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The music program provides skills, training and experiences that educate students to become musicians and explores the fundamental importance of music and the arts to human expression. The curriculum incorporates the study of melody, harmony and rhythm with courses in theory and composition, music appreciation, and the artistic and philosophical movements in history related to music. Students develop an understanding of the theoretical base of music, are able to demonstrate skill in both oral and written expression and positive and healthy use of the voice, and exhibit creativity through performance, composition and improvisation.

Bachelor of Arts in Music
Students earning a Bachelor of Arts in music are required to complete 52 credit hours, which include 33 hours of core music courses and 19 hours of applied music and elective courses.

Minor in Music
Students minoring in music are required to complete 24 credit hours, which include 10 hours of prescribed courses, six hours of music courses above the 200 level and eight hours of general music, applied music or ensemble music courses.

Professional Performance Certificate
Students currently enrolled in a B.A. program with a declared major in music are eligible to apply for enrollment in the Professional Performance Certificate program. An audition or portfolio review is required.

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Required Major Courses

MUS-100 - Elementary Theory & Composition (3.00 cr.)

MUS-101 - Elementary Theory & Composition (3.00 cr.)

MUS-202 - Advanced Theory & Composition (3.00 cr.)

MUS-203 - Advanced Theory & Composition (3.00 cr.)

MUS-140 - Elementary Keyboard Harmony I (1.00 cr.)

MUS-141 - Elementary Keyboard Harmony II (1.00 cr.)

MUS-242 - Intermediate Keyboard Harmony I (1.00 cr.)

MUS-243 - Intermediate Keyboard Harmony II (1.00 cr.)

MUS-150 - Elementary Ear-Training (1.00 cr.)

MUS-151 - Elementary Ear-Training (1.00 cr.)

MUS-252 - Intermediate Ear-Training (1.00 cr.)

MUS-253 - Intermediate Ear-Training (1.00 cr.)

MUS-214 - Music Appreciation (3.00 cr.)

MUS-315 - History of Musical Styles and Structure: Antiquity -1750 (4.00 cr.)

MUS-316 - History of Musical Styles and Structure: 1750 to the Present (4.00 cr.)

MUS-494 - Seminar in Music Literature (2.00 cr.)

8 credit hours in applied music

MUA-491 - Graduation Recital (B.A. or Music Education Majors) (1.00 cr.)

7 credit hours of electives in music

8 semesters of Ensembles

MUS-400 - Special Topics in Music (3.00 cr.)

MUS-010 - Recital Seminar/Repertoire Class (0.00 cr.)

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Erica Rogers, '13

Erica Rogers earned a music degree from Meredith in piano performance - and then made plans to attend law school in the fall.

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