Music Department

Degree Programs

The B.A. in Music combines four kinds of study: solo performance, ensemble performance, academic music courses, and courses in other subjects. These shared artistic and academic goals are basic to the philosophy that governs the study of music within a university context. Indiana University Southeast offers the B.A. degree in Music with concentrations in the following areas:

Music Industry
Music Business • Sound Engineering

Music Composition
Film & Media Composition • Composition for the Concert Stage

Performance
Instrumental Performance • Vocal Performance

Pre-Music Therapy

What is a Concentration?

BulletinA "concentration" is simply a specific area of study. Since music is such a diverse area, students at IU Southeast have the opportunity to pursue a concentration that best develops his/her interests and skills. Each degree concentration has its own set of requirements in addition to those required by the university for the B. A. degree. Students must declare an intended concentration and track prior to auditioning to become a music major. Students also have the opportunity to pursue two concentrations within the music degree.

What is a Track?

A "track" is a specific area of study within a concentration. For instance, a student whose concentration is Music Composition will choose either the Film & Media Composition track, or the Composing for the Concert Stage track. Similarly, a student concentrating in Performance will be in either the Instrumental Performance track or the Vocal Performance track.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

There are two tracks within the Music Industry concentration: Music Business and Sound Engineering. Students must declare which track they intend to pursue at the time of their audition.

MUSIC BUSINESS TRACK

Music and Business are natural partners in the world beyond academia. Performing arts organizations often function as small businesses requiring those involved to have fundamental skills in marketing, accounting, business law, and grant writing. Likewise, the arts and entertainment industry provides opportunities to the business minded person with an interest in retail, artist management, or the recording industry fields. The Music Business track coordinates the requirements for the B.A. degree in music with basic studies in the music industry, music law, marketing, and business law. Students at IU Southeast have the opportunity to gain real-world experience and connections through numerous internship opportunities.

Auditioning/Interviewing for the Music Business Track
Acceptance into the Music Business track consists of both an interview and an audition on the candidate's primary instrument. Because the Music Business track is not a performance oriented degree, the level of performance does not need to reflect the same stringent standards. However, since it is a music degree, we require that candidates have previous training on a musical instrument or voice and can demonstrate basic literacy in conventional music notation. Candidates should be prepared to discuss reasons why they wish to pursue the Music Business track.

Music Industry Concentration Requirements: Music Business Track

These requirements are in addition to university distribution requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

T113-114 Music Theory I and II 6
T115-116 Ear Training I and II 2
M201-202 Literature of Music I and II 6
M403-404 History of Music I and II 6
A301 Electronic Studio Resources I 2
  Applied Vocal or Instrumental Study * 4
X040 or X070 Ensemble Participation - 4 semesters 4
X001 Ensemble Participation - 3 semesters 0
X095 Performance Class - 7 semesters 0
Z340 Introduction to Business of Music 3
BUS-L201 Legal Environment of Business 3
U413 Legal Aspects of the Music Industry 3
BUS- M300 Introduction to Marketing Management 3
U411 Concert Management 3
U440 Internship/Field Experience 3
  Total Credits  49
     
* NOTE: At least one semester of applied study must be MUS-P101 PIANO CLASS or MUS-P100 PIANO (if piano is the student's primary instrument, then the student should register for MUS-P260).
     
† NOTE: For students whose ensemble is choir, it is not permissible to double-up on credits by enrolling in both Concert Choir and Community Chorus, unless the student is graduating in that semester and they have received permission from the Choral Director.

SOUND ENGINEERING TRACK

The art of recording is a necessary and integral part of the field of music. The Sound Engineering track within the Music Industry concentration at Indiana University Southeast is designed to give students a well-rounded education in liberal arts courses, while exposing them to practical, theoretical, and creative applications of sound engineering in the field of music. This degree, unlike vocational approaches to music technology, provides a significant background in the academic areas of a traditional music degree. Students participate in ensembles, study two years of music theory, refine their aural skills, and show competency in the performance of music, as well as elements of audio production and fluency in current technologies. Since real world experience and networking are invaluable to the aspiring sound engineer, our students are given opportunities to engage in numerous projects through internships and courses that are taught on location with our studio partner, TNT Productions.

Auditioning/Interviewing for the Sound Engineering Track
Acceptance into the Music Industry/Sound Engineering program is based both on an interview and a demonstration of the candidate’s fluency on a particular instrument or voice. Because the Music Industry concentration is not a performance oriented degree, the level of performance does not need to reflect the same stringent standards; however, since it is a music degree, we require that candidates have some facility on a musical instrument or voice and can demonstrate basic literacy in conventional music notation. Candidates should be prepared to discuss reasons why they wish to pursue the Sound Engineering track. Support materials (CD recordings, creative work, past editing projects, etc.) are helpful, but not necessary for admittance into the program. Some basic pitch matching exercises may be asked of the candidate.

Music Industry Concentration Requirements: Sound Engineering Track

These requirements are in addition to university distribution requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

T113-114 Music Theory I and II
6
T115-116 Ear Training I and II
2
T417-418 Music Theory III and IV
6
T215-216 Ear Training III and IV
2
M201-202 Literature of Music I and II
6
M403-404 History of Music I and II
6
A101 Intro to Audio Technology
2
A301 Electronic Studio Resources I
2
A321 Sound for Picture Production 3
A370-470 Studio Techniques I & II
4
A423 Final Project 1
U440 Internship 3
X040 or X070 Ensemble Participation - 4 semesters
4
X001 Ensemble Participation - 3 semesters 0
X095 Performance Class - 7 semesters
0
Z340 Introduction to Music Business 3
  Total Credits  50
     
† NOTE: For students whose ensemble is choir, it is not permissible to double-up on credits by enrolling in both Concert Choir and Community Chorus, unless the student is graduating in that semester and they have received permission from the Choral Director.

MUSIC COMPOSITION

There are two tracks within the Music Composition concentration: Composition for Film & Media and Composition for the Concert Stage. Students must declare which track they intend to pursue at the time of their audition.

The Music Composition concentration at IU Southeast is designed to give the creative student the skills necessary to analyze, arrange, and compose works for the concert stage or for film and media. The degree stresses not only the creative aspect of music composition, but also incorporates technology and performing areas of music as well. Students get a chance to work with internationally performed composers in developing their craft and technique so that they are prepared to tackle the myriad of opportunities available to the composer today. Graduates of the composition program at IU Southeast have gone on to graduate study, scored for feature-length films, and written music for video games.

Auditioning for the Composition Concentration (Concert Stage and/or Film & Media)
Acceptance into the Music Composition program is based on both an interview/portfolio review and an audition. Candidates should perform one representative work on their primary instrument/voice and also present a portfolio of a least two scores (with recordings, if possible) of their original compositions. It is important that candidates have some prior experience in written composition. Scores should demonstrate candidate’s creativity and ability to realize his or her ideas with accuracy and in accordance to conventional notational practices. Candidates should be able to discuss their influences and musical interests as they relate to the field of composition. Some basic pitch matching exercises may be asked of the candidate.

COMPOSITION FOR FILM & MEDIA TRACK

The Film and Media track is specifically geared towards students interested in writing music for film and other media environments such as video games and television. Students receive training in studio techniques and production through various projects that deal with music and other visual media. Unlike many technology programs, the Film and Media Composition program also involves training in the craft and technique of composition by our internationally-recognized composition faculty.

Music Composition Concentration Requirements:
Film & Media Composition Track

These requirements are in addition to university distribution requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

T113-114 Music Theory I and II 6
T115-116 Ear Training I and II 2
T417-418 Music Theory III and IV 6
T215-216 Ear Training III and IV 2
M201-202 Literature of Music I and II 6
M403-404 History of Music I and II 6
A301 Electronic Studio Resources I 2
A321 Sound for Picture Production 3
K300 Applied Composition Study 6
K312 Arranging for Instrumental/Vocal Groups 3
K406 Electronic Music Project 1
Z340 Intro to Music Business 3
X040 or X070 Ensemble Participation - 4 semesters 4
X001 Ensemble Participation - 3 semesters 0
X095 Performance Class - 7 semesters 0
  Total Credits  50
     
† NOTE: For students whose ensemble is choir, it is not permissible to double-up on credits by enrolling in both Concert Choir and Community Chorus, unless the student is graduating in that semester and they have received permission from the Choral Director.

COMPOSITION FOR THE CONCERT STAGE TRACK

Composition for the concert stage involves writing music for the more traditional categories of orchestral, chamber, solo, ballet, and opera. Students are encouraged to explore the art of music, which involves expanding upon conventional languages in music, pushing boundaries in the production of sound, and discovering new means of artistic expression through music. Students have the opportunity to hear their works read by the university orchestra and receive unique insight into the important networking channels in the field of composition.

Music Composition Concentration Requirements:
Composition for the Concert Stage Track

These requirements are in addition to university distribution requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

T113-114 Music Theory I and II 6
T115-116 Ear Training I and II 2
T417-418 Music Theory III and IV 6
T215-216 Ear Training III and IV 2
M201-202 Literature of Music I and II 6
M403-404 History of Music I and II 6
A301 Electronic Studio Resources I 2
K300 & K400 Applied Composition Study 12
K312 Arranging for Instrumental/Vocal Groups 3
K402 Senior Composition Recital 1
X040 or X070 Ensemble Participation - 4 semesters 4
X001 Ensemble Participation - 3 semesters 0
X095 Performance Class - 7 semesters 0
  Total Credits  50
     
† NOTE: For students whose ensemble is choir, it is not permissible to double-up on credits by enrolling in both Concert Choir and Community Chorus, unless the student is graduating in that semester and they have received permission from the Choral Director.

MUSIC PERFORMANCE

There are two tracks within the Music Performance concentration: Instrumental Performance and Vocal Performance.

INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE

The Instrumental track of the Performance concentration at IU Southeast is intended for those students who wish to focus their studies on a particular instrument. The curriculum stresses the development of the student's technique and musicianship, ensemble dynamics, building a fundamental knowledge of his/her repertoire, and acquisition of practical pedagogical techniques.

Auditioning for the Instrumental Performance Track
Instrumental Performance - Non-keyboard
Instrumentalists should prepare two shorter selections in contrasting styles from the standard literature (or one longer work) that best display musical accomplishments. Major scales and a chromatic scale may also be requested. Instrumentalists are not required to perform with accompaniment. If an accompanist is needed, the music must be submitted to the Music Department Office at least two weeks in advance. Percussionists should prepare a snare drum solo and basic rudiments, and either a timpani or mallet instrument solo. Some basic pitch matching exercises will be asked of the candidate.

Instrumental Performance - Keyboard
Candidates for the piano or organ performance concentration should be prepared to play (either from score or memory) no less than two pieces. These should be varied, both as to period and style. The candidate should also be prepared to play major and minor scales and arpeggios in the following major keys: C, G, A, D, and F. Some basic pitch matching exercises and sight-reading will be asked of the candidate.

VOCAL PERFORMANCE

The Vocal track of the Performance concentration at IU Southeast is intended for those students who wish to focus their studies in voice. The curriculum stresses the development of the student's technique and musicianship, ensemble dynamics, building a fundamental knowledge of his/her repertoire, and acquisition of practical pedagogical techniques.

Auditioning for the Vocal Performance Track
Students should prepare two songs of contrasting style, one preferably in a foreign language. At least one of the songs should be memorized. One of the two selections may come from musical theater. Voice auditions must be accompanied. IU Southeast can provide an accompanist as long as the music is submitted two weeks in advance of the audition date. Following the presentation of solo material, the candidate will be asked to demonstrate basic pitch and rhythmic sight reading ability.

Music Performance Concentration Requirements:
Instrumental or Vocal Performance Track

These requirements are in addition to university distribution requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

T113-114 Music Theory I and II
6
T115-116 Ear Training I and II
2
T417-418 Music Theory III and IV
6
T215-216 Ear Training III and IV
2
M201-202 Literature of Music I and II
6
M403-404 History of Music I and II
6
A301 Electronic Studio Resources I
2
  Applied Music Study
12
  Applied Piano Study (P100 for vocal or instrumental majors, or
X002 Piano Accompanying for piano majors)
2
X040 or X070 Ensemble Participation - 4 semesters
4
X001 Ensemble Participation - 3 semesters 0
X095 Performance Class - 7 semesters 0
  Senior Recital
1
  Total Credits  49
     
† NOTE: For students whose ensemble is choir, it is not permissible to double-up on credits by enrolling in both Concert Choir and Community Chorus, unless the student is graduating in that semester and they have received permission from the Choral Director.

PRE-MUSIC THERAPY

This concentration is designed for the music student who wishes to continue into a graduate program in Music Therapy in order to work in an allied health field which uses music within therapeutic relationships to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals. This concentration does not lead to licensing in Music Therapy but is preparation for further study in the field.

For best preparation for graduate study and work in the profession, this concentration should be taken with the psychology minor in Pre- Expressive Therapy (18 credits).

Auditioning/Interviewing for the Pre-Music Therapy Concentration
Acceptance into the Pre-Music Therapy concentration consists of both an interview and an audition on the candidate's primary instrument. Because the Pre-Music Therapy concentration is not a performance degree, the level of performance does not need to reflect the same stringent standards. However, since it is a music degree, we require that candidates have previous training on a musical instrument or voice and can demonstrate basic literacy in conventional music notation. Candidates should be prepared to discuss reasons why they wish to pursue the Pre-Music Therapy concentration.

Pre-Music Therapy Concentration Requirements

These requirements are in addition to university distribution requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

T113-114 Music Theory I and II
6
T115-116 Ear Training I and II
2
M201-202 Literature of Music I and II
6
M403-404 History of Music I and II
6
M375 Survey of Ethnic and Popular Music of the World 3
A301 Electronic Studio Resources I
2
  Applied Piano Study Two semesters from P100, P200, P300, P260
(course depends on student skill level)
4
  Applied Vocal Study Two semesters from V100, V101, V200, V300, V260 (course depends on student skill level) 4
  Applied Guitar Study Two semesters from L100, L101, L200, L300, L260 (course depends on student skill level) 4
X002 Accompanying (Requires piano proficiency before enrolling) 2
X040 or X070 Ensemble Participation - 4 semesters
4
X001 Ensemble Participation - 3 semesters 0
X095 Performance Class - 7 semesters 0
  Total Credits  43
     
† NOTE: For students whose ensemble is choir, it is not permissible to double-up on credits by enrolling in both Concert Choir and Community Chorus, unless the student is graduating in that semester and they have received permission from the Choral Director.

MUSIC MINOR

A minimum of 20 credit hours in music is required to earn a minor in music. The required courses for a minor are listed below.

An audition is not required to obtain a minor in music.

Advising with full-time music faculty is not required for the Music minor.

Music Minor Requirements:

These requirements are in addition to university distribution requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

T113-114 Music Theory I and II *
6
T115-116 Ear Training I and II
2
M201-202 Literature of Music I and II
6
  Applied Instrumental/Vocal Study
4
  Ensemble Participation
2
  Total Credits  20
     
* NOTE: Some students may need to enroll in Rudiments of Music (MUS-T 109) to prepare for the work in MUS-T 113 Music Theory. Please contact the Music Department for advising.
 
† NOTE: For students whose ensemble is choir, it is not permissible to double-up on credits by enrolling in both Concert Choir and Community Chorus, unless the student is graduating in that semester and they have received permission from the Choral Director.
 

MAJORING IN MUSIC

The Music Department at Indiana University Southeast offers one of the most musically-intensive Bachelor of Arts degrees in the region.

Apply for Admission

In order to major in music at IU Southeast, you must:

Advising

To discuss one or more or our degree concentrations with a music advisor:

Music Composition
Dr. Erich Stem
estem@ius.edu
(812) 941-2255

Sound Engineering
Audio Production
Music Business
Tim Haertel
thaertel@ius.edu
(812) 941-2025

Performance
Pre-Music Therapy
Dr. Joanna Goldstein
jgoldste@ius.edu
(812) 941-2345

Auditions

Admission to the Music Department is by audition only. An audition/interview is required of all students wishing to pursue the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree.

Auditions for admission for the 2015-2016 academic year will be held on:
November 1, 2014
February 7, 2015
March 14, 2015
May 16, 2015*
August 19, 2015*

*The May and August audition dates are for admission only. Those interested in scholarship consideration should audition by March 14.