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Room 203
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Queens, NY 11367-1597
(Tel) 718-997-3800
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Mon-Thurs 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
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Undergraduate Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements

All music majors must complete the Queens College General Education requirements. Students who have not already met the foreign language requirements are strongly advised to do so in either German, French, or Italian.

Students subject to the PLAS requirements (i.e. those entering Queens College after Fall 2009 and before Fall 2013) must fulfill the Appreciating and Participating in the Arts requirement from courses in the departments of Art or Drama, Theatre, and Dance.


Requirements for all Music Majors

All music majors must complete the following courses:

  • Music 246: Music History I: The High Middle Ages through the Early Baroque Era
  • Music 247: Music History II: The Middle Baroque Era through the High Classical Period
  • Music 346: Music History III: Late Classicism and Romanticism
  • Music 347: Music History IV: The Twentieth Century to the present
  • Music 171-172: Sight Singing and Dictation I-II
  • Music 271-272: Sight Singing and Dictation III-IV
    • or Music 371-372: Intensive Sight Singing and Dictation
  • Music 173-174: Harmony, Counterpoint, and Keyboard Skills I-II
  • Music 273-274: Harmony, Counterpoint, and Keyboard Skills III-IV
  • Music 373: Harmony, Counterpoint, and Keyboard Skills V
  • Music 374: Twentieth Century Techniques
  • Music 377: Music Form and Analysis

See also non-curricular requirements.


Requirements for Specific Majors

In addition to the above requirements, students must also meet the following requirements for their specific major: BA in Music, BA with Music Education, or BMus Performance.

BA in Music

  • Music 187-188, 287-288, 387-388 (Individual Study in Performance I–VI)
  • Music 270: Conducting I
  • Music 276: Principles of Instrumentation
  • Music 378: Composition I
  • A Major Ensemble is required each semester.

Students who are taking MUSIC 187, 188, 287, 288, 387, or 388 (Individual Study in Performance I–VI) must perform on their major instrument each May before a faculty jury. These juries, known as Progress Evaluations, are evaluated on a pass-fail basis. Three Progress Evaluations must be passed prior to graduation.


BA with Music Education

There are two concentrations to the BA with Music Education major: instrumental and choral. Students must select at least one concentration, but those wanting to obtain the broadest possible professional preparation may elect to take both sequences. See also the suggested course sequence for the Music Education program.

The following academic courses are required for both the instrumental and choral concentrations.

  • Music 270, 370: Conducting I-II
  • Music 381: Composing and Arranging for School Ensembles
  • **SEYS 221: Human Development and Learning I
  • **EECE 310: Children in Cultural Contexts I: Child Development
  • **EECE 340: The Early Development of Language and Literacy
    • or **SEYS 340: Language, Literacy and Culture in Education
  • ECPSE 350: Foundations of Special Education (taken concurrently with Music 366)

** All education courses require weekly observation/attendance visits at an elementary and/or secondary school.

The following music education courses are required for both the instrumental and choral concentrations.

  • Music 267: Introduction to Music Education. Must precede all other music education courses (all courses listed below), minimum B- to continue as a music education major. The final exam for this class will include an interview with the music education faculty and a performance on your primary performance medium (instrument or choral) at the minimum level of a solid "A" for a NYSSMA level V piece or higher.
  • Music 166: Group Instruction in Voice
  • Music 365: Seminar in Teaching Music: Elementary (Spring semester only)
  • Music 366: Seminar in Teaching Music: Secondary (Fall semester only; taken after Music 365)
  • Music 369: Student Teaching (Spring semester only; requires minimum 3.0 in Music 365/366)

Additional music education courses for the instrumental concentration:

  • Music 161: Group Instruction in Upper Strings
  • Music 162: Group Instruction in Lower Strings
  • Music 163: Group Instruction in Woodwinds
  • Music 167: Group Instruction in Brass
  • Music 168: Group Instruction in Percussion
  • Music 269: The School Instrumental Program (Music 161-168 should be taken before Music 269)

Additional music education courses for the choral concentration:

  • Music 268: The School Choral Program
  • Music 266: Vocal Pedagogy
  • Music 265: Applied Keyboard Skill (only for students whose keyboard skills are found
    upon examination to be less than adequate).

In addition to other degree requirements listed here, students must pass three Progress Evaluations on their major instrument, plus three examinations in keyboard skills. The three Progress Evaluations must be passed prior to student teaching.


BMus (Bachelor of Music): Performance Program

Performance majors must take one of the following:

  • Music 270: Conducting I
  • Music 276: Principles of Instrumentation
  • Music 378: Composition I

In addition, students must take at least two semesters of Music 282 (Survey of Repertory for Major Instruments and Voice) and at least four semesters of Music 255 (Chamber Music). There may not be more than one year’s difference (2 semesters) between the theory level and the semester of lessons.

For piano majors:

  • Music 283: The Art of Keyboard Accompaniment
  • Music 284: Continuo Playing
  • Music 286: Practical Accompanying

For voice majors:

  • Music 129: Italian Diction
  • Music 130: German Diction
  • Music 229: French Diction
  • Music 230: English Diction
  • Two college-level courses in each of two languages, which must be chosen from Italian, German, or French

Each May, all Bachelor of Music majors must perform several contrasting works before a faculty jury to demonstrate satisfactory progress in performance. These juries, known as Progress Evaluations, are evaluated on a pass-fail basis. Three Progress Evaluations must be passed before a student may present the senior recital, which is also evaluated by a faculty jury on a pass-fail basis. The program for the senior recital must be approved in advance by the student’s principal performance teacher.


Bachelor of Music Degree with Music Education Certificate

This program is for students who have been accepted into the Bachelor of Music program but also wish to pursue teacher certification. For the first two years students follow the standard Bachelor of Music curriculum including the college liberal arts requirements. Beginning in their junior year they add the music education sequence and education courses required for certification. Typically this will require at least one additional year of study in order to meet all requirements including student teaching. The fifth year will be done as part of the advanced certificate program following the student's graduation with the Bachelor of Music degree. Students in this program will be automatically admitted to the advanced certificate program upon their Bachelor of Music graduation. Taking performance auditions and Music Qualifying Exam are required for this program.

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