Music Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences
Music Major

The major in music is a program that provides a foundation of music studies in music theory, music history/literature, applied music, ensemble performance, orchestration, and conducting, and from which a student may pursue specific interests through the completion of additional advanced music course work. The degree culminates in the presentation of a thirty-minute lecture recital typically given during the Junior or Senior year.

Required Applied Music and Recital Courses

Total of 10 semester hours

MUS 14xx Applied Music: Principal Instrument (2-2)
MUS 24xx Applied Music: Principal Instrument (2-2)
(Applied Music course numbers are determined by the instrument studied. See course listings below for specific course numbers.)
MUS 3900 Junior Lecture Recital (2)

Required Music Theory Courses

Total of 14-16 semester hours

MUSI 1551 Music Theory I 3 hours
MUSI 1552 Aural Skills I 1 hour
MUSI 1553 Music Theory II 3 hours
MUSI 1554 Aural Skills II 1 hour
MUSI 2551 Music Theory III 3 hours
MUSI 2552 Aural Skills III 1 hour
MUSI 2553 Music Theory IV 3 hours
MUSI 2554 Aural Skills IV 1 hour
Total: 16 hours


Required Applied Music Secondary/Piano Courses

Total of 2 semester hours

MUSI 1252 Intermediate Class Piano 1 hour
MUSI 2251 Advanced Class Piano 1 hour
Total: 2 hours

*A passing grade in Class Piano courses is contingent upon successful completion of the Division of Music Piano Proficiency Exam administered in each Class Piano course. Music majors who study piano as their principal instrument must complete two hours of Applied Music study on a secondary instrument in lieu of the required Class Piano courses (chosen from MUS 1231, MUS 1265, or MUS 13xx [1311-1371]).

Required Music History Courses

Total of 9 semester hours

MUSI 3038 Popular and World Music 3 hours
MUSI 4531 Music History I 3 hours
MUSI 4532 Music History II 3 hours
Total: 9 hours


Required Ensemble Participation

Ensemble participation each semester is made in consultation with and discretion of the Division of Music faculty. A minimum of 4 credit hours in ensemble participation is required. A minimum of 2 hours of ensemble credit must be earned at the upper division level (completed during the Junior or Senior years). Two hours of ensemble credit must be earned in large ensembles; 2 hours of ensemble credit must be earned in small ensembles. Enrollment in a minimum of one ensemble is required each term of residence. Vocal principals are to participate in Concert Choir every semester in residence. Instrumental majors in the Teacher Education Program are to participate in Marching Highland Cavaliers every fall semester in residence.

Large ensembles: Highland Winds, Concert Choir, Marching Band, Highland Chorale

Small ensembles: Wind Ensemble, Highland Cavalier Pep Band, Jazz Ensemble, Bluegrass Ensemble,
Highland Singers, Madrigal Choir, Men’s Vocal Ensemble, Women’s Vocal Ensemble, Chamber Music Ensemble

Required Orchestration and Conducting Courses

MUSI 3651 Orchestration and Arranging 2 hours
MUSI 3520 Beginning Conducting 2 hours


Required Music Elective Hours

Students must select from MUS 3000 or 4000 level courses (lower division music electives accepted with Division of Music approval); or elect the Teacher Education Program (TEP) or Professional Studies Curriculum in lieu of upper division music electives.

Music Departmental      
MUS 1001 Music Departmental
Attendance at weekly Music Departmental Meetings is required of all Music Majors. Seven semesters of successful completion of this course are required for graduation.

TOTAL, MUSIC MAJOR                                                               49-51

Note: Six hours of MUS course work may be used to fulfill the general education area IX; Arts and area X; Humanities.

Admission to the Program

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences-Music Major must be admitted by an audition for the Division of Music faculty. Contact the Division of Music for specific audition requirements for your instrument, including appropriate scales or rudiments. Accompanists for the audition are not provided by the College, although the student may audition with recorded accompaniment. The Division of Music will arrange specific audition dates each spring semester, but students may also be permitted, with approval of the Division, to audition at other times. Live auditions are preferred, but in instances where a live audition is not possible, a recorded audition will be accepted.

Students provisionally admitted by recorded audition may be asked to audition live upon their arrival to campus for formal admission into the program.

Upon acceptance to the program and prior to enrollment in MUS course work, Music majors will complete entrance examinations in Music Theory, Piano. Students with deficiencies in these areas may be required to complete some or all of the following course work prior to enrolling in MUS 1551/1553 (Music

Theory I/Aural Skills I), MUS 1252 (Intermediate Class Piano):

  • MUS 1010 – Introduction to Music Reading (3 hours): required of students who need preparatory work in piano or music fundamentals. Credit earned in MUS 1010 does not count toward the Music major. Hours may, however, be counted toward the General Education Humanities or Arts requirements.
  • MUS 1251 – Beginning Class Piano (1 hour): required of students who read music, but who do not have basic piano skills. Credit earned in MUS 1251 does not count toward the Music major. Hours may, however, be counted toward the General Education Humanities or Arts requirements. Students with exceptional experience in the areas of Music Theory, Piano, and Music Literature may be exempted, upon examination, from certain courses within the Music major curriculum. Students who exempt required courses by examination will be permitted to substitute elective courses in music in fulfillment of theirdegree requirements.
  • MUS 2030 – Music Appreciation (3 hours): required of students who need preparatory work in Music Literature. Credit earned in MUS 2030 does not count toward the Music major. Hours may, however, be counted toward the General Education Humanities or Arts requirements.

Students with exceptional experience in the areas of Music Theory, Piano, and Music Literature may be exempted, upon examination, from certain courses within the Music major curriculum. Students who exempt required courses by examination will be permitted to substitute elective courses in music in fulfillment of their degree requirements.

Freshman and Sophomore Evaluations

At the conclusion of two semesters of applied music study in both MUS 14xx and 24xx (course numbers determined by the instrument studied), students will be juried by the Division of Music faculty to determine their eligibility for advancement in applied music study and/or performance of the Junior Lecture Recital. The Freshman Evaluation, which follows the completion of the second semester of MUS14xx: Applied Music: Principal, consists of the performance of two pieces of contrasting style for the Division of Music faculty as well as appropriate rudiments and/or scales on the student’s instrument. Academic progress in music courses will also be reviewed. Music majors who, at the conclusion of two semesters of study

in MUS 14xx, do not demonstrate, in the faculty’s opinion, suitable progress in solo performance or have not completed required preparatory course work in MUS 1010 or MUS 2030 mandated by their entrance exams will not be permitted to enroll in MUS 24xx until such deficiencies have been remedied. Students may, at the faculty’s discretion, continue to enroll in MUS 14xx on a space-available basis, but credit earned in MUS 14xx beyond two-semesters of study is not applicable toward the music hours required for the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences Music major.

The Sophomore Evaluation, which follows the completion of the second semester of MUS 24xx: Applied Music: Principal, consists of the performance of a minimum of ten minutes of music suitable for the Junior Lecture Recital as well as the review of academic progress in music course work. Music majors who, at the conclusion of two semesters of study in MUS 24xx, do not demonstrate, in the faculty’s opinion, suitable progress in solo performance or who have not successfully completed MUS 1551, MUS 1552, MUS 1553, and MUS 1554 will not be permitted to enroll in MUS 3900 or MUS 34xx until such deficiencies have been remedied. Students may, at the faculty’s discretion, continue to enroll in MUS 24xx on a space-available basis, but credit earned in MUS 24xx beyond two-semesters of study is not applicable toward the music hours required for the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences Music major. Students who have successfully completed the Sophomore Evaluation may enroll in one or two semesters of MUS 34xx (course number determined by the instrument studied) in preparation for the

Junior Lecture Recital, if necessary, but hours earned will not count toward the Applied Music/Recital requirements. Hours earned in MUSI 34xx may be counted as general music electives.

Junior Lecture Recital

The Junior Lecture Recital serves as the “capstone” for the Music major. The Lecture Recital is a minimum forty minute presentation to be divided equally among performance of repertoire of an appropriate degree of difficulty for Junior-level undergraduate music majors and the historical and analytical criticism of that repertoire in a lecture format. The Lecture component of the recital must present a clear thesis explored by the student’s historical and analytical comments and reinforced by the student’s musical performance. The scholarly and technological expectations of the Lecture Recital are outlined in the Division of Music Applied Music syllabi.

Teacher Licensure in Music

All majors in music seeking license to teach with an endorsement in music, Pre-K-12, must complete the following 38 hours of course work in fulfillment of their upper division music elective. To be recommended by the Division of Music to the Teacher Education Program (TEP), a student must have a 3.0 grade point average in all music course work completed at UVa-Wise, with a minimum of 24 credits in music courses taken at the College. (Those students whose grade point average in music course work is below 3.0 but above 2.5 may be considered for recommendation to the TEP, if there are special circumstances warranting such consideration. A request for special consideration must be submitted to the Division of Music in writing). For additional requirements and information relative to the TEP, please contact the Director of Teacher Education.

Select 3 hours from the following Instrumental Techniques: 3 hours

  • MUS 2511 Instrumental Techniques: Brass (1)
  • MUS 2512 Instrumental Techniques: Percussion (1)
  • MUS 2513 Instrumental Techniques: Strings (1)
  • MUS 2514 Instrumental Techniques: Woodwinds (1)

(Area of applied principal instrument may be taken, but is not accepted as part of a student’s BA- Music degree requirements.)

Select one of the following conducting courses: 3 hours

  • MUS 3521 Adv.Conducting and Literature: Choral (3)
  • MUS 3522 Adv.Conducting and Literature: Instrumental (3)

Required Music Education courses: 8 hours

  • MUS 4712 Elementary Music Education (3)
  • MUS 4786 or 4787 Secondary Methods: Choral or Instrumental (2)
  • MUS 4711 Classroom Management in Music (3)

TEP Music Course Electives:  3 hours
(selected in consultation with Music Faculty)

Professional Studies Requirement: 24 hours

  • EDU 2510 Foundations/Development of American Education (2)
  • EDU 3580 Reading and Language Arts in the Content Areas 6-12 (3)
  • EDU/PSY 3600 Human Growth and Development (3)
  • EDU 3690 Inclusion of Exceptional Children in the Regular Classroom (3)
  • EDU 4090 Foundations of Assessment (1)
  • EDU 4943 Teaching Internship, PreK-12 (12)

Note: The Teacher Education Program (TEP) fulfills the upper division music elective requirement for the music major.

Note: Six hours of MUS course work may be used to fulfill the general education area IX; Arts and area X; Humanities.

Minor in Music

Coordinator: Donald Sorah

The minor in music is designed to provide students with the opportunity to pursue music as a performing art and as an adjunct to the major academic field. It does not prepare students to teach music in the public schools. The minor in music is available only to those students who have a background in music performance as a soloist and/or member of an instrumental and choral organization at the high school and college level. Students electing the minor in music will be required to complete an instrumental, vocal, or piano solo entrance audition and examinations in basic musicianship. Scores on entrance examinations may allow the student to be exempted from some lower level requirements for the minor in music. Courses with a final grade less than C- will not count toward the minor in music.

The minor in music consists of 20 semester hours and will include:

The following lower division courses, designed to prepare the student to understand the concepts of basic musicianship, are to be completed prior to electing courses in applied music and music literature. These courses ensure a minimal piano proficiency and a basic to advanced understanding of music theory. The minimal piano proficiency is demonstrated by successful completion of MUS 1251 and/or the

Beginning Class Piano Proficiency Exam or, optionally, MUS 1252 and/or the Intermediate Class Piano Proficiency Exam. The proficiency in Music Theory is demonstrated by successful completion of MUS 1551/1552 and, optionally, MUS 1553/1554. Music minors must complete 8 semester hours chosen from the following courses in consultation with the music coordinator. Course selection will be made based on the student’s musical experience and abilities.

Six hours selected below in consultation with the music coordinator:

Choose two of the following courses based on musical experience: 6 semester hours
MUS 1010: Introduction to Music Reading (3)
MUS 1551: Music Theory I (3)
MUS 1553: Music Theory II (3)

Choose one of the following courses based on musical experience: 1 hour
MUS 1552: Aural Skills I (1)
MUI 1554: Aural Skills II (1)

Choose one of the following courses based on musical experience: 1 hour
MUS 1251: Beginning Class Piano (1)
MUS 1252: Intermediate Class Piano (1)

Two sequential semesters of Applied Music: 2 hours

MUS 13xx Applied Music Secondary: Piano, Organ, Voice
Woodwinds, Brass, Strings, Guitar, Percussion (may be repeated for credit)

Applied music secondary course numbers (1311-1365) are determined by the instrument studied. See course listing for specific course numbers.

Six hours of music history/literature courses: 6 hours

  • MUS 2030 Music Appreciation (3)

Plus one upper division MUS course selected from the following (3):

  • MUS 2032/3032 American Musical Theatre
  • MUS 2034/3034 Music in the United States
  • MUS 2035/3035 The History of Opera
  • MUS 2038/3038 Popular and World Music

Four hours of ensemble coursework: 4 hours
(all ensembles may be repeated for credit)

TOTAL, MUSIC MINOR                                                                                       20

Faculty & Staff

Coordinator: Donald SorahAssistant Professor of Music (High Brass)

Richard Galyean, Director of Bands, Instructor of Music (Low Brass)

Suzanna Masters, Instructor of Music (Woodwinds)

Hannah Wunsch Ryan, Assistant Professor of Music (Vocal/Choral)

Peter Ryan, Assistant Professor of Music (Piano/Music Theory)

Witold Wolny, Instructor of Music (Classical Guitar)

Amber Burke, Adjunct Instructor of Music (Voice)

Kelly Sorah, Adjunct Instructor of Music (Trombone)

Chris Rose, Adjunct Instructor of Music (Guitar)

Deata Trent, Staff Accompanist

Ben Cantrell, Adjunct Instructor of Music (Percussion)

Janean Freeman, Adjunct Instructor of Music (Voice)

D. Michael Donathan, Professor of Music Emeritus