Students who elect a music concentration will demonstrate a mastery in the following five areas:
- Aural literacy-defined as an ability to recognize the elements of musical language: pitch, rhythm, and harmony, and the ability to manipulate those elements in a coherent manner
- Stylistic literacy-the ability to recognize, analyze, and understand the genesis of the major stylistic periods
- Instrumental literacy-the ability to perform music in an expressive and stylistically appropriate manner at a reasonably advanced level
- Ensemble ability-the ability to work cooperatively towards a musical/interpretive goal with other musician
- Writing skills-the ability to write cogently about music
Requirements for the Major
Requirements for the major and an example of a typical program of courses are as follows:
- MU 300-Level Music History Course
- MU 385 - Applied Music (1 hour)
- Upper-Level Music Course
- Theology Core
- Nondepartmental Elective
- Ensemble - see Note #4 below
- Music majors take MU 201 , MU 203 , MU 302 , MU 310 , and eight upper-division courses. Of the remaining eight courses, a minimum of three must be music history courses (MU 301 , MU 303 , MU 304 , MU 305 , MU 306 , MU 307 , or MU 309 ), and one must be a theory course (MU 324 , MU 325 , or MU 326 ).
- Music students choose a particular area of concentration: an instrument, voice, theory/composition, or music history. All students are admitted to upper-level applied and ensemble courses through the music jury process.
Those concentrating on an instrument usually take one-hour lessons (MU 375 or MU 385 ). Those concentrating in theory, composition, or music history are required to take half-hour lessons at the minimum (MU 370 or MU 380 ). Students who enter the program after freshman year may be given credit for lower division applied music at the discretion of the department chair, usually after an audition. Students who wish to complete a degree in music education should consult with music faculty to discuss course requirements.
- Music majors must take a minimum of six additional courses in Applied Music (two lower- and four upper-division), six in Ensembles (two lower- and four upper-division), and four semesters of Musicianship. After declaring the music major, students are required to enroll in an ensemble and an applied music course each semester they attend Loyola.
- The following courses are taken in addition to the regular five-course load since they are not three credit courses: Musicianship (MU 205 , MU 206 , MU 207 , MU 208 ); Applied Music (MU 370 , MU 375 , MU 380 , MU 385 ); and Ensembles (MU 200, MU 211 , MU 220 , MU 230 , MU 231 , MU 300, MU 311 , MU 320 , MU 330 , MU 331 ). Students register for these courses during the regular registration period. Ensemble requirements are satisfied by taking Chamber Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Classical Guitar Ensemble, Steel Pan Ensemble. or Loyola Singers.
- A nonrefundable fee is charged for all Applied Music courses which is paid directly to the instructor at the first lesson. A semester jury is required of all applied music students beginning with their second semester of applied music study.
- Students who wish to enter Loyola as a fine arts major concentrating in music should submit a clearly marked audition CD or tape or call the department to arrange an audition.
- Students must complete the diversity core requirement through a designated diversity core, major, or elective course (see Diversity Core Requirement under Curriculum and Policies).