Music

  • Lise Keiter, department head
    Sharon Barnes, Johanna Beaver, Kathleen Bell, Timothy Duncan, Pamela Fox, Lynne Mackey, Tonya Menard, Anne Wick, Erin Murphy, David Tate

    The music department offers a Major in Performing Arts with a Concentration in Music, a Minor in Music, and introductory courses and electives for more casual music enthusiasts. In all its offerings, the department is committed to the exploration of music within the context of the liberal arts. Vocal, keyboard, and selected instrumental instruction is available to all students at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. The Mary Baldwin Choir has an active schedule and is open to all students by audition, as are other vocal and instrumental ensembles.

  • Requirements for the Major in Performing Arts with a Concentration in Music

    Core requirements: (24.5–25.5 s.h.)

    MUS 100 or MUS 226
    MUS 105 or MUS 111
    Three credits of Music Electives (Students are highly encouraged to fulfill these with Applied Music Lessons and/or ensemble)
    THEA 114
    THEA 121 or THEA 111
    THEA 105, THEA 110, FILM 119, or 3 s.h. of THEA 210
    One of the following: PHE 140, PHE 144A, PHE 146,  PHE 147, PHE 148,  PHE 149, or PHE 150.
    Introduction to the Performing Arts
    THEA 401, MUS 401, or FILM 401: Senior Project

    Concentration in Music

    Fulfillment of core requirements.

    From the core choose:

    MUS 100
    MUS 111
    MUS 226 (or another Music History course at the 200- or 300-level)
    MUS 401

    Additional requirements (14-16 s.h.)

    *MUS 112
    *MUS 211
    At least one Music History course at the 300 level (3 s.h.)
    At least 2 semesters of Applied Music Lessons (3-6 s.h.)
    At least 2 semesters of Music Ensemble (3 s.h.)

    Also Recommended:

    At least 1 semester of Foreign Language.
    At least 2 semesters of Applied Piano (if Piano is not the student’s Primary instrument) (2 s.h.)

    (Please see the Performing Arts Section of the Catalog for more information about the Performing Arts Major.) 

    Major in Arts Management with a Concentration in Music

    Please see Arts Management

    *Music Majors who entered Mary Baldwin prior to August 2016 should consult the 2015–2016 Catalog for a list of requirements.

    Requirements for the Minor in Music

    20–23 s.h.
    MUS 100
    MUS 111
    MUS 112
    Concentration requirements (see below)

    General Concentration
    All core requirements for the minor in music
    At least two three-credit courses at the 200- or 300-level
    A minimum of four semesters of Applied Lessons, MUS 106, and/or MUS 108

    Performance Concentration
    All core requirements for the minor in music
    A formal audition by spring semester of the sophomore year
    A minimum of six credit hours of Applied Lessons
    MUS 302
    At least two additional three-credit courses at the 200- or 300-level

    Music Education Minor

    Please see Music Education in the College of Education section.

  • Civic Engagement Opportunities

    • Performing in the community, as part of one of the music department’s ensembles
    • Sharing talents with the community, through the Senior Project
    • Engaging with community members who attend on-campus concerts.
  • 100 Introduction to Listening (3 s.h.) (A)
    A general introduction to western music from Gregorian Chant to the 21st century, as well as world music, jazz, and other popular styles, designed to refine the student’s listening skills and enjoyment. Emphasis will be on guided analytical listening to selected works by major composers. No previous musical experience is expected.

    105 Fundamentals of Music (3 s.h.) (A)
    An introduction to the structure of tonal music intended for the student with little or no formal musical training. Students will learn the basics of reading music, and have an introduction to the keyboard, and to aural skills training. This course is recommended for teacher licensure or for students who wish to take MUS 111. (This course is not open to students who have passed Music 111 or the equivalent.)

    106 Mary Baldwin Choir (1 s.h.)
    A large performing ensemble open to all Mary Baldwin students. The choir activities include a spring tour and occasional concerts with area men’s choruses. Can be repeated for credit.

    108 Chamber Music Ensembles (credit varies)
    Admission by audition. Can be repeated for credit. Ensembles include Baldwin Charm, Bella Voce, Flute Ensemble, String Ensemble, and chamber groups. Singers for Baldwin Charm and Bella Voce are selected by audition from the Mary Baldwin Choir. (Choir membership is a requirement for participation in either small vocal ensemble.)

    111, 112 Music Theory I and II (4 s.h. each) (A: 111 only)
    These courses examine the role of harmonic material in tonal music, viewed in several ways: harmonization exercises, analysis, and short compositions. There is a lab component, which will emphasize aural skills and sightsinging. Required for the major or minor. *Prerequisite: Familiarity with notation of pitch and rhythm and/or MUS 105.

    Applied Lessons (1–2 s.h.)
    Individual voice, piano, and selected instrumental lessons are available to all students, on a space available basis, regardless of present level of ability and prior music experience. Normally, approved majors and minors take Primary Applied Lessons (200-level, two credits, and 60-minute lessons), and most other students should take Elective Applied Lessons (100-level, one credit, 30-minute lessons). Students with questions about their status should consult the music department. Fees: 12, 30-minute lessons, $230; 12, 60-minute lessons, $450. Reduced fee for approved majors or minors: 12, 30-minute lessons, $130; 12, 60-minute lessons, $195. (Reduced fees are based on certification by the music department at the beginning of each semester.) Students should consult their teachers about which course is appropriate for them.

    120, 260 Applied Piano (credit varies)

    121, 261 Applied Voice (credit varies)
    Priority for Applied Voice will be given first to majors or minors and then to students registered for MUS 106 (Mary Baldwin Choir). All students in Applied Voice are required to enroll in MUS 106.

    123, 263 Applied Violin (credit varies)

    124, 264 Applied Flute (credit varies)

    125, 265 Applied Cello (credit varies)

    127, 267 Applied Guitar (credit varies)

    128, 268 Applied Viola (credit varies)

    141 Diction for Singers (2 s.h.)
    The course will include the application of the International Phonetic Alphabet, mainly to the study of Italian, English, German, and French song literature. There will be a brief study of its application to Spanish and Latin texts. Diction problems applicable to all song literature will be discussed.

    151 History of Jazz (3 s.h.) (D)
    An examination of jazz as both a musical and sociological phenomenon; we will focus on the musical developments that resulted in jazz, the major jazz styles from New Orleans to the present, and musicians who have strongly influenced these styles.

    200, 300 Topics in Music History (credit varies)
    One or more course topics will be chosen from such areas as: J. S. Bach, American Music, the Art Song, World Music, and Chamber Music Literature.

    210 Accompanying (1 s.h.)
    This course is for piano students. Each student will accompany voice or instrumental students in a performance. *Prerequisites: advanced piano skills and permission of instructor.

    211, 212 Music Theory III and IV (3 s.h. each)
    These courses are a continuation of MUS 111–112. Students will develop analytical techniques appropriate for the major styles and genres of western music, from Gregorian chant to the present, with attention as well to the historical and cultural foundation of these techniques. Focus will be on analysis projects, composition, and aural skills. Required for music majors. *Prerequisite: MUS 112 or permission of instructor.

    217 Choral Conducting (3 s.h.)
    Choral conducting is the choreography of sound. In addition, it is the art of teaching and communicating through verbal and gestural technique. The major goal of this course is to secure for the student the fundamental skills necessary for success as a conductor and teacher. Required for Music Education students.

    218, 318 Women in Music (3 s.h.) (G: both 218 and 318)
    This course will examine the rich history of women’s involvement with music as composers, performers, listeners, patrons, critics, and objects of musical representation. This course includes examples drawn from western civilization, popular music, and world music.

    223, 323 Piano Literature (3 s.h. each) (A: 223 only; W: 323 only)
    A survey of the music, history, and performance technique of the keyboard from the Baroque to the 21st century. Individual works will be selected for listening, discussion and limited analysis. Emphasis will be on both live and recorded performances. Reading knowledge of music recommended. *Recommended background: MUS 100.

    226, 326 Music and the Theatre (3 s.h. each) (A: 226 only)
    An introduction to the opera and related theatre music from their origins to the 21st century. Well known operas by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, and Strauss will be treated in lectures and audio and video recordings. If possible, a field trip to hear an operatic performance will be scheduled. *Recommended background: MUS 100.

    301 Junior Recital (1 s.h.)
    The Junior Recital is a half-recital (25–35 minutes) that music majors with performance emphasis present in their junior year. Students should consult the “Guide to Recitals.” *Prerequisite: Students must have passed the major audition and have junior standing.

    302 Minor Recital (1 s.h.)
    The Minor Recital is a half-recital (25–35 minutes) that music minors with performance concentration present in their junior or senior year. Students should consult the “Guide to Recitals.” *Prerequisite: Students must have passed their minor audition and have at least junior standing.

    310 Music Education in the Elementary School (3 s.h.)
    This course will give students a foundation for teaching music at the elementary level. Observation and participation in public school classrooms will be arranged to integrate teaching theory and practice. The course will introduce standard methods and materials appropriate for teaching general and vocal/choral music, including Orff and Kodaly systems, recorder, and autoharp. *Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

    311 Music Education in the Secondary School (3 s.h.)
    This course will give students a foundation for teaching music at the middle and high school levels. Observation and participation in public school classrooms will be arranged to integrate teaching theory and practice. This course is directed toward the vocal music educator and will cover choral direction methods, materials, and strategies. *Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

    315 History of Western Music to 1700 (3 s.h.)
    A survey of western music from antiquity to the Baroque. The major emphasis will be on aural recognition of the various musical styles current during the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras. *Prerequisite: MUS 100.

    316 History of Western Music from 1700 to the Present (3 s.h.)
    A survey of western music from the late Baroque to the present. As in MUS 315, primary emphasis will be on aural recognition of the major styles of the last 400 years. *Prerequisite: MUS 100.

    400 Senior Seminar (3 s.h.)
    This seminar will focus on developing writing and research techniques appropriate to the field of music.

    401 Senior Recital (3 s.h.) (M)
    The Senior Recital is a full recital (40–55 minutes) that majors with performance emphasis present in their senior year. Students should consult the “Guide to Recitals.” *Prerequisite: Students must have passed the major audition and have senior standing.

    402 Senior Thesis (3 s.h.) (M)
    The senior thesis affords students the opportunity to conduct a large-scale, independent research project. This will include a proposal, bibliography, a 30-page thesis (at least one component of which must discuss or analyze music), and a final defense.

    Note: Directed inquiries, teaching assistantships, and internships in music can be arranged on an individual basis.