The Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Voice program is designed for serious students who wish to devote themselves to developing musical skills, understanding composition and refining their performance skills. The program is a true liberal arts degree, allowing participation in varied performing ensembles and studies while simultaneously preparing students for a variety of careers both within and outside the field. Some students enter this program with aspirations of teaching private voice lessons or owning their own studio. Others wish to pursue their master‛s degree so they are able to teach voice or music at the collegiate level.
Coursework for those wishing to earn a music degree with a voice major includes topics such as music theory and history, counterpoint, voice, piano and choral ensemble. Students also study the various organizational structures in music, from motive, phrase and period, through binary and ternary forms to the most complex, such as variation, rondo and sonata. In addition, students study the fundamentals and techniques of conducting. Special emphasis is placed on conducting choral and instrumental music and the special techniques required to conduct various ensembles.
Voice major students are provided with a study on song literature through writing-intensive courses that study composers, their styles and literature from the beginning of solo song, through early and middle romantic periods as well as the contemporary period.
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University‛s General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
|Competency||Requirements||GCU Course Options||Total Credits|
|University Foundations||Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community. Students with fewer than 24 credits will fulfill the University Foundations requirement with a specified lower-division course. An upper-division selection will be made available to students that enter the university with more than 24 credits.||UNV-103/303, University Success: 4 credits||4 credits|
|Effective Communication||Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.||UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4 credits
ENG-105, English Composition I: 4 credits
ENG-106, English Composition II: 4 credits
COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4 credits
|Christian Worldview||Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/301.||CWV-101/301, Christian Worldview: 4 credits||4 credits|
|Critical Thinking||Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments. Students are required to take 3 credits of college mathematics or higher.||MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4 credits||3-4 credits|
|Global Awareness, Perspective and Ethics||Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, crosscultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.).||INT-244, World Religions: 4 credits
PSY-100, Psychology in Everyday Life: 4 credits
SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4 credits
If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
|Course #||Course Title||Course Description||Credits|
|MUS-125||Music Theory I||This course is a study in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation; basic keyboard performance; and sight singing. Computer-assisted ear training is utilized. Study is devoted to the structure of music which includes harmony, melody, form, and rhythm. Skill development in analysis and composition is emphasized. The music of the "common practice period‟ will be studied. Prerequisite: Theory Placement Examination.||4|
|MVA-120||Private Voice Study Majors I||This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisite: Instructor‛s approval.||2|
|MPC-109||Class Piano I||This course is designed as class instruction for students with limited or no previous piano training. Instruction includes the study of piano technique and literature designed to pass Part I of the Piano Proficiency Examination. The piano proficiency requirements are identified in the music handbook.||1|
|MEN-122A||Choral Ensemble 1A||This course gives students opportunities to develop their musical skills through the rehearsal and performance in a choral ensemble, including Choral Union, Grand Canyon Singers, New Life, and University Chorale. Participation in these groups is determined by audition.||0|
|MUS-155||Music Theory II||This course emphasizes skill development through analysis and composition. Prerequisite: MUS-125.||4|
|MVA-130||Private Voice Study Majors II||This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisite: Instructor‛s approval.||2|
|MPC-259||Class Piano II||This course is a continuation of MPC 109. It includes passing Part II of the Piano Proficiency Examination. Prerequisite: MPC 109.||1|
|MEN-122B||Choral Ensemble 1B||This course gives students opportunities to develop their musical skills through the rehearsal and performance in a choral ensemble, including Choral Union, Grand Canyon Singers, New Life, and University Chorale. Participation in these groups is determined by audition.||0|
|MEN-322A||Choral Ensemble 3A||This course gives students opportunities to develop their musical skills through the rehearsal and performance in a choral ensemble, including Choral Union, Grand Canyon Singers, New Life, and University Chorale. Participation in these groups is determined by audition.||0|
|MUS-355||Music History I||This writing-intensive course is a survey of music from primitive times to the mid-18th century. It presents the growth of music in the Middle Ages and Renaissance through the contrapuntal schools, culminating in the work of J. S. Bach and the development of opera and oratorio during the baroque period. Prerequisite: MUS-125.||4|
|MUS-260||Music Theory III||This course emphasizes advanced rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation; basic keyboard performance; and sight singing. Computer-assisted ear training is utilized. Music examples are selected from Bach through Wagner. This course also includes an advanced study in analysis and part writing utilizing modulation and chromatic harmony. Prerequisite: MUS-155.||4|
|MEN-222A||Choral Ensemble 2A||0|
|MPC-359||Class Piano III||This course is a continuation of MPC 259. It includes passing Part III of the Piano Proficiency Examination. Prerequisite: MPC 259.||1|
|MVA-220||Private Voice Study Majors III||This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisite: Instructor‛s approval.||2|
|MUS-365||Music History II||This writing-intensive course is a survey of music from the mid-l8th century to modern times. Study is devoted to the rise of homophonic music, the art song, the nationalistic schools, and the principal composers of the classical, romantic, and contemporary periods. Prerequisite: MUS-355.||4|
|MUS-275||Music Theory IV||This course emphasizes ear training material and includes music from the 20th century. It also includes an analysis and composition of music of the late 19th through the 20th century. Prerequisite: MUS-260.||4|
|MEN-222B||Choral Ensemble 2B||0|
|MPC-459||Class Piano IV||This course is a continuation of MPC 359. It includes passing Part IV of the Piano Proficiency Examination. Prerequisite: MPC 359.||1|
|MVA-230||Private Voice Study Majors IV||2|
|MUS-375||Song Literature I||This writing-intensive course is a survey study of the composers, their styles, and literature from the beginning of solo song through the early romantic period. Prerequisite: MUS-355.||2|
|MUS-390||Form and Analysis||This course is a study of the various organizational structures in music, from motive, phrase, and period, through binary and ternary forms to the most complex, such as the variation, rondo, and sonata. Works of the masters are analyzed from the standpoint of form. Prerequisite: MUS-275.||4|
|MVA-320||Private Voice Study Majors V||2|
|MUS-450||Conducting||This course is a study of the fundamentals and techniques of conducting. Special emphasis is placed on conducting choral music and the special techniques required to conduct vocal groups. Prerequisite: MUS-390.||4|
|MUS-376||Song Literature II||This writing-intensive course is a survey study of the composers, their styles, and literature from the middle romantic period of solo song through the contemporary period. It is a continuation of MUS-375. Prerequisite: MUS-355.||2|
|MEN-322B||Choral Ensemble 3B||0|
|MVA-330||Private Voice Study Majors VI||2|
|MAP-390||Junior Recital||This course consists of a formal, public recital, sponsored by the music department, in which the student presents a solo recital approximately 25-40-minutes in length. The recital would normally be given in the second semester of the junior year. For vocalists and pianists, the recital must be performed from memory, but one work, especially a chamber piece, may be played with the score. Student must concurrently be enrolled in the appropriate level of private instruction.||0|
|MUS-380||Counterpoint||This course is a survey of contrapuntal practice from the 18th century. Background reference is made to early polyphonic music. Emphasis is given to 16th century species counterpoint and to analyzing and writing inventions and fugues in the 18th century style of J. S. Bach. An introduction is provided for the use of counterpoint in 20th century composition. Prerequisite: MUS-275.||4|
|MEN-422A||Choral Ensemble 4A||0|
|MVA-420||Private Voice Study Majors VII||2|
|MEN-422B||Choral Ensemble 4B||0|
|MVA-430||Private Voice Study Majors VIII||2|
|MAP-490||Senior Recital||A formal, public recital, sponsored by the music department, in which the student presents a solo recital approximately 60-minutes in length. The recital would normally be given in the Senior year. For vocalists and pianists, the recital must be performed from memory, though one work, especially a chamber piece, may be played with the score. Student must concurrently be enrolled in the appropriate level of private instruction.||0|
|Required Course Total Credit:||60|
|General Education Requirements:||34 - 40 credits|
|Open Elective Credits:||20 - 26 credits|
|Total Degree Requirements:||120 credits|
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