Music (BA)


2019-2020 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2019 through 31 May 2020

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.


This program is offered by the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts/Department of Music, and is only available at the St. Louis home campus.

Program Description

The bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in music is designed for a broad understanding of the music discipline through the study of performance, music theory and music literature. The BA program allows a student to investigate diverse areas of music within a flexible curricular framework.

All students in the BA music degree program must complete a senior thesis.

Admission and Audition Requirements

To be admitted as an undergraduate music major or music minor, applicants must complete an in-person audition/interview with the music faculty and complete various diagnostic examinations. Auditions are arranged through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Specific information on the audition requirements for each music degree program is available from the department’s website. Priority consideration for performance scholarships is given to students who complete all admission requirements before February 28 of the application year.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 62-65 required credit hours
  • Applicable University Global Citizenship Program hours
  • Electives

Required Courses

Core Music Courses

  • MUSC 1010, MUSC 1020, MUSC 2010, MUSC 2020 Music Theory I-IV (12 hours)
  • MUSC 1810, MUSC 1820, MUSC 2810 Musicianship I-III (6 hours)
  • MUSC 2030, MUSC 2040 Survey of Music History I, II (6 hours)
  • MUSC 4700 Advanced Topics in Music (2-3 hours)
    (taken in junior or senior year only)

Performance Courses

  • MUSC 0890 Recital Attendance (six semesters required) (0 hours)
  • MUSC 2601, MUSC 2602, MUSC 2603, MUSC 2604, MUSC 2605, MUSC 3001, MUSC 3002, MUSC 3003, MUSC 3004, MUSC 3005 Applied Music (six semesters required) (12 hours)
  • MUSC 1080, MUSC 1085, MUSC 2001, MUSC 2501 Class or Applied Piano (2-4 hours)
    (minimum two semesters required)  

Major Ensemble
6 hours over 8 semesters to be selected from:

  • MUSC 4900 Webster University Concert Choir (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4910 Webster University Chamber Singers (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4920 Webster University Aurelia (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4940 Webster University Orchestra (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4955 Webster University Jazz Singers (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4960 Webster University Jazz Ensemble (combo) (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4980 Webster University Wind Ensemble (1 hour per semester)

Supportive Courses

  • MUSC 4040 Music of the Twentieth Century (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4450 World Music and Ethnomusicology (2 hours)
  • MUSC 4611, MUSC 4612, MUSC 4613, MUSC 4614 Thesis sequence (4 hours)
  • MUSC 4930 World Music Performance Ensemble (1 hour)

A minimum of 6 credit hours selected from:

  • MUSC 2820 Musicianship IV (2 hours)
  • MUSC 4001-MUSC 4005 Applied Music (2 hours)
  • MUSC 3010 Composition (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3020 Composition (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3070 Orchestration I (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3170 Jazz History I (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3180 Jazz History II (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3410 Conducting I (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3510 Arranging for Popular Styles (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3520 History of Popular Styles (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3530 Lyric Writing (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4030 Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4070 Choral Arranging (2 hours)
  • MUSC 4110 Hymnody and Psalmody (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4140 Lyric Diction (2 hours)
  • MUSC 4150 The Art Song (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4160 Operatic Literature (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4170 Piano Literature (2 hours)
  • MUSC 4190 Orchestral Literature (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4250 Voice Pedagogy I (2 hours)
  • MUSC 4255 Voice Pedagogy II (2 hours)
  • MUSC 4260 Piano Pedagogy I (2 hours)
  • MUSC 4270 Piano Pedagogy II (2 hours)
  • MUSC 4360 The Working Musician (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4370 Marketing for Musicians (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4705 The Vienna Musical Experience (3 hours)

Students pursuing the BA in voice must fulfill a foreign language requirement by studying French, German or Italian. Students can fulfill the requirement by successfully completing 9 credit hours, by passing one appropriate 2000-level language course, or by passing an intermediate level language competency examination. All courses must be in the 16-week format. Students would typically focus on a single foreign language; no more than two foreign languages may be applied to this requirement. A student may substitute another foreign language, subject to the approval of the chair of the Department of Music, if the student successfully completes a competency examination in that language.

Students pursuing the BA in voice must enroll in MUSC 0990.

Through a successful Pre-Recital Hearing for the music faculty, BA students are allowed to present a non-required recital. This recital does not replace the senior thesis requirement, but the recital may include material from the thesis project.