Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021

Music (BA)

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree provides basic training in all areas of music and serves as a foundation for graduate study of any specialized aspect of the field. It requires no fewer than four consecutive semesters of courses in music theory, musicianship, and music history. All sequences begin in the fall. Prospective majors must plan their programs so that they are prepared to begin major courses in a fall semester at least two years before they plan to graduate. It is preferable to begin the 200-level major courses three years before graduation to allow time in the senior year for advanced electives.

Students must complete or exempt through examination MUS 120 and MUS 123 or MUS 124 and complete and pass MUS 125 (spring semester) before taking 200-level theory, musicianship, or music history classes. Prospective majors must earn a minimum grade of B- in all three courses or proficiency exams in order to declare the Music major. Once you have taken or been exempted from these courses, you may declare the Music major.  The declaration form is available at www.csi.cuny.edu/registrar/importantforms.

In order to declare the BA in Music students must complete the following:

  • ENG 111, ENG 151, COR 100 before entering the first semester of 200-level Music major courses, preferably within the first 36 credits.
  • ENG 151 is the pre or corequisite for Music History I-IV. This course satisfies the General Education requirement of a second level writing course.
  • Students must complete or exempt through examination MUS 120 and MUS 123 or MUS 124, and complete and pass MUS 125 (spring semester) before taking 200-level theory, musicianship, or music history classes. Prospective majors must earn a minimum grade of B- in all three courses or proficiency exams in order to declare the Music major.
  • Piano skills are critical for all musicians. All potential Music majors must demonstrate elementary proficiency at the piano before declaring the major. Students should plan to fulfill this requirement no later than the Spring semester in which they take MUS 125. Students entering CSI with limited keyboard background may take MUS 123 Piano I and, if necessary, MUS 124 Piano II (both of which are offered every semester) as a pre-major requirement, or they make take private lessons in piano at their own expense. The Music Program has a list of recommended piano teachers.
  • All Music majors are expected to have a working knowledge of a music notation software program such as Sibelius (the program used in the CSI Music Lab) or Finale before they enter the major. Basic Sibelius skills are taught in MUS 125 Introduction to Music Theory. Transfer students and other students who do not take MUS 125 are required to acquire basic knowledge of a music software program by the end of MUS 225 Music Theory I.

In addition to ENG 111, ENG 151, and COR 100 students must complete any 200-level TALA course in order to register for any music courses at the 300-level and above.

The BA in Music offers students a strong general music education. All undergraduate music majors include training performance, musicianship, music theory, and music history, in the context of a strong liberal-arts degree program. It provides basic training in all areas of music and services as foundation for graduation study of an aspect of the field. Many other subjects, including composition, jazz studies, and music technology, are available as electives.

General Education Requirements 42 credits 
Major Requirements  57-61 credits 
Electives  17-21 credits
Total Credits Required  120

Required Courses

MUS 120, MUS 123, MUS 124, MUS 125 may be waived through examination.

MUS 125 runs only in the spring semester. Students who intend to declare the Music Bachelor of Arts degree should complete MUS 125 in the spring semester prior to the declaration of the major.

A minimum grade of B- must be earned in all required courses in order to advance to music courses at the 200-level.

MUS 124 is not required but students are encouraged to enroll to establish piano proficiency.

MUS 120Rudiments of Music(RLA)

3

MUS 123Piano I(RNL)

1

MUS 125Introduction to Music Theory(RLA)

3

AND

Core Curriculum

MUS 203Music History I: History of Jazz(RLA)

3

MUS 204Music History II - History of Western Music from Antiquity to 1750(RLA)

3

MUS 223Keyboard Musicianship I(RNL)

1

MUS 224Keyboard Musicianship II(RNL)

1

MUS 225Music Theory I(RLA)

3

MUS 226Music Theory II(RLA)

3

MUS 243Musicianship I(RNL)

1

MUS 244Musicianship II(RNL)

1

MUS 303Music History III: History of Western Music from 1750 to 1900(RLA)

3

MUS 304Music History IV: Western Art Music from 1900-Present(RLA)

3

MUS 322Counterpoint(RLA)

3

MUS 323Keyboard Musicianship III(RNL)

1

MUS 325Keyboard Musicianship IV(RNL)

1

MUS 326Instrumentation and Scoring(RLA)

2

MUS 363Musicianship III(RNL)

1

MUS 364Musicianship IV(RNL)

1

MUS 424Score Analysis(RLA)

3

MUS 431Conducting(RNL)

2

AND

Four courses chosen from the following:

MUS 115Ensemble I(RNL)

1

MUS 116Ensemble II(RNL)

1

MUS 130Guitar Ensemble I(RNL)

1

MUS 131Guitar Ensemble II(RNL)

1

MUS 144Jazz Ensemble I(RNL)

1

MUS 145Jazz Ensemble II(RNL)

1

MUS 150Chorus I(RNL)

1

MUS 151Chorus II(RNL)

1

MUS 164Orchestra I(RNL)

1

MUS 165Orchestra II(RNL)

1

MUS 215Ensemble III(RNL)

1

MUS 216Ensemble IV(RNL)

1

MUS 233Guitar Ensemble III(RNL)

1

MUS 234Guitar Ensemble IV(RNL)

1

MUS 246Jazz Ensemble III(RNL)

1

MUS 247Jazz Ensemble IV(RNL)

1

MUS 249Jazz Combo(RNL)

1

MUS 250Chorus III(RNL)

1

MUS 251Chorus IV(RNL)

1

MUS 264Orchestra III(RNL)

1

MUS 265Orchestra IV(RNL)

1

MUS 349Jazz Repertoire Combo(RNL)

1

AND

Advanced Music Elective

One music (MUS) course at or above the 200-level

4

AND

Foreign Language Requirement (0-4 credits)

ARB/ASL/CHN/FRN/ITL/SPNDemonstration of proficiency in a foreign language through the Intermediate level 213 or above

0-4

Total Credit Hours: 120

A student must earn a grade of C or higher in all prerequisite Music courses in order to advance to the next core course in the sequence of required courses. Exceptionally, a student who receives a D may be given permission to continue in the sequence if recommended by both the instructor and the full-time Music faculty.

Ensemble Requirement

Participation in all ensembles is contingent on an audition and permission of a full-time Music faculty member. All music students are required to participate in a minimum of four semesters of a performing ensemble. Enrollment in a performing ensemble course each semester is encouraged. Ensemble courses taken after the fourth semester may count as electives, but will not apply toward the credits required for the BA in Music.

Private Instruction in Voice and Instrument

The college funds private lessons for a limited number of qualified Music majors in the B.A. program. Students who are pursuing a major in Music, who earn a 2.7 GPA in required pre-major or core Music courses and who are making appropriate progress toward fulfilling the degree requirements, are eligible for enrollment in college-funded private instruction for credit. Admission into private instruction is determined by audition, which must take place prior to registration in MUS 181. In order to qualify for private lessons, students will be asked to perform major and minor scales and arpeggios, two prepared pieces, and will be asked to read a short musical composition at sight. In the B.A., private lessons are elective. Students enrolled in private lessons must maintain a 2.7 cumulative average in core music courses. For each semester of private lessons, the student must be enrolled in at least six credits of music classes and must be enrolled in an Ensemble. These courses (MUS 181, MUS 191, MUS 281, MUS 291, MUS 381, MUS 391, MUS 481, MUS 491)—which may not be repeated—are non-liberal arts and sciences courses and should be taken in sequence. Performance Workshop (MUS 180, MUS 190, MUS 280, MUS 290, MUS 380, MUS 390, MUS 480, MUS 490) is co-requisite with private lessons. Students who are enrolled in college-funded lessons must satisfy the following criteria in order to remain eligible on a semester-by-semester basis:

  1. earn an average GPA of 2.7 in required or core Music courses;

  2. receive a grade of B in the juried examination that takes place at the end of each semester;

  3. make satisfactory progress towards completing the BA in Music through:

    1. full-time enrollment status at CSI (12 credits or more for each semester of lessons);

    2. enrollment in 6 or more credits of Music courses in each semester of study;

  4. be enrolled in an ensemble for each semester of enrollment in private lessons.

Enrollment in Chamber Music and Other Small Ensembles

The college funds enrollment in chamber music, small jazz ensembles, and other small ensembles for a limited number of qualified Music majors. Students who are pursuing a major in Music and who are making appropriate progress toward fulfilling the degree requirements are eligible for enrollment in college-funded private instruction for credit. Admission into small ensembles is determined by audition, which must take place prior to registration in MUS 115.

Students enrolled in chamber music, small jazz ensembles, and small ensembles must maintain a 2.7 cumulative average in academic music classes (theory, history, and musicianship). For each semester of private lessons, the student must be enrolled in at least six credits of music classes. (Some flexibility is possible for first- and last-semester students.) Students may receive credit for a maximum of eight semesters of private lessons. These courses (MUS 115, MUS 116, MUS 215, MUS 216) are non-liberal arts and sciences courses and should be taken in sequence. MUS 216 may be repeated for credit. Students who are enrolled in college-funded small ensembles must satisfy the following criteria in order to remain eligible on a semester-by-semester basis:

  1. rehearse with the ensemble every week;

  2. give a public performance, which serves as a final examination, at the end of each semester of enrollment;

  3. maintain full-time enrollment status at CSI (12 credits or more for each semester of ensemble);

  4. make satisfactory progress toward completing the Music degree.

Junior and Senior Project Courses

Courses numbered MUS 383, MUS 394, MUS 483, and MUS 494 are project courses. They are available to Music majors who wish to perform a full-length public recital, write a large-scale composition, or complete a research project in music theory or music history of significant scope and length. A full-time music faculty member and/or applied music instructor must supervise any of these endeavors.

Students who wish to enroll in MUS 383 Junior Project in Performance and MUS 483 Senior Project in Performance must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. be enrolled in private lessons with a CSI applied music professor for no fewer than two consecutive semesters prior to registering for a junior or senior recital;

  2. earn a grade of B+ or higher every semester before enrollment in junior or senior recital;

  3. at the end of the semester before the recital, perform before a jury of Music faculty members a 20-minute audition of music in diverse styles representative of the repertoire to be performed on the recital.

At the request of the student, when the grade point average warrants the appellation, these courses may be designated as Junior Honors Project or Senior Honors Project. Juniors who hope to enroll in either MUS 383 or MUS 393 must have completed at least 25 credits of the general education requirement, including ENG 151, and COR 100.

Honors

To graduate with honors in Music a student must have a 3.5 grade point average in music courses and must complete an honors thesis in composition or performance under the supervision of a full-time faculty member.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirement

For the BA in Music, at least 90 credits must be in liberal arts and sciences courses. For the BS in Music, at least 60 credits must be in liberal arts and sciences courses. Music performance courses are non-liberal arts and sciences.