Music

Program Description

Music study offers opportunities for personal development and to improve creative thinking. BSC’s music program provides core curriculum for music teachers and professional performers. Coursework includes aural skills, music theory, vocal methods, conducting, piano class, applied music, and a full complement of performance ensembles including vocal, winds, strings and percussion. Declared music majors can apply for several music scholarships.

Non-majors and students of all abilities are welcome to study and to participate in the BSC band, choir and chamber ensembles. Participation earns humanities and enrichment credits toward graduation. All students may study privately with vocal and instrument instructors. BSC has scholarships for students in any field who show talent in music and actively participate in ensembles.

Preparation

Music students should enjoy the process of learning and making music, a variety of musical styles, and working with people. Some previous piano, instrument or vocal experience is helpful but not required.

Program Requirements

Students who complete the requirements earn an Associate in Arts degree and may transfer as a music major to a four-year college.

BSC has cooperative agreements with Dickinson State University and Minot State University and several other four-year institutions that allow students to continue with and earn a bachelor’s degree on the BSC campus. Those transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of the transfer institution and modify BSC’s suggested curriculum where necessary.

Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities

Opportunities occur for students to meet, study and perform with highly regarded professional musicians.

Students interested in digital audio production can earn an associate in applied science or program certificate in this highly employable field. Seats are limited in BSC’s Digital Audio Production program and assigned based on an interview with music faculty. New students are not accepted until the interview is completed. For more information, refer to the Digital Audio Production portion of this catalog.

 

Contact

Dr. John Darling • Leach Music Center 173
701-224-5444
John.Darling@bismarckstate.edu

Associate in Arts

College Degree Requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits82-88
Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterCredits
Arts & Humanities  
MUSC 146 Applied Music - Major 1
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
Math, Science & Technology  
MATH 103 College Algebra (or higher, except MATH 137) 4
Electives  
MUSC 122 Music Theory I (Fall only) 3
MUSC 123 Aural Skills I (Fall only) 2
MUSC 243 Woodwind Methods I 2
MUSC 254 Vocal Methods 2
Select one of the following: 1
Applied Music (Piano)  
Class Piano I  
Performance Groups  
Select two groups 1 1-2
 Credits19-20
Spring Semester
Communications II  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Introduction to Professional Writing  
Communications III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Social & Behavioral Science  
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science Elective course) 3
Electives  
MUSC 124 Music Theory II (Spring only) 3
MUSC 125 Aural Skills II (Spring only) 2
MUSC 146 Applied Music - Major 1
MUSC 244 Woodwind Methods II 2
MUSC 250 Vocal Diction II 2
Select one of the following: 1
Class Piano II  
Applied Music (Piano)  
Performance Groups  
Select two groups 1 1-2
 Credits21-22
Summer Semester
Math, Science & Technology  
General Education Matrix (Lab Science Elective) 4
 Credits4
2nd Year
Fall Semester
Arts & Humanities  
MUSC 146 Applied Music - Major 1
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
Electives  
MUSC 222 Music Theory III (Fall only) 3
MUSC 223 Aural Skills III (Fall only) 2
MUSC 241 Percussion Methods 2
MUSC 261 Basic Conducting 2
Select one of the following: 1
Applied Music  
Class Piano III  
Performance Groups  
Select two groups 1 2-4
Social & Behavioral Science  
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Credits19-21
Spring Semester
Arts & Humanities  
MUSC 146 Applied Music - Major 1
MUSC 100 Music Appreciation 3
Math, Science & Technology  
CSCI 101 Introduction to Computers (Recommended) 3
Electives  
MUSC 224 Music Theory IV (Spring only) 3
MUSC 225 Aural Skills IV (Spring only) 2
MUSC 249 Vocal Diction I 2
MUSC 253 String Methods 2
Select one of the following: 1
Applied Music  
Class Piano IV  
Performance Groups  
Select two groups 1 2-4
 Credits19-21
 Total Credits82-88
1

Students receiving a performing arts scholarship in music need to consult with the appropriate music faculty before registering for ensembles.