Professors: Barry T. Hannigan, William E. Kenny (Chair), William A. Payn, Annie J. Randall

Associate Professors: Kimberly Councill, Christopher Para, Catherine F. Payn

Assistant Professors: Paul J. Botelho, Bethany J. Collier, Barry Long

In the Department of Music, a faculty of active performers, composers and scholars collaborates with students in the critical and creative study of music from diverse historical periods and cultural traditions, engaging the mind and ear in a process that develops artistic, aesthetic and human understanding.

Majors
The University offers two degrees in music: the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Music in performance, composition, and music education. Requirements for each degree program are discussed below.

Resources
The Sigfried Weis Music Building has well-equipped faculty studios, 13 practice rooms, a percussion studio, a computer music studio, a keyboard lab, classrooms, its own music library of scores and recordings, and the Cook Collection of Musical Instruments. The department offers approximately 100 events a year in the Rooke Recital Hall or the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. The Kushell Music Endowment of Bucknell University allows the department to sponsor several residencies by prominent musicians each year. See the music department website for additional information concerning these residencies. Additionally, the Weis Center for the Performing Arts and the Department of Music offer joint workshops and masterclasses each year.

Bucknell University's music department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Admissions and auditions
Students seeking admission into any of the majors must audition before members of the department faculty. Recordings are not accepted. Additionally, applicants for the degree in composition must submit a portfolio of their work, and music education applicants must successfully complete an interview. The Department of Music website contains complete, up-to-date information about the audition process, dates of auditions, and scholarships. Prospective students must complete both a music department audition form and the Arts Merit Scholarship application form.

Requirements for all majors
College Core Curriculum: All students, regardless of degree program, must satisfy requirements of the College Core Curriculum. A description and components of the College Core Curriculum may be found in the College of Arts and Sciences curriculum. All music degree programs require 14 credits of College Core Curriculum courses. Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts students will meet the three intellectual competency goals (writing, speaking, and information literacy) within core coursework required for all degree programs. Culminating Experiences will be discussed within each degree program’s description below.

Ensembles: All music majors must participate in at least one music department ensemble each semester. The two exceptions to this policy are the semester in which a student is studying abroad or in which music education majors are student teaching, in which cases the requirement is waived. Note that music majors audit ensembles rather than take them for credit because the credits do not count toward fulfilling the minimum degree requirements. Auditions are required for symphonic band, jazz band, chapel choir, chorale, symphony orchestra, opera company and handbells. The gamelan ensemble requires the permission of the director.

Recital Attendance: All students, regardless of degree program, must attend a minimum of 10 approved recitals/performances each semester in order to satisfy degree requirements.

BACHELOR OF MUSIC

A candidate for the Bachelor of Music degree may choose from three curricula: performance, composition, or music education.

A student wishing to change degree program from a Bachelor of Arts in music to a Bachelor of Music may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Music program at the end of each semester through the sophomore year. The application must be made in writing to the chair of the music department and involves the same process outlined above for prospective students. Students are not accepted into the Bachelor of Music degree program after the sophomore year.

All Bachelor of Music students must pass a functional keyboard requirement (see description under MUSC 152), fulfill the recital requirements specified in the respective degree programs, and participate in prescribed assessment activities such as exit interviews and exams.

Performance
Candidates in performance are reviewed at the end of each semester through an examination by a jury composed of members of the faculty of the Department of Music. At the end of the sophomore year, students must be approved for upper-level study by the department. Candidates whose progress is determined to be insufficient will not be permitted to continue in the Bachelor of Music degree program.

Voice majors in the Bachelor of Music Performance curriculum must demonstrate basic proficiency in Italian, French and German. Students enrolling in the University who have had at least the equivalent of one college semester of study in a language (one full year in secondary school) may petition the voice faculty to waive further study in that language during the degree process. Singers are encouraged to pursue as much language study as possible.

Culminating Experience: Performance majors are expected to appear in several successful performances as soloist and in chamber ensembles prior to presenting a full public recital in the senior year as a Culminating Experience. The senior recital demonstrates a student’s synthesis of theoretical and historical knowledge, technical skills, understanding of musical language and concepts, and musicality.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN PERFORMANCE

Courses: 13
MUSC 200, 201, 202, 249 or another course in world music, 252, 253, 259, 340*, 341*, plus five music electives (including one in jazz theory or history, and one each in 19th- and 20th-century topics).

Applied (Private Lessons): 6
(four semesters at .50 credit per semester and four at 1 credit)

Other Requirements:
Ensembles
Senior Recital
Recital Attendance Requirement (see Major Requirements comments above)
Functional Keyboard

Total Number of Music Credits:
19

College Core Curriculum: 14

*Half-credit courses.

Composition
This curriculum permits a concentration in the compositional aspects of music in addition to promoting sound musicianship and a broadly based background in the liberal arts. Candidates in composition are reviewed each semester to determine sufficient progress within the degree. At the end of the sophomore year, students must be approved for upper-level study by the department. Candidates whose progress is determined to be insufficient will not be permitted to continue in the Bachelor of Music degree program.

Culminating Experience: During the senior year, composition majors must present a full public recital in fulfillment of the Culminating Experience requirement. This recital demonstrates a student’s knowledge of musical form, harmonic structures, notation, instrumentation, use of technology, writing for voice, and ability to schedule and rehearse musicians. Composition majors are expected to have overseen several successful performances of their original work prior to presenting the senior recital.

Thirty-two full academic course credits are required for graduation, distributed as follows.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN COMPOSITION

Courses: 16
MUSC 200, 201, 202, 203, 209, 210, 249 or another course in world music, 252, 253, 259, 350 a, b, c, d (studies in composition), plus two music electives

Applied (Private Lessons): 3
(six semesters at .50 credit per semester)

Other Requirements:
Ensembles
Senior Recital
Recital Attendance Requirement (see Major Requirements comments above)
Functional Keyboard

Total Number of Music Credits:
19

College Core Curriculum: 14

Music Education
The curriculum in music education prepares students to teach music in the public schools. The curriculum is approved by the Department of Education of Pennsylvania as a requirement for professional certification. Through this course of study a student will be expected to develop (1) sound musicianship in an applied area, (2) knowledge of music theory and the history of music, and (3) broad cultural awareness through courses other than music. Students may choose a curriculum that reflects either a vocal or instrumental emphasis. Candidates are reviewed at the end of each semester through an examination by a jury composed of members of the faculty of the Department of Music as well as by an interview with the senior music education faculty member. At the end of the sophomore year, students must be approved for upper-level study by the department. Candidates whose progress is determined to be insufficient will not be permitted to continue in the Bachelor of Music degree program.

The student will be expected to make several successful appearances as soloist and in chamber ensembles before the senior year, and to present during the fall of the senior year a minimum of half a solo recital in a chosen applied area. The student must also complete an e-portfolio in accordance with departmental guidelines. Additionally, all music education majors will take four semesters of lessons in secondary instruments: those students whose primary performance area is instrumental will study secondary instruments, voice students will study piano, and piano students will study voice.

Culminating Experience: The music education major will meet the Culminating Experience requirements (carrying 4 credits) through student teaching and the Student Teacher Seminar. Student teaching placements are assigned and supervised by the music education professor. During student teaching, music education majors will develop professional attitudes, human relationship skills, establish effective classroom climate and management skills, develop effective planning techniques, and have a command of subject-matter knowledge and materials. Criteria for grading have been established by the Bucknell University education department and are available through the Department of Music. Failure to achieve an appropriate grade in student teaching results in failure to receive state certification. It is not possible to place all student teachers at a partner school that is within walking distance of the Bucknell campus; students are responsible for providing their own transportation as needed.

Thirty-four full academic course credits are required for graduation, distributed as outlined below.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN MUSIC EDUCATION

Courses: 18.25
MUSC 135, 142*, 143*, 144*, 145*, 146* or 147*, 200, 201, 202, 235, 239 or 241, 249 or another course in world music, 252, 253, 259, 335, 369, EDUC 101, EDUC 201, EDUC 439 (Student Teaching).

*Quarter-credit courses

Applied (Private Lessons): 2.75
(seven semesters at .25 credit per semester in primary instrument and four semesters at .25 credit per semester in secondary instrument)

Courses in Music and Education: 21

Other Requirements:
Ensembles
Senior Recital
Recital Attendance Requirement (see Major Requirements comments above)
Functional Keyboard

Pennsylvania Department of Education Requirements for Certification:
MUSC 230, 231
Two courses in math, a writing course, and a course in English literature (these may be double-counted with CCC requirements)
PRAXIS exams and clearances (see music education professor for specifics)

College Core Curriculum: 14

BACHELOR OF ARTS WITH A MAJOR IN MUSIC

The major in music consists of 10 courses distributed as follows.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MUSIC

Courses: 8
MUSC 200, 201, 202, 249 or another course in world music, 252, 253, plus two electives.

Applied (Private Lessons): 2
(eight semesters at .25 credit per semester) Note that when necessary, private lesson requirements are waived for the semester(s) during which a student studies abroad.

Other Requirements:
Ensembles
Recital Attendance Requirement (see Major Requirements comments above)
Successful completion of performance juries.

Total Number of Music Credits: 10

College Core Curriculum: 14

Bachelor of Arts majors in music are expected to participate in at least one of the music department’s vocal or instrumental performing organizations each semester in residence, to perform in studio classes or departmental recitals.

Culminating Experience: Students in the Bachelor of Arts degree may choose from two options for meeting the Culminating Experience requirement: a full, public senior recital or a research project done within an upper-level music course. Students choosing a research project must receive permission from the instructor of the course in which they wish to fulfill the Culminating Experience.

The Minor in Music

The minor in music consists of six course credits as outlined below. A minimum of two credits must be above the 100 level.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN MUSIC

Courses: 5

MUSC 200 and 201; 252 or 253, one additional course at the 200- or 300-level in music and culture, and one elective (may not be ensemble credit). Students lacking sufficient music theory background to begin the theory sequence with MUSC 200 should enroll in MUSC 121 or pursue an individualized course of instruction on their own before enrolling in MUSC 200.

Applied (Private Lessons): 1 (four semesters at .25 credit per semester.)

As with the music major, credits received from participation in ensembles will not count toward the minimum requirements for the minor.

Regulations
Deviation from the established program of study for the major in music may be granted only by permission of the faculty adviser, the department chair, and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Non-music majors are charged a fee for lessons. Check with the music department for a fee schedule.

Private instruction is offered in the following areas of performance: voice, piano, violin, viola, cello, organ, woodwind, brass, guitar, and percussion instruments, as well as improvisation.

An audition is required for participation in the following music department ensembles: symphonic band, jazz band, orchestra, chorale, chapel choir, handbells, and opera. Permission is required for participation in the gamelanensemble. Non-music majors may receive one-quarter credit for participation in each recognized ensemble with a maximum of one-half credit permitted per semester and a limit of two full course credits total. Note that music majors and minors audit rather than take them for credit because the credits do not count toward fulfilling the minimum degree requirements.

The department administers jury examinations for students in the various music degree programs. Jury requirements may vary for the different programs; all music majors should contact the department for further information.

 

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