Music - General Music

The Marian University Music Department can prepare you for a variety of rewarding careers in music. Whether your interest lies in musical performance, practicing music in a church setting, or managing a musical group or venue, the various music programs at Marian University will prepare you for a successful future.

Marian offers a variety of majors for both the individual planning a career in a music related field, as well as for those with a passion for music and/or who want to compliment another area of study.


The Music Department at Marian University has a threefold mission:

  • To provide a Music Major to prepare students for careers in music.
  • To provide the general student with a knowledge of and appreciation for the musical arts.
  • To provide musical ensembles which enhance the musical life and presence of the University.


  • The student will learn to perform music in his/her performing medium, individually, as part of a small group, and as part of a large ensemble.
  • The student will learn to describe music, using correct analytical terminology, with correct reference to historical and cultural perspective.
  • The student will develop the ability to create and arrange music, based on a secure knowledge of the capabilities of voices and musical instruments, and a knowledge of musical form.
  • The student will value musical expression of himself/herself and others, based on an understanding of the music itself, its form and style, and its historical and cultural perspective.
  • The student will become proficient at acting in a leadership capacity in a musical context, which may include an ensemble, a lesson, a music class, or a music-related business situation.

All music majors must pass a keyboard proficiency examination.

General Education Program: 46-49 University requirements.

Foreign Language requirement
12 credits or equivalent:
Language requirement for BA

Other requirements
28 credits:
University electives

Music courses
42-43 credits as follows:

0 credits:
MUS 010, 020, 030, 040, 050, 060, 070 Concert Attendance, 0 cr.

21 credits:
MUS 211 Music Theory I, 3 cr.
MUS 212 Music Theory II, 3 cr.
MUS 301 History and Literature of Music I, 3 cr.
MUS 302 History and Literature of Music II, 3 cr.
MUS 303 Music since 1900, 2 cr.
MUS 311 Music Theory III, 3 cr.
MUS 312 Music Theory IV, 3 cr.
MUS 476 Senior Recital, 1 cr.

7 credits from the following: Major instrument/voice
MUS 104 Beginning Voice Class, 1 cr.
MUS 121, 122, 221, 222, 321, 322, 421, 422 Voice, ½-1 cr. per semester
MUS 131, 132, 231, 232, 331, 332, 431, 432 Keyboard: Piano and Organ, ½-1 cr. per semester
MUS 141, 142, 241, 242, 341, 342, 441, 442 Strings, ½-1 cr. per semester
MUS 151, 152, 251, 252, 351, 352, 451, 452 Woodwinds, ½-1 cr. per semester
MUS 161, 172, 271, 272, 371, 372, 471, 472 Brass, ½-1 cr. per semester
MUS 171, 172, 271, 272, 371, 372, 471, 472 Percussion, ½-1 cr. per semester
MUS 376 Junior Recital, ½ cr.

2 credits: Piano (except piano majors)
MUS 111 Beginning Keyboard Class, 1 cr.
MUS 112 Keyboard Class II, 1 cr.

7 credits:
MUS 107 Women's Chorale, 0-1 cr.
MUS 130 Collegiate Wind Ensemble, 0-1 cr. per semester
MUS 140 Chamber Ensemble, 0-1 cr. per semester
MUS 150 Orchestra, 0-1 cr. per semester
MUS 170 Jazz Ensemble, 0-1 cr. per semester
MUS 209 Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 0-1 cr.
MUS 220 Chamber Singers, 0-1 cr.

5-6 creditsfrom the following:
MUS 202 American Music, 3 cr.
MUS 203 Jazz Survey, 3 cr.
MUS 205 World Musics, 2-3 cr.
MUS 224 Beginning Conducting, 2 cr.
MUS 226 Choral Conducting, 2 cr.
MUS 234 Instrumental Conducting, 2 cr.
MUS 411 Arranging, 1 cr.

Dr. Brian Lydeen
Music Department Chair
Associate Professor of Music

At Marian University, students can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Music major. Music is also available as a minor.

Recommended minors to pair with a Music major are:
  • Business Administration
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Communications
  • Theology
  • Religious Education
  • Psychology
  • Pre-Law
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    Brian Lydeen is originally form North Dakota and has taught instrumental music at all levels ranging from elementary to university. He is Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at Marian University where he instructs woodwinds, directs the combined Marian University and UW-FdL Collegiate Wind and Jazz Ensembles, and teaches jazz improvisation as well as other various courses in music. He is an experienced clinician and adjudicator throughout Wisconsin and a frequent guest artist and performer. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Lydeen is an active performer and conductor in several area groups to include the Wisconsin Symphonic Winds, the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band, and is director of the Lighthouse Big Band. He is also a member of the National Guard 132nd Army Band in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Lydeen holds degrees in music education and saxophone performance from the University of Mary, the University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


    David Thompson was born in Detroit, Michigan and studied composition with James Waters and Walter Watson at Kent State University in Ohio, where he received his Ph. D. in music theory and composition. Dr. Thompson is presently on the faculty of the Music Department at Marian University, where he teaches theory, keyboard, and American music. Until recently he was Chair of the Music Department. Compositions include Winnebago Sketches, and a Symphony for Band, both performedby the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band, a one-act opera, David and Bathsheba, a Magnificat for choir and brass ensemble, and the score for the Fond du Lac County Historical Society’s documentary The Gathering Place, not to mention numerous works for choir, solo instruments and small ensembles. He is the author of a book A History of Harmonic Theory in the United States, as well as a variety of magazine articles, and has been a guest lecturer on the topic of American piano music, under the auspices of the Wisconsin Humanities Council.


    David Hein is Assistant Professor of Music and Director for Strategic Innovation within the School of Arts and Sciences. He directs the Marian Chamber Singers, coaches the university vocal jazz ensemble, teaches private voice lessons, and other music courses. He is the artistic director of the Fond du Lac Children’s Chorale, a position he has held since 2009. David is also the organist and Chancel Choir Accompanist at The United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay. He earned a master of music in choral conducting at Michigan State University, and a bachelor of music in music education and church music at St. Olaf College. He has choral music arrangements published with Neil A. Kjos Music Publishers and Choristers Guild. Past positions include teaching choral music at the high school level as well as full-time church music ministry.


    Fun Fact

    Marian hosts one commencement ceremony each year in May (Source: Academic Bulletin, 2013-2014).

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