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Bachelor of Arts Music

The BA Music is a direct entry program designed for those who are naturally gifted in the arts (music, drama, etc.) and who desire to develop these gifts while broadening their education with courses in Bible and theology, Christian ministry, and courses in the arts and science. Students who desire further study in music may also opt to complete a performance concentration in voice, piano, musical theatre, or instrumental.

Successful graduates from the BA Music will have gained a breadth of learning that allows for a wide array of ministry, career, and academic choices.

Although this is a direct entry program, an assessment will be taken at the end of the second year to determine suitability for continuation in the program.

Credit Hours: 120
Coordinator: Ron de Jager

Faculty
Ron de Jager, DMA
Associate Professor of Music and Voice
Christopher Kayler, DMA
Assistant Professor of Music
Brett Mitchell, MMus
Instructor in Music
Marlene Pullman,
Worship Arts
    Learning Outcomes  Requirements  Program Sheets

Program Overview

The BA Music requires 42 credit hours of study in Music plus 3 credit hours of cognate requirements with a minimum requirement of 24 credit hours at 300+ level within the context of a 120 credit hour degree.



Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the BA Music will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in at least two skill-based, or academic, disciplines in music.
  • Exhibit a mature understanding of the history of music in the church and western culture.
  • Understand common practice in western music theory.

Requirements

I. Required Courses (33 credit hours with at least 12 credit hours at the 300+ level)

  1. Theory Requirements (9 credit hours)
    MUS 115 Musicianship I
    MUS 116 Musicianship II
    MUS 206 Musicianship III or MUS 301 Contemporary Musicianship

  2. History Requirements (9 credit hours)
    FIN/MUS 216 History of Western Music I
    FIN/MUS 217 History of Western Music II
    FIN/MUS 316 History of Western Music III

  3. Applied Requirements (15 credit hours)

    MUS 098 Piano Proficiency (pass/fail) - Piano Proficiency
    • This requirement must be completed before the student begins their second year of study in the BA Music program.
    • The successful completion of this requirement is necessary for acceptance into a Performance concentration.

    Applied Lessons requirements (6 credit hours)
    • BA Music: 4-6 on major instrument, 0-2 on other instrument/voice (total of 6)
    • BA Music, Performance Specialization: 2 additional applied lessons on major instrument/voice

    Ensemble requirements (6 credit hours)
    Students commit to ensembles for the whole year, therefore in multiples of 2
    • BA Worship Arts: 2-4 small, 2-4 large (total of 6)
    • BA Music: 0-4 small, 2-6 large (total of 6)
    • BA Music, Performance Specialization: 0-2 small, 4-6 large (total of 6)
    • AA Music: 0-2 small, 2-4 large (total of 4)

    MUS 323 Conducting I

II. Electives (9 credit hours with at least 6 credit hours at 300+)

Students must select electives from the following courses:
Applied Lessons (2 credit hours maximum)
Ensembles (2 credit hours maximum)
COMM/MUS 203 Recording Arts I
COMM/MUS Recording Arts II
MUS 130 Basic Voice (2 credit hours)
MUS 140 Basic Piano (2 credit hours)
MUS 160 Live Sound and Production
MUS 206 Musicianship III
MUS 260 Introduction to Electronic Music
MUS 301 Contemporary Musicianship
MUS 310 Songwriting
MUS 314 Counterpoint
MUS 324 Conducting II
MUS 330 Vocal Master Class I
MUS 340 Musical Theatre Workshop
MUS 345 Lyric Diction
MUS 350 Keyboard Improvisation
MUS 363 Advanced Electronic Music
MUS 401 Vocal Pedagogy
MUS 402 Piano Pedagogy
MUS 403 Instrumental Pedagogy
MUS 410 Vocal and Instrumental Arranging
MUS 424 Conducting III
MUS 430 Vocal Master Class II
MUS 434 Senior Recital (1 credit hour) (subject to faculty approval)
MUS 429 Music Internship
WA 411 Arranging for Worship Teams
WA 420 Worship Leadership

III. Cognates (3 credit hours)
One course selected from:
Approved Modern Language
ENG 110 Introduction to Poetry
FIN 110 Introduction to Fine Arts
THEA 221 Acting I
THEA 222 Acting II
THEA 340 Musical Theatre Workshop
THEO 301 Worship in the Christian Tradition

PRT 400 Senior Portfolio (non-credit)
SL 1-6 Service and Experiential Learning (non-credit)

In addition, all Bachelor of Arts degrees require the completion of Briercrest's core curriculum.


Concentrations

Performance Concentrations

A concentration in voice, piano, instrumental, or musical theatre requires 12 credit hours of advanced study (in addition to a non-credit junior recital) in a sub-discipline within the major. This designation is listed on the student's transcript and signals that the student has successfully completed a superior level of achievement within voice, piano, instrumental, or musical theatre performance. Students are not required to achieve a concentration in order to meet the requirements for the BA in Music.

Voice

Required (9 credit hours):
MUS 098 Piano Proficiency (non-credit)
MUS 330 Vocal Master Class I
MUS 334 Junior Recital (non-credit)
MUS 401 Vocal Pedagogy
MUS 434 Senior Recital (1 credit hour)
Private Lessons (1+1 = 2 credit hours)

Elective (3 credit hours)
One of:
MUS 314 Counterpoint
MUS 324 Conducting II
MUS 345 Lyric Diction
MUS 430 Vocal Master Class II
WA 411 Arranging for Worship Teams

Piano

Required (9 credit hours):
MUS 098 Piano Proficiency (non-credit)
MUS 206 Musicianship III
MUS 324 Conducting II
MUS 334 Junior Recital (non-credit)
MUS 434 Senior Recital (1 credit hour)
Private Lessons (1 + 1 = 2 credit hours)

Elective (3 credit hours)
One of:
MUS 314 Counterpoint
MUS 350 Keyboard Improvisation
MUS 402 Piano Pedagogy
MUS 410 Vocal and Instrumental Arranging
WA 411 Arranging for Worship Teams

Instrumental

Required (9 credit hours):
MUS 098 Piano Proficiency (non-credit)
MUS 206 Musicianship III
MUS 324 Conducting II
MUS 334 Junior Recital (non-credit)
MUS 434 Senior Recital (1 credit hour)
Private Lessons (1+1=2 credit hours)

Elective (3 credit hours)
One of:
MUS 314 Counterpoint
MUS 403 Instrumental Pedagogy
MUS 410 Vocal and Instrumental Arranging
WA 411 Arranging for Worship Teams

Musical Theatre

Required (12 credit hours):
DAN 105 Introduction to Ballet (1 credit hour)
DAN 107 Foundations of Tap I (1 credit hour)
DAN 100, 101, 106, 108, 205, 206 or Private Lessons-Dance (maximum of 2 credit hours)
MUS 340 Musical Theatre Workshop
MUS 365 Musical Theatre Production and Performance I
THEA 222 Acting II

The performance concentration in musical theatre also requires that the following courses be chosen within the BA Music.

Applied Requirements:
6 credit hours in private voice lessons, plus other Applied Requirements as specified below.

Elective Requirements:
MUS 330 Vocal Master Class I
MUS 430 Vocal Master Class II
Private voice lessons (2 credit hours)
Either Ensemble (1 credit hour) or MUS 434 Senior Recital (1 credit hour)

Cognate Requirement:
THEA 221 Acting I


Program Sheets

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