1110; others-RIM 3010, RIM 1230, or MUTH 1110 or permission of instructor. An introduction to synthesizer programming and the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) with emphasis on history, theory, and application. Hands-on activities include synthesizer programming with virtual instruments and MIDI sequencing using a digital audio workstation. Laboratory required.

  • MUAP 2342 - Private Instruction-Composition  2 credit hours  (4 credit hours required)

    MUAP 2342 - Private Instruction-Composition

    2 credit hours

    Experience composing original works in numerous media and styles to develop technique and self-expression. Topics include melodic and harmonic practice, orchestration, analysis, music form, score preparation, and audience psychology. Musical styles may embrace jazz, rock, pop, and electronics in addition to traditional and contemporary art music.

  • MUAP 4342 - Private Instruction-Composition  2 credit hours  (8 credit hours required)

    MUAP 4342 - Private Instruction-Composition

    2 credit hours

    Experience composing original works in numerous media and styles to develop technique and self-expression. Topics include melodic and harmonic practice, orchestration, analysis, music form, score preparation, and audience psychology. Musical styles may embrace jazz, rock, pop, and electronics in addition to traditional and contemporary art music.

  • MUHL 4630 - Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Music

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. A survey of Western classical music during the Baroque and Classic periods; emphasis on topics selected by instructor.

  • MUHL 4640 - Nineteenth-Century Music

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. A survey of Western classical music during the Romantic period; emphasis on topics selected by instructor.

  • MUHL 4650 - Twentieth-Century Music

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. A survey of twentieth century Western art music; emphasis on topics selected by instructor. Examines the major developments of music during the late Romantic, Modern, and Postmodern eras.

  • MUAP 2- -1 - Private Instruction 4 credit hours
  • MUAP 4- -1 - Private Instruction 4 credit hours
  • MUAP 4900 - Senior Recital  2 credit hours  

    MUAP 4900 - Senior Recital

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUAP 3800 with a grade of C or better (Vocal or Instrumental Performance); three semesters of upper-division private study. Required of all Bachelor of Music majors with a concentration in Vocal or Instrumental Performance, Jazz Studies, and Theory-Composition. Constitutes approximately 50 minutes of music with appropriate repertoire as assigned by the private instructor. Recital performance graded by a faculty committee; must be passed with a grade of C or better.

  • MUEN 3- - -  - Ensembles 9 credit hours **

*Not required if piano major instrument

**Ensembles

 

Primary Instrument: Guitar

 

1 hour from:

 

  • MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of chorus, including rehearsals and appearances.

  • MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the group, including rehearsals and appearances. Reading of early English madrigals and traditional American music.

  • MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of treble clef choral repertoire.

  • MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of English madrigals and traditional American choral repertoire. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation and public performances of a variety of popular and commercial music. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of opera. Technical and performing aspects of opera production as they pertain to light and grand opera.

  • MUEN 3260 - University Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3260 - University Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of varied choral repertoire. Open by audition.

5 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3720 - Guitar Chamber Ensembles  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3720 - Guitar Chamber Ensembles

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.

1 hour from:

 

  • MUEN 3700 - Mixed Chamber Ensemble  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3700 - Mixed Chamber Ensemble

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of music literature appropriate to the ensemble.

2 hours from:

  • MUEN 3- - -  - (elective ensembles)

Primary Instrument: Piano

 

1 hour from:

 

  • MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of chorus, including rehearsals and appearances.

  • MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the group, including rehearsals and appearances. Reading of early English madrigals and traditional American music.

  • MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of treble clef choral repertoire.

  • MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of English madrigals and traditional American choral repertoire. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation and public performances of a variety of popular and commercial music. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of opera. Technical and performing aspects of opera production as they pertain to light and grand opera.

  • MUEN 3260 - University Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3260 - University Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of varied choral repertoire. Open by audition.

3 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3000 - Accompanying  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3000 - Accompanying

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Both solo and ensemble vocal and instrumental repertory with emphasis on the role of the piano in these combinations. Performance required.

    NOTE: Non-piano majors must complete an audition and receive the permission of the instructor to enroll in the class. In the audition, the student will be required to perform two memorized solo piano pieces, play all major and minor scales, and sight read a short piece or excerpt that will be handed to them. The audition may take place one or two days before the beginning of each semester before the first day the class meets. If a student fails the audition, s/he will not be allowed to enroll in the class.

1 hour from:

 

  • MUEN 3730 - Piano Chamber Ensembles  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3730 - Piano Chamber Ensembles

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.

4 hours from:

  • MUEN 3- - -  - (elective ensembles)

Primary Instrument: Organ

 

3 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of chorus, including rehearsals and appearances.

  • MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the group, including rehearsals and appearances. Reading of early English madrigals and traditional American music.

  • MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of treble clef choral repertoire.

  • MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of English madrigals and traditional American choral repertoire. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation and public performances of a variety of popular and commercial music. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of opera. Technical and performing aspects of opera production as they pertain to light and grand opera.

  • MUEN 3260 - University Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3260 - University Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of varied choral repertoire. Open by audition.

3 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3000 - Accompanying  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3000 - Accompanying

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Both solo and ensemble vocal and instrumental repertory with emphasis on the role of the piano in these combinations. Performance required.

    NOTE: Non-piano majors must complete an audition and receive the permission of the instructor to enroll in the class. In the audition, the student will be required to perform two memorized solo piano pieces, play all major and minor scales, and sight read a short piece or excerpt that will be handed to them. The audition may take place one or two days before the beginning of each semester before the first day the class meets. If a student fails the audition, s/he will not be allowed to enroll in the class.

3 hours from:

  • MUEN 3- - -  - (elective ensembles)

Primary Instrument: Brass and Woodwinds

 

3 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3300 - Symphony Orchestra  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3300 - Symphony Orchestra

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the orchestra, including rehearsals and appearances.

3 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3100 - The Band of Blue Marching Band  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3100 - The Band of Blue Marching Band

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the band, including rehearsals and appearances.

  • MUEN 3110 - Symphonic Band  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3110 - Symphonic Band

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of concert and repertoire. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3120 - Wind Ensemble  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3120 - Wind Ensemble

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of concert band and wind band repertoire. Open by audition.

1 hour from:

 

  • MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of chorus, including rehearsals and appearances.

  • MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the group, including rehearsals and appearances. Reading of early English madrigals and traditional American music.

  • MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of treble clef choral repertoire.

  • MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of English madrigals and traditional American choral repertoire. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation and public performances of a variety of popular and commercial music. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of opera. Technical and performing aspects of opera production as they pertain to light and grand opera.

  • MUEN 3260 - University Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3260 - University Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of varied choral repertoire. Open by audition.

2 hours from:

  • MUEN 3- - -  - (elective ensembles)

Primary Instrument: Orchestral Strings

 

6 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3300 - Symphony Orchestra  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3300 - Symphony Orchestra

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the orchestra, including rehearsals and appearances.

2 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3740 - String Chamber Ensemble  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3740 - String Chamber Ensemble

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.

1 hour from:

  • MUEN 3- - -  - (elective ensembles)

Primary Instrument: Percussion

 

5 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3110 - Symphonic Band  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3110 - Symphonic Band

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of concert and repertoire. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3120 - Wind Ensemble  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3120 - Wind Ensemble

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of concert band and wind band repertoire. Open by audition.

1 hour from:

 

  • MUEN 3300 - Symphony Orchestra  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3300 - Symphony Orchestra

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the orchestra, including rehearsals and appearances.

3 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3500 - Percussion Ensemble  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3500 - Percussion Ensemble

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Performance of percussion ensemble literature. Programs are presented.

Primary Instrument: Voice

 

5 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of chorus, including rehearsals and appearances.

  • MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the group, including rehearsals and appearances. Reading of early English madrigals and traditional American music.

  • MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of treble clef choral repertoire.

  • MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of English madrigals and traditional American choral repertoire. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation and public performances of a variety of popular and commercial music. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3260 - University Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3260 - University Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of varied choral repertoire. Open by audition.

2 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of opera. Technical and performing aspects of opera production as they pertain to light and grand opera.

2 hours from:

  • MUEN 3- - -  - (ensemble electives)

Elective (1 hour)

Total hours in program: 120

 

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MUS 1010 - Recital Attendance
0 credit hours

Attendance at a minimum number of recitals and concerts given by students, faculty, and guest artists. Six semesters required for undergraduate music majors (see School of Music handbook for details). May be repeated multiple times. Pass/Fail.

MUS 1020 - Music Enrichment Instrumental
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Governor's School for the Arts. A component of the Governor's School for the Arts. Provides an opportunity for qualified high school students to get first-hand musical experience in an intense, academic, collegiate environment.

MUS 1021 - Music Enrichment Vocal
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Governor's School for the Arts. A component of the Governor's School for the Arts. Provides an opportunity for qualified high school students to get first-hand musical experience in an intense, academic, collegiate environment. Combines traditional large ensemble and opera workshop rehearsals and performances and voice master classes.

MUS 1022 - Music Enrichment Piano
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Governor's School for the Arts. A component of the Governor's School for the Arts. Provides an opportunity for qualified high school students to get first-hand experience in an intense, academic, collegiate environment. Combines traditional applied studio instruction, supervised practice sessions, chamber ensemble rehearsals and performances, master classes, and solo performances.

MUS 1030 - Introduction to Music
3 credit hours

Meets part of the General Education Humanities and/or Fine Arts requirement. Perceptive listening to music of various styles and cultures including popular and world musics and Western classical concert music.

MUS 1500 - Introduction to Piano
1 credit hour credit

A beginning group piano class for non-music majors. Prior knowledge of the piano not assumed. Skills covered by the class include reading and playing of pieces, basic exercises for the development of technique, a variety of short examples based on five-finger positions, and basic music theory. Students work at a digital Roland keyboard in class; includes weighted keys and individual headphones.

MUS 1510 - Class Voice I
1 credit hour credit

Basic vocal techniques including posture, breath control, tone quality, and diction. Italian and English diction, Vaccai studies, and moderately easy song repertory.

MUS 1520 - Class Voice II
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: MUS 1510. A continuation of the vocal techniques in Class Voice I with addition of vocal flexibility, uniform tone quality in extending the voice range, interpretation of songs, and stage deportment in public performance. Further study of Vaccai, Italian art songs, and English songs.

MUS 1530 - Class Piano I
1 credit hour credit

Acquaints beginning piano students with the keyboard. Includes such skills as note reading, basic chords for harmonization of melodies, improvisation, basic exercises for development of coordination and technique, transposition, repertory, and sight reading.

NOTE: All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons. Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550 and MUS 2560 in lieu of class piano.

MUS 1540 - Class Piano II
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: MUS 1530. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 1530. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

NOTE: All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons. Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550 and MUS 2560 in lieu of class piano.

MUS 1550 - Class Guitar I
1 credit hour credit

Beginning guitar playing, teaching basic techniques through chording and melodic elements.

MUS 1560 - Class Guitar II
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: MUS 1550 . Continuation of skills and concepts sought in Class Guitar I with emphasis on more advanced playing and repertory study.

MUS 2530 - Class Piano III
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: MUS 1540. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 1540. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

MUS 2540 - Class Piano IV
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: MUS 2530. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 2530. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

MUS 2550 - Keyboard Skills for Pianists I
1 credit hour credit

Elementary-level sight-playing; three-voice, open-score reading; improvisation; harmonization using primary chords; transposition; and common patterns in two-octave range (scales, arpeggios, progressions).

MUS 2560 - Keyboard Skills for Pianists II
1 credit hour credit

Intermediate-level ensemble and solo sight-playing; harmonization using primary and secondary chords; improvisation; transposition; four-voice, open-score reading; and common patterns in four-octave range (scales, arpeggios, progressions).

MUS 2660 - Jazz Guitar Lab
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisites: MUTH 1110, basic proficiency in reading music, and consent of instructor. Recommended: Class Guitar I or one semester of private instruction. Provides minimum background in performing popular guitar styles in an ensemble or studio situation. Course may be taken more than one semester for credit.

MUS 2670 - Jazz Piano Lab
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUS 1540. For beginning jazz keyboard students. Study of the harmonic language of jazz, chord voicing, keyboard techniques, interpretation of melodies, and improvisation.

MUS 3140 - Basic Conducting
2 credit hours

Prerequisites: MUTH 2120. Interpretation of scores, fundamental diagrams with and without baton, terminology, and stage deportment.

MUS 3150 - Advanced Instrumental Conducting
2 credit hours

Prerequisites: MUED 2320 and MUS 3140. Further development of techniques, especially those relevant to choral and instrumental conducting. Laboratory experiences with large musical groups; conducting with records to develop awareness of musical texture, form, and general musicianship in all areas as related to conducting.

MUS 3160 - Advanced Choral Conducting
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Two semesters of MUED 2310; MUS 3140. Further development of conducting techniques relative to the choral area. Emphasis on choral style and literature, scope and sequence of the historical perspective, and major developments in the choral art.

MUS 3170 - Guitar Skills I
2 credit hours

Prerequisites: MUTH 1110, MUTH 1120, and two semesters of private study. A skills course for improving reading skills and applying music theory concepts to the guitar. Topics will include arranging, harmonization of melody, reading from lead sheet format, improvisation, and standard repertoire suitable for a variety of performance situations.  

MUS 4000 - Special Topics in Music
1 to 3 credit hours

Study of a topic in music. Topic and prerequisites to be announced.

MUS 4100 - Independent Study in Music
1 to 3 credit hours

Intensive study of a chosen subject. An indication of reasonable skill and knowledge of research techniques, writing, and creativity expected. Requires permission of the instructor and director of the music school.

MUS 4270 - Music Internship
3 to 6 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Examination and experiences in music industry, music education, or instrumental or choral conducting. Music industry may include songwriting and the creative aspects of music, studio production, music publishing, and music merchandising. Music education may include public and private school settings, state board of education arts consulting, and music textbook consulting. Conducting may include school and church conducting, music publishing, and private or public orchestras and/or choirs. Pass/Fail.

MUS 4360 - The Music Industry Professional
3 credit hours

Creation, examination, and experience in developing and implementing a business plan in the selected areas of the music business. Areas include studio teaching, freelance musicianship, contracting, performing, producing, nonprofit organizations, and similar areas of music specialization.

MUS 4570 - The Body Intelligent: A Study of the Alexander Techniqu
3 credit hours

(Same as DANC 4570/THEA 4570.) For those interested in improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support, flexibility, and coordination in daily activities.

Music Theory

MUTH 1000 - Elements of Music
3 credit hours

For those needing remedial work before enrolling in Theory MUTH 1110. Topics covered include music reading in G and F clefs, intervals, major and minor scales; rhythm.

MUTH 1110 - Theory and Aural Skills I
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUTH 1000 with grade of C- or higher or satisfactory score on theory diagnostic exam. Harmonic tonality and fixed-do solfège through chorale analysis and harmonizations of given bass lines. Major and minor scales and harmonizations through secondary function. Meets for five hours per week.

MUTH 1120 - Theory and Aural Skills II
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUTH 1110. Harmonic tonality and fixed-do solfège through chorale analysis and harmonizations of given bass lines. Modal scales, harmonization, and analysis through the augmented sixth. Meets for five hours per week.

MUTH 2110 - Theory and Aural Skills III
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUTH 1120. Harmonic tonality and twentieth-century vocabularies. Nineteenth-century chromaticism. Meets for four hours per week.

MUTH 2120 - Theory and Aural Skills IV
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUTH 2110. Continued study of harmonic tonality and twentieth-century vocabularies. Twentieth-century practices. Meets for four hours per week.

MUTH 3110 - Counterpoint
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUTH 2120 with C- or better. Review and continuation of contrapuntal techniques. Canon, imitation, various contrapuntal devices, inventions, and beginning fugue. Analysis and some degree of original work.

MUTH 3160 - Jazz Theory
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUTH 1120. Exploration of the harmonic syntax, melodic construction, and song forms in jazz music. Analysis, listening, original composition, and practice hearing jazz chords and progressions.

MUTH 4110 - Form and Analysis
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUTH 2120. Binary and tenary forms, simple rondos and sonatinas progressing to sonata form, large rondos, theme and variations, art song, and free forms. Stylistic analysis and study of devices and materials from early to contemporary periods.

MUTH 4130 - Orchestration and Arranging
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUTH 2120. Compass and tonal qualities of band and orchestra instruments; transposition. Fundamentals of arranging for various instrumental groupings.

MUTH 4180 - Improvisation
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUTH 1120 or permission of instructor. Basic tools of jazz improvisation including chord/scale relationships, melodic construction, and practice techniques. In-class playing over blues, rhythm changes, and other standard jazz progressions. Elements of the bebop style. Preparation of playing exercises and several solo transcriptions.

MUTH 4190 - Principles and Practices of Electronic Music
3 credit hours

(Same as RIM 4190.) Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy and RIM 1230 or MUTH 1110; others-RIM 3010, RIM 1230, or MUTH 1110 or permission of instructor. An introduction to synthesizer programming and the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) with emphasis on history, theory, and application. Hands-on activities include synthesizer programming with virtual instruments and MIDI sequencing using a digital audio workstation. Laboratory required.

MUTH 4270 - Choral Arranging
2 credit hours

The fundamentals of arranging musical works for vocal ensembles of various sizes, combinations, and skill levels.

MUTH 4290 - MIDI Sequencing and Virtual Instruments
3 credit hours

(Same as  RIM 4290). Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy and RIM 4910/MUTH 4910; others - RIM 4190/MUTH 4190 or permission of instructor. An advanced hands-on course with an emphasis on MIDI sequencing and virtual instruments within Pro Tools, Reason, and other music production software. Drum machines, synthesizers, samplers, and other electronic instruments used to create a commercial music track. Laboratory required.

MUTH 4590 - Computer Based Scoring for Visual Media
3 credit hours

(Same as RIM 4590.) Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy, RIM 4190/MUTH 4190 and either RIM 4200 or  RIM 4290/MUTH 4290; others - RIM 4190/MUTH 4190 and either RIM 4200 or  RIM 4290/MUTH 4290; or permission of instructor. Writing music for visual media using the capabilities of a computer workstation. Introduces compositional techniques utilizing Macintosh sequencing software and QuickTime video playback in combination with synthesizers and sample playback programs. Concepts include synchronization of music to picture, tempo selection, sound source selection/manipulation, and analysis of the dramatic content of a scene. Laboratory required.

Contact and Student Information

Connie Bowrey
bowrey@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2469

Brad Baumgardner
Brad.Baumgardner@mtsu.edu
615-494-7649 | JH 113

School of Music
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MTSU Box 47
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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