Department of Music

Degree Requirements

Small class sizes and innovative teaching mean that students take an active part in their learning. Classes are hands-on and students participate in a variety of different activities from analyzing primary historical documents to debating tough questions with their peers.

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts. (B.A.) Major: Music or with a concentration in Music Technology
  • Bachelor of Music. (B.M.) Major: Music with a choice of concentration – Conducting, Collaborative Piano, or Voice Performance.
  • A concentration in Conducting includes the preparatory coursework that may count toward K-12 certification in Music. Although Avila University is not approved to offer certification in music, students may seek graduate work and K-12 certification in Music at universities approved by the State of Missouri or by other states.

Major Requirements

Core Requirements

All students must complete the Avila University Core Curriculum as a part of their degree programs. The Core consists of a minimum of 39 credit hours that meet the requirements listed below. Please go to Core Curriculum for more information and to view all Core classes.

Skill Level (7 Credit Hours)

Develops fundamental skills key for both academic and professional success.

  • Composition (3)
  • Communication (3)
  • First-Year Seminar (1) – waived for transfer students
Liberal Arts Level

Provides diverse disciplinary lenses through which to examine the world. Concepts learned and viewpoints experiences at this level promote critical thinking and ethical decision-making with reference to real-life situations across the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and arts.

  • Arts (3)
  • History (3)
  • Literature/Rhetoric (3)
  • Mathematics (3)
  • Natural Science (4) – Must include a lab
  • Philosophy (3)
  • Religious Studies (3)
  • Social Sciences (3)
Core Component Designations (6-12 credit hours)

Focuses on seeing beyond the self, immediate community, or chosen discipline. Designations include Interdisciplinary Studies, Global Studies, and Community Engagement, all of which call for application of learning across boundaries.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies (6)
  • Global Studies or Community Engagement (6)
Major Related Requirements

Demonstrate competence through two semesters (6 credit hours) of foreign language at the university level.

Major Requirements
  • MU 271 – Music Theory I (3)
  • MU 272 – Music Theory II (3)
  • MU 273 – Music Theory I Lab (1)
  • MU 274 – Music Theory II Lab (1)
  • MU 284 – Music History I (3)
  • MU 373 – Music Theory III (3)
  • MU 374 – Music Theory IV (3)
  • MU 377 – Analytical Techniques (3)
  • MU 378 – Music Theory III Lab (1)
  • MU 379 – Music Theory IV Lab (1)
  • MU 384 – Music History II (3)
  • MU 498 – Senior Recital (2-3) (2 credit hours)

8 credit hours of ensembles

  • MU 151 – Avila Singers (1)
  • MU 155 – Athletic Band (1)
  • MU 251 – University Singers (1)
  • MU 255 – Pit Orchestra (1)
Additional Requirements
  • 8 credit hours in applied music
  • 5 credit hours in upper-division music electives
Technology Requirement:

Computer competency will be demonstrated by successful completion of:

  • MU 271 – Music Theory I (3)
  • MU 273 – Music Theory I Lab (1)
  • MU 272 – Music Theory II (3)
  • MU 274 – Music Theory II Lab (1)

Outcome 1 Demonstrate knowledge of harmony, melody and rhythm through analysis

Outcome 2 Place music in proper historical and social context; define and apply appropriate vocabulary and terminology to music.


Outcome 1 Courses MU 272 and MU 274: 100% of students will analyze a Bach chorale during Music Theory II and compose a final project of 24-36 measures. At least 80% of students will demonstrate proficiency in basic analytical techniques through Roman numeral analysis, form analysis (including phrase structure and larger documentation), and the incorporation of relevant non-chord tones. The juxtaposition of both written analysis and composition will document the competencies of analysis.

Outcome 2 Course MU 498: 100% of students will perform a Senior Recital of music literature with a minimum of 50% of the music performed in partnership with another performer; a minimum of 25% must be solo literature. 100% of students will write program notes placing the music in proper historical and social context. 90% of students will demonstrate proficiency through the live performance of solo and collaborative literature.

Note: For a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Theatre with a concentration in Musical Theatre see the Department of Theatre


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