Music

Program Information

Degree Type: AS
Program Code: MUSI
Hegis Code: 5610.00
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The A.S. degree in Music provides the first two years of specialized instruction needed by students who ultimately wish to earn a bachelors degree in any music-related field. Courses at SUNY Adirondack closely parallel courses offered by four-year music colleges so that completion of the AS degree will facilitate the transfer process.

Although no entrance audition is required, a placement exam is required for admission to the degree program. The placement exam is administered on specified dates from May through August and is designed to make certain that students are placed appropriately (either in the Music AS degree program or in the Liberal Arts AA degree program with Pre-Music emphasis) that will better meet the student's current learning needs. Recommended high school preparation: Music ensembles and private music instruction, along with music courses when available.

Cr. Course Title Course Code
1-4 Freshman Experience HRD100 HRD100A or HRD110
3 Writing I ENG101 or ENG100A &ENG100B
3 SUNY GEN ED Basic Communication  ENG102, ENG103, ENG104, ENG105, ENG106, ENG107, ENG108, ENG109 or ENG110
3 SUNY GEN ED Mathematics  
3-4 SUNY GEN ED Natural Science lab science  
2 Health and Wellness Ped activity courses, AVS101, AVS102, BIO115, HED103, HED104, HED108, NTR101, NTR111 or PED172
6 SUNY GEN ED Western Civilization HIS100, HIS101 or HIS102
3 SUNY GEN ED Social Science   ANT, PSY, SOC
1 Keyboard Harmony I MUS117 (Fall only - Prereq Required)
1 Keyboard Harmony II MUS118 (Spring only - Prereq Required)
1 Aural Skills I MUS119 (Fall only - Prereq Required)
1 Aural Skills II MUS120 (Spring only - Prereq Required)
2 Music Theory I MUS124 (Fall only - Prereq Required)
2 Music Theory II MUS125 (Spring only - Prereq Required)
3 Music Literature and Style I MUS126 (Fall only - Preeq Required)
3 Music Literature and Style II MUS127 (Spring only - Prereq Required)
1 Conducting I MUS128 (Fall only - Prereq Required)
1 Conducting II MUS129 (Spring only - Preerq Required)
1 Aural Skills III MUS219 (Fall only - Prereq Required)
1 Aural Skills IV MUS220 (Spring only - Prereq Required)
2 Music Theory III MUS224 (Fall only- Prereq Required)
2 Music Theory IV MUS225 (Spring only - Prereq Required)
8 Private Instruction  MUS130 - All in one instrument or voice
4 Large Music Ensemble MUS105 or MUS110 - all in one instrument or voice
4 Chamber Ensemble 

Choose one ensemble focus:

MUS131, MUS132, MUS133, MUS134, MUS135, MUS136, MUS139 or MUS140

2 Electives  
64 Minimum credits required for graduation  

Recommended First Year
First Semester
1-4 HRD100, HRD100A or HRD110
3 ENG101 or ENG100A & ENG100B
3 SUNY GEN ED Mathematics
1 MUS117
1 MUS119
2 MUS124
2 MUS130 (See Note 1)
2 Large Music and Chamber Ensembles (See Note 2)
1 Health and Wellness
Second Semester
3 ENG102 - ENG110
3 SUNY GEN ED Western Civilization
3-4 SUNY GEN ED Natural Science lab science
1 MUS118
1 MUS120
2 MUS125
2 MUS130 (See Note 1)
2 Large Music and Chamber Ensembles (See Note 2)
Recommended Second Year
Third Semester
3 SUNY GEN ED Western Civilization
3 MUS126
1 MUS128
1 MUS219
2 MUS224
2 MUS130 (See Note 1)
2 Large Music and Chamber Ensembles (See Note 2)
1 Health and Wellness
1 Elective
Fourth Semester
3 SUNY GEN ED Social Science course (ANT, PSY, SOC)
3 MUS127
1 MUS129
1 MUS220
2 MUS225
2 MUS130 (See Note 1)
2 Large Music and Chamber Ensembles (See Note 2)
1 Elective

NOTES:

  1. The Performance Concentration involves 8 credits (taken in 2-credit blocks for each of 4 semesters) of MUS 130 Private Instruction all in one instrument or voice (chosen by the student), with the intent that this will be the primary musical skill in which the student will focus.
  2. Ensembles must correspond to the major area of focus as designated by the Music Department.  Admittance into performing ensembles is at the discretion of the appropriate conductor/coach.  Four credits must be in a large ensemble appropriate to the primary instrument.  Four credits must be in a small ensemble appropriate to the primary instrument.

 

Notes on Music AS (MUSI)

      Placement Information:

  1. Music AS program 4 semester layout is Fall-start only.  Many of the core MUS courses are fall only and spring only and must occur in the required sequence.
  1. Placement into MUS 117, MUS 119 and MUS 124 is contingent upon successful completion of music placement tests.  There will be a written test and an individual appointment with MUS faculty.  Students will be tested on music theory, listening skills and vocal skills.
  1. Placement test dates and times will be coordinated with the fall registration Accepted Student Days.   Not every Accepted Student Day event will include Music placement testing.
  1. Any student who does not pass the placement test and wants to be full-time, shall be enrolled as a Liberal Arts Humanities and Social Science AA major.  These students, full or part-time, should be encouraged to contact the Music Department so faculty are aware of their interest in the Music AS program.
  1. There is no repeat of the placement test.  Any student who does not pass the placement test must successfully complete the following coursework to receive permission to enroll in MUS 117, MUS 119 and MUS 124:
    1. MUS 103, with a C or better
    2. MUS 115 and MUS 116, with a C or better
    3. MUS 130 – Private Instruction – Voice, with a C or better
    4. MUS 130 – Private Instruction – Instrument, with a C or better
  1. In general, a student classified as having a strong music background has:
  1. 3-5 years progressive musical experience
  2. Has received music Instruction within the last 2 years
  3. Has strong music reading skills
  1. Interested music majors, who lack a strong music background and start in the spring semester, are encouraged to take the following coursework:
  1. MUS 101
  2. MUS 103
  3. MUS 115 and MUS 116
  4. MUS 130 – Private Instruction – Voice
  5. MUS 130 – Private Instruction – Instrument
  1. Interested music majors, who have a strong music background and start in the spring semester, are encouraged to take the following coursework:
  1. MUS 130 – Private Instruction – primary instrument or voice
  2. MUS 105 or MUS 110 – primary instrument or voice
  3. MUS small ensemble – primary instrument or voice

 

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