Department of Music
Majoring & Minoring


Through guided instruction by nationally and internationally
known music faculty, students
are exposed to a variety of
musical disciplines, including composition, theory, performance, and music history.

The Department of Music's various degree programs and courses of study provide students with opportunities to acquire practicing and rehearsing skills while mastering performance technique through intimate ensemble experiences that encourage a closer association with audiences. And in addition to learning to produce their own concerts, develop private studios, and record performances, students learn to understand and appreciate various kinds of music, comprehend their relationships to culture, education and history, and acquire a disciplinary knowledge of history, repertoire, pedagogy, and technology. With a degree in music from Benedictine, students are equipped with the skills and confidence necessary for success in any music career.

The Department offers students a choice of three programs of study:

Students who wish to major or minor in music must satisfy the entrance requirements associated with their chosen program of study.

 

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Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music emphasizes the performance and study of music. Music majors must complete at least 59 credit hours in music courses in performance, history, literature, and theory—including 15 at the 300 level. Students are also required to perform a music jury each semester.


Entrance requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Music

  • Audition for the department to show competencies in solo performance, scales and sight-reading.
  • Take a music entrance exam in theory, keyboard and aural skills.


Student performanceRequired major and cognate courses

  • 100-level courses: MUSI 100 (3), MUSI 101 (3), MUSI 102 (3), MUSI 104 (3), MUSI 112 (1), MUSI 113 (1), MUSI 194 (1), MUSI 195 (1)
  • 200-level courses: MUSI 201 (3), MUSI 202 (3), MUSI 204 (3), MUSI 205 (3), MUSI 206 (3), MUSI 212 (1), MUSI 213 (1), junior recital (MUSI 250) (1), 200-level Applied Music (4)
  • 300-level courses: senior recital (MUSI 350) (2), MUSI 360(3), 300-level Applied Music (2), 300-level music electives (6)
  • Ensembles (6)
  • Internship (2)
  • Students must also complete at least six credit hours in a secondary language.


Major sheet and checklist

 

 

Bachelor of Arts in Music Education

The Bachelor of Arts in Music Education is a comprehensive program of study that will fulfill the requirements needed for certification as a K-12 music educator in the state of Illinois. In addition to completing required coursework in music and education, students pursuing a degree in music education are required to perform a music jury each semester. The Music Education Program works closely with Benedictine's Department of Education.


Entrance requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education

  • Audition for the department to show competencies in solo performance, scales and sight-reading.
  • Take a music entrance exam in theory, keyboard and aural skills.


Major sheet and checklist

 

 

Music Minor

Students minoring in music are required to take a minimum of 22 credit hours of coursework in music; additionally, all music minors are required to perform a music jury each semester.

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Entrance requirements for the Music minor

  • Audition for the department to show competencies in solo performance, scales and sight-reading.
  • Take a music entrance exam in theory, keyboard and aural skills.


Minor Requirements

  • 100-level courses: MUSI 101-B (3), MUSI 112-B (1)
  • 200-level courses: MUSI 205 (3), MUSI 206 (3), 4 credit hours of Applied music (200-level Applied – must be continuously enrolled prior to MUSI 250), junior recital (MUSI 250) (1)
  • 300-level courses: MUSI 300 elective (3)
  • Ensembles (4 semesters minimum)