Music : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: MusB in Performance and BA in Music

Advisement

Students interested in the music degree programs should prepare by taking private voice or instrument lessons prior to and throughout high school. While in junior and senior high school, students are advised to participate in ensembles and enroll in theory courses, if available.

Students should also prepare by obtaining the theory book Scales, Intervals, Keys, Triads, Rhythm, and Meter (3rd Edition) by Clough, Conley and Boge (W.W. Norton & Company). This book (or an equivalent text) is excellent preparation for the diagnostic music theory examination.

Recommended Aural Skills Software for self-study can provide practicing in recognizing and writing basic elements of written theory: MacGamut Software [demo (free) available + download], www.macgamut.com

Acceptance Information

Application for admission must be made both to the university and separately to the Department of Music. To download music department applications and to set up an audition, go to www.music.buffalo.edu. All students should be prepared to take a theory placement exam before beginning undergraduate music studies; students are encouraged to take this exam during their spring auditions.

Applicants requesting the MusB in Performance degree must pass an evaluation audition and as determined by the theory diagnostic examination. Applicants requesting to enter the BA major in music must be accepted for MUS 105 as determined by the theory diagnostic examination. Completion of MUS 105 with a minimum grade of C constitutes acceptance into both degree programs.

Applicants for the BA degree in music are not required to perform an audition unless they wish to include instrument or voice study as part of their music electives.

Academic Requirements

The academic requirements for admission to the Department of Music are the same as those for admission to the university. A GPA of 2.0 in each area of Music Theory and Music History with no grades below C must be maintained to graduate from this degree program.

Transfer Policy

Transfer students must apply to the department as well as to the university. The Office of Student Programs will evaluate the transfer credits in music. Up to one-half of the departmental requirements in the areas of music history, theory (determined by examination), performance (determined by audition), and ensemble can be accepted. Grades of D do not fulfill departmental requirements. Performance credits are transferred for degree fulfillment only if the candidate has been accepted as a performance major at the initial audition for admission. Theory credits transfer into the program based on the results of the transfer theory placement exam. Music history credits transfer into the program upon the approval of the coordinator of history.

Music - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Passing the freshman theory exam and successfully completing MUS 105 are required for departmental acceptance.

Advising Note

Four music major free electives are chosen by advisement with the Director of Student Programs (226 Baird Hall) and the faculty advisor.

Prerequisite Courses

MUS 105 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint I
MUS 106 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint II
MUS 213 Music History Survey I

Required Courses

MUS 211 Intermediate Harmony and Counterpoint I
MUS 212 Intermediate Harmony and Counterpoint II
MUS 214 Music History Survey II
Two ensemble courses
Two upper-level music history electives
Four music major free electives
Foreign language courses, as necessary, four semester proficiency required*

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major 64
Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed 28
Additional Credits Required for Electives 28
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

Music students are required to also complete the general education requirements for all College of Arts and Sciences Baccalaureate Degree majors as follows:

Writing: Complete ENG 101 and ENG 201, OR complete ENG 102, as placed, unless exempted.
Library Skills: Complete the Library Skills Workbook online
Mathematical Sciences: Complete one course from the approved list.
World Civilizations: Complete UGC 111 AND UGC 112 (**See Note Below**)
Natural Sciences: Complete a two-course sequence with at least one lab from the approved list.
American Pluralism or Cognate: Complete UGC 211 OR approved equivalent.(World Civilizations should be completed before American Pluralism.) (**See Note Below**)
Social and Behavioral Sciences: Complete one 3-credit course from the approved list.
Language Requirement: Complete second semester course or proficiency in a language other than English equivalent to completion of a second-semester course e.g. SPA/FR/GER/LAT 102 or 104.
Students continuing their high school language will ordinarily take one additional semester of language study.
Students beginning a new language will ordinarily take two semesters of additional language study.
Students may demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English by:
(1) completion of a second-semester course (e.g. SPA 102 or 104); or
(2) a score of 600 or higher on a College Board Foreign Language Achievement Test; or
(3) An AP score in a foreign language (a minimum of 3 or 4 depending upon the language and the test); or (4) showing a high school diploma from a country whose language of instruction is other than English; or (5) passing a "challenge examination" administered by the Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures.
Some majors and some minors will require additional semesters of language study.
Humanities: Complete ONE 3-credit course from the approved list.
Arts: Complete one 3-credit course from the approved list.
Depth Requirement: complete any ONE of the following.
- third semester language proficiency (e.g. SPA 151) OR,
- an ADDITIONAL COURSE from the listing of Mathematical Sciences courses OR,
- UGC 302 or 303 Great Discoveries in Science OR
- a Natural Sciences course numbered 200 or higher OR,
- any ONE of the following courses: APY 310, 328, 338, 344, 345, 348, 350; CDS 288,382; ARC 442; GEO
345, 347, 348, 350, 352, 353, 355, 356, 435, 449; PSY 351 (was 230), 402, 434, 435, 436, 439
(**Note: Students who entered with 24 or more transferable credit hours from an institution of higher education other than UB are exempted from the World Civilizations, American Pluralism, and Arts requirements. These credits must have been earned prior to enrollment at UB.**)

More information and all approved lists can be found at
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*Foreign language courses, as necessary. BA Music students must show proficiency in a foreign language through the second semester of the second year or its equivalent, to be demonstrated through classroom courses or through proficiency exams. Please see the Director of Student Programs for more information. (S/U grading may not be selected for courses taken to fulfill this departmental requirement.)

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall MUS 105*, ENG 101 OR ENG 102, Math, UGC 111, Music ensemble, UBE 101 or equivalent, Library Skills Workbook requirement
Spring MUS 106, ENG 201 OR Humanities**, UGC 112, Music ensemble, free elective

SECOND YEAR
Fall MUS 211, MUS 213, Natural Science 1, Social Science, Language 1
Spring MUS 212, MUS 214, Natural Science 2, Language 2, Arts

THIRD YEAR
Fall MUS free elective, 300+ Music History elective, Language 3, American Pluralism, free elective
Spring MUS free elective, 300+ Music History elective, Language 4, two free electives

FOURTH YEAR
Fall MUS 450, MUS free elective, three free electives
Spring MUS 450, MUS free elective, three free electives

*Pre-test required for before enrolling in MUS 105
**Students placed into ENG 101 should take ENG 101 in the fall semester and ENG 201 in the spring semester. Students placed into ENG 201 should take ENG 201 in the fall and a Humanities Gen Ed in the spring.

Electives and Course Groupings

Music Electives

MUS 300 American Classical Music since 1900
MUS 305 Counterpoint 16th Century
MUS 311 Master Composer
MUS 400 Composition Seminar
MUS 401 Introduction to Electronic Music 1
MUS 402 Introduction to Electronic Music 2
MUS 404 Acoustics, Audio, and Computer Systems
MUS 407 Composition
MUS 408 Genres of Music
MUS 409 Music of the Middle Ages
MUS 410 Music of the Renaissance
MUS 411 Music of the Baroque Era
MUS 412 Music of the Classical Period
MUS 413 Music of the Romantic Period
MUS 414 Music of the 20th Century
MUS 416 Counterpoint 18th Century
MUS 418 Music and MIDI
MUS 437 Analysis of Tonal Music
MUS 438 Analysis of 20th-Century Music
MUS 439 Seminar in Music History
MUS 440 Seminar in Music History

Emphasis Areas

19th-Century Music
20th-Century Music
Composition (with faculty permission)
Music & Aesthetics
Music & Literature
Music & Technology
Music History
Music Theory

Music Performance - Mus. B.

Acceptance Criteria

Successful audition for primary study on an instrument or in voice and successful completion of MUS 105 with a minimum grade of 2.0 (C) for official departmental acceptance.

Advising Notes

Performance majors receive weekly hour lessons for 4 credit hours each semester. A minimum of six semesters of ensemble must be chosen with faculty advisement. Transfer students are required to complete a minimum of six semesters of weekly hour lessons for 4 credit hours each semester. All performance majors must pass a keyboard proficiency examination. A pre-recital jury and senior recital are to be completed in the senior year.
Piano major requirement: MUS 324 Piano Literature.
Voice major requirement: MUS 221 Vocal Diction (2 semesters).

Music students are required to also complete the general education requirements for all College of Arts and Sciences majors. More information on these can be found at ../policies/degree/gened.shtml

Required Courses

MUS 105 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint I
MUS 106 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint II
MUS 211 Intermediate Harmony and Counterpoint I
MUS 212 Intermediate Harmony and Counterpoint II
MUS 213 Music History Survey I
MUS 214 Music History Survey II
MUS 221 Vocal Diction (voice majors/2 semesters)
MUS 324 Piano Literature(piano majors/1 semester)
Eight 400-level applied instrument or voice courses
Six ensemble courses
Three upper-level music history electives
One upper-level music theory elective
Foreign Language courses, as necessary*

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major 86
Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed 28
Additional Credits Required for Electives 6
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

Music students are required to also complete the general education requirements for all College of Arts and Sciences Baccalaureate Degree majors as follows:

Writing: Complete ENG 101 AND ENG 201, OR complete ENG 102, as placed, unless exempted.
Library Skills: Complete the Library Skills Workbook online, https://library.buffalo.edu/educational/library-skills-workbook/
Mathematical Sciences: Complete one course from the approved list.
World Civilizations: Complete UGC 111 AND UGC 112 (**See Note Below**)
Natural Sciences: Complete a two-course sequence with at least one lab from the approved list.
American Pluralism or Cognate: Complete UGC 211 or approved equivalent.
(World Civilizations should be completed before American Pluralism.) (**See Note Below**)
Social and Behavioral Sciences: Complete one 3-credit course from the approved list.
Language Requirement: Complete second semester-course or proficiency in a language other than English equivalent to completion of a second-semester course e.g. SPA/FR/GER/LAT 102 or 104.
Students continuing their high school language will ordinarily take one additional semester of language study.
Students beginning a new language will ordinarily take two semesters of additional language study.
Students may demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English by:
(1) completion of a second-semester course (e.g. SPA 102 or 104); or
(2) a score of 600 or higher on a College Board Foreign Language Achievement Test; or
(3) An AP score in a foreign language (a minimum of 3 or 4 depending upon the language and the test); or (4) showing a high school diploma from a country whose language of instruction is other than English; or (5) passing a "challenge examination" administered by the Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures.
Some majors and some minors will require additional semesters of language study.
Humanities: Complete one 3-credit course from the approved list.
Arts: Complete one 3-credit course from the approved list.
Depth Requirement: complete any one of the following.
- third semester language proficiency (e.g. SPA 151) OR,
- an additional course from the listing of Mathematical Sciences courses OR,
- UGC 302 or 303 Great Discoveries in Science OR
- a Natural Sciences course numbered 200 or higher OR,
- any one of the following courses: APY 310, 328, 338, 344, 345, 348, 350; CDS 288,382; ARC 442; GEO
345, 347, 348, 350, 352, 353, 355, 356, 435, 449; PSY 351 (was 230), 402, 434, 435, 436, 439
(**Note: Students who entered with 24 or more transferable credit hours from an institution of
higher education other than UB are exempted from the World Civilizations, American Pluralism,
and Arts requirements. These credits must have been earned prior to enrollment at UB.**)

More information and all approved lists can be found at
/policies/degree/gened.shtml

*Proficiency in a foreign language through two semesters or its equivalent, to be demonstrated through classroom courses or through proficiency exams. This also fulfills general education requirement. Please see the Director of Student Programs for more information. (S/U grading may not be selected for courses taken to fulfill this departmental requirement.)

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall MUS 105*, MUS 400-level applied instrument or voice course, MUS 221 or ensemble, ENG 101 or 102, UBE 101 or equivalent, Library Skills Workbook requirement
Spring MUS 106, MUS 400-level applied instrument or voice course, MUS 221 or ensemble, ENG 201 or elective, Social Science

SECOND YEAR
Fall MUS 211, MUS 213, MUS 400-level applied instrument or voice course, music ensemble, Language 1
Spring MUS 212, MUS 214, MUS 400-level applied instrument or voice course, music ensemble, Language 2

THIRD YEAR
Fall MUS 400-level applied instrument or voice course, two 300+ Music Theory electives, music ensemble, UGC 111
Spring MUS 400+ instrument or voice course, 300+ Music History elective, music ensemble, free elective, UGC 112

FOURTH YEAR
Fall MUS 400-level instrument or voice course, 300+ Music History elective, Natural Science 1, two free electives
Spring MUS 400-level instrument or voice course, Natural Science 2, three free electives

*Pre-test required for before enrolling in MUS 105
**Students placed into ENG 101 should take ENG 101 in the fall semester and ENG 201 in the spring semester. Students placed into ENG 201 should take ENG 201 in the fall and a Humanities Gen Ed in the spring.

Electives and Course Groupings

Music Electives

MUS 300 American Classical Music since 1900
MUS 305 Counterpoint 16th Century
MUS 311 Master Composer
MUS 400 Composition Seminar
MUS 401 Introduction to Electronic Music 1
MUS 402 Introduction to Electronic Music 2
MUS 404 Acoustics, Audio, and Computer Systems
MUS 407 Composition
MUS 408 Genres of Music
MUS 409 Music of the Middle Ages
MUS 410 Music of the Renaissance
MUS 411 Music of the Baroque Era
MUS 412 Music of the Classical Period
MUS 413 Music of the Romantic Period
MUS 414 Music of the 20th Century
MUS 416 Counterpoint 18th Century
MUS 418 Music and MIDI
MUS 437 Analysis of Tonal Music
MUS 438 Analysis of 20th-Century Music
MUS 439 Seminar in Music History
MUS 440 Seminar in Music History

Music - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for acceptance. Applicants for the performance minor must pass an audition. All minors must be accepted for MUS 105 as determined by the theory diagnostic examination.

Required Courses

PERFORMANCE MINOR
MUS 105-MUS 106 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint I-II
MUS 213-MUS 214 Music History Survey I-II
Two semesters in any ensemble
Four semesters of applied instrument or voice courses (2 credit hours per semester)
Total required credit hours for the minor: 28

ACADEMIC MINOR
MUS 105-MUS 106 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint I-II
MUS 213-MUS 214 Music History Survey I-II
Four music major free electives

*Music Electives (see BA chart above)

Minor Credit Requirements Chart
Total Credits Required for Minor/Certificate 28

Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

Non-Major Opportunities
Students from all majors are encouraged and welcome to join in the Department of Music ensembles.

Students wishing to take non-major instrumental lessons may do so provided they pass an audition and also participate in either the UB Symphony Orchestra or the UB Concert Band. For more information please visit 226 Baird Hall.

Practice Rooms
Practice rooms are available to any student currently enrolled in a music course. Rooms are available only during the period of enrollment. Authorization forms can be picked up in 220 Baird Hall.

Updated: 13 Oct 2015 06:17:28 EDT