The Bachelor of Music program consists of ★122, including ★63.5 of core music requirements, ★25.5 in one of the five Bachelor of Music majors, and ★33 of non-music requirements. In two of these majors, Liturgical Arts and Musical Arts, a minor is required; in the other three majors, Piano, Voice, and Comprehensive, a minor is optional. The minor consists of a minimum of ★18 in one discipline or approved interdisciplinary area, including at least ★12 at the senior level. A student should be aware that it may not be possible to complete certain combinations of majors and minors without extending the time required to earn the degree.
Students registered in a BMus program must complete at least 60 credits offered by the Augustana Faculty, at least 54 of which must be at the senior level. However,
- Language or other study abroad may, with special permission of the Associate Dean, Academics, count toward the residence requirement
- An exception to this may be granted to students already holding a BA or BSc who can transfer sufficient credits from their first degree to be able to complete the requirements of the Bachelor of Music degree in fewer than ★60. Normally in such cases at least the final ★45 must be completed at Augustana.
Five majors are available in the Bachelor of Music degree program: Piano, Voice, Comprehensive, Liturgical Arts, Musical Arts:
A student whose career interests include performing and teaching piano or voice would choose one of these majors. Combining rigorous musical training, intellectual development in other disciplines, and all-round flexible thinking, the majors are able to not only prepare a student for further studies and careers in a variety of areas in music and music education, but also for entry into such diverse fields as medicine, speech-language pathology, engineering, and law. Third- and fourth-year recitals are required.
A student who seeks intensive studies in an instrument or voice, but wishes to have greater flexibility in music course selections, should consider this major. Combining rigorous musical training, intellectual development in other disciplines, and all-round flexible thinking, the majors are able not only to prepare a student for further studies and careers in a variety of areas in music – for instance, performance, education, arts administration, and musicology – but also for entry into such diverse fields as medicine, speech pathology, engineering and law. Thirdand fourth-year recitals, although optional, are not required.
A student considering professional employment as a church musician, or considering graduate studies, may designate this major at the end of the second year of full-time studies (or part-time equivalent). The major emphasizes performance-oriented study in organ, piano, or voice, advanced music history and theory, ensembles, and advanced conducting skills. Studies in liturgical arts, work-experience practica, a required minor in Religion, and other courses from the liberal arts and sciences, provide for a scholarly understanding of and a creative approach to ritual.
A student desiring a performance-intensive emphasis in an instrument or voice and wishing to prepare for innovative, emerging research areas and musical professions, would choose this major. It provides for a liberalized curriculum that combines the strong performance emphasis and scholarly breadth of a Bachelor of Music, the requirements for a minor in another discipline, and interdisciplinary research on the relationships between the two disciplines. This is the most unique and "cutting-edge" of the Bachelor of Music majors. A student may apply for this major at the end of two-years - full-time study or part-time equivalent.
See Augustana Faculty . Each student who wishes to be exempt from taking AUMUS 100 must complete the Music Theory Placement Exam (MTPE); a student who scores lower than 70% must register in AUMUS 100. For further information about entrance into the Music program, contact the Department of Fine Arts and Humanities, Augustana Faculty.
The minimum of ★122 required during the program is drawn from three areas: Core Music Requirements, Additional Music Requirements According to Major, and Non-Music Requirements.
Core Music Requirements (★63.5):
A common core of music courses and requirements is required of every student enrolled in the Bachelor of Music program.
- Passing grade in the Keyboard Skills Proficiency Examination (KSPE).
- Successful completion of the Recital Attendance Requirement (RAR). For every year in a Music program at Augustana, a student must attend a minimum of 10 RAR-designated events per year. Failure to achieve this minimum in a given year will require withdrawal from any Music program (BMus or BA). A minimum of 40 recitals or concerts is required for graduation, unless transferring in from another institution or program.
- A student who fails to achieve at least a C+ standing in a primary instrument or voice at the end of an academic year will be required to withdraw from the Bachelor of Music program. Each student's progress will be reviewed annually.
- A student beyond first year who fails to achieve an academic average of at least 2.3 will be required to withdraw from the Bachelor of Music program. Each student's progress will be reviewed annually.
Music Performance (★24)
- Applied Music, solo instruments and/or voice (★18); at least ★16 and fourth-year status in one instrument or in voice. Note: Consult Department of Fine Arts and Humanities for details.
- Choral and/or Instrumental Ensembles (★6):
Music History and Literature, Music in Society (★18):
Theoretical and Analytical Studies, Musicianship Skills (★21.5) credits:
Additional Music Requirements According to Major (★25.5):
In addition to the Core Music Requirements (★63.5) listed above, additional courses are required in each major:
Non-Music Requirements (★33 minimum):
Non-Music Required Courses drawn from the Augustana Core: ★15
Engagement - Diversity and Global Studies: ★6
- second language, with all credits from one language. Note: A Voice major student must include ★6 from AUGER 101, AUGER 102, AUGER 200, AUGER 201, AUGER 202.
Non-Music Option Courses: ★18-21
- All majors require a minimum of ★18 of non-Music options, except for the Musical Arts major which requires ★21.
- When choosing non-Music options, the student is encouraged to select remaining courses from the Augustana Core's Breadth of Knowledge and Engagement categories, unless pursuing a minor in another discipline or interdisciplinary area. Consult the Augustana Chart 1 Core Engagement Requirements and Classification of Courses for further details
- A maximum of ★12 in specialized professional courses is allowed in terms of non-Music options.
- A Voice major student must include AUDRA 144 .
- A Liturgical Arts major student must complete a minor in Religion (★18). For remaining credits, the student is also encouraged to consider Drama and Art courses as well as those which examine aspects related to Christianity (e.g., AUENG 231 /AUENG 331 , AUENG 239 /AUENG 339 , AUENG 301, AUPHI 357, AUPHI 358 , AUSOC 103 , AUSOC 283).
- A Musical Arts major student must complete a minor in another discipline (★18). For available minors see Programs .
Additional Information for Students
A student considering graduate studies in Music is encouraged to take option courses that examine cultural and critical theory.
A student considering graduate studies in Music should note that certain graduate programs require a reading knowledge of one or more of French, German, and Italian.
A student should prepare to pass the Keyboard Skills Proficiency Examination (KSPE) in their third or fourth year.
Senior music courses are often offered in alternate years only.
Recommended first-year program:
- ★4-6: applied music.
- ★3: ensembles.
Recommended second-year program includes:
- ★4-6: applied music.
- ★3: ensembles.
★3-6: non-Music option(s) or remaining credits from
Recommended third- and fourth-year programs include: