Instrumental Education Concentration Curriculum

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Associate of Arts

First Year

  Course Title Credits
    Choose from faculty-approved Ensemble courses.^ 1
  MUSC 0200* Convocation 0
  MUSC 1030 Written Theory I 3
  MUSC 1035 Aural Theory I 1
  MUSC 1051* Applied Music Instruction I 1
GenEd: CS COLS 1000 Introduction to College Success: First-Year Seminar 3
GenEd: CW ENGL 1010*+ English I: Composition 3
GenEd: WY   Choose from approved U.S./Wyoming Constitution courses. 3
      Semester Credits 15
  Course Title Credits
    Choose from faculty-approved Ensemble courses.^ 1
  MUSC 0200* Convocation 0
  MUSC 1025 Introduction to Music Education 3
  MUSC 1040* Written Theory II 3
  MUSC 1045* Aural Theory II 1
  MUSC 1052* Applied Music Instruction II 1
GenEd: CV CO/M 2010* Public Speaking 3
GenEd: QR   Choose from approved MATH courses.+ 3-4
      Semester Credits 15-16

Second Year

  Course Title Credits
    Choose from faculty-approved Ensemble courses.^ 1
    Choose from faculty-approved Public School Methods courses.^ 4
  MUSC 0200* Convocation 0
  MUSC 2030* Written Theory III 3
  MUSC 2035*  Aural Theory III 1
  MUSC 2071* Applied Music Instruction III 1
GenEd: AA MUSC 2050 Music History Survey I
GenEd: STEM    Choose from approved STEM courses. MUSC 1023 recommended. 3-4
      Semester Credits 16-17
  Course Title Credits
    Choose from faculty-approved Ensemble courses.^ 1
    Choose from faculty-approved Public School Methods courses.^ 3
  MUSC 0200* Convocation 0
  MUSC 2040*  Written Theory IV 3
  MUSC 2045*  Aural Theory IV 1
  MUSC 2072* Applied Music Instruction IV 1
  MUSC 2395 Piano Proficiency 0
GenEd: CA MUSC 2055 Music History Survey II 3
GenEd: LAB   Choose from approved Lab Science courses 4
      Semester Credits 16

Total Credits: 62-64

* This course has at least one prerequisite. Check the Course Descriptions section of the catalog to see the course prerequisites.

+ If the placement test score is not adequate for course enrollment, students must complete the appropriate developmental course(s) before enrolling. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement with their advisor before planning out their full program schedules.

^ Program Comments

Faculty-Approved Ensemble Courses - MUSC 1380, MUSC 1390, MUSC 1445 or MUSC 1480.

Faculty-Approved Public School Methods Courses - MUSC 1310, MUSC 1315, MUSC 1320, MUSC 1325, MUSC 1330, MUSC 1335, MUSC 1340, MUSC 1350, MUSC, 1355, MUSC 1360, MUSC 1380, MUSC 1390, MUSC 1445, or MUSC 1480.

Other Information

MUSC courses may be taken beyond the minimum program requirements and are generally accepted at transfer institutions. See a full list in the Course Descriptions section.

Learning Competencies

Basic Musicianship competencies are developed in the following activities that are part of courses in the degree program. 

  1. The acquisition and development of skills and basic understanding of musical properties such as rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, texture, and form. Students have opportunities to develop a comprehensive grasp of the interrelationships of these elements as they form a basis for listening, composing, and performing by responding to, interpreting, creating, analyzing, and evaluating music.
  2. Access to and development of a repertory for study that includes various cultures and historical periods in courses 
    such as sight-singing, ear-training, harmony, keyboard harmony, composition, or music literature, or in studies combining concepts and skills in varying degrees of integration.

Performance competencies include the following performance based activities, such as ensemble and applied study.

  1. Opportunities to study performance privately or in classes throughout the two-year period. The studies are intended to develop the highest level of performance on the major instrument and also to develop keyboard competencies.
  2. Essential experiences and goals include the following:
  • Develop technical skills adequate to meet the needs of artistic self-expression
  • Performance of a cross-section of music from the various styles represented in the complete repertory of the particular performance medium
  • The ability to read at sight
  • Growth in artistry, technical skills, collaborative competence, and knowledge of repertory through regular ensemble experiences.

     3. Students participate in at least one chamber or large ensemble each semester throughout the two-year period.

Basic Analysis competencies are developed in courses like theory and music history. The theory sequence allows students to analyze the formal properties of music, while the study of music history places works in historical context and the greater historical perspective. 

  • Develop basic analytical knowledge and skills including an understanding of music in both its cultural and historical contexts.
  • Participate in a multidisciplinary setting or in courses with a music emphasis.
  • Ability to place compositions into historical and stylistic perspective.