Curriculum & Courses

Auditions

Auditioning for the Music ProgramAdmission to the Bachelor of Arts in Music program is conditional upon a successful live audition evaluated by members of the music faculty. The audition will consist of a performance of at least 10 minutes’ length on the student’s major instrument or voice, showing a grasp of a variety of styles.

Candidates should contact the Department of Visual and Performing Arts for specific requirements for individual instruments and voice. A CD recording may be submitted if the candidate resides greater than 150 miles from St. Bonaventure University.

The audition dates for admission for the 2015–2016 academic year are January 25 and February 22, 2015. All auditions will be held between 1–4 p.m. in Room 211 of the Quick Center for the Arts.

Download a Music Audition Form

Scholarship Information

A limited number of music talent scholarships are available to exceptionally talented students. Please contact Dr. Sabina for further information.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Music

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in music. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all music courses. For one possible breakdown of the major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

 Requirements  Credits 
 Music 37
      MU 101. Concert BandMU 102. Concert Choir /
           MU 103. Jazz Band / MU 104. Small Ensemble /
           MU 105. Applied Music
      MU 121. Music Theory I
      MU 122. Music Theory II
      MU 211. Music History I: Musical Beginnings
      MU 212. Music History II: From Classical to Contemporary
      MU 221. Composition
      MU 233. Elementary Conducting
      MU 499. Senior Music Project
      Music electives*
7


3
3
3
3
3
3
3
9
 Mathematics 3
      One mathematics course 3
 Foreign Language 3
      One course at the 202 level or above** 3
 Clare College (Core Curriculum at St. Bonaventure) 36
      CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
      CLAR 110. Composition and Critical Thinking I 
      CLAR 111. Composition and Critical Thinking II
      Core Area Courses:
           CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
           CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
           CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts of the Western World
           CLAR 207. The Catholic-Franciscan Heritage
           CLAR 208. World Views
           CLAR 209. Art and Literature
           CLAR 302 & CLRL 302. Inquiry in the Natural World
           CLAR 304. The Good Life
      CLAR 401. The University Forum
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
2
 General Electives 41
 Total 120

* MU 111. Understanding Music does not qualify as a music elective.

** The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

† The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. Music majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the courses listed in the above table under Mathematics.

Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Arts in Music

Changes in the sequence of the plan of study listed below may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student’s academic adviser. To see the title of a course in the plan of study below, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see the description of a course, click on its number.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ►  
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester   Credits 
MU 121 3 MU 122  3
CLAR 110 3 CLAR 111  3
Core Area Course (Clare) 3 Core Area Course (Clare) 3
CLAR 101  3 Foreign Language* 3
General Elective 3 General Elective 3
MU 101 / 102 / 103 / 104 / 105  1 MU 101 / 102 / 103 / 104 / 105  1
Total  16 Total  16
 
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester   Credits 
MU 211  3 MU 212  3
Core Area Course (Clare) 3 MU 233  3
Mathematics Course 3 Core Area Course (Clare) 3
General Electives 6 General Electives 6
MU 101 / 102 / 103 / 104 / 105  1 MU 101 / 102 / 103 / 104 / 105  1
Total 16 Total 16
 
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester    Credits   Spring Semester   Credits 
MU 221  3 Music Elective** 3
Music Elective** 3 Core Area Course (Clare) 4
General Electives 3 General Electives 6
Core Area Course (Clare) 3 MU 101 / 102 / 103 / 104 / 105  1
MU 101 / 102 / 103 / 104 / 105  1    
Total 13 Total 14
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester   Credits 
Music Elective** 3 MU 499  3
Core Area Course (Clare) 3 Core Area Course (Clare) 3
General Electives 6 General Electives 8
CLAR 401  2    
MU 101 / 102 / 103 / 104 / 105  1    
Total  15 Total  14

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

** MU 111. Understanding Music does not qualify as a music elective.

Requirements for a Minor in Music

For non-majors, the following courses constitute a minor in music. For an overview of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all music courses.

To declare a minor, a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. The appropriate form is available from the student's advisor or from the Office of the Registrar.