Academics

Music Major/Minor Requirements

Declaration of a Music Major

To declare a Music major, students must have completed the following courses:

  1. MUS 110, 111, 120, 121.
  2. Two hours of lessons in one performance medium.
  3. Participated in a major ensemble for one year, appropriate for the intended major.
  4. Demonstration of sophomore level performance skill on an instrument.
  5. GPA of 2.75 in music courses.
  6. Demonstration of academic and/or performances potential relative to goals.

Transfer students need to complete at least one semester in music classes before declaring music as a major.

Music Major Emphasis Areas

If your goals include pursuing a career in music, the music major at Wisconsin Lutheran offers a choice of six emphasis areas. Approximately 60-65 credits are needed to complete the music major.

Music Education
Equips qualified candidates for choral, band or general music education programs at the elementary or secondary education levels with certifi cation by the Department of Public Instruction in Wisconsin. Students may choose either a choral or instrumental track.
Church Music
Teaches student the skills and knowledge useful for serving as a church musician.
Music History/Literature
Expands the student's historical understanding and appreciation of music and is geared to prepare the undergraduate for graduate study in music.
Music Theory/Composition
Stimulates creative composing and arranging (especially for the church) through personal composition and an intensive analysis of scores.
Music Performance
Prepares students for a career in vocal, keyboard, or instrumental performance.
Piano Pedagogy
Prepares students to teach music at the piano.

Music Major/Minor Requirements

Recital or Concert Attendance - All music majors are required to attend a minimum of five (5) recitals or concerts each semester in residence.

Ensemble Requirement - Music majors are expected to participate in a major performing ensemble each semester in residence: Wisconsin Lutheran Choir, Chapel Choir, Jazz Band, or Concert Band.

Music Major

A major in music consists of the following core courses:

  • Music Theory - 16 credits: MUS 110, 111, 120, 121, 210, 211, 220, 221.
  • Music History - 9 credits: MUS 302, 303, 305.
  1. Choral Music Education: 60 credits

    • Applied Lessons - 16 credits: Primary Instrument (Voice or Keyboard) [11 cr.], Senior Recital [1 cr.], Secondary Instrument (Voice or Keyboard) [4 cr.].
    • Ensembles - 8 credits: Choral Ensembles.
    • Advanced Music Courses - 11 credits: MUS 068, 230, 313, 340, 350.
  2. Instrumental Music Education: 65 credits

    • Applied Lessons - 16 credits: Primary Instrument [11 cr.], Senior Recital [1 cr.], Secondary Instrument [4 cr.].
    • Ensembles - 8 credits: Major Instrumental Ensembles.
    • Advanced Music Courses - 16 credits: MUS 040, 045, 050, 055, 060, 069, 070, 230, 313, 351.
  3. Church Music: 60 credits

    • Applied Lessons - 16 credits: Primary Instrument [11 cr.], Senior Recital [1 cr.], Secondary Instrument [4 cr.].
    • Ensembles - 8 credits.
    • Advanced Music Courses - 10 credits: MUS 029, 230, 320, 330, 350.
  4. Music History/Literature: 60 credits

    • Applied Lessons - 12 credits: Primary Instrument [7 cr.], Senior Recital [1 cr.], Secondary Instrument [2 cr.], Keyboard [2 cr.].
    • Ensembles - 8 credits.
    • Advanced Music Courses - 11 credits: MUS 230, 313, 360, 370.
    • Advanced Electives - any two of the following: MUS 410, 420, 430, 490, 499.
  5. Music Theory/Composition: 60 credits

    • Applied Lessons - 12 credits: Primary Instrument [7 cr.], Senior Recital [1 cr.], Secondary Instrument [2 cr.], Keyboard [2 cr.].
    • Ensembles - 8 credits.
    • Advanced Music Courses - 11 credits: MUS 230, 313, 360, 370.
    • Advanced Electives - any two of the following: MUS 440, 420, 490, 499.
  6. Vocal Music Performance: 63 credits

    • Applied Lessons - 14 credits: Primary Instrument (Voice) [10 cr.], Junior Recital [1 cr.], Senior Recital [1 cr.], Secondary Instrument (piano) [2 cr.].
    • Ensembles - 10 credits: Large Ensembles [8 cr.], Small Ensembles [2 cr.].
    • Advanced Music Courses - 15 credits: MUS 230, 240, 340, 343, 344, 360, 412.
  7. Instrumental Music Performance: 61 credits

    • Applied Lessons - 14 credits: Primary Instrument [10 cr.], Junior Recital [1 cr.], Senior Recital [1 cr.], Secondary Instrument [2 cr.].
    • Ensembles - 10 credits: Large Ensembles [8 cr.], Small Ensembles [2 cr.].
    • Advanced Music Courses - 12 credits: MUS 230, 313, 341, 360, 420.
  8. Piano Performance: 62 credits

    • Applied Lessons - 14 credits: Primary Instrument [10 cr.], Junior Recital [1 cr.], Senior Recital [1 cr.], Secondary Instrument [2 cr.].
    • Ensembles - 10 credits: Large Ensembles [8 cr.], Small Ensembles [2 cr.].
    • Advanced Music Courses - 13 credits: MUS 230, 240, 313, 342, 360, 411.
  9. Piano Pedagogy: 56 credits

    • Applied Lessons - 14 credits: Piano [11 cr.], Senior Recital [1 cr.], Secondary Instrument [2 cr.].
    • Ensembles - 4 credits.
    • Advanced Music Courses - 13 credits: MUS 230, 240, 342, 345, 360, 411.

Music Minor: 26 credits

A minor in music consists of the following core courses:

  • Music Theory - 8 credits: MUS 110, 111, 120, 121.
  • Music History - at least 6 credits from: MUS 302, 303, 305.
  • Applied Lessons - 4 credits: Primary Instrument.
  • Ensembles - at least 6 credits of major ensembles.
  • Advanced Music Courses - 2 credits: MUS 230.

Church Music Minor: 26 credits

A minor in church music consists of the following core courses:

  • Music Theory - 8 credits: MUS 110, 111, 120, 121.
  • Music History - at least 3 credits from: MUS 302, 303, 305.
  • Church Music Courses - at least 2 credits from: MUS 320, 330, THE 212.
  • Applied Lessons - 4 credits (same instrument): Piano, Organ, or Voice.
  • Ensembles - 2 credits of MUS -029 and 2 credits of MUS 021 or 023.
  • Advanced Music Courses - 5 credits: MUS 230 and 350.

Piano Pedagogy Minor: 26 credits

A minor in music consists of the following core courses:

  • Music Theory - 8 credits: MUS 110, 111, 120, 121.
  • Music History - at least 6 credits from: MUS 302, 303, 305.
  • Applied Lessons - 4 credits in Piano: any combination of MUS 084 (Class Piano II), MUS 088 (Advanced Piano Class), and MUS 182 (Piano Lessons); up to two credits of MUS 184 (Applied Harpsichord) may be substituted for the piano requirement.
  • Ensembles - 2 credits from MUS 021, 023, 024, 025, 028, or 067.
  • Piano Pedagogy Courses - 4 credits: MUS 342 and MUS 345.
  • Advanced Piano Courses - 2 credits: MUS 411.