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    Saint Augustine's University
  Nov 22, 2017
2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Music, BA (CIP 50.0901)

The Music Program presents students with practical training in performance through specialized individual instruction, ensemble participation, and recitals. The required academic and elective courses enhance the student’s musical studies. Through the study of theory, history, and performance practices, students will be equipped to analyze and discuss various styles, composers, and historical contexts. Technology courses provide students with a foundation in practical computer applications. The Student will learn and understand how all facets of their musical studies are interrelated. On completion of the Music Program graduates will be qualified to pursue careers as teachers, performers, or continue further studies.

Music Curriculum


The following outline of courses details requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Music. Meeting graduation requirements is the responsibility of the student. 

Plan of Study

 The Plan of Study includes Major Requirements (Core Requirements, Supporting Courses, and Free Electives) and the University General Education Program Requirements. 

Major Requirements (64 hours)

Students must earn a  grade of “C” or higher in ALL courses in the major. Students must enroll in an ensemble in each semester of residence. Vocal majors must select Choir. Instrumental majors must select Band. Piano majors may select either band or choir.

Ensemble (8)

  • MUS (1)
  • MUS (1)
  • MUS (1)
  • MUS (1)
  • MUS (1)
  • MUS (1)
  • MUS (1)
  • MUS (1)


Applied Studies (10): Instrument

  • MUS (1)
  • MUS (1)
  • MUS (1)
  • MUS (1)
  • MUS (1)
  • MUS (1)
  • MUS (1)
  • MUS (1)
  • MUS - Basic Conducting (2)
Fundamental Keyboard Studies (4)

Student must pass Piano Proficiency Exam to fulfill the keyboard studies requirement.

Theoretical & Aural Studies (18)

*Required for students with less than 80% on music proficiency exam. Credit may be used as a free elective.

Major Electives (9)

Take 1 course at each level: 200, 300 & 400

  • MUS (3)
  • MUS (3)
  • MUS (3)
Capstone (3)

Degree Totals

Major Hours 64  
University GEP 58  

Total Degree Hours: 122

General Education Program Requirements 52 - 58 Credit Hours

University GEP Core Requirements: Minimum of fifty-two (52) hours is required of all students. Students who enter as a first-time freshman must take an entrance assessment. Students will be assessed in core competency areas at the end of each academic year. A minimum grade of “C” is required in English (ENGL 131, ENGL 132, ENGL 150, LIS 150) and Mathematics (MATH 131 & MATH 132).


First Year Experience - 4 credits

Freshmen are required to complete the First Year Experience classes in their first two semesters.

Communication 12 - 18 credits

Written and Oral Communication Definition:

Written and Oral Communicationis the ability to impart and interchange information of ideas within a meaningful context using varioud rhetorical modes such as descriptive, informative, analytical and argumentative writing.

All students are required to take ENGL 131 or ENGL 131L, ENGL 132, COMM 201, and one foreign language at the 132 level or higher. Some students will be required to take ENGL 150 and LIS 150.

Spiritual Development - 3 credit

Critical thinking is characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion. Spiritual development is the ability to understand diverse religions and to develop positive spiritual growth.

Health and Wellness - 5 credits

Ability to understand, develop and adopt positive behaviors and life strategies that promote physical, mental, emotional, social well-being.

STEM Literacy 13-15 credits

Mathematics 6-8 credits

Students are required to take at least six credit hours of mathematics. Note 1: STEM majors are recommended to take MATH 135 and MATH 231. Note 2: Accounting and Business majors are recommended to take MATH 135 and either MATH 224 or MATH 231. All other majors can satisfy mathematics requirements by taking  MATH 131 and MATH 132.  

Humanities - 9 credits

Choose one History course (3) and two Fine Art courses from different disciplines (i.e., ART and FIM).  Students majoring in the arts must take fine art courses outside of their major.