Inspiring creativity through melody.

Your musical creativity is a part of who you are. You’ll be inspired to achieve your personal and professional goals through Marian’s music program.

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The Program

Your experience in Marian’s music program will be characterized by the same academic excellence, hands-on learning and personalized support and instruction that has earned Marian such an esteemed reputation for over 80 years. You’ll be challenged to make new discoveries and create innovations by exploring the world of music.

All music majors must pass a keyboard proficiency examination.

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

Sample Course Plan:
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General Education Program: 46–49 University requirements.

Foreign Language requirement, 12 credits or equivalent:

Language requirement for BA

Music courses, 42–43 credits as follows:

0 credits:

A course featuring concert attendance as fulfillment of a music major requirement. Includes a field trip each semester for which a fee is required. (CR/NC grade only.)

A course featuring concert attendance as fulfillment of a music major requirement. Includes a field trip each semester for which a fee is required. (CR/NC grade only.)

A course featuring concert attendance as fulfillment of a music major requirement. Includes a field trip each semester for which a fee is required. (CR/NC grade only.)

A course featuring concert attendance as fulfillment of a music major requirement. Includes a field trip each semester for which a fee is required. (CR/NC grade only.)

A course featuring concert attendance as fulfillment of a music major requirement. Includes a field trip each semester for which a fee is required. (CR/NC grade only.)

A course featuring concert attendance as fulfillment of a music major requirement. Includes a field trip each semester for which a fee is required. (CR/NC grade only.)

A course featuring concert attendance as fulfillment of a music major requirement. Includes a field trip each semester for which a fee is required. (CR/NC grade only.)

21 credits:

The study of notation, scales, modes, intervals, basic harmony, instruments, voices and style periods. The course also includes ear-training and sight-singing and keyboard skills.

Prerequisites:

A continuation of MUS 211, including seventh chords, modulation, secondary dominants, two- and three-part form, and an overview of American music forms and styles. The course includes a continuation of ear-training, sight-singing and keyboard skills.

Prerequisites:

A study of music in the Western art tradition from the early Greeks through 1600. While the historical, sociological, philosophical and artistic setting of the musical examples is examined, the style and interrelationships of the examples and their composers are the main emphasis.

Prerequisites:

A continuation of MUS 301, from 1600 to 1900.

Prerequisites:

An integrative study of the history and theory of art music in the 20th Century. This course will examine the historical, sociological, philosophical, and artistic setting of 20th century music through an examination of compositional methods and materials, history, critical listening and research.

Prerequisites:

A continuation of MUS 212, including 16th-century polyphony, fugue, variation forms, and harmonic practices of the 18th and 19th century. Ear-training, sight-singing and keyboard skills are continued.

Prerequisites:

A continuation of MUS 311, including harmonic practices of the late 19th century, sonata allegro and rondo forms, and 20th-century compositional techniques. Ear-training and sight-singing and keyboard skills are continued.

Music major or minor only. A course leading to the culminating performance on an instrument or voice for which the student will be evaluated.

7 credits from the following: Major instrument/voice

(Audition required.)  A vocal ensemble that performs all eras of American pop, show music and jazz. Includes choreography. Rehearsals lead to dinner shows and an annual tour. (Repeatable for credit. “0” credit receives CR/NC grade.)

(Music major or minor) Private lessons in voice. Repeatable for credit.

(Music major or minor) Private lessons in voice. Repeatable for credit.

(Music major or minor) Private lessons in voice. Repeatable for credit.

(Music major or minor) Private lessons in voice. Repeatable for credit.

(Music major or minor) Private lessons in voice. Repeatable for credit.

(Music major or minor) Private lessons in voice. Repeatable for credit.

(Music major or minor) Private lessons in voice. Repeatable for credit.

(Music major or minor) Private lessons in voice. Repeatable for credit.

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on piano or organ. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on piano or organ. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on piano or organ. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on piano or organ. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on piano or organ. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on piano or organ. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on piano or organ. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on piano or organ. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on orchestral string instruments including guitar. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on orchestral string instruments including guitar. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on orchestral string instruments including guitar. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on orchestral string instruments including guitar. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on orchestral string instruments including guitar. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on orchestral string instruments including guitar. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on orchestral string instruments including guitar. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on orchestral string instruments including guitar. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon or saxophone. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon or saxophone. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon or saxophone. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon or saxophone. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon or saxophone. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon or saxophone. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon or saxophone. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon or saxophone. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on cornet/trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium or tuba. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on cornet/trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium or tuba. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on cornet/trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium or tuba. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on cornet/trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium or tuba. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on cornet/trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium or tuba. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on cornet/trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium or tuba. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on cornet/trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium or tuba. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on cornet/trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium or tuba. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on snare drum, timpani, mallet percussion and drum set. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on snare drum, timpani, mallet percussion and drum set. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on snare drum, timpani, mallet percussion and drum set. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on snare drum, timpani, mallet percussion and drum set. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on snare drum, timpani, mallet percussion and drum set. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on snare drum, timpani, mallet percussion and drum set. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on snare drum, timpani, mallet percussion and drum set. (Repeatable for credit.)

Music major or minor only. Private lessons on snare drum, timpani, mallet percussion and drum set. (Repeatable for credit.)

2 credits: Piano (except piano majors)

(Music major or minor only) An introduction to basic piano techniques, elements of sight-reading and harmonization, and beginning piano literature. It is a class for Music majors and minors, Elementary Education majors, and others by permission of the music department.

Emphasis on preparation for the keyboard proficiency requirements for music majors. A continuation of MUS 111.

7 credits:

A women’s ensemble that performs choral literature specifically intended for women’s choirs from all eras. The ensemble meets two hours weekly, performs in concerts and liturgies, and may tour throughout the year. (Repeatable for credit.)

A band open to experienced woodwind, brass and percussion players. The ensemble rehearses twice a week for 1½ hours and performs one or two concerts each semester. (Repeatable for credit. “0” credit receives CR/NC grade.)

Various small instrumental and vocal ensembles open to experienced musicians. Repeatable for credit. (“0” credit receives CR/NC grade.)

An orchestra comprised of experienced players from the community and students. Rehearses weekly for 1½ hours and performs at least once each semester. (Repeatable for credit. “0” credit receives CR/NC
grade.)

An auditioned ensemble whose members explore various jazz idioms, develop improvisational skills and perform publicly. Rehearses one to three times a week. (Repeatable for credit. “0” credit receives
CR/NC grade.)

The Vocal Jazz Ensemble studies and performs vocal jazz literature of varying styles, including swing, ballad, bebop, Latin and contemporary. Areas of study include improvisation and scat, ensemble singing and working with a rhythm section. This ensemble meets three hours weekly and will perform several times per semester. Audition required.

(Audition required) An ensemble of auditioned voices that perform chamber choral literature from all eras. The ensemble meets three hours weekly, performs in concerts and liturgies, and may tour throughout the year. (Repeatable for credit.)

5–6 credits from the following:

A survey of the development of music in America, including concert styles, popular and show music. This course is designed for the general student. (Required field trip, with fee.)

A chronological study of jazz and its antecedents from 1900 to the present. Includes style periods, major artists, relevant historical/sociological background and the development of listening skills. This course is designed for the general student. (Required field trip, with fee.)

A study of various world musics including Oriental, African, Eastern European, American jazz and others, but not including Western art music. Includes study of the structure and the sociological setting of the music with an emphasis on the development of listening skills. This course is designed for the general student. (Required field trip, with fee.)

Prerequisites:

The study of basic conducting skills: beat patterns, attacks, releases, dynamics, tempos, expressive devices, and score reading.

Prerequisites:

A course leading to the refinement of skills learned in beginning conducting. Emphasis is placed on score preparation, interpretation of styles, expressive conducting and ensemble balance and blend unique to choirs.

Prerequisites:

A course leading to the refinement of skills learned in beginning conducting. Emphasis is placed on score preparation, interpretation of styles, expressive conducting and ensemble blend and balance.

Prerequisites:

A course that prepares the prospective music teacher to arrange and adapt music for various ensembles.

28 credits:

University electives
All music majors must pass a keyboard proficiency examination.

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Graduates of the music program gain practical experience and find positions following graduation, ranging from accompanists, clinicians and music production, to film scoring, music web production and music performance. In addition, the program prepares students for graduate study in music.

Employment: 100% of graduates are employed within six months of graduation from the Music Program.

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

At Marian University, you’ll be inspired by our focus on personalized support and quality practical experiences. You’ll find faculty who are experts in the field of music, bringing with them decades of music performance experience and a passion to teach others.

All music majors must pass a keyboard proficiency examination.

Admission to university per university standards. For more details regarding this, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

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Marian’s values extend well beyond our campus. Click here to read about how several music alumni have started their own local business—Full Spectrum Studios—based on Marian’s core values.

Josh Borowski is currently a Band Instrument Repair Technician with Music & Arts of Frederick, MD. After majoring in music at Marian, he elected to further his training by enrolling in the Band Instrument Repair program at Minnesota State College of Redwing, MN. Josh says that Marian was key to his career preparation, “Marian’s music faculty was essential in gaining personal confidence to speak at length of all things related to music. In my field I must be able talk with band directors, students and instrumentalists both amateur and professional. Having such a well rounded musical background that I obtained through Marian’s music program allows me to discuss music with an array of individuals with varying backgrounds in music.”

Amanda Pankratz teaches PreK with the Banner School in Frederick, MD. At Marian, she completed a degree in Music Education and Jazz Studies. Amanda attributes much of her ability to be flexible to her experience at Marian, “In order to be in my position, a bachelor’s degree is required. Having a background in education was also important. The great thing about my degree is that it is very broad and there are many things I can do with my experience. My music degree has brought a lot of fun and imagination into my PreK classroom. I use music on a daily basis to reinforce concepts that I am teaching to my students. Plus, my students always love the days when I bring in an instrument to play for them.”

Scott Elford, B.M.
Instructor
920.923.7167
sjelford11@marianuniversity.edu

David Hein, M.M.
Assistant Professor
920.923.8595
dhein14@marianuniversity.edu

David Thompson, Ph.D.
Professor
920.923.8108
david.thompson@marianuniversity.edu

 

 

As a student in Marian’s music program, you’ll be presented with numerous opportunities to develop skills, concepts and methodologies in music theory and composition, musicianship, history, arranging, orchestration, improvisation and conducting. You’ll gain experience in a variety of areas through job shadowing and internship experiences.

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Office of Admission
920.923.7650
admission@marianuniversity.edu

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