Music Studies (B.A.)

Program Overview

The music studies major prepares students for professional careers in music. Students will work closely with renowned faculty and recognized professionals in a variety of areas of study. Broad-based liberal arts study forms the core of this program.

Degree Offered

  • B.A. in Music Studies

Contact

Ivan Fuller, Ph.D.
Chairperson, Fine Arts Department
Fine Arts 166
609-895-5630
ifuller@rider.edu

Program website: www.rider.edu

Associated Department/College: School of Fine & Performing Arts

Related Programs

This program may be chosen as a first or second major. If chosen as a second major, the music component is 44 semester hours and the student should follow the core requirements of the first major.

All Music Studies majors must take a placement examination in Music Theory. As a result of this examination, students are placed into MUS 109S, MUS 110, or MUS 111. MUS 109S does not count toward graduation credit for Music Studies majors.

**Note that ART 120, MUS 120 or THE 120 do not fulfill any requirements of the major.**

Music Theory
MUS 110Music Theory I3
MUS 110LMusic Theory I Lab1
MUS 111Music Theory II3
MUS 111LMusic Theory II Lab1
Music History
MUS 105Survey of Music History I3
MUS 106Survey of Music History II3
Select four of the following:12
Jazz History
History of Pop and Rock Part I
History of Pop and Rock Part 2
Music of the Theater
Great Composers
Postmodernism & Populr Culture
Beethoven and the Romantic Age
Music of the Beatles
Contemp Music Experience
Film Music
Black Music in America
Music Studio
Select three credits from the following:3
Instrumental Ensemble- Band
Choir
Music in Children's Lives
Selected Topics in Music Perf
Keyboard Studies
Select two of the following:6
Beginning Piano I
Beginning Piano II
Intermediate Piano
Art History Elective
Select one of the following:3
Survey of Art History I
Survey of Art History II
Arts in Contemporary Civilization
Art of the Ancient World
Medieval and Renaissance Art
Art of the Baroque
American Art
19th Century Art
Art of the 20th Century
Selected Topics in Art History
Dance History Elective
Select one of the following:3
Survey of Dance History
History of Movement Theory
History of Choreography
Hist Ballet,Modrn&JazzDance
Theatre History Elective
Select one of the following:3
Theatre History to 1700
Theater History Since 1700
The Arts in Contemporary Civil
American Theatre History
Contemporary American Theater
Modern Drama
Selected Topics in Theatre His
General Education Requirements
See the list of requirements at the end of the School of Fine and Performing Arts section of the catalog.33
Total Credits77

Music Studies Minor

(18 credits)

Music
MUS 105Survey of Music History I3
MUS 106Survey of Music History II3
Electives
Select four of the following; at least two must be at the 300 or 400 level:12
Jazz History
History of Pop and Rock Part I
History of Pop and Rock Part 2
Music of the Theater
Great Composers
Black Music in America
Postmodernism & Populr Culture
Beethoven and the Romantic Age
Music of the Beatles
Contemp Music Experience
The Music of Radiohead
Film Music
Selected Topics in Music
Total Credits18

The following educational plan is provided as a sample only.  Rider students who do not declare a major during their freshman year; who change their major; or those who transfer to Rider may follow a different plan to ensure a timely graduation.  Each student, with guidance from his or her academic advisor, will develop a personalized educational plan.

**Note that ART 120, MUS 120 or THE 120 do not fulfill any requirements of the major.**

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
MUS 105 Survey of Music History I 3
MUS 109S Basic Music Theory 0
MUS 131 Beginning Piano I 3
Gen Ed Elective 3
Gen Ed Elective 3
Gen Ed Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
MUS 106 Survey of Music History II 3
MUS 110 Music Theory I 3
MUS 110L Music Theory I Lab 1
MUS 132 Beginning Piano II 3
Gen Ed Elective 3
Gen Ed Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
MUS 111 Music Theory II 3
MUS 111L Music Theory II Lab 1
Art History Elective 3
Music History Elective 3
Gen Ed Elective 3
Gen Ed Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
Music History Elective 3
Music Ensemble 1
Theatre History Elective 3
Gen Ed Elective 3
Gen Ed Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall Semester
Music History Elective 3
Music Ensemble 1
Gen Ed Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
Music History Elective 3
Music Ensemble 1
Dance History Elective 3
Gen Ed Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall Semester
Free Electives 13
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring Semester
Free Electives 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credits120

MUS 105 Survey of Music History I 3 Credits

A chronological survey of Western music from the Medieval through the Baroque periods stressing the origin and evolution of musical forms, musical styles, and the important composers before 1750. The relation between the music and the aesthetic movements of each period is studied.

MUS 106 Survey of Music History II 3 Credits

A chronological survey of Western music from the classical through the contemporary periods stressing the origin and evolution of musical forms, musical styles, and the important composers since 1750. The relation between the music and the aesthetic movements of each period is studied.

MUS 109S Basic Music Theory 3 Credits

This is a beginner’s course in music theory. It familiarizes the student with the basic elements (e.g., staff, clefs, time signatures, musical notation, intervals, triads and chords). This course is ideal for both the student wanting to know only the essential, or the student wanting to go on to develop their theoretical skills. For non-music majors, MUS 109S counts toward graduation and grades are awarded on an A-F basis. For music majors, MUS 109S does not count toward graduation, and grading is on a pass (“Y”) or fail (“Z”) basis.

MUS 110 Music Theory I 3 Credits

A practical introduction to the basic elements of music, beginning with the reading of music notation. Practice in scales and chords; ear-training in rhythm and pitch. Techniques may be applied to the student’s own instrument (e.g., guitar, piano, winds) if he or she plays one. Prerequisite(s): MUS 109S or placement.

Corequisite(s): MUS 110L.

MUS 110L Music Theory I Lab 1 Credits

Dictation, aural skills training, sight singing, and keyboard skills to accompany MUS 110 (Music Theory I). Prerequisite(s): MUS 109S or placement.

Corequisite(s): MUS 110.

MUS 111 Music Theory II 3 Credits

Continuation of MUS 110,leading to some original composition. Prerequisite(s): MUS 110 and MUS 110L.

Corequisite(s): MUS 111L.

MUS 111L Music Theory II Lab 1 Credits

Dictation, aural skills training, sight singing, and keyboard skills to accompany MUS 111 (Music Theory II). Prerequisite(s): MUS 110 and MUS 110L or placement.

Corequisite(s): MUS 111.

MUS 120 Music and Society 3 Credits

Introduction to the basic elements of music (rhythm, melody, harmony, etc.) and the appreciation of representative types of music from all historical periods.

MUS 127 Instrumental Ensemble- Band 1 Credits

Ensemble rehearsal and performance of traditional and current concert band music. Maximum of eight credits are accepted in band, choir, and/or theater production.

MUS 128 Choir 1 Credits

Rehearsal and performance of multi-era Western and non-Western repertoire. Instruction in music fundamentals and vocal production. Pitch matching and part-singing abilities must be demonstrated in the first-week sectional hearing.

MUS 129 Contemporary Vocal Ensemble 1 Credits

The objective of the contemporary vocal ensemble course is to allow students to experience the aesthetics of popular music through the study, interpretation and performance of the music. Students will develop their ensemble skills, independent part singing, as they experience a wide range of popular music genres (jazz, pop, R&B, world, etc.) Students must pass an audition to participate in this course.

MUS 130 Music in Children's Lives 3 Credits

Students in this course will study how music interacts in the lives of children as they sing, listen, play instruments and move. Song repertoire and selections for listening and moving from the American, European and non-Western cultures will be introduced. Playing recorder as well as pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments will be demonstrated.

MUS 131 Beginning Piano I 3 Credits

Class approach to learning to play the piano. How to read music, basic piano technique, and appropriate piano pieces and songs are studied.

MUS 132 Beginning Piano II 3 Credits

Continuation of MUS 131. Emphasis on further development of technique and the ability to interpret piano music from a variety of styles.

Prerequisite(s): MUS 131 or equivalent.

MUS 150A Applied Flute 2 Credits

MUS 150B Applied Flute 1 Credits

MUS 150C Applied Flute 2 Credits

MUS 150D Applied Flute 1 Credits

MUS 151A Applied Oboe 2 Credits

MUS 151B Applied Oboe 1 Credits

MUS 151C Applied Oboe 2 Credits

MUS 151D Applied Oboe 1 Credits

MUS 152A Applied Clarinet 2 Credits

MUS 152B Applied Clarinet 1 Credits

MUS 152C Applied Clarinet 2 Credits

MUS 152D Applied Clarinet 1 Credits

MUS 153A Applied Bassoon 2 Credits

MUS 154A Applied Saxophone 2 Credits

MUS 155A Applied French Horn 2 Credits

MUS 156A Applied Trumpet 2 Credits

MUS 156B Applied Trumpet 1 Credits

MUS 156C Applied Trumpet 2 Credits

MUS 156D Applied Trumpet 1 Credits

MUS 157A Applied Trombone 2 Credits

MUS 158A Applied Euphonium 2 Credits

MUS 159A Applied Tuba 2 Credits

MUS 160A Applied Guitar 2 Credits

MUS 160B Applied Guitar 1 Credits

MUS 160C Applied Guitar 2 Credits

MUS 160D Applied Guitar 1 Credits

MUS 160E Applied Guitar 2 Credits

MUS 161A Applied Violin 2 Credits

MUS 161C Applied Violin 2 Credits

MUS 161E Applied Violin 2 Credits

MUS 161G Applied Violin 2 Credits

MUS 162A Applied Viola 2 Credits

MUS 163A Applied Cello 2 Credits

MUS 164A Applied String Bass 2 Credits

MUS 164B Applied String Bass 1 Credits

MUS 164C Applied String Bass 2 Credits

MUS 164D Applied String Bass 1 Credits

MUS 165A Applied Piano 2 Credits

MUS 165B Applied Piano 1 Credits

MUS 165C Applied Piano 2 Credits

MUS 165D Applied Piano 1 Credits

MUS 165G Applied Piano 2 Credits

MUS 166A Applied Organ 2 Credits

MUS 167A Applied Percussion 2 Credits

MUS 167B Applied Percussion 1 Credits

MUS 167C Applied Percussion Elective 2 Credits

MUS 167D Percussion Elective 1 Credits

MUS 168A Applied Voice 2 Credits

MUS 168B Applied Voice 1 Credits

MUS 168C Applied Voice 2 Credits

MUS 168D Applied Voice 1 Credits

MUS 168E Applied Voice 2 Credits

MUS 168F Applied Voice 1 Credits

MUS 168G Applied Voice 2 Credits

MUS 169A Applied Composition 2 Credits

MUS 199 The Arts in Contemporary Civil 3 Credits

An integrated study of the arts and their place in contemporary American life. Includes attendance at several events in art, music, and drama.

MUS 204 Jazz History 3 Credits

Survey from 19th C. roots to 21st C. styles. Development of listening skills and overview of musical skills used by jazz performers. Exploration of the relationship between jazz and poetry, race relations, and the reputation of jazz in popular culture.

Prerequisite(s): CMP 120 or LL 131.

MUS 205 History of Pop and Rock Part I 3 Credits

Students will receive grounding in the origins and flow of popular music up to the break-up of the Beatles. They will learn the musical developments set in their historical and sociological contexts.

MUS 206 History of Pop and Rock Part 2 3 Credits

Students will receive grounding in the developments and flow of popular music from the 1970s to today. They will learn the specific musical developments set in their historical and sociological contexts.

MUS 207 Masterworks in Music 3 Credits

Major works by great composers from different historical periods Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Wagner, among others are studied. Up to 10 compositions by six composers are covered, with an emphasis on listening to recorded and live performances of representative works.

MUS 208 Music of the Theater 3 Credits

A study of music drama both historical and contemporary covering European opera of the Baroque, classical and romantic periods, and the American musical theatre, especially the contemporary Broadway musical.

MUS 209 Great Composers 3 Credits

A study of selected major composers life, works, and historical significance with an emphasis on the listening experience. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, or others.

MUS 210 Music Theory III 3 Credits

Analysis of musical forms, including binary, rounded binary, ternary, and popular song. Identification of techniques that support musical form, including harmonic language, contrast/repetition, compositional process. Advanced sight singing and aural drills.

Prerequisite(s): MUS 111 and MUS 111L.

MUS 211 Music Theory for Music Theater 3 Credits

Analysis of music theater songs, scenes and scores. Various techniques, placement of examples into historical, musical, artistic, and literary perspective. Reading of full and piano/vocal scores, conducting, orchestration and harmonic language will be emphasized.

Prerequisite(s): MUS 111 and MUS 111L.

MUS 212 Cartoon and Anime Culture 3 Credits

This course investigates the music and culture of animated films and television shows, anime, animated shorts including cartoons, and related incidental music for documentary films.

MUS 213 Digital Comp of Pop Music I 3 Credits

This course is about “the doing of music”. It ties music theory to pragmatic concerns with keyboards and software in the making and distribution of music.

MUS 214 Writing about Music 3 Credits

This course instructs students in the art of writing about music, from small-form criticism to large scale scholarship, focusing especially on the ability to translate what one hears into engaging prose.

Prerequisite(s): CMP 120 and 125, MUS 110, 110L and 213.

MUS 215 Music & Techn/Mobile Society 3 Credits

This course compares the recent history of music technology to past innovations, focusing on the aesthetic implications and ideological influences of an increasingly mobilized musical milieu.

MUS 216 Digital Comp of Pop Music II 3 Credits

This course is about “the doing of music.” It ties music theory to pragmatic concerns with keyboards and software in the making and distribution of music, continuing the content begun in The Digital Composition of Popular Music I.

MUS 217 Black Music in America 3 Credits

This course covers the history of music made by and/or about African Americans, from minstrel shows to hip-hop and everything in between.

MUS 218 Postmodernism & Populr Culture 3 Credits

This course considers music in light of the ideological trends of postmodernism in order to better understand contemporary music in its cultural context.

MUS 233 Intermediate Piano 3-12 Credits

Continuation of MUS 132 with further development of reading skills, piano techniques and interpretation. Each student studies a set of pieces selected together with the instructor tailored specifically to the students’ needs and interests.

MUS 300 Beethoven and the Romantic Age 3 Credits

A study of the Romantic period with particular emphasis on Beethoven. The classical heritage, the transformation of that heritage into romantic terms, the prominent influence of Beethoven on 19th century musical style.

MUS 303 Music Literature: Baroque Era 3 Credits

A survey of European musical styles from c. 1600 to 1750, approached by listening to the music of the period, including Bach, Handel, and many lesser known masters. Topics include the development of modern musical sound, instrumental forms, Lutheran and Catholic church music, and the beginnings of dramatic music.

MUS 304 Music of the Beatles 3 Credits

This course is a very in-depth analysis of the music and personalities of the Beatles. The student will gain in depth insight to the Beatles songs and albums as the course proceeds through the music chronologically. This will be contextualized historically and sociologically where required.

MUS 305 Words and Music 3 Credits

MUS 306 Contemp Music Experience 3 Credits

A survey of European and American musical styles of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Topics include postromantic music, neoclassicism, serialism, electronic music, and the current avant garde.

MUS 307 The Music of Radiohead 3 Credits

This course investigates the music, lyrics, art and marketing strategies of the British so called ”alternative” band, Radiohead, moving song by song through their demos, videos and albums.

MUS 308 World Music 3 Credits

The student is introduced to selected world cultures by listening to and analyzing specific music that is indigenous to each culture. The position and importance of the music within each society will be the main focus of the investigation. Comparing this music to the music of our American culture will provide a basis for judging and interacting with unfamiliar world cultures.

MUS 309 Film Music 3 Credits

A study of music in feature film, documentary film, and television. A chronological survey of film music from silent to contemporary film, animated shorts, and television, with emphasis on listening to recorded performance of representative works.

MUS 312 The Arts Abroad 3 Credits

A two week trip abroad that includes a critical study of music and theater. Students are required to attend all performances, guided tours, and classes before and after the trip.

MUS 315 Black Music in America 3 Credits

This course covers the history of music made by and/or about African Americans, from minstrel shows to hip hop and everything in between.

MUS 350A Applied Flute 2 Credits

MUS 350B Applied Flute 1 Credits

MUS 351A Applied Oboe 2 Credits

MUS 351B Applied Oboe 1 Credits

MUS 352A Applied Clarinet 2 Credits

MUS 353A Applied Bassoon 2 Credits

MUS 354A Applied Saxophone 2 Credits

MUS 355A Applied French Horn 2 Credits

MUS 356A Applied Trumpet 2 Credits

MUS 356B Applied Trumpet 1 Credits

MUS 357A Applied Trombone 2 Credits

MUS 358A Applied Euphonium 2 Credits

MUS 359A Applied Tuba 2 Credits

MUS 360A Applied Guitar 2 Credits

MUS 360B Applied Guitar 1 Credits

MUS 361A Applied Violin 2 Credits

MUS 362A Applied Viola 2 Credits

MUS 363A Applied Cello 2 Credits

MUS 364A Applied String Bass 2 Credits

MUS 364B Applied String Bass 1 Credits

MUS 365A Applied Piano 2 Credits

MUS 365B Applied Piano 1 Credits

MUS 366A Applied Organ 2 Credits

MUS 367A Applied Percussion 2 Credits

MUS 368A Applied Voice 2 Credits

MUS 368B Applied Voice 1 Credits

MUS 368C Applied Voice 2 Credits

MUS 368E Applied Voice 2 Credits

MUS 369A Applied Composition 2 Credits

MUS 490 Independent Research and Study 1-4 Credits

Students may pursue a special topic for which they have prepared through prior course work. Only one project may be scheduled in a semester. The project may involve 1 to 4 Credits. Approval of the faculty sponsor, department chair, and dean required prior to enrollment.

Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing; good academic standing.

MUS 491 Internship in Music 1-4 Credits

Provides junior or senior music majors with the opportunity to gain practical experience working within a professional music environment. Students must be sponsored by a music professor. For each academic credit, interns must work 48 hours for the semester, or approximately 3.7 hours each week.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

MUS 493 Selected Topics in Music Perf 3 Credits

Intensive study of a particular topic in applied music for the intermediate to advanced student. Students are led to understand the historic and aesthetic elements in music through critical listening, performance, research, and class projects.

MUS 495 Selected Topics in Music 3 Credits

Studies specialized aspects of the literature, history, or theory of music, to supplement the established curriculum. Emphasis on creative investigative work and individual experiences in music.

MUS 498 Popular Music Culture Capstone 3 Credits

The capstone is an independent, student-led project resulting in a material product (recording/performance/event/presentation) that demonstrates a student's interests and skills in the area of popular music.

MUS 499 Senior Honors Program 3 Credits

A senior honors program may be submitted in partial fulfillment of requirements for graduation with honors in fine arts. Honors work is limited to those departmental majors with a GPA of 3.5 in fine arts courses and cognates. The program, planned under the direction of a faculty advisor, represents a culmination of demonstrated excellence in a specific area of fine arts. Candidates for honors in fine arts must be approved by the department chairperson and the faculty.