Music Performance

Introduction

The requirements for the music performance sequence include extensive study of voice or an instrument with the performing faculty, many of whom are members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Students present two formal concerts to fulfill program requirements, one in the junior year and the other in the senior year (see below), in addition to regular participation in student recitals and ensembles. A more detailed description of the faculty, facilities, academic and co-curricular opportunities can be found at the Music Program website.

Qualifications

A vocal or instrumental performance audition is required prior to formal acceptance into the major, but students may begin to take courses before the audition takes place (usually no later than the end of the first academic year). In order to successfully complete the major, students must have a minimum grade of C- in each course included in the major. Students must maintain a 2.0 overall average to graduate with a degree in music.

Advisement

All students should have an advisor in the major and should contact the department directly to have an advisor assigned if they do not already have one.  Major advisors are normally assigned in the sophomore year, but may be requested in the freshman year to supplement a student's freshman advisor (their GRIF 101 facilitator). Meetings with academic advisors are required prior to students receiving their PIN for course registration each semester. All majors should work closely with their advisor in discussing career expectations, choosing their major electives, developing their entire academic program and planning their co-curricular or supplemental academic experiences.

Dual Majors

Students who wish to expand their educational opportunities may decide to declare a dual major. The decision may be based on career goals or planned graduate studies. Before a student declares a dual major, it is important to meet with the appropriate academic departments for advisement. Some dual major combinations can be completed within the minimum 120 credit hour degree requirement, but in some cases additional course work may be required. In order to declare a dual major, the student must complete the appropriate dual major request form and get the signature of each department chairperson and the appropriate associate dean.

Some common dual majors with music are communications, digital media arts, English, psychology, and education.

Minors

Minors provide students the opportunity to pursue additional interests but generally do not require as many courses as a major.  Minors generally range from five to eight required courses. The minors page provides a complete list of minors and provides links to each minor. Some majors and minors can be completed within the minimum 120 credit hour degree requirement, but in some cases additional coursework may be required. Students must complete the appropriate minor request form.

General Education Requirements

All undergraduate students must complete either the Canisius Core Curriculum or the All-College Honors Curriculum.

Free Electives

Free electives are courses in addition to the Core Curriculum or Honors Curriculum and major requirements sufficient to reach the minimum of 120 credit hours required for graduation. Students may graduate with more but not less than 120 credit hours.

Major Requirements

Music majors complete required courses and electives, participate in ensemble for eight semesters, and perform junior and senior recitals.

Required Courses
FAM 119Masterpieces of Music3
FAM 210Keyboard Musicianship3
FAM 230
230L
Music Theory I
and Music Theory I Lab
4
FAM 240
240L
Music Theory II
and Music Theory II Lab
4
FAM 330
330L
Music Theory III
and Music Theory III Lab
4
FAM 340
340L
Music Theory IV
and Music Theory IV Lab
4
FAM 450Senior Seminar3
Must take eight semesters of performance16
Music Performance
FAM Music History Course Elective
Select one of the following:3
Medieval and Renaissance Music
Music of the Baroque Period
Music of the Classical Period
19th Century Music
Art Music from 1900 to the Present
Total Credits44

Music Ensemble (0-8 credits)

Majors must take the same ensemble for all eight semesters.

A student may take a music ensemble for one (1) credit

FAM 181Chorale1
FAM 182Jazz Ensemble1
FAM 184Chamber Orchestra1
FAM 185Concert Band1

or for zero (0) credit

FAM 171Chorale0
FAM 172Jazz Ensemble0
FAM 174Chamber Orchestra0
FAM 175Concert Band0

Students may opt for zero credit to avoid exceeding 18 credits in a semester.

Music Elective

Select one of the following:3
World Musics
America's Music
Canisius and the BPO Experience
Women in Music
Music in Film
Medieval and Renaissance Music
Music of the Baroque Period
Music of the Classical Period
19th Century Music
Art Music from 1900 to the Present
Opera Workshop I
Opera Workshop II
Afro-Centric Music
Diction for Singers
Music Business I
Music Business II
Internship
Independent Study in Music
Music Technology
Digital Audio/Music Production
Opera
The Symphony

Major Experiences

Students in Music Performance present two recitals to complete the requirements for the degree: a junior year recital (25-30 minutes of music) and a senior recital (50-60 minutes with intermission).

Recommended Semester Schedule for Major Course Requirements

Freshman
FallSpring
FAM 119FAM 240
240L
FAM 230
230L
Music history course
FAM 226FAM 226
Music ensembleMusic ensemble
Sophomore
FallSpring
FAM 330
330L
FAM 340
340L
FAM 210FAM 226
FAM 226Music ensemble
Music ensemble 
Junior
FallSpring
Music electiveFAM 226
FAM 226Music ensemble
Music ensemble 
Senior
FallSpring
FAM 226FAM 226
FAM 450Music ensemble
Music ensemble 

Learning Goals & Objectives

Student Learning Goal 1

Music majors will be able to analyze the musical elements of a piece of music.

Students will:
  • Objective A: Identify the elements of melody, rhythm, harmony, organizational patterns, and form in Western art music through aural analysis of recordings;
  • Objective B: Identify the elements of melody, rhythm, harmony, organizational patterns, and form in Western art music through visual analysis of musical scores.

Student Learning Goal 2

Music majors will be able to demonstrate proficiency in vocal or instrumental performance.

Students will:
  • Objective A: Demonstrate the technical and interpretive skills necessary for artistic self-expression in a variety of repertory through solo performance in the student's primary area of vocal or instrumental performance;
  • Objective B: Demonstrate the technical and interpretive skills necessary for artistic self-expression in a variety of repertory through ensemble performance in the student's primary area of vocal or instrumental performance.
 

Student Learning Goal 3

Music majors will be able to analyze the musical style of a piece of music.

Students will:
  • Objective A: Identify aurally the musical period or culture of a piece of music;
  • Objective B: Identify the musical period or culture of a piece of music through score reading.

Student Learning Goal 4

Music majors will be able to integrate knowledge in music theory, music history, and performance appropriate to the individual's sequence of study.

Students will:
  • Objective A: Exhibit the integration of musical knowledge through the presentation of a written paper or a musical performance.Fine Arts Music Major