Music Major & Minor

The music major provides an understanding of the elements of music, an historical perspective on music, and the opportunity to develop talents and skills by practice and performance. It prepares one to teach music, perform in community or church events, and evaluate performance quality.

Learning Objectives

Students completing Southern Virginia’s music major are expected to be able to:
  1. Hear, identify, analyze and work with the elements of music—namely, rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, texture, and dynamics. (Theory)
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of a wide selection of musical literature, representative composers, works, principal style periods, genres, and cultural and political movements as reflected in the music studied. (History)
  3. Demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency on a chosen instrument according to department standards and criteria. (Instrument)
  4. Acquire knowledge of literature appropriate to their specific instrument, becoming acquainted with a cross-section of music from the repertory of the particular performance medium. (Repertoire)
  5. Develop ensemble techniques—namely, correct breathing, blend, balance, tone production, and intonation—on their particular instrument. (Ensemble)
  6. Demonstrate basic keyboard competency. (Piano)
Program coordinator: Dr. La Rae Carter

Major Requirements (37 credit hours)

Major Core (24 credit hours and piano proficiency):

Piano proficiency as determined by jury
(To be completed by the end of the sophomore year. If you declare as a music major after the sophomore year, you must pass the piano proficiency exam by the end of the semester following your declaration. For piano proficiency requirements, see the Music Department Chair.)
MUS 099R Department Performance Attendance (0) four semesters
MUS 151 Music Theory I (GE) (3)
MUS 161 Aural Skills I (1)
MUS 152 Music Theory II (3)
MUS 162 Aural Skills II (1)
MUS 210 Introduction to Music History (3)
MUS 251 Music Theory III (3)
MUS 261 Aural Skills III (1)
MUS 267 Conducting Fundamentals (3)
MUS 330 Music History I (3)
MUS 335 Music History II (3)

Major Electives I: 1 credit hour from among the following:

MUS 497 Senior Performance (1)
MUS 498 Senior Project (1)
[All prospective recital candidates must perform in a half junior recital to be approved to perform a senior recital. All senior recital information will be provided through the Department Chair after student submits senior recital proposals. Senior projects must also be approved by the music program faculty after the proposal is submitted.]

Major Electives II (Ensemble): 2 credit hours from among the following:

[Music Majors must be enrolled in an approved music department ensemble each semester once they declare, and be enrolled in applied instruction on one instrument for six semesters]

MUS 221 SVU Orchestra (1)
MUS 250R Bella Voce (Women’s Choir) (1)
MUS 256R Ensemble (i.e. Flute Choir) (1)
MUS 259R Opera Workshop (1-3)
MUS 350R Concert Chorale (1)
MUS 459R Advanced Opera Workshop (3)

Major Electives III (Applied Music): 4 credit hours from among the following:

50 minute private instruction
MUS 149R Applied Music I (1)
MUS 249R Applied Music II (1)
MUS 349R Applied Music III (1)

Major Electives IV: 6 credit hours from among the following:

MUS 121 Diction I (3)
MUS 122 Diction II (3)
MUS 129R Group Voice Instruction (3)
MUS 139 Group Piano (3)
MUS 275R Topics in Music (Var.)
MUS 259R Opera Workshop (3)
MUS 321 Music Composition I (3)
MUS 322 Music Composition II (3)
MUS 340 Vocal Literature (3)
MUS 347 String Pedagogy (3)
MUS 357 Vocal Pedagogy (3)
MUS 367 Advanced Conducting (3)(Upon completion of MUS 267, Conducting)
MUS 375R Topics in Music (Var.)
MUS 459R Advanced Opera Workshop (3)

Minor Requirements (18 credit hours)

Minor Core (12 credit hours):

MUS 099R Department Performance Attendance (0) (3 semesters required; 5 recitals per semester)
MUS 151 Music Theory I (GE) (3)
MUS 210 Introduction to Music History (GE) (3)
MUS 267 Conducting Fundamentals (3)
Two semesters of applied music (MUS 148R, 149R, 248R, 249R, or 349R) (1)
Two semesters of ensemble (MUS 150R, 250R, 350R, or 459R) (2)

Minor Electives: 6 credit hours from among the following:

MUS 121 Diction I (3)
MUS 122 Diction II (3)
MUS 139 Group Piano (3)
MUS 152 Music Theory II (3)
MUS 161 Aural Skills I (3)
MUS 162 Aural Skills II (3)
MUS 251 Music Theory III (3)
MUS 261 Aural Skills III (1)
MUS 259R Opera Workshop (3)
MUS 261 Aural Skills III (1)
MUS 267 Conducting Fundamentals (2)
MUS 275R Topics in Music (Var.)
MUS 321 Music Composition I (3)
MUS 322 Music Composition II (3)
MUS 330 Music History I (3)(prerequisites: MUS 152 and MUS 210)
MUS 335 Music History II (3)(prerequisites: MUS 152 and MUS 210)
MUS 340 Vocal Literature (3)
MUS 347 String Pedagogy (2)
MUS 357 Vocal Pedagogy (3)
MUS 364 Orchestration (3)
MUS 367 Advanced Conducting (3)
MUS 375R Topics in Music (Var.)
MUS 399R Internship (1-3)
MUS 459R Advanced Opera Workshop (2)