Music (BMus)

Arts and Sciences
Performing and Fine Arts
HEGIS Number: 1005

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Course Descriptions
Course descriptions can be found in the online PDF version of the Bulletin

Mission

The York College music program enables students to a wider understanding of music making in their environments, throughout history, and around the globe. Students in the program connect their musical background with a variety of musics through performance, analysis, composition, and production. Graduates of the program will be effective musical leaders who can then apply their acquired skills in their chosen musical endeavors.

Program Goals

  1. Demonstrate foundational skills in performing on the piano and performing as part of an ensemble.
  2. Analyze music, both aurally and visually, in order to recognize, interpret, and create musical structures across different genres.
  3. Develop a foundational understanding of the evolution of music making in the Western classical traditions, as well as an alternative history of music making in non-Western and popular music traditions.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate foundational skills in performing on the piano and performing as part of an ensemble.
1.1 Demonstrate the ability to independently practice and improve the performance of level-appropriate repertoire.
1.2 Perform foundational repertoire on the piano with accurate rhythm and technique.
1.3 Successfully prepare for and improve one's performance within an ensemble.
2. Analyze music, both aurally and visually, in order to recognize, interpret, and create musical structures across different genres.
2.1 Analyze harmonic function in both Western classical and popular music traditions.
2.2 Apply the principles of harmonic function by composing music that successfully demonstrate diatonic and chromatic musical structures.
2.3 Accurately sing a notated melody by using solfege, and accurately transcribe a heard melody or harmonic progression by using musical notation.

3. Develop a foundational understanding of the evolution of music making in the Western classical traditions, as well as an alternative history of music making in non-Western and popular music traditions.

3.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the broad stylistic periods in music history, including Western classical, non-Western and popular music traditions.
3.2 Demonstrate an understanding of the major aspects of ethnomusicological research.
3.3 Articulate change or continuity over time in the practice, preservation, and dissemination of music, and support arguments with appropriate evidence.
3.4 Demonstrate the ability to research topics related to Western classical, non-Western, or popular music traditions by using appropriate research tools.
CourseDescriptionCredits

Bachelor of Music BMus

 

Requirements for Music Major

50 

Introductory Courses

MUS101Introduction to Music 
MUS110Fundamentals of Music Theory 

Piano

MUS141Class Instruction in Piano I 
MUS241Class Instruction in Piano II 
MUS291Keyboard Accompaniment 

Music Theory & Ear Training

13 
MUS208Music Theory I 
MUS209Ear Training I 
MUS218Music Theory II 
MUS219Ear Training II 
Upper-Level Music Theory Elective (choose one) 
MUS323Form & Analysis 
MUS420Instrumentation 
MUS422Conducting 
MUS425Composition 
MUS461Jazz Analysis 

Performance Studies

MUS186Studies in Musical Performance I 
MUS187Performance Workshop I 
MUS286Studies in Musical Performance II 
MUS287Performance Workshop II 
MUS386Studies in Musical Performance III 
MUS387Performance Workshop III 
MUS486Studies in Musical Performance IV 
MUS487Performance Workshop IV 

Ensemble

Ensemble I (choose one) 
MUS131Gospel Choir I 
MUS138Chorus I 
MUS139Jazz Band I 
MUS146Jazz Improvisation I 
Ensemble II (choose one) 
MUS231Gospel Choir II 
MUS238Chorus II 
MUS239Jazz Band II 
MUS246Jazz Improvisation II 
Ensemble III (choose one) 
MUS331Gospel Choir III 
MUS338Chorus III 
MUS339Jazz Band III 
MUS346Jazz Improvisation III 
Ensemble IV (choose one) 
MUS431Gospel Choir IV 
MUS438Chorus IV 
MUS439Jazz Band IV 
MUS446Jazz Improvisation IV 

Ethnomusicology & Popular Music

MUS270Introduction to Ethnomusicology (WI)* 
Ethnomusicology & Popular Music Elective (choose one) 
MUS250African-American Music (WI) 
MUS253History of Jazz (WI) 
MUS254History of Rock 
MUS278Art & Sound of Video Games** 
MUS279History of Hip-Hop (WI)*** 
MUS301American Musical Theatre (WI)**** 
MUS453Globalization of Jazz 
MUS455History of Film Music 

Western Music History

MUS350Middle Ages to Baroque Era 
MUS351Classical and Romantic Eras 

Senior Requirement

MUS490Senior Recital (WI) 
Credit Total 
Total Music Program Credits50 
Total Core Curriculum Credits33-36 
Total Free Elective Credits34-37 
Total credits for BA in Music120 

*MUS 270 is cross listed with ANTH 270. Either course will be accepted.

**MUS 278 is cross listed with FA278. Either course will be accepted.

***MUS 279 is cross listed with HIST 279. Either course will be accepted.

****MUS 301 is cross listed with TA 301. Either course will be accepted.