Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Music (BS)

The BS degree in Music is intended for musically and academically talented students who have serious ambitions in the field of music performance, teaching, scholarship, or related fields. It provides intensive instruction in the student's major instrument or voice, as well as solid training in music theory, history, technology, and a broad, liberal arts education. Admission to this program is conditional on passing an audition demonstrating a high level of skill in performance.

Students accepted into this program generally begin the degree in their second year in the Music major, after the completion of MUS 204, MUS 224, MUS 226 and MUS 244, and MUS 258 for student's wishing to pursue the Music Technology concentration. In addition to performance classes, the degree requires no fewer than four semesters of advanced courses (300-level and above). 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 three years before they plan to graduate to allow time in the senior year for advanced electives and the completion of a Senior Project.

All Music students at CSI begin in the Music Bachelor of Arts degree program. During the second year as a declared music major, students must complete MUS 203, MUS 223, MUS 225, and MUS 243 and must earn a GPA of 2.7 in these Music courses, and must have a GPA of 2.5 overall in order to enter the BS degree program.

Entry into the BS in Music with a Music Technology concentration requires an application and a special interview/audition.  Applications will be accepted during the student's second year as a declared music major. Students who wish to apply for this program must also submit a digital audio recording no more than 15 minutes in length of examples of the student's most recent work in the field of Music Technology.

Entry into the BS concentrations in Performance, Literature, and Theory (Classical or Jazz) requires application and a special audition, usually taken during the second year in the B.A. Auditions for entrance into the BS degree program are held in the Spring semester of the second year, usually in March.

To schedule an audition, please call the Department of Performing and Creative Arts at 718.982.2520 at least three weeks prior to the audition date. In preparing for the audition, we suggest that you choose two contrasting selections that best demonstrate your technique and musicianship. These selections should be chosen from the standard classical repertoire and should represent different styles and periods. Memorization is recommended, but not required. Singers should prepare at least one work in a language other than English. All auditioners should also bring copies of the music to the audition to give to the accompanists that will be provided for you. All who audition should be able to read musical notation comfortably.

For students who wish to pursue a concentration in Classical Performance, French or Italian is recommended.

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.

General Education Requirements  42 credits 
Major Requirements  67-74 credits 
Electives  4-11 credits
Total Credits Required  120

Students must earn a grade of B in MUS 125 and make progress toward completing the piano proficiency requirement before registering for the Music major sequence, which begins in the second year. The standard sequence of courses is MUS 203, MUS 223, MUS 225, and MUS 243, taken in the fall semester, and MUS 204, MUS 224, MUS 226 and MUS 244, taken in the spring semester. Music majors should request an advisor from the full-time Music faculty. Each student chooses one area of concentration beyond the core course requirements. Concentrations are available in classical Performance, Theory and Literature; Music Technology, and Jazz Studies and Performance.

Students in the BS program (Concentration in Classical Performance, Theory and Literature, Music Technology, and Jazz Studies and Performance) must earn a B- or higher in all Music courses in order to advance to the next core course in the sequence of required courses. Retention in the major requires a 2.7 GPA in core Music courses and a 2.5 GPA overall. Exceptionally, students who receive grades lower than a B- in Music courses may be given permission to continue in the sequence if recommended by both the instructor and full-time music faculty.

Major Requirements: Classical Performance, Theory, and Literature Concentration

Required Courses

 

MUS 120, MUS 123, 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

Core Curriculum

MUS 180Performance Workshop I(RNL)

1

MUS 181First-Semester Private Lessons(RNL)

1

MUS 190Performance Workshop II(RNL)

1

MUS 191Second-Semester Private Lessons(RNL)

1

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 280Performance Workshop III(RNL)

1

MUS 281Third-Semester Private Lessons(RNL)

1

MUS 290Performance Workshop IV(RNL)

1

MUS 291Fourth-Semester Private Lessons(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

Four Ensemble courses chosen from the following:

Students in the Concentration in Jazz Studies and Performance must take MUS 144, MUS 145, MUS 249, MUS 349 in order to satisfy the Ensemble requirement.

MUS 249 and MUS 349 may be repeated in order to satisfy the Ensemble requirement.

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

Foreign Language Requirement

For students who wish to pursue a concentration in Classical Performance, French or Italian is recommended.

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

0-4

Classical Performance, Theory, and Literature Concentration

One Advanced Music History Course
MUS 400The Music of J.S. Bach(RLA)

3

MUS 402Major Composer I(RLA)

3

MUS 403Major Composer II(RLA)

3

MUS 450History and Literature of the Symphony(RLA)

3

MUS 460History and Literature of Chamber Music(RLA)

3

MUS 470History and Literature of Opera(RLA)

3

One Advanced Music Theory/Composition Course
MUS 242Harmonic Practice in the Jazz Tradition(RLA)

3

MUS 258Introduction to Music Technology(RLA)

3

MUS 270Composition I(RNL)

2

MUS 360Twentieth-Century Directions(RLA)

3

One Senior Project Course
MUS 473Senior Project (Composition)(RLA)

3

MUS 483Senior Project (Performance)(RNL)

3

Two Upper-Level Music Electives

Students may choose from the list below or from the advanced music history or music theory/composition course lists above.

MUS 301Improvisation(RNL)

2

MUS 338Innovators in Jazz(RLA)

3

MUS 361Audio for Moving Images(RLA)

3

MUS 362Performance with Computer and Electronics(RLA)

3

MUS 365Multitrack Recording(RNL)

3

MUS 366Multitrack Mixing and Mastering(RLA)

3

MUS 373Junior Project (Composition)(RLA)

3

MUS 383Junior Project (Performance)(RNL)

3

MUS 393Junior Project Research(RLA)

3

OR

Major Requirements: Music Technology Concentration

Required Courses

 

MUS 120, MUS 123, 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

Core Curriculum

MUS 180Performance Workshop I(RNL)

1

MUS 181First-Semester Private Lessons(RNL)

1

MUS 190Performance Workshop II(RNL)

1

MUS 191Second-Semester Private Lessons(RNL)

1

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 280Performance Workshop III(RNL)

1

MUS 281Third-Semester Private Lessons(RNL)

1

MUS 290Performance Workshop IV(RNL)

1

MUS 291Fourth-Semester Private Lessons(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

Four Ensemble courses chosen from the following:

Students in the Concentration in Jazz Studies and Performance must take MUS 144, MUS 145, MUS 249, MUS 349 in order to satisfy the Ensemble requirement.

MUS 249 and MUS 349 may be repeated in order to satisfy the Ensemble requirement.

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

Foreign Language Requirement

For students who wish to pursue a concentration in Classical Performance, French or Italian is recommended.

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

0-4

Music Technology Concentration

Five courses from the following:
MUS 258Introduction to Music Technology(RLA)

3

MUS 365Multitrack Recording(RNL)

3

MUS 366Multitrack Mixing and Mastering(RLA)

3

MUS 361Audio for Moving Images(RLA)

3

MUS 362Performance with Computer and Electronics(RLA)

3

Students may also choose one of the following to fulfill the Music Technology requirements.
MUS 473Senior Project (Composition)(RLA)

3

MUS 483Senior Project (Performance)(RNL)

3

OR

Major Requirements: Jazz Studies and Performance Concentration

Required Courses

 

MUS 120, MUS 123, 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

Core Curriculum

MUS 180Performance Workshop I(RNL)

1

MUS 181First-Semester Private Lessons(RNL)

1

MUS 190Performance Workshop II(RNL)

1

MUS 191Second-Semester Private Lessons(RNL)

1

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 280Performance Workshop III(RNL)

1

MUS 281Third-Semester Private Lessons(RNL)

1

MUS 290Performance Workshop IV(RNL)

1

MUS 291Fourth-Semester Private Lessons(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

Four Ensemble courses chosen from the following:

Students in the Concentration in Jazz Studies and Performance must take MUS 144, MUS 145, MUS 249, MUS 349 in order to satisfy the Ensemble requirement.

MUS 249 and MUS 349 may be repeated in order to satisfy the Ensemble requirement.

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

Foreign Language Requirement

For students who wish to pursue a concentration in Classical Performance, French or Italian is recommended.

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

0-4

Jazz Studies and Performance Concentration

Required Courses
MUS 242Harmonic Practice in the Jazz Tradition(RLA)

3

MUS 338Innovators in Jazz(RLA)

3

MUS 340Arranging for Jazz Ensemble(RNL)

2

One Advanced Music Theory and/or Performance Course
MUS 339Jazz Composition and Analysis(RNL)

3

MUS 483Senior Project (Performance)(RNL)

3

One Music Elective
MUS 106Jazz Performance Techniques(RNL)

1

MUS 258Introduction to Music Technology(RLA)

3

MUS 301Improvisation(RNL)

2

MUS 339Jazz Composition and Analysis(RNL)

3

MUS 361Audio for Moving Images(RLA)

3

MUS 473Senior Project (Composition)(RLA)

3

MUS 483Senior Project (Performance)(RNL)

3

MUS 493Senior Project ( Research)(RLA)

3

Private Instruction in Voice and Instrument

Four semesters of private instruction in voice or an instrument are required for the B.S. degree. Students who are pursuing a major in Music, who earn a 2.7 GPA in the required or core Music courses, who earn a 2.5 GPA overall, 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 BA, 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 pre-major or core Music courses and a 2.5 GPA overall;

  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 B.S. 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 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 for MUS 115.

Students enrolled in private lessons 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 enrolled on a semester-by-semester basis:

  1. rehearse with the ensemble at least six hours per 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 lessons); and

  4. make satisfactory progress toward completing the Music degree.

Junior and Senior Project Courses

Courses numbered MUS 373, MUS 383, MUS 393, MUS 473, MUS 483, and MUS 493 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.

Students in the B.S. program (Concentration in Classical Performance, Theory, and Literature) must complete either MUS 473, MUS 483, or MUS 493 as a capstone course. A full-time music faculty member and/or applied music instructor must supervise any of these endeavors.

Students who wish to enroll for Project Courses 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 373 or 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 courses.