Admission to status as a music major is by audition and interview, and all first year music students are tested for their competence in music theory to assess their background and to determine the level at which their theoretical courses should begin. Every effort is made to assign first year music students to classes with students of similar backgrounds.
The music programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music:
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Each music major must participate in a large ensemble (University Band, Orchestra [strings only], or Choir) during each semester of full-time enrollment (except during student teaching). Assignment to a specific ensemble is made by the Director of Choral Activities for choral ensembles, the Director of Instrumental Studies for instrumental ensembles, and/or chair of the department. Participation in two ensembles may be required, according to the student’s educational and professional plans. Any variation from this policy must be approved by the department chair.
Experiencing a variety of live music is a vital part of one’s education as a musician. Music majors (B.M. or B.A.) must attend 13 recitals per semester (except when student teaching) as described in the Music Major’s Handbook in each semester of residence as a graduation requirement.
All music majors must enroll in and pass Music 55 (recitals) during each semester of full-time enrollment, with the exception of the semester of student teaching.
Recitals and Concerts
Candidates for the Bachelor of Music degree (Music Performance) are required to perform a partial or full recital in the junior year and a full recital in the senior year. Candidates for the Bachelor of Music degree (Music Education) are required to perform a partial or full recital in the senior year in addition to successful completion of student teaching. Bachelor of Arts candidates are required to present a partial or full recital in the senior year. With permission of the music faculty, Bachelor of Arts candidates may substitute a senior research project for the senior recital. Students must enroll in the appropriate applied music course for their major every semester until their senior recital requirement is completed. Permission for any student recital must be received from the music office and is contingent upon a satisfactory hearing by the recital committee. In addition to formal concerts and recitals by student soloists and university ensembles, the department presents opera/musical and opera workshop performances, department student recitals, and faculty solo and chamber music concerts.
All music majors must pass a piano proficiency examination. Music education majors must pass piano proficiency before taking Music 230, 232, or 236. Music 80-83 (Piano Techniques) must be taken each semester of full-time enrollment until the examination is passed. Any exception, allowing completion of the piano proficiency requirement through enrollment in applied piano lessons instead of enrollment in Music 80-83, is at the discretion of the piano faculty.
Music Education majors must demonstrate performance proficiency and pedagogical competency in the areas listed with the requirements for each major emphasis. The proficiencies/competencies may be completed either through 1) enrolling and passing the corresponding techniques class, or 2) passing a proficiency/competency examination. Competencies must be completed before enrolling for student teaching. Exceptions are at the discretion of the chair of the Department of Music.
Musicianship audits are a required part of spring semester juries for all voice majors. Components of the audits are: scales, chords, and sight-reading. Voice majors must pass the audits at a level of proficiency deemed appropriate by the individual student’s applied voice teacher.
Student Teaching Prerequisites
Before enrolling in student teaching, all music education students must have successfully completed the appropriate method and technique courses in their degree program. Music education students must also complete 100 hours of field experience, pass the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST), and be accepted into the Teacher Education Program (TEP).
Classification of Music Courses
Music courses are classified into categories. Course descriptions are provided in numerical order immediately following the classified listing.
The term “applied music” refers to private instruction in any instrument (including voice). Primary consideration is given to the principles of performance and literature of that instrument. All music majors, regardless of the degree program, must designate a major instrument. Non-music majors may take no more than 1 credit hour in applied music in any instrument in a semester. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Music degree with a music performance major must carry 3 credit hours per semester in their major instrument all four years. Applied music may not be taken Pass/Fail. Any exceptions must be approved by the department chair.
Credit for applied music instruction is given as follows:
- 3 credit hours (major instruments only) for two 30-minute lessons per week. A minimum of three hours daily practice and participation in department recitals are required.
- 2 credit hours (major instrument only) for two 30-minute lessons per week. Two hours daily practice and participation in department recitals are required.
- 1 credit hour for one 30-minute lesson per week. One hour daily practice is required.
Students may register for one of three levels in applied music courses, numbered as follows:
- 61-79: All first year students or any other students registering for the first or second semester of an instrument except by permission of the department chair.
- 161-179: Any student registering for the third or fourth semester of an instrument.
- 261-279: Any student registering for the fifth semester or more of an instrument.
Courses may be repeated. Prerequisite: Music majors must have completed the sophomore interview in order to enroll in Music 261-279. No Pass/Fail.
Course numbers for applied music are as follows. Each course is offered for 1, 2, or 3 credit hours. Only music majors may register for more than 1 credit hour.
61, 161, 261 Piano
62, 162, 262 Organ
63, 163, 263 Harpsichord
64, 164, 264 Voice
65, 165, 265 Flute
66, 166, 266 Oboe
67, 167, 267 Clarinet
68, 168, 268 Saxophone
69, 169, 269 Bassoon
70, 170, 270 French Horn
71, 171, 271 Trumpet
72, 172, 272 Trombone and Baritone
73, 173, 273 Tuba
74, 174, 274 Percussion
75, 175, 275 Guitar
76, 176, 276 Violin
77, 177, 277 Viola
78, 178, 278 Cello
79, 179, 179 String Bass
Students participating in any ensemble must register for the course. Courses may be repeated. Those not wishing to receive academic credit should register for zero credit. In any case, a grade will be recorded on the student’s transcript. Ensembles may not be taken Pass/Fail.
40. Lincoln Civic Choir
41. University Choir
42. University Orchestra
43. University Band
44. Women’s Choir
45. Men’s Glee Club
46. Chamber Music Ensembles
47. Touch of Class Jazz Choir
48. Prairie Wolves Pep Band
49. Jazz Ensemble
50. Opera Workshop
51. Opera - Musical
52. Chamber Singers
Music Theory and Composition
1. Fundamentals of Music Theory
2. Theory II
3. Fundamentals of Basic Musicianship
4. Basic Musicianship II
101. Theory III
102. Theory IV
103. Basic Musicianship III
105. Music Technology
130. Intro to Jazz Improvisation
201. Arranging and Instrumentation
204. Counterpoint II
205. Composition I
206. Composition II
207. Form Analysis
Music History and Literature
12. American Music
13. Music Appreciation
140. African-American Music
150. Introduction to World Music
160. Music of Women Composers
213. Medieval and Renaissance Music
214. Baroque and Classic Music
215. Music Since 1800
220. Introduction to Vocal Literature
80. Piano Techniques I
81. Piano Techniques II
82. Piano Techniques III
83. Piano Techniques IV
85. Woodwind Techniques
88. Brass Techniques
87. String Techniques
88. Percussion Techniques
89. Guitar Techniques
121. Music Methods and Material for Elementary Teachers
180. Computers and Technology for the Musician and the Music Educator
225. Conducting I
226. Conducting II
227. Advanced Conducting - Vocal
228. Advanced Conducting - Instrumental
229. Marching Band Techniques
230. Elementary General Music Methods
232. Secondary Vocal Music Methods
236. Public School Music - Instrumental
239. Singer’s Diction
240. Piano Pedagogy
241. Vocal Pedagogy
242. Organ Pedagogy
243. Brass Pedagogy
244. Woodwind Pedagogy
245. Percussion Pedagogy