Music Area Information


Information for All Music Majors
Notes on the Bachelor in Music Education
Notes on the Bachelor in Music Performance
The Techniques Class Sequence

 

Information for All Music Majors

  1. Music course minimum grade requirement. Beginning with the second semester at Tennessee Tech, all music majors must achieve a grade of “C” in each music course. If a lower grade is earned, the student must repeat the course.
  2. Private lesson enrollment. Music majors must enroll in Private Instruction (Applied Music) on their major instrument/voice each semester of full-time residency.

  3. Ensemble participation requirement. Music majors are required to participate each semester of full time residency in the Ensemble of Record appropriate both to their degree program and to their major instrument/voice. See Ensemble of Record Requirements for various options.

  4. Proficiency examinations. All music majors must pass Proficiency Examinations in piano, harmony, aural techniques and sight singing before enrolling in Upper Division music courses.

  5. Ensemble enrollment: Composition majors. In consultation with the composition studio professor, the student's advisor, and ensemble directors, composition majors may enroll in additional ensembles beyond the required Ensemble of Record when class load and degree progress permit. The goal of the secondary ensemble participation will be to obtain as broad an exposure as possible to the available ensemble media.

 

For Music Education Majors

College of Education Requirements. (The Department of Music is part of the College of Education.)

  1. A formal application for Admission to the Teacher Education Program must be filed once a student has reached 30 or more credit hours, excluding ADP (remedial) classes. Other rules apply. Go to the website of the Office of Teacher Education for a complete description of admission requirements.
  2. An additional application must be filed before the Residency year. For deadlines and complete information, go to the Admission to Student Teaching site.
  3. The student may not enroll in any other courses during the student teaching semester.

Additional Licensure. A student may obtain an additional licensure in either Instrumental/General Music K-12 or Vocal/General Music K-12 by satisfying all degree requirements for the primary emphasis and taking additional courses in the opposite emphasis. The Undergraduate Catalog lists specific courses for additional licensure following the curricular listings for Instrumental and Vocal/General licensure.

 

For Music Performance Majors

  1. Freshman entrance to the Bachelor of Music concentration in Performance is only by recommendation of the studio professor.

  2. Music majors must enroll in Private Instruction (Applied Music) on their major instrument/voice each semester of full-time residency.

  3. Performance concentration students must perform a full (non-shared) junior and senior recital, except for Music Business students who must perform only the Senior Recital.

  4. Performance majors must perform a Recital Hearing before the Performance Degree Committee at least two weeks before the scheduled recital date:

    a. In order to assure the availability of Committee members, the student must clear the Recital Hearing date and time with the Performance Degree coordinator.

    b. Composition Recital Hearing will be assessed via CD or DVD.

    c. The student is responsible for preparing all recital repertoire for the Recital Hearing, with accompaniment (if used).

    d. Where accompaniments are used, the Committee will consider overall ensemble preparation.

    e. The Committee will complete comment sheets for the benefit of the student and studio instructor and will vote Pass/Fail on the acceptability of the Recital Hearing.

    f. A failed Recital Hearing will receive a grade of Incomplete.

    g. The student may schedule a repeat Recital Hearing no earlier than the following term, although the same music may be used again.

    h. A failed repeat Recital Hearing will result in the student's exclusion from the Performance Option.

  5. A minimum grade of "B" is required to pass a degree recital.

  6. In the semester of the degree recital, an applied jury is not required.

The Techniques Class Sequence

The schedule below lists the classes that instrumental music education (MUIN) majors must take to gain the required minimal level of proficiency in the various instrumental families. The classes are to be taken in the order and during the semester listed. Note that some classes are offered only once per year.

For woodwind majors

  1. Freshman second semester: MUS 1031 or MUS 1071 (spring only)
  2. Sophomore first semester: MUS 1051
  3. Sophomore second semester: MUS 1052
  4. Junior first semester: MUS 1071 or MUS 1031
  5. Junior second semester: MUS 1041
  • For brass majors

    1. Freshman second semester: MUS 1031 or MUS 1071 (spring only)
    2. Sophomore first semester: MUS 1041
    3. Sophomore second semester: MUS 1042
    4. Junior first semester: MUS 1071 or MUS 1031
    5. Junior second semester: MUS 1051

    For percussion majors

    1. Freshman second semester: MUS 1031
    2. Sophomore first semester: MUS 1051
    3. Sophomore second semester: MUS 1052
    4. Junior first semester: MUS 1041
    5. Junior second semester: MUS 1042

    For string majors

    1. Freshman second semester: MUS 1051 or MUS 1071 (spring only)
    2. Sophomore first semester: MUS 1041
    3. Sophomore second semester: MUS 1071 or MUS 1051
    4. Junior first semester: MUS 1031
    5. Junior second semester: MUS 1032

    For guitar majors

    1. Freshman second semester: MUS 1031
    2. Sophomore first semester: MUS 1041 or 1081 (fall only)
    3. Sophomore second semester: MUS 1071 (spring only)
    4. Junior first semester: MUS 1081 (fall only) or 1041
    5. Junior second semester: MUS 1051

    For piano majors

    1. Freshman second semester: MUS 1031
    2. Sophomore first semester: MUS 1041 or 1081 (fall only)
    3. Sophomore second semester: MUS 1071 (spring only)
    4. Junior first semester: MUS 1081 (fall only) or 1041
    5. Junior second semester: MUS 1051
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