The Bachelor of Music program consists of ★122, including ★65 of core music requirements, ★24 in one of the five Bachelor of Music majors, and ★33 of non-music requirements. In two of these majors, Liturgical Arts and Musical Arts, a minor is required; in the other three majors, Piano, Voice, and Comprehensive, a minor is optional. The minor consists of a minimum of ★18 in one discipline or approved interdisciplinary area, including at least ★12 at the senior level. A student should be aware that it may not be possible to complete certain combinations of majors and minors without extending the time required to earn the degree.
Students registered in a BMus program must complete at least 60 senior credits offered by the Augustana Faculty. However,
- Language or other study abroad may, with special permission of the Associate Dean, Academics, count toward the residence requirement
- An exception to this may be granted to students already holding a BA or BSc who can transfer sufficient credits from their first degree to be able to complete the requirements of the Bachelor of Music degree in fewer than ★60. Normally in such cases at least the final ★45 must be completed at Augustana.
Five majors are available in the Bachelor of Music degree program: Piano, Voice, Comprehensive, Liturgical Arts, Musical Arts:
A student whose primary career interest is to perform and teach piano or voice would choose one of these majors. Professional employment as, for example, a soloist, chorister, accompanist, chamber musician, or teacher, is a possibility for a graduate seeking a career as a music performer. Along with independent freelance career opportunities, a degree with either of these majors can also lead to a career as professor in music performance in a college, university, or conservatory. These majors require high artistic standards, include courses specific to piano and voice in literature and pedagogy, and provide for a broadly-based music education with advanced studies in music theory and music history. Four years of ensembles (choral/instrumental and chamber) are required.
A student who seeks intensive studies in an instrument or voice, variety in music options, and advanced studies in music history, theory, and ensembles, should consider this major. It is suitable for the student desiring to prepare for a career as, for example, a professional wind, brass, or string player, a choral or instrumental conductor, an arts administrator, or a professional librarian. Like the Bachelor of Arts degree in music, this major enables the student to enter graduate studies in more specific fields such as music theory, music history, ethnomusicology, and popular music studies. If the student enrols in third- and fourth-year recital courses, this degree may facilitate entry into performance-based graduate programs as well.
A student considering professional employment as a church musician, or considering graduate studies, may designate this major at the end of the second year of full-time studies (or part-time equivalent). The major emphasizes performance-oriented study in organ, piano, or voice, advanced music history and theory, ensembles, and advanced conducting skills. Studies in liturgical arts, work-experience practica, a required minor in Religion, and other courses from the liberal arts and sciences, provide for a scholarly understanding of and a creative approach to ritual.
A student desiring a performance-intensive emphasis in an instrument or voice and wishing to prepare for innovative, emerging research areas and musical professions, would choose this major. It provides for a liberalized curriculum that combines the strong performance emphasis and scholarly breadth of a Bachelor of Music, the requirements for a minor in another discipline, and interdisciplinary research on the relationships between the two disciplines. This is the most unique and "cutting-edge" of the Bachelor of Music majors. A student may apply for this major at the end of two-years - full-time study or part-time equivalent.
See Augustana Faculty . Each student must complete the Music Theory Placement Exam (MTPE); a student who scores lower than 70% must register in AUMUS 100 . For further information about entrance into the Music program, contact the Department of Fine Arts and Humanities, Augustana Faculty.
The minimum of ★122 required during the program is drawn from three areas: Core Music Requirements, Additional Music Requirements According to Major, and Non-Music Requirements.
Core Music Requirements (★65):
A common core of music courses and requirements is required of every student enrolled in the Bachelor of Music program.
- Passing grade in the Keyboard Skills Proficiency Examination (KSPE).
- Successful completion of the Recital Attendance Requirement (RAR). Every student is required to attend a minimum of 10 recitals or concerts held at Augustana each year, with a minimum of 40 recitals or concerts required for graduation.
- A student who fails to achieve at least a C+ standing in a primary instrument or voice at the end of an academic year will be required to withdraw from the Bachelor of Music program. Each student's progress will be reviewed annually.
- A student beyond first year who fails to achieve an academic average of at least 2.3 will be required to withdraw from the Bachelor of Music program. Each student's progress will be reviewed annually.
Music Performance (★24)
- Applied Music, solo instruments and/or voice (★18); at least ★16 and fourth-year status in one instrument or in voice. Note: Consult Department of Fine Arts and Humanities for details.
- Choral Ensembles (★6): The Augustana Choir, Sangkor, or encore. A student may substitute these credits with those from instrumental chamber ensembles only with permission of both the director of The Augustana Choir and the Conservatory Administrator.
Music History and Literature, Music in Society (★18):
Theoretical and Analytical Studies, Musicianship Skills (★21.5) credits:
Music Studies and Information Literacy (★1.5):
Additional Music Requirements According to Major (★24):
In addition to the Core Music Requirements (★65) listed above, additional courses are required in each major:
Non-Music Requirements (★33 minimum):
Non-Music Required Courses: ★12
Non-Music Option Courses: ★21-24
- All majors require a minimum of ★21 of non-Music options, except for the Musical Arts major which requires ★24.
- When choosing non-Music options, the student is encouraged to select non-music courses from liberal arts and sciences core categories which have not been covered through music courses.
- A maximum of ★12 in specialized professional courses is allowed in terms of non-Music options.
A Voice major student must include AUDRA 144 .
A Liturgical Arts major student must complete a minor in Religion (★18). For remaining credits, the student is also encouraged to consider Drama and Art courses as well as those which examine aspects related to Christianity (e.g., AUENG 231 /AUENG 331 , AUENG 239 /AUENG 339 , AUENG 301, AUIDS 250, AUPHI 357 , AUPHI 358 , AUSOC 103 , AUSOC 283 ).
A Musical Arts major student must complete a minor in another discipline (★18). For available minors see Programs .
Additional Information for Students
A student considering graduate studies is encouraged to take option courses that examine cultural and critical theory.
A student considering graduate studies should note that certain graduate programs require a reading knowledge of one or more of French, German, and Italian.
A student should prepare to pass the Keyboard Skills Proficiency Examination (KSPE) before third year.
Senior music courses are often offered in alternate years only.
Recommended first-year program:
- ★4-6: applied music.
- ★3: ensembles.
Recommended second-year program includes:
- ★4-6: applied music.
- ★3: ensembles.
★3-6: non-Music option(s) or remaining credits from
Recommended third- and fourth-year programs include:
- ★6 additional credits of Music courses in Music History and Literature, Music in Society at the 300- or 400-level as approved by the Department of Fine Arts and Humanities.
- All additional credits as specified under the Bachelor of Music requirements listed above.