DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
DELETION OF THE MUSIC THEORY MAJOR IN THE COLLEGE OF FINE
ARTS CHAPTER OF THE
Interim Dean Douglas Dempster of the College of Fine Arts has filed with the
secretary of the Faculty Council the following request to delete the music theory
major in the College of Fine Arts chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010.
secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application
and primary interest to a single college or school.
The proposal has been reviewed by the Office of the Executive Vice
President and Provost. The authority to grant final approval on behalf
of the General Faculty resides with the Faculty Council. The Office
of the Registrar and the Office of the Executive Vice President and
Provost will determine the final wording for the Undergraduate
after the proposal has been approved by the Faculty Council.
If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by
the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been
approved by the Faculty Council. If objection is filed within the prescribed
period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at
its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a
member of the Faculty Council.
To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General
Faculty by noon on March 23, 2007.
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council
This legislation was posted on the Faculty
Council Web site
on March 14, 2007. Paper copies are available on
request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.
Proposed changes to Degree Programs in the Undergraduate
Explain change(s) to degree program:
Deletion of the music theory major by removing Introduction to Electronic
Media (329E) from required courses and adding Introduction to Recording
Indicate pages and chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog where
changes will be made.
p. 225, College of Fine Arts
Detailed Rationale for change(s):
The degree has no stand-alone professional value (no job prospects).
If properly implemented, such a degree might have value as preparation for
graduate study. As it is, however, the undergraduate music theory program does
very little to prepare students for graduate study in music theory.
Theory majors take no specialized courses in music theory; the only required
classes are those composition and performance majors take, including counterpoint
Although they are required to write a paper under the guidance of one of the
members of the theory faculty in their final semester, theory majors must do
so without previous training in music analytical writing and without having
taken a course that systematically introduces them to pertinent literature
in their field.
The theory faculty is already over-extended (we employ an adjunct professor
each semester just to meet our present course demands) and therefore would
be unable to implement the changes necessary to create a viable undergraduate
program in music theory.
We proposed dropping the BM in music theory in the 2002 National Association
of Schools of Music (NASM) review in order to update our curriculum according
to current NASM standards.
Scope of the proposed change(s):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? (Please answer yes or no.)
If yes, then how?
Has the other college(s)/school(s) affected agreed to the proposed changed?
(Please answer yes or no.) N/A
Date of approval:
Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion?
(Please answer yes or no) No
If yes, please explain.
College/School Approval Dates:
Departmental level approval date: April 24, 2006
College/School level approval date: November 16, 2006
Dean approval date: November 16, 2006
[ MUSIC THEORY MAJOR]
|Basic education requirements: At least thirty-nine semester
hours as described on page 220-221.
|Performance: At least fourteen semester hours, consisting
of four semesters of principal instrument course 210, two
semesters of principal instrument course 260 and approval
of the faculty, and Music 222J or 223J. Proficiency in Piano
202, second semester, and approval of the faculty are required
if the principal instrument is not piano.
|Music literature and music theory: Fifty-five semester
hours, consisting of Music 605, 411, 612, 313M, 313N, 214C
(two semesters), 221J, 221K, 325L, 325M, 226J, 226K, 329E,
330L, 364, 369P, and three semester hours chosen from Music
334, 337,342, 343J,or 379K.
|Music ensemble: Eight semester hours of music ensemble
courses as explained in "School of Music Special Requirements," page
|Electives: Four semester hours chosen from courses either
within or outside the School of Music.]
Total requirements for the degree: At least 120 semester hours as
outlined above, and ensemble as stated on page 217.