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Bachelor of Music
Music Performance - Vocal Concentration

College of the Arts

Schwob School of Music

Program Description

The Bachelor of Music in Performance degree is for students who aspire to become professional performers. Students study privately under the direction of our artist-faculty and are held to the highest performance expectations, and classroom instruction with low student-to-teacher ratios in the core areas of music theory, ear training, and music history provide the fundamental background necessary for success as a well-rounded musician.

Students perform in our large ensembles (symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, choir, jazz band) as well as have the opportunity to grow through the chamber music experience each semester. These ensembles are coached by faculty and include multiple performance opportunities in our world-class facilities and throughout Columbus and the surrounding region. Celebrated guest artists from around the world come to the Schwob School of Music to teach and perform with and for our students. Students can also elect to take courses in areas that supplement their performing skills such as music business, audio technology, and body mapping, creating well-equipped performers for the 21st century marketplace.

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Music in Performance degree is for students who aspire to become professional performers.

  • music performance
  • production
  • studio instruction and related areas

Admission Requirements

Prospective music majors must demonstrate basic aptitude in a performance medium through a placement audition and interview. Transfer students should call the Schwob School for additional audition requirements.

Voice
Two contrasting art songs from memory sung in the original language or in English translation with piano accompaniment. Opera arias after the Classical period and musical theatre selections are not acceptable. You may bring a pianist, or an accompanist will be provided for you at a fee. Be prepared to sight read single line melodies (major and minor tonalities), chant/count rhythmic patterns, and sing aural memory passages. Transfer students are required to include a repertoire list of music studied at the college level.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate proficiency in vocal performance through the   preparation for and performance of a senior recital that exhibits effective artistic expression.
  • Demonstrate   competency in the application of knowledge of music theory through analysis and composition.
  • Demonstrate competency in fundamental musical knowledge and skills through analytical listening, sight-singing conducting, and functional piano skills.

  • Demonstrate an   understanding of the history of western music and the ability to place music in historical/cultural/stylistic contexts through the purposeful use of evidence, insightful reasoning, and supporting details.

Additional Program Requirements

In order to be accepted as a music major, each student must demonstrate aptitude in his/her major instrument or voice through a placement audition and interview with a member of the music faculty. All newly admitted music majors also must take placement examinations in music theory and piano. Music majors who take time off before completing degree requirements will be required to re-audition if they have missed a full academic year (fall and spring, or spring and fall).

Transfer students: Please note that placement in music courses is based on audition and testing results and not necessarily on previous college credit.

General Requirements

All music majors are required to attend all master classes in their major instrument and must perform at least once each semester in a recital or master class. All students enrolled in applied music must be concurrently enrolled in the major music ensemble activity that corresponds to their major instrument (Strings-Orchestra, Winds/Percussion – Wind Ensemble, Voice-Choral Ensemble).

Additional Requirements

Students must consult the Schwob School of Music Student Handbook for additional information on requirements for graduation.  The handbook may be found at https://music.columbusstate.edu/students/student_handbook_2015-16.pdf

Program Of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102
(with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:


Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4-5

COMM 1110
Select two of the following courses:

OR
Select one of the following courses: Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the extra hour may be used as an elective.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

Select one of the following fine arts courses: *ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.


Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 10-11
Select two science courses from the list below, one of which must include a lab.

Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:


Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 6

Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112

Take the following course:
POLS 1101

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3
PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.
Or
MUSC 1206 Body Mapping

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 24
A minimum grade of "C" or better is required in each of the following courses:

Take the following course four times:
MUSP 1090 Vocal Ensemble Activities

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 45
A minimum grade of "C" is required in each of the following courses:

Area H Language Component 15 Credits

Take one of the following two sequences:
FREN 1001/1002
(For students with fewer than two years of high school French)
FREN 1002/2001
(For students with two years of high school French)
Note: Student may substitute two semester hours in music electives if one of the above foreign languages is used for Area B.
Take one of the following two sequences:
GERM 1001/1002 (for students with fewer than two years of high school German)
GERM 1002/2001 (for students with two years of high school German)
Note: Student may substitute two semester hours in music electives if one of the above foreign languages is used for Area B.
MUSE 3241 English and Italian Diction
MUSE 3242 German Diction
MUSE 3243 French Diction

Total Hours Required: 123

4 Year Course Schedule

Suggested four year course schedule