Feb 19, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Music

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Telephone: (302) 831-2577
Faculty Listing: https://www.music.udel.edu/who-we-are/faculty-and-staff

Department Overview

In the Department of Music, performers, educators, scholars, and creators of music collaborate to achieve the highest levels of artistry while engaging local, regional, and global communities. We seek to provide optimal resources for significant musical growth through departmental ensembles, private study, and academic music courses available to the general student and others of the University community. We provide opportunities for cultural enrichment to the University, regional, national, and international communities, as well as leadership and support to music educators and other professional musicians in the region. To learn more about the mission of the Department of Music, please visit: https://www.music.udel.edu/who-we-are/mission

The Department of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Majors & Minors

The curricula for undergraduate students majoring in music lead to the degrees Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts. The programs in the degree Bachelor of Music are directed to those who intend to become professional musicians. They offer opportunities to major in Music Education, Composition, Music Theory, Music History and Literature, or Applied Music (band or orchestral instruments, piano, classical guitar, and voice). The degree Bachelor of Arts offers the opportunity for professional study in music within a liberal arts context. The degree Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Music Management Studies provides additional opportunities preparing students for administrative careers within the nonprofit and for-profit sectors of the music industry. All programs in music provide effective preparation for graduate study.

A minor in Music is available in Applied Music, Composition (for music majors only), Musical Studies, Jazz Studies, or Music Management Studies.

The Applied Music minor is for non-Music majors with some musical background who wish to continue their musical training on a more formal basis or music majors who wish to receive formal training on an additional instrument. Places in the Minor program are dependent upon the total load of the applied faculty member involved. Admission into the Applied Music minor is determined by audition and musicality testing. This title represents all Applied Music minors, the actual titles of which include the name of the instrument of study (e.g. Applied Music-Bassoon). List of Applied Music minors can be obtained from the Department or the Academic Advisor.

The Music Minor - Composition is designed for the Music major who has a strong interest in musical composition. Admission to the minor requires approval, based on an interview and the submission of three sample scores.

The Music Minor in Jazz Studies offers a concentrated study of the history, theory, and performance elements of the field of jazz. It is directed towards two groups of students: (1) The non-Music major who desires a focused study of jazz and its performance techniques; (2) Music Majors who wish to round out their education in music with a structured study of jazz. For this group, the Minor is an important component in a comprehensive education in Music.

The minor in Music Management Studies examines the theory and practice of core principles in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors of music. It is intended for Music majors who wish to broaden the scope of their studies and enhance their career options, and for non-Music majors with a foundation in music who wish to develop executive careers within the music industry. Students interested in the minor in Music Management Studies are strongly urged to seek advisement from the Music Department upon admission to the University and not later than their sophomore year.

The Musical Studies minor is for non-Music majors who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of the history and theory of music. No audition is required for admission into the Musical Studies minor.

Department Policies

Entering majors are expected to demonstrate a high level of musical achievement and aptitude. Music majors entering in the fall semester are required to take a variety of placement auditions and music theory assessments near the beginning of the semester. These students should visit the department website for more information about these dates and requirements (https://www.music.udel.edu/prospective-students/auditions/undergraduate-auditions) and contact the Admission Coordinator (musicadmissions@udel.edu ) with questions. Acceptance to the University does not indicate acceptance as a music major. Students who transfer from accredited colleges are placed in appropriate levels of music theory, literature, and applied music according to the results of transfer credit assessments and placement tests given at the time of transfer.

Part-time music majors must have the permission of the Department Chair to enroll for private study.

Credit for large ensembles, as required by various curricula, is given only for participation during the fall and spring semesters. Bachelor of Music majors are required to complete a Sophomore Review at the end of the fourth semester of study. Passing the Sophomore Review is required before continuing to the upper-level music major courses. Detailed information about these and other aspects of curricular policy is published in the Department’s Student Handbook, available online at http://www.music.udel.edu/about-us/currentstudents/studenthandbook/Pages/default.aspx.

Opportunities For Non-Majors

For the general University undergraduate, the Department offers courses in the fundamentals of music, music literature, and class study of voice and guitar. All courses in the Department are available to any University student who meets course and department prerequisites. Some music courses may be taken as partial fulfillment of Breadth requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences. Private study is also available to freshmen in the University Honors Program and to other non-Music majors, on a space-available basis, through the Merit Private Study Program. Auditions for these programs are held during the weekend  before the first day of class of the academic year by arrangement with the Department office. A variety of performing organizations are available to all University students: marching band, wind and jazz ensembles, orchestra, choral groups, the early music ensemble, opera workshop, steel band, and various chamber ensembles.


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