Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Academics

DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC (MUSI/MUSA)

Bellamah Music Building 112.  Box 174.  Extension 2803.

The department serves three purposes:  to provide training to qualified students for the music profession, to supply an area of artistic enrichment for non-music majors, and to create a genuine musical influence on the entire university family.  Students wishing to follow careers in professional teaching or performance should pursue the appropriate program.  Students completing the degree with a major in music with teacher certification will qualify to receive the All-level Provisional Certificate, vocal or instrumental.  This latter program will qualify successful candidates as teachers of music for all grades in Texas under certification regulations established by the Texas Education Agency.

Minors and Electives
Qualified nonmusic majors may continue their music studies either as elective courses or as minor concentrations in applied music or general cultural music.  Music ensembles are open to all university students with the consent of the instructors. 

Music Degree plans
Description of courses offered by the Department of Music

The following programs, which provide only nonprofessional training, are designed for those desiring the cultural enrichment of a minor in music: 

Music Minor (Cultural): MUSI 1317, MUSI 1117, MUSI 2301, MUSI 2316, MUSI 2317, MUSI 2116, MUSI 2217, MUSI 2306, MUSI 4307, MUSI 4308 (24 semester hours).

Music Minor (Performance) -- MUSI 1316, MUSI 1317, MUSI 1116, MUSI 1117, MUSI 2306, four years of applied music on one instrument or voice at one lesson per week (8 hours) and ensemble participation for four years (8 or 16 hours); half recital required (27 semester hours-voice; 35 semester hours-instrumental).

Frank C. Smith Recital Hall and Jones Auditorium:  The department presents student, faculty, and guest recitals throughout the year, including the annual jazz festival, jazz bash, summer musical, Chopin Workshop, Kingsville Young Performers Competition, operettas, choir concerts, and band concerts.

Majors
Department Placement Examinations
Entering undergraduate and graduate music majors will be given placement examinations prior to their first registration.  These examinations enable the student with an exceptional background or previous college training to proceed on the basis of this experience.

General Requirements
All full-time (12 semester hours or more) music majors are required to:

 a. All students seeking the Bachelor of Music with Teacher Certification degree must register for and participate in   their prescribed major ensemble until they student teach.
 
b. Register for applied music until degree requirements are completed. The student should have attained at least a 4000-level of proficiency and have satisfied all jury and recital requirements.
 
c. Register for and pass a minimum of 4 semester hours of class piano (MUSI 1181, MUSI 1182, MUSI 2181, MUSI 2182).  A student may test out of any semester of this requirement by successful completion of a piano proficiency exam.  If the proficiency test is not passed at the completion of 4 semester hours of class piano, a student may continue to work independently for the exam.  The student also has the option of retaking MUSI 2181 - MUSI 2182 or taking one credit of piano applied until the proficiency exam is successfully completed.  This exam must be passed prior to registration for MUSI 3394, Advanced Music Concepts, (if in music with teacher certification) or prior to graduation (if performance  major).
 
d. Attend all student and faculty recitals unless previously excused by applied faculty.  Attend a minimum of ten approved concerts, recitals or University Interscholastic League approved music contests per semester.  Failure to meet this requirement will lower the applied grade by one letter grade.
 
e. Perform in at least one public recital per semester (if registered at 1000-level or above). 
 
f. Fulfill solo recital requirements as follows:

 Junior Year Senior Year
B.M. Performance Half Recital  Full Recital
B.M. with Teacher Certification Half Recital
B.A. Performance Minor Half Recital
  A faculty hearing committee must approve the entire program at least two weeks prior to the recital performance date.  The same committee will approve or disapprove the recital itself.
 
g. Prior to the junior year or the time a student would normally have completed 60 semester hours, the student is required to file an official transcript in the Music office in order that a degree plan may be prepared and meet with a faculty review committee to determine overall and music grade point average, progress in applied music, and progress in keyboard proficiency, as well as whether the student has the necessary qualities to become a successful teacher (if in the field of music with teacher certification).
 
h. Beginning in Fall 1995, students majoring in music must make at least a grade of C in every music course taken toward the degree.  In sequential music courses, a grade of C must be made in order to progress to the next music course in the sequence.
 
i. At the conclusion of the fourth semester of music theory (MUSI 2317-2117), students must take and pass the Sophomore Theory Exam in order to proceed to the upper level theory courses.

This page was last updated on: January 24, 2014