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Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2017 - 2018 
Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2017 - 2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Major: Church Music Emphasis B.A.

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Program Director: Erik Leung, D.M.A.



The music major prepares students for professional careers and/or graduate study in the discipline of music. The major combines music theory and history with practical participation in a variety of musical activities, including performance ensembles and private music study. Students graduating with the music major can find employment in public school teaching, private studio instruction, performance, church ministries, the recording industry and many other music business enterprises. Some professions require additional music training and students are encouraged to continue studies at the graduate level or in specialized schools.


Music majors choose from three areas of emphasis: 1) music performance and/or composition, 2) church music and 3) music education. Students are officially admitted into the music major once the Level 1 Exam has been passed in their freshmen year.


Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Music performance

1.1 Mastery of primary instrument

1.2 Piano proficiency

1.3 Producing music corporately

1.4 Recital preparation

1.5 Mastery of composition as primary instrument


  1. Music scholarship

2.1 Music history and literature

2.2 Music research and scholarly writing

2.3 World music


  1. Musicianship

3.1 Sight-singing and aural skills

3.2 Music theory


  1. Music and Christian worship


  1. Music and technology


Locations Offered

Main Campus Fresno


General Education or Other Prerequisites (6 Units)


Students who demonstrate sufficient background (by exam) may waive MUS 101 - Elements of Musicianship  and proceed directly to MUS 110 MUS 110 - Music Theory and Aural Skills  and  MUS 110L - Music Theory and Aural Skills Lab . For students who require foundation studies in preparation for the theory course sequence, music faculty recommends MUS 131 - Piano Class  or MUS 135 - Private Instruction in Piano , followed by MUS 101 - Elements of Musicianship . 


Successful completion of Level 1 on the student’s primary instrument is a prerequisite for MUS 310 - Music Theory and Analysis .

Music history courses should be preceded by MUS 349 - Music Research  and MUS 110 MUS 110 - Music Theory and Aural Skills  and  MUS 110L - Music Theory and Aural Skills Lab .

Applied Music (Private Instruction) (8 Units)

Enrollment in private music instruction in the student’s primary instrument is required each semester of attendance, totaling at least 8 units (including at least 4 upper- division units) on the same instrument.

Ensemble (12 units minimum)

Participation in a performance ensemble is required each semester of attendance. This requirement includes all music students regardless of primary instrument. All ensemble participation units may be taken in any of these ensembles:

Up to 50 percent of all required ensemble units may be taken in any of these ensembles:

Additional Requirements

  • All music majors must pass a piano proficiency exam. Enrollment in Piano Proficiency Class (MUS 132 ) or Private Piano Instruction (MUS 135 ) is required until the exam is passed. Transfer students who have passed the piano proficiency test at another institution are required to pass the FPU piano proficiency exam as well.
  • Level Exams: Passing the Level 1 exam signals official admittance into the music department as a music major and is a prerequisite for admittance to Music Theory and Analysis (MUS 310 ). The Level 2 exam must be passed at least one semester prior to the senior recital ( MUS 495 - Senior Project , MUS 497 - Senior Project in Music Composition ).
  • During the final year of study, graduating music majors are required to present a senior performance recital. Students will register for MUS 495 - Senior Project  or MUS 497 - Senior Project in Music Composition  during the semester of the scheduled recital.
  • A portfolio chronicling the student’s activities in music is due the semester of graduation. The portfolio is especially important for music education majors.
  • Voice performance majors are required to complete the equivalent of one year of study in a second language–Italian, French or German–as determined by the faculty mentor or private music instructor.
  • Voice performance majors are required to participate in four semesters of MUS 115 - Vocal Performance Workshop . Two semesters are required for music education majors whose primary instrument is voice.
  • Keyboard majors and church music majors are encouraged to take one semester of organ instruction during their years of college study. Keyboard majors may be asked to accompany voice or instrumental students for rehearsals and student recitals.


Church music majors are required to pass Level 2 of the performance jury exam on their primary instrument. Church music majors should consider one academic year of participation in Handbell Choir.

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