Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Music, B.M. (R, E, A)


Music Major


Students pursuing a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree select one of the following concentrations: Music Education, with a vocal/choral or instrumental track; Music Therapy; Music Business; Music Composition; or Music Performance. 

Music Education Concentration


The Bachelor of Music in Music Education prepares students for a career as a choral director, instrumental director, or general music teacher in public schools. In accordance with certification guidelines (PK-12) established by the Commonwealth, students may choose either a vocal/choral or an instrumental concentration.

Vocal/choral students pursue applied music study in voice, keyboard or guitar. Instrumental students have applied study on a band/orchestra instrument or guitar. Both concentrations receive a solid foundation of pedagogical skills and professional knowledge, with many opportunities to observe and participate in public school settings, PK-12.

Virginia has reciprocal licensure agreements with 48 other states. The high demand for public school music teachers has resulted in a near 100 percent placement rate for graduates of this program.

REAL Curriculum


This major fulfills the R, E, and A areas of the REAL Curriculum. Students develop skills relevant to the major through Mathematics, Science, and Writing Intensive courses (Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning), major courses in music (Humanistic or Artistic Expression) and music history and education courses (Cultural or Behavioral Analysis). Students need a major and/or minor to fulfill the L area to complete the REAL Curriculum requirements.

REAL Foundational Requirements


REAL Cornerstone Requirements


Writing Intensive (WI) Courses (6 credits)

Writing Intensive courses are denoted below with a (WI). Two writing intensive courses are required to graduate, with at least one at the 300- or 400-level. The Music Education concentration includes 3-6 credits of writing intensive courses.

General Education Requirements


General Education courses will be denoted below with a (GE). Students are required to take at least 30 credit hours of general education designated courses within their degree requirements. The Bachelor or Music in Music Education program includes 14-16 general education credits.

Major Requirements (102-105 credits)


Music Core Courses (57-58 credits)


Ensembles (7 credits)

Music Education majors must enroll in an ensemble course each semester until requirements for student teaching are fulfilled (minimum of 7 credits). 

  • Students on the Instrumental Track must enroll in a major instrumental ensemble (Guitarists: MUSC 436  is a major ensemble). 
  • Students on the Vocal/Choral Track must enroll in a choral ensemble.
  • Guitar majors (vocal track) must register for a choral ensemble and Guitar Ensemble.

Professional Education Courses (29 credits)


Note(s):


  • Guitarists on Vocal/Choral Track may substitute MUSC 369 :MUSC 370  for one credit of MUSC 458 .
  • Pianists on Vocal/Choral Track may substitute MUSC 152 : MUSC 153  for both semesters of MUSC 458 .

  • Instrumentalists (vocal track) must minor in voice, achieving Level II Applied Voice in addition to Major Applied: Level VI.

Open Credit Hours (12-13 credits)


These credits can be used to fulfill additional courses, majors, minors, and/or REAL Curriculum requirements.

Total Credits Needed for Degree (120-125)


Note(s):


  • Guitar/Keyboard students (instrumental track) must register for Wind Band (MUSC 310 ) or Chamber Orchestra (MUSC 309 ) a minimum of 1 semester.  Placement in MUSC 310 /MUSC 309  is subject to conductor approval.
  • Guitarists may substitute MUSC 369  for MUSE 360 .

Open Credit Hours (13-15 credits)


These credits can be used to fulfill additional courses, majors, minors, and/or REAL Curriculum requirements, including Foundational Writing and Foundational Math.

Total Credits Needed for Degree (120-124)


College of Education and Human Development Requirements


  • Passing scores on the basic skills tests required for licensure by the state of Virginia.
  • Praxis/VCLA and Application for Teacher Education Program deadline—”students must report passing scores (or equivalent) for Praxis II and VCLA exams, and successfully apply for Student Teaching through the College of Education and Human Development within one academic year after completion of MUSE 459 /559.”
  • Matriculation through RU Music Education program mandate—”in order to qualify for student teaching, all Music Education coursework should be completed at RU. Equivalent coursework documented from NASM accredited institutions may be reviewed for inclusion in a student’s degree program. Students must begin student teaching within one academic year of MUSE 459 /559 completion.”
  • Professional Education
  • MUSE 462 . Student Teaching (K-12).

The student teaching requirement is seven weeks in an elementary school setting (Kindergarten through Grades 5 or 6) and seven weeks in a secondary school setting (Grades 6 or 7 through Grade 12). Student teachers are expected to devote the bulk of their time and energies to meeting the commitments of student teaching. Other commitments (work, other university courses, personal responsibilities) are not considered acceptable excuses for failing to fulfill all the requirements of student teaching. If such interference occurs, the student teacher will be given the option of withdrawing from student teaching or making the personal adjustments necessary to give full attention to the program. Students must receive written permission from the Director of Music Education before being permitted to schedule additional coursework during the semester of student teaching.

Requirements for Admission to Music Teacher Education


Music education majors are required to maintain a 2.75 GPA on all work at Radford University, 2.75 GPA on all work attempted in the major, and grades of “Pass”, ”B” or better in all professional coursework* prior to student teaching.

*Music Education Professional Coursework includes:

Prior to taking MUSE 459  , students must be formally admitted to the Music Teacher Education Program. The requirements for admission are:

  1. Successful screening interviews and review of dispositions before the Music Education faculty;
  2. Successful completion of:

within the GPA requirements set above.

Teacher Education Program Requirements


To enter the Teacher Education Program and student teach, music education students must submit

  • Passing scores (or equivalent) on the basic skills tests required for licensure by the state of Virginia
    • Praxis Core: Mathematics
    • VCLA
    • Praxis II: Music Content
  • Completed application for Student Teaching
    • For FALL placements: DUE the third Monday of February prior to student teaching
    • For SPRING placements: DUE the third Monday of September prior to student teaching
  • Matriculation through RU Music Education program mandate: “In order to qualify for student teaching, all Music Education coursework should be completed at RU.  Equivalent coursework documented from NASM accredited institutions may be reviewed for inclusion in a student’s degree program.  Students must begin student teaching within one academic year of MUSE 459 /559 completion.”

MUSE 462   Student Teaching (K-12)

The music education student teaching requirement is seven weeks in an elementary school setting (Kindergarten through Grades 5 or 6) and seven weeks in a secondary school setting (Grades 6 or 7 through Grade 12). Student teachers are expected to devote the bulk of their time and energies to meeting the commitments of student teaching. Other commitments (work, other university courses, personal responsibilities) are not considered acceptable excuses for failing to fulfill all the requirements of student teaching. If such interference occurs, the student teacher will be given the option of withdrawing from student teaching or making the personal adjustments necessary to give full attention to the program. Students must receive written permission from the Director of Music Education before being permitted to schedule additional coursework during the semester of student teaching.

Music Business Concentration


The Bachelor of Music in Music Business is designed to provide students with a professional degree in music that is focused on the commercial music, performing arts, and entertainment industries.

Students are trained as professional musicians to better understand the needs of future clients and employers. As such, students are required to audition and major on an instrument or voice, and take regular music coursework that is supplemented with business classes, music industry specific courses, practical field experiences and an internship.

Students will have a choice of four minors (business administration, entrepreneurship, management, or marketing). Coursework for the degree program is enhanced with required practical field experience observations in a music industry establishment.

A projects course each year for in-depth research of the music industry or work on projects to support the student’s professional experience. Participation in a two-month internship at a business site commensurate with the student’s interests is required upon completion of all coursework.

REAL Curriculum


This major fulfills the R, E, and A areas of the REAL Curriculum. Students develop skills relevant to the major through Mathematics, Science, and Writing Intensive courses (Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning), major courses in music (Humanistic or Artistic Expression) and music history and education courses (Cultural or Behavioral Analysis). Students need a major and/or minor to fulfill the L area to complete the REAL Curriculum requirements.

REAL Foundational Requirements


Note(s):

* MATH 121  recommended for Music majors. Requirement may be fulfilled through placement testing.

REAL Cornerstone Requirements


Writing Intensive (WI) Courses (6 credits)

Writing Intensive courses are denoted below with a (WI). Two writing intensive courses are required to graduate, with at least one at the 300- or 400-level. The Music Business concentration includes 0-6 credits of writing intensive courses.

General Education Requirements


General Education courses will be denoted below with a (GE). Students are required to take at least 30 credit hours of general education designated courses within their degree requirements. The Music Business concentration includes 17-35 general education credits.

Major Requirements (96-102 credits)


Music Core (48 credits)


Music Business Courses (30-33 credits)


Required Outside Coursework (3 credits)


Business Minor (15-18 credits)


All Music Business students must complete one of the following minors administered through the College of Business and Economics: Business Administration, Marketing, Management, or Entrepreneurship.

Business Administration Minor (18 credits)

See Business Administration Minor  for course requirements.

Entrepreneurship Minor (18 credits)

See Enterpreneurship Minor  for course requirements.

Management Minor (15 credits)

See Management Minor  for course requirements.

Marketing Minor (15 credits)

See Marketing Minor  for course requirements.

Open Credit Hours (26-29credits)


These credits can be used to fulfill additional courses, majors, minors, and/or REAL Curriculum requirements, including Foundational Writing and Foundational Math.

Additional Degree Requirements


  • A minimum 2.0 overall cumulative GPA;
  • A 2.75 GPA on all work attempted in the major with a music prefix;

Total Credits Needed for Degree (120-125)


Music Therapy Concentration


The music therapy concentration is uniquely structured to provide not only an intensive study of music, but also an in-depth understanding of the behavioral and natural sciences (such as psychology and biology). Music used as a therapeutic modality is frequently applied to a wide range of people with psychological, physical, emotional, social or cognitive disabilities. The curriculum is structured to provide an intensive coverage of these areas throughout the four-year program.

REAL Curriculum


This major fulfills the R, A, and E areas of the REAL Curriculum. Students develop skills relevant to the major through Mathematics, Science, and Writing Intensive courses (Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning), major courses in music (Humanistic or Artistic Expression) music history and psychology (Cultural or Behavioral Analysis).

REAL Foundational Requirements


Foundational Math (3 credits)

REAL Cornerstone Requirements


Writing Intensive (WI) Courses (6 credits)

Writing Intensive courses are denoted below with a (WI). Two writing intensive courses are required to graduate, with at least one at the 300- or 400-level. The Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy program includes 3 credits of writing intensive courses.

Major Requirements (99-110 credits)


Music Core (47 credits)


Piano and Guitar (1-3 credit)

Piano class not required of piano majors. Guitar class not required of guitar majors.

Additional Degree Requirements


Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above in all music courses taken at Radford University to be eligible for graduation with a baccaulaureat degree in music.

Music therapy students must successfully complete all courses in the major with a grade of C- or better. Courses in the major for which a grade lower than C- was earned must be repeated prior to starting the internship. Courses in the major include music core courses and music therapy courses.

Open Credit Hours (12-14 credits)


These credits can be used to fulfill additional courses, majors, minors, and/or REAL Curriculum requirements, including Foundational Writing and Foundational Math.

Total Credits Needed for Degree (120-132 credits)


Additional Information


QUALIFYING EXAM

All music therapy students who are moving from Undergraduate Practicum 1 to Undergraduate Practicum 2 must pass a qualifying exam. If a student does not pass the exam, they will have one more opportunity to take the exam again within the first week of the following Fall semester and prior to the drop/add date for the semester. If the student do not pass the exam after the second try, they will be required to re-take any courses associated with the area(s) of deficiency such as clinical musicianship courses or content area courses. This will be decided in consultation with the program advisor. Students who do not pass the exam will not be permitted to enroll in Undergraduate Practicum 2 until the deficiency has been remediated. This may delay progress toward internship and graduation and may extend the total time in the program.

MUSIC THERAPY INTERNSHIP

Music therapy students must complete all coursework requirements (e.g., general education, music core, and music therapy courses) before registering for an internship.

In order to complete the B.M. with a concentration in music therapy, all students must complete a total of 1200 supervised clinical hours. Approximately 100 hours are addressed during the student’s time at Radford. The reminder of the hours must be completed at a verified internship site, preferably one that has been approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Students should not facilitate the process of creating an internship, nor should they reach out to agencies that are not approved by AMTA unless the student has consulted with the program director and their program advisor to determine if Radford University has already established a contractual relationship with the organization and the organization serves as a university affiliated site. All internship affiliations are established by the program director in collaboration with the site.

Music Therapy students are required to complete their internship within two calendar years of the completion of their academic coursework. In instances where students have not completed the internship, they will be required to have a review of their professional competencies as outlined by AMTA including but not limited to clinical musicianship skills on piano, voice, guitar, percussion, knowledge of diagnoses, session planning, approaches for clients across the developmental continuum, ethical standards, and other related professional skills. The review will be conducted by the music therapy faculty at a time that is convenient for both parties. Subsequent to the review, students may be required to take additional music therapy coursework before being approved for an internship.  

Music Performance Concentration


The Bachelor of Music in Music Performance is designed for students who wish to pursue performing careers, develop private teaching studios, or pursue graduate studies in music. The performance major includes comprehensive coursework in music theory and ear training, music history and literature, conducting and pedagogy, and a minor in Music Industry. Students participate in performance ensembles, take private lessons, attend and perform in public concerts, and study current trends in technology and media production in preparation for the demands of a musical career in the 21 st century.

Students choose a concentration in one of the following areas:

  • Brass
  • Guitar
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Strings
  • Voice
  • Woodwinds

REAL Curriculum


This major fulfills the R, E, and A areas of the REAL curriculum. Students develop skills relevant to the major through Mathematics, Science, and Writing Intensive courses (Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning), major courses in music (Humanistic or Artistic Expression) and music history and education courses (Cultural or Behavioral Analysis).

All Music Performance majors include a minor in Music Industry which fulfills the L area (Applied Learning) to complete the REAL Curriculum requirements.

REAL Foundational Requirements


REAL Cornerstone Requirements


Writing Intensive (WI) Courses (6 credits)

Writing Intensive courses are denoted below with a (WI). Two writing intensive courses are required to graduate, with at least one at the 300- or 400-level. The Music Performance concentration includes 6 credits of writing intensive courses.

General Education Requirements


General Education courses will be denoted below with a (GE). Students are required to take at least 30 credit hours of general education designated courses within their degree requirements. The Music Performance concentration includes 27-31 general education credits.

Major Requirements (80-96 credits)


Music Core Courses (27-29 credits)


Undergraduate Recital (3 credits)

3 credits of Undergraduate Recital including a 1 credit half recital and a 2 credit full recital.

Musicianship Core Courses (33 credits)


Supportive Credits (0-16 credits)


Piano Supportive Credits (4 credits)

Required for piano majors.

Required ensemble credits: Piano majors should also take MUSC 152  and MUSC 153  for two semesters of their required ensemble credits, and MUSC 444  for 4 semesters of their required ensemble credits, all of which are already accounted for in the “Applied Core” above.

Guitar Supportive Credits (6 credits)

Required for guitar majors.

Required ensemble credits: Guitar majors should also take 8 semesters of MUSC 436  as their required ensemble credits, which are already accounted for in the “Applied Core” above.

Voice Supportive Credits (16 credits)

Required for voice majors.

Required Ensemble Credits: Voice majors should also take 4 semesters of MUSC 457  as part of their required ensemble credits, which are already accounted for in the “Applied Core” above.

Brass, Percussion, Strings, and Woodwind Supportive Credits (0 credits)

Brass, Percussion, Strings, and Woodwind majors have no additional required supportive credits.

Open Credit Hours (6-22 credits)


These credits can be used to fulfill additional courses, majors, minors, and/or REAL Curriculum requirements, including Foundational Writing and Foundational Math.

Additional Degree Requirements


  • A minimum 2.0 overall cumulative GPA
  • A 2.75 GPA on all work attempted in the major with a music prefix.

Total Credits Needed for Degree 120


Music Composition Concentration


The Bachelor of Music in Music Composition is designed to provide students with a professional degree in music that is focused on the skills necessary to pursue careers in music where the creation of original music and the adaptation of existing music to specific applications and expressive objectives is required.

REAL Curriculum


This major fulfills the R, E, and A areas of the REAL curriculum. Students develop skills relevant to the major through Mathematics, Science, and Writing Intensive courses (Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning, major courses in music (Humanistic or Artistic Expression) and music history and education courses (Cultural or Behavioral Analysis). Students need a major and/or minor to fulfill the L area to complete the REAL Curriculum requirements.

REAL Foundational Requirements


REAL Cornerstone Requirements


Writing Intensive (WI) Courses (6 credits)

Writing Intensive courses are denoted below with a (WI). Two writing intensive courses are required to graduate, with at least one at the 300- or 400-level. The Music Composition concentration includes 6 credits of writing intensive courses.

General Education Requirements


General Education courses will be denoted below with a (GE). Students are required to take at least 30 credit hours of general education designated courses within their degree requirements. The Music Composition concentration includes 11 general education credits.

Major Requirements (75 credits)


Music Core Courses (39 credits)


Musicianship Core Courses (27 credits)


Open Credit Hours (45 credits)


These credits can be used to fulfill additional courses, majors, minors, and/or REAL Curriculum requirements, including Foundational Writing and Foundational Math.

Additional Degree Requirements


  • A minimum 2.0 overall cumulative GPA
  • A 2.75 GPA on all work attempted in the major with a music prefix

Total Credits Needed for Degree 120