Music

Program Goals

The Mission of the Music Performance Program is to: 

  • prepare students for careers and further study in music performance by delivering a creative and comprehensive curriculum of music with emphasis on an orchestral or band instrument, voice or piano that prepare students to begin careers as performers and/or educators;
  • expand knowledge and understanding of music through research and lectures;
  • enrich the general cultural life of the University community through concerts, recitals, and seminars.

Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge and development of physical coordination and technical skill required for specific musical activity (singing, instrumental performance and ensemble participation). 
  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for performance independent of the applied music instructor.
  3. Students will be able to articulate knowledge of applicable performance pedagogy including teaching methods and repertory.
  4. Vocal majors will be able to sing in four languages: English, Italian, French and German.
  5. Students will be able to discuss the elements of music, the historical eras of musical style, and the general characteristic forms of the historical eras.
  6. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of essential form, harmony, and structure in traditional western music 
  7. All music majors must successfully perform a jury examination before the music faculty at the end of each semester.
  8. Non-piano majors will demonstrate basic piano skills as described in the departments Student Handbook.
  9. Students will develop musicianship to the highest possible level in areas of ensemble playing or singing through collaborative understanding and knowledge of literature through varied ensemble experience.

Requirements

Entrance Requirements

Entering music majors are encouraged to begin the music major curriculum during their first semester at Lincoln University. In order to determine the entering student’s performance proficiency and musical background, an audition and a placement exam are required before enrolling in music courses. Students who do not earn a satisfactory score on the Music Placement Examination are required to enroll in MUS 100 – Music Fundamentals before enrolling in MUS 101 and MUS 105.

All music majors are required to audition before the music faculty on a solo instrument or voice. Appointments for auditions and other music tests may be made through the Department of Performing Arts . Auditioning students must bring their own music scores. An accompanist will be provided.

Students with deficiencies in performance and who are accepted by the Department on probation must enroll in developmental applied music in voice or instrumental music for a maximum of four semesters or until the minimum standards are reached for enrollment in Applied Music in voice or instrumental performance. This status may require the student to continue to study beyond the normal four-year period.

Before the end of the Sophomore year, approval must be obtained in writing from the chairperson in order to continue in the major. 

Graduation Requirements 

The following are the requirements for the Music Performance leading to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree: 

  • Students must pass a Sophomore Review (third semester or equivalent for transfer students) of their music, repertoire and activities, according to the plan of study and concentration developed with the student’s advisor. The chair and at least one other faculty member will evaluate student work. Students who do not pass the Sophomore Review may be directed to provisional remedies for a follow-up review, or directed to another major.
  • Students must complete all courses required by the university and those required for the Music Performance, applicable to the specifications in the University Catalog during the first year of enrollment.
  • Students must maintain a minimum grade set by the university in all courses in the Major (University Catalog).
  • Students must submit a writing portfolio in accordance with university and department requirements (developed through the course of study).
  • Students must prepare and present a Senior Recital. Music Performance majors are required to also prepare and present a Junior Recital.

Language Requirement

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires two years (four semesters) of a foreign language. The Bachelor of Science degree requires one year (two semesters) of a foreign language.


Music Performance Program

Music Requirements –Voice or Pianoforte 48 credits
MUS 105 - Music and Aural Theory I 3
MUS 106 - Music and Aural Theory II 3
MUS 205 - Music and Aural Theory II 3
MUS 206 - Music and Aural Theory IV 3
MUS 219 - Conducting I 1
MUS 220 - Conducting II 1
MUS 203 - Music Literature and Styles I 3
MUS 303 - Music Literature and Styles I 3

One of the following course and 8 semesters (MUS 2K1 or MUS 2V1)
MUS 2E1 - Concert Choir and 8 semesters (Voice)
OR 8
MUS 2E7 - Concert Band and 8 semesters (Instrumental) Voice Majors (MUS 107, MUS 108, MUS 207, MUS 208)
OR 4
Piano Majors (MUS 2V1 and 4 semesters)
MUS 407 - Piano Pedagogy and MUS 408 - Piano Pedagogy
OR 2
MUS 409 - Vocal Pedagogy & MUS 410 - Vocal Pedagogy
Voice majors (MUS 2E2 - Opera Workshop and 4 semesters)
OR 4
Piano Majors (MUS 2K6 - Piano Ensemble and 4 semesters)
MUS 228 - Piano Literature
MUS 229 - Piano Literature
OR
MUS 226 - Vocal Diction (English & Italian)
MUS 227 - Vocal Diction (French & German)
MUS 2R1 - Recital – Seminar Attendance (8 semesters and “Satisfactory” Grade)-0

Foreign Language (University Requirement) 8 credits
Foreign Language 101 4
Foreign Language 102 4
*Elementary Foreign Language is necessary to complete required Intermediate Foreign Language 201 and 202 for the Music B.A. Degree (see below).

Academic Enrichment 3 credits
Junior Recital 1
Senior Recital 2

Minor Emphasis (For Music Performance Majors) 18 credits 
Intermediate Foreign Language 201 4
Intermediate Foreign Language 202 4
MUS 101 - Ear Training and Sight Singing I 2
MUS 201 - Ear Training and Sight Singing I 2
MUS 321 - Arranging 3
MUS 322 - Composition 3
OR
MUS 421 - Form and Analysis 3

Free Electives 6 credits
Complete the following as Electives for the Music Performance B.A.
MUS 323 - Jazz in American Culture 3
MUS 422 - Introduction to Music Technology 3
Total Music Requirements 83 credits


Music Minor Requirements- For non-Music majors

Departmental approval is required for students wishing to achieve a documented Music minor. Interested students should schedule an appointment with the Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department to develop a plan of study regarding choice of courses and sequencing.

The Music minor requires (24) credit hours of area offerings:
Four (4) required courses and (1) elective.
9 credits
MUS 105 Music Theory I 3
MUS 106 Music Theory II 3
MUS 203 Music Literature and Styles I 3

4 credits
MUS 2E1 Concert Choir - 1st semester 1
MUS 2E1 Concert Choir - 2nd semester 1
MUS 2E1 Concert Choir - 3rd semester 1
MUS 2E1 Concert Choir - 4th semester 1
OR
MUS 2E7 Concert Band (Instrumentalists) - 1st semester 1
MUS 2E7 Concert Band - 2nd semester 1
MUS 2E7 Concert Band - 3rd semester 1
MUS 2E7 Concert Band - 4th semester 1

4 credits
Applied Voice or Instrument - 1st semester 1
Applied Voice or Instrument - 2nd semester 1
Applied Voice or Instrument - 3rd semester 1
Applied Voice or Instrument - 4th semester 1

4 credits
MUS 2K6 Piano Ensemble - 1st semester 1
MUS 2K6 Piano Ensemble - 2nd semester 1
MUS 2K6 Piano Ensemble - 3rd semester 1 
MUS 2K6 Piano Ensemble - 4th semester 1
OR
MUS 2E2 Opera Workshop - 1st semester 1
MUS 2E2 Opera Workshop - 2nd semester 1
MUS 2E2 Opera Workshop - 3rd semester 1
MUS 2E2 Opera Workshop - 4th semester 1
OR
MUS2E3 Instrumental Ensemble - 1st semester 1
MUS2E3 Instrumental Ensemble - 2nd semester 1
MUS2E3 Instrumental Ensemble - 3rd semester 1
MUS2E3 Jazz Ensemble - 4th semester 1
AND
Junior Recital 0
Free Electives (Choose One) 3 credits
MUS 323 Jazz in American Culture 3
MUS 422 Introduction to Music Technology 3
Total Number of credits 24 credits