Music - General Studies Concentration

General Education Requirements

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III: Persuasive Writing
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Mathematics in Society
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
College Physics I
College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Cognition and Brain Science
Technology, Engineering, and Design
Select one of the following:2
Concepts of Fitness and Wellness
Introduction to Stress Management
Computer Science and Literacy
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
Oral Interpretation
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Introduction to Digital Media
Art History I
Art History II
History of Craft
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music 1
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Two-Dimensional Design
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Photography I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39


Major Requirements

Application required for entry into program: application form, audition, program plan. The student must achieve a grade of C or better in each of the specified courses.
Core Courses
MUS 109Music Theory I3
MUS 110Music Theory II3
MUS 121Aural Skills I1
MUS 122Aural Skills II1
MUS 171Introduction to Music Technology3
MUS 200Music Convocation 10
MUS 201Music Theory III3
MUS 202Music Theory IV3
MUS 203Aural Skills III1
MUS 204Aural Skills IV1
MUS 205Basic Conducting2
MUS 301Scoring and Arranging2
MUS 331Music History & Literature I3
MUS 332Music History & Literature II3
Music Ensembles
Select 4 credits from the following:4
Concert Choir
University Singers
Opera Ensemble
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Jazz Ensemble
Commercial Music Ensemble
Percussion Ensemble
Brass Ensemble
Woodwind Ensemble
Wind Ensemble
100 Level Applied Music (2 semesters) 24
200 Level Applied Music (2 semesters) 24
MUS 111Class Piano I 31
MUS 112Class Piano II 31
Total Credits43

Students are required to enroll in MUS 200 Music Convocation (0 credits) concurrently with Applied Music.


All credits of Applied Music must be taken on the same instrument. 

MUS 231 Diction for Singers I and MUS 232 Diction for Singers II are required for all students whose primary instrument is voice.


Students whose primary instrument is piano may substitute 2 credits of MUS electives for MUS 111 Class Piano I and MUS 112 Class Piano II


General Studies Concentration Requirements

Music General Studies Courses
Electives from MUS courses9
MUS 435Seminar in Musicology 3
Total Credits12

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 43 Hrs
Total  Concentration Requirement 12 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.

Plan of Study

First Year
Applied Music2Applied Music2
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3ENGL 120 (Gen Ed)3
MUS 1093Speech Communication (Gen Ed)3
MUS 1111MUS 1103
MUS 1211MUS 1121
MUS 171 (Introduction to Music Technology)3MUS 1221
UNIV 1501 
 15 14
Second Year
Applied Music2Applied Music2
Ensemble1HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2
MUS 2013Computer Science and Literacy (Gen Ed)3
MUS 2031MUS 2023
MUS 3313MUS 2041
 MUS 2052
 MUS 3323
 15 17
Third Year
Applied Music2Applied Music2
Ensemble1Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2
Literacies (Gen Ed)3Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
MATH 104 (Gen Ed)3MUS 3012
 15 16
Fourth Year
Electives8Art and Music (Gen Ed)3
Ensemble (Gen Ed)1Electives6
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4Ensemble1
Social Science (Gen Ed)3Social Science (Gen Ed)3
 MUS 4353
 16 16
Total Credits 124

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.

Music Learning Outcomes

VCSU Music Majors will:

  1. Demonstrate competence in basic musicianship skills. (Musicianship)
  2. Develop requisite performance skills as a soloist and ensemble member, consistent with the objectives of their degree plan. (Performance)
  3. Interpret and analyze music from a variety of cultures and time periods. (Analysis)
  4. Demonstrate teaching skills consistent with the objectives of their degree plan. (Pedagogy)