Music

Introduction

The study of music develops and enhances analytical, creative, listening, and performing skills. Music majors choose a concentration in one of four sequences: music history and literature, music education, music technology, or music business (the sequence in music performance and the music major with a music business concentration curricula are described in separate catalog entries). Performance, both individual and ensemble, is an integral part of the Music Program: students may perform in the Chorale, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and other ensembles; there also are many other opportunities for student performance. As an adjunct to the Music Program, the ArtsCanisius cultural series features concerts by faculty and guest artists that range from classical music to jazz. Students who would like to study music, but not as a major, may combine a music minor with another discipline or may choose the music concentration offered in the Early Childhood and Childhood Education Programs.

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 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 also 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 with 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 fulfill one of the sequences listed below (the requirements for the performance sequence and the music major with a music business concentration are described in separate catalog entries).

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 four semesters of performance8
Music Performance (four semesters)
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 Credits36

Music Ensemble

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 Sequences

Students choose one of the following sequences (the performance sequence and music major with a music business concentration are listed separately).

History and Literature Sequence

Three additional music history courses (see list of music history courses below). Students following the history and literature sequence are strongly urged to take at least two semesters of French, German, or Italian.

Music Technology Sequence

DMA 309Music Technology3
DMA 310Digital Audio/Music Production3
One music elective course3
Total Credits9

Music Education Sequence

FAM 250Music for Children3
FAM 350Basic Conducting3
One music elective course3
Total Credits9

Music Business Sequence

FAM 360Music Business I3
FAM 361Music Business II3
DMA 309Music Technology3
or DMA 310 Digital Audio/Music Production
Total Credits9

Note: DMA 309 and DMA 310 are offered in alternate years.

Music History Courses and Music Elective Courses

Music history courses include the following:

FAM 216Medieval and Renaissance Music3
FAM 217Music of the Baroque Period3
FAM 218Music of the Classical Period3
FAM 21919th Century Music3
FAM 220Art Music from 1900 to the Present3

Music elective courses can be chosen from the following:

FAM 123World Musics3
FAM 124America's Music3
FAM 212Canisius and the BPO Experience3
FAM 213Women in Music3
FAM 214Music in Film3
FAM 216Medieval and Renaissance Music3
FAM 217Music of the Baroque Period3
FAM 218Music of the Classical Period3
FAM 21919th Century Music3
FAM 220Art Music from 1900 to the Present3
FAM 221Opera Workshop I3
FAM 222Opera Workshop II3
FAM 224Afro-Centric Music3
FAM 255Diction for Singers3
FAM 360Music Business I3
FAM 361Music Business II3
DMA 309Music Technology3
DMA 310Digital Audio/Music Production3
HON 323Opera3
HON 324The Symphony3

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 210Music sequence course
FAM 226FAM 226
Music ensembleMusic ensemble
Junior
FallSpring
Music sequence courseMusic sequence course
Music ensembleMusic ensemble
Senior
FallSpring
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

Students who wish to expand their educational opportunities may decide to declare a minor in addition to their major. The decision may be based on career goals or planned graduate studies. Minors generally range from six to eight required courses. A listing of the minors can be found under the Academic Curricula section of the catalog. Some majors and minors can be completed within the minimum 120 credit hour degree requirement, but in some cases additional course work may be required. Students must complete the appropriate minor request form.

Music Minor

The music minor enables students majoring in other academic departments to complement their studies with the study of music. The 18-credit program includes courses in theory and music history and can include music performance.

FAM 115Fundamentals of Music 13
FAM 119Masterpieces of Music3
Select two of the following:6
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
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Any combination of FAM courses, music ensembles and music lessons
Music Technology 2
Digital Audio/Music Production 2
Opera
The Symphony
Total Credits18
1

If the student has sufficient theory background as demonstrated by a placement test, another FAM theory course may be substituted for FAM 115

2

Note: DMA 309 and DMA 310 are offered in alternate years.