Music - Requirements

Students may choose one of the following majors or minors:

  • Music Major with a Concentration in Classical Music
  • Music Major with a Concentration in Jazz/Popular Music
  • Music Minor with a Concentration in Classical Music
  • Music Minor with a Concentration in Jazz/Popular Music
  • Music Major with a Minor in K-12 Music Education

Music Major with a Minor in K-12 Music Education

Students majoring in music may also minor in K-12 music education (see Program in Education, pg. 111). Please contact Dr. Laura Nash or the chair of the Educational Studies and Teacher Preparation Department in GSEAP for additional information about becoming certified in music education. In addition to required ED courses and student teaching, the following Music Courses are required: MU 360, MU 361, MU 362, and MU 363.

Qualified students minoring or majoring in music are given preferred admission status in the graduate education programs and are warmly invited to consult about options with their advisors and with the chair of the Educational Studies and Teacher Preparation Department in GSEAP about this opportunity.

Performing Ensembles

For information about performance ensembles, students are encouraged to contact Dr. Laura Nash, Music Program Director.

Applied Music Lessons

The department provides private lesson instruction for all interested students and University members in most areas of music performance. Instruction carries an extra charge beyond tuition and includes 10 private lessons per semester. Students may enroll for 45-minute lessons and earn 1 credit or one-hour lessons and earn 2 credits. Lesson times are arranged individually with the instructor.

These credits do not count towards the 38 three-credit courses required for graduation. Students interested in registering for lessons must do so before the end of the Add/Drop period as identified on the University Academic Calendar. More information and registration forms are available from the Department Coordinator in Canisius Hall, Room 3. For more information, please contact Dr. Laura Nash.

Lesson fees for the 2010-2011 academic year are:

Ten - one-hour lessons: $575 (two credits) 
Ten - 45-minute lessons: $500 (one credit)

Music Major with a Concentration in Classical Music

For a 30-credit music major with a concentration in classical music, students complete:

  • MU 103 Early Survey of Musical Styles
    or
  • MU 104 Late Survey of Musical Styles
  • MU 150 Music Theory and Composition I
  • MU 250 Music Theory and Composition II
  • Three to five additional courses at the 100- or 200-level
  • One or two courses at the 300-level, with permission of faculty
  • Up to six performance credits (lessons or performing groups) may be applied to the major

Music Major With a Concentration in Jazz/Popular Music

For a 30-credit music major with a concentration in jazz/popular music, students:

Complete two of the following applied music courses:

  • MU 155 Jazz Theory and Improvisation
  • MU 156 Intro to Midi and Music Software
  • MU 158 Introduction to Recording Techniques
  • Complete six credits in MU 256 Jazz Ensemble (one credit per semester). Music lessons may be substituted for Jazz Ensemble with permission of Professor Torff.

Complete four to five of the following courses.

  • MU 101 History of Jazz
  • MU 102 History and Development of Rock
  • MU 111 The Life and Music of George Gershwin
  • MU 112 The Music of Black Americans
  • MU 113 Introduction to Piano and the Elements of Music
  • MU 122 World Music History and Ensemble
  • MU 157 Introduction to the Music Industry
  • MU 201 Critical Issues in American Popular Music: Blues to Hip Hop
  • MU 202 Digital Audio Workstation
    MU 294 Music Industry: Principles and Practices

Complete one to two 300-level courses, with permission of faculty.

Music Major with a Minor in K-12 Music Education

For requirements please contact Dr. Laura Nash.

Music Minor with a Concentration in Classical Music

For an 18-credit music minor with a concentration in classical music, students:

  • Complete MU 103 OR MU 104
  • Complete MU 150 Music Theory and Composition I
  • Complete MU 250 Music Theory and Composition II
  • Complete one additional elective music course
  • Earn six performance credits from music lessons OR group performance participation OR two additional courses in music theory or music history.

Music Minor with a Concentration in Jazz/Popular Music

For an 18-credit music minor with a concentration in jazz/popular music, students:

  • Complete MU 101 History of Jazz
  • Complete three of the following courses in music history or music theory:
  • MU 102 History and Development of Rock
  • MU 111 The Life and Music of George Gershwin
  • MU 112 The Music of Black Americans
  • MU 122 World Music History and Ensemble
  • MU 156 Introduction to Midi and Music Software
  • MU 157 Music Industry I
  • MU 158 Recording Techniques
  • MU 201 Critical Issues in American Popular Music: Blues to Hip Hop
  • MU 294 Music Industry: Principles and Practices

Earn six credits in MU 256 Jazz Ensemble or in individual lessons or take two additional music courses.