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Requirements

Students also have additional requirements to complete within the School of Music, including recital attendance and performance.

Music and Worship students should enroll in MUS 160 the spring semester of their freshman year. Transfer students should enroll in MUS 160 their first spring semester on campus.

Courses

Course Legend:
F = Offered every fall, S = Offered every spring
Fr = Freshman, So = Sophomore, Jr = Junior, Sr = Senior

Music Major (B.M.) Course Requirements85-101 units
School of Music Requirements for All Majors46-57 units
Piano Proficiency Courses (if needed)0–6 units
Music (B.A.), Music and Worship (B.M.), and Music Performance (B.M.) majors need 0–4 units; Music Composition (B.M.) and Commercial Music (B.M.) majors need 0–6 units.
MUS 103
Beginning Piano Class
1
MUS 104
Elementary Piano Class
1
MUS 105
Intermediate Piano Class
1
MUS 106
Advanced – Intermediate Piano Class
1
MUS 107
Advanced – Intermediate Piano Class
1
MUS 108
Advanced Piano Class
1
MUS 121
Music Theory I* (F) (Fr, So)
3
MUS 122
Music Theory II (S) (Fr, So)
3
MUS 133
Practical Musicianship I (F) (Fr, So)
1
MUS 134
Practical Musicianship II (S) (Fr, So)
1
MUS 210
Performance Forum (F/S) (all years)
(Eight semesters continuous enrollment required)
0
MUS 217
Practical Musicianship III (F) (Fr, So)
1
MUS 220
Practical Musicianship IV (S) (Fr, So)
1
MUS 221
Music Theory III (F) (Fr, So)
3
MUS 222
Music Theory IV (S) (Fr, So)
3
MUS 296
Introduction to Music Technology (F/S) (Fr)
2
MUS 352
Baroque, Classical, and Early Romantic Music Literature** (F/S) (Jr)
3
MUS 361
Introduction to Conducting (F) (Jr)
2
MUS 441
Music in Worship (F/S) (Jr,Sr)
3
MUS 455
Late Romantic and 20th-Century Music Literature^ (S) (Sr)
3
MUS 101
Beginning Voice Class^^^
1
- or -
MUS 102
Intermediate Voice Class^^^
1
MUS 350
History and Literature of Commercial Music (F) (Jr)
(for B.M. in Commercial Music only)
3
- or -
MUS 351
Ancient, Renaissance, and World Music Literature (F) (Jr)
3
MUS 362
Choral Conducting (S) (Jr)
2
- or -
MUS 363
Instrumental Conducting (S) (Sr)
2
Applied Music
Must be in one area. Must be enrolled in applied lessons each semester until degree is completed. Minimum of 8 units (F/S)
8 units
Ensemble Requirement4–8 units

In each of eight semesters as a music major, a student must meet the designated performance requirements as listed per major (see specific chart on major pages). Transfer students must participate each semester until they graduate or accumulate eight semesters. Membership in multiple ensembles in a given semester counts as only one semester toward the ensemble requirement.

General Education Options

There are specific General Education options and requirements for the music major (B.M.), and these vary between the composition, commercial music, music and worship, and performance areas. Please contact the School of Music at (626) 815-3848 or schoolofmusic@apu.edu.

Performance Forum

Music majors must be continuously enrolled in MUS 210 Performance Forum (may discontinue after eight semesters). Transfer students must enroll in MUS 210 and an approved ensemble every semester in attendance, up to eight semesters.

*Meets a General Education core requirement.
***Meets the Upper-division Writing Intensive requirement.
^Not required for Commercial Music majors
^^12 units (minimum 8 in one area) required for Commercial Music majors
^^^Waived for Commercial Music majors, Vocal Performance Track

Music and Worship Emphasis43–45 units
Music and Worship Core Requirements33 units
MIN 206
Introduction to Practical Theology
3
MINC 318
Theology and Practice of Ministry
3
MIN 401
Christian Ministry Internship I
3
MIN 402
Christian Ministry Internship II
3
MUS 160
Introduction to Music and Worship Ministry
3
MUS 202
Singing the Faith
3
MUS 203
Languages of Worship
3
MUS 323
Arranging I
3
MUS 367
Technology for Worship
3
MUS 375
Worship Arts Development and Administration
3
MUS 376
Worship Design
3
MUS 447
Church Music and Worship I
2
MUS 454
Church Music and Worship Internship II
2
Select one of the following:
MUS 102
Intermediate Voice Class
1
MUS 118
Semi-Private Voice
1
MUS XXX
Applied Voice
1
Concentrations10-12 units

Beyond core requirements for the university, the School of Music, and the music and worship major, students choose a concentration based on their primary interests. The choice of concentration enables the student to begin preparing for post-baccalaureate work in related music ministry fields and affords the student an opportunity to work in settings that accentuate his/her strengths, abilities, and passions.

Students must select one of the concentrations listed below.

Senior Seminar

All music and worship major students should select from MIN 496, MUS 496, THEO 496, or UBBL 496 for their Senior Seminar requirement.

Performance Ensembles

In each of eight semesters as a music major, a student must meet the designated performance requirements as listed per major (see specific chart above). Transfer students must participate each semester until they graduate or accumulate eight semesters. Membership in multiple ensembles in a given semester counts as only one semester toward the ensemble requirement.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with this major, students must:

  1. Pass the piano proficiency exam or maintain continuous enrollment in MUS 103–108 Piano Class until proficiency is met.
  2. Complete testing and evaluation as required by the Department of Practical Theology for the coursework in Christian ministry.
  3. Earn a C or above in all music and worship core requirements and concentrations. Otherwise, the course must be repeated until a C or above is earned.
  4. Earn a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in all coursework.
  5. Meet all other university and School of Music requirements for graduation.
Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.