Academic Departments and Programs

Music

The Department of Music at The College of Idaho transforms students into scholar-performers, who think critically and creatively, and are prepared for diverse careers. Small class sizes, flexible courses of study, individualized attention from a skilled and caring faculty, and access to a wide variety of quality on-campus performances contribute to a dynamic, student-centric education.

Why study Music at The College of Idaho?

Music is a popular major and minor under the College's PEAK curriculum. C of I offers majors in music composition, performance studies in violin, viola, cello, and voice, and secondary music education as well as a minor in music and music performance. Our focus is helping students succeed in today's musical environment through a distinctive liberal arts education that includes a solid foundation in practical performance and ensemble skills, combined with a comprehensive understanding of music theory and history.

In addition to your work in the classroom and rehearsal studio, you will have the opportunity to attend or participate in dozens of professional-level musical performances every school year. Student performance opportunities include opera and musical theatre productions, our touring Chamber Singers and vocal jazz ensemble, the Sinfonia orchestra, Chorale, Concert Band, Instrumental Jazz Ensemble, Wind and Instrumental Chamber Ensembles, and voice/instrument recitals.

The College of Idaho is home to Caldwell Fine Arts and the Langroise Trio — one of the premier string chamber ensembles in the Western U.S. — providing easy access to internships and world-class performances. The Langroise Trio's residency at C of I provides a unique chamber music emphasis with its members providing students intensive training in violin, viola and cello. This depth of training has prepared advanced students to successfully audition for Boise Philharmonic internships, enabling them to perform with a metropolitan-level professional orchestra while in college.

Career Opportunities for C of I Music Students

Studying music at C of I produces graduates who are able to think deeply about music and perform at a high level. The department has produced an Academy Award-winning composer and many other successful musicians. Professional performance, musical theatre, teaching, writing, composing, and conducting are common careers for our graduates, though a C of I music degree prepares its holder to succeed in a wide variety of work environments.

Majors

Core Requirements

(for all music majore degree programs)

34 credits

Course Course Title Credits
Music Core

MUS-001

Concert/Recital Attendance (each semester)

0

MUS-101

Aural Skills I

2

MUS-102

Aural Skills II

2

MUS-103

Music Theory I

3

MUS-104

Music Theory II

3

MUS-202

Music Theory III

3

MUS-203

Music Theory IV

3

MUS-311

Music History I

3

MUS-312

Music History II

3

MUS-400

Musicology Seminar

3

Complete 8 credits from the following:

ENSEMBLE*

 (Chorale, Sinfonia, Concert Band, Instrumental Jazz)

8

Complete 1 credit from the following:

MUS-490

Senior Recital

1

MUS-494

Independent Study

1

MUS-497

Internship

1

Notes

* Students with music scholarships may be required to take additional semesters of applied lessons and ensembles to maintain their scholarships which may not count toward the major.

 

Composition / Music Theory Major

48 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Music Core

34

Additional Requirements:

MUS-301

Counterpoint

2

MUS-410

Composition Seminar & Orchestration for Voice

1

MUS-411

Composition Seminar & Orchestration for Strings

1

MUS-412

Composition Seminar & Orchestration for Woodwinds

1

MUS-413

Composition Seminar & Orchestration for Brass and Percussion

1

MUS-420

Digital Audio Recording, Editing, and Production

2

MUS-494

Independent Study with a focus on musical composition for a large ensemble

0**

MUSAP-130

Applied Music (2 semesters)

1*

MUSAP-230

Applied Music (2 semesters)

1

MUSAP-403

Applied Composition (0.5 credits) 4 semesters for a total of 2 credits

2

Notes

* Students with music scholarships may be required to take additional semesters of applied lessons and ensembles to maintain their scholarships which may not count toward the major.

** Credit for the Independent Study is counted in the Music Core.

Core Requirements

(for all music majore degree programs)

34 credits

Course Course Title Credits
Music Core

MUS-001

Concert/Recital Attendance (each semester)

0

MUS-101

Aural Skills I

2

MUS-102

Aural Skills II

2

MUS-103

Music Theory I

3

MUS-104

Music Theory II

3

MUS-202

Music Theory III

3

MUS-203

Music Theory IV

3

MUS-311

Music History I

3

MUS-312

Music History II

3

MUS-400

Musicology Seminar

3

Complete 8 credits from the following:

ENSEMBLE*

 (Chorale, Sinfonia, Concert Band, Instrumental Jazz)

8

Complete 1 credit from the following:

MUS-490

Senior Recital

1

MUS-494

Independent Study

1

MUS-497

Internship

1

Notes

* Students with music scholarships may be required to take additional semesters of applied lessons and ensembles to maintain their scholarships which may not count toward the major.

 

Music Major

38 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Music Core

34

Additional Requirements*:

MUSAP-130

Applied Music (2 semesters)

1

MUSAP-230

Applied Music (2 semesters)

1

MUSAP-330

Applied Music (2 semesters)

1

MUSAP-430

Applied Music (2 semesters)

1

Notes

* Students with music scholarships may be required to take additional semesters of applied lessons and ensembles to maintain their scholarships which may not count toward the major.

 

Music Major
Concentration in Teaching for Vocalists

48 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Music Core

32**

Complete 8 semesters of the following*:

MUSAP-130

Applied Voice (2 semesters)

1

MUSAP-230

Applied Voice (2 semesters)

1

MUSAP-330

Applied Voice (2 semesters)

1

MUSAP-430

Applied Voice (2 semesters)

1

Complete 12 credits from the following Music Education Courses:

MUS-138

Diction (English & Italian)

1

MUS-139

Diction (French & German)

1

MUS-231

Piano Proficiency Exam or 2 semesters of applied Piano Lessons

0-1

MUS-341

Beginning Conducting

2

MUS-342

Advanced Conducting

2

MUS-345

Teaching Band Instruments

2

MUS-442

Music Methods and Materials

3

MUS-444

Choral Pedagogy and Practicum

1

Notes

* Students with music scholarships may be required to take additional semesters of applied lessons and ensembles to maintain their scholarships which may not count toward the major.

** Students in the Concentration in Teaching for Vocalists are required to take 6 credits of ensemble instead of the 8 in the Music Core.

Students desiring to pursue the study of music education should complete the music major core requirements and take additional courses as described above. Students desiring certification in secondary music education must complete this major, a minor in education, and a fifth-year internship after graduation. These students should also have an advisor in the Education Department.

 

Music Major
Concentration in Teaching for Instrumentalist

46 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Music Core

33**

Complete 5* credits from the following Applied Lessons:

MUSAP-130

Applied principal instrument

1

MUSAP-130

Applied second instrument

0.5-1

MUSAP-130

Applied third instrument

0.5-1

MUSAP-230

Applied principal instrument

1

MUSAP-330

Applied principal instrument

1

MUSAP-430

Applied principal instrument

1

Complete 10 credits from the following Music Education Courses:

MUS-231

Piano Proficiency Exam or 2 semesters of applied Piano Lessons

0-1

MUS-341

Beginning Conducting

2

MUS-342

Advanced Conducting

2

MUS-345

Teaching Band Instruments

2

MUS-442

Music Methods and Materials

3

MUS-443 or
MUS-445

Strings Pedagogy and Practicum or
Band Pedagogy and Practicum

1

Notes

* Students with music scholarships may be required to take additional semesters of applied lessons and ensembles to maintain their scholarships which may not count toward the major.

** Students in the Concentration in Teaching for Instrumentalists are required to take 7 credits of ensemble instead of the 8 in the Music Core.

Students desiring to pursue the study of music education should complete the music major core requirements and take additional courses as described above. Students desiring certification in secondary music education must complete this major, a minor in education, and a fifth-year internship after graduation. These students should also have an advisor in the Education Department.

Minors

Music Minor

15-16 credits (Total may not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

MUS-001

Concert/Recital Attendance (2 semesters)

0

MUS-491

Music Capstone

1

Complete the following Literature and Theory Foundations:

*MUS-111

Introduction ot Music Listerature

3

Complete one of the following Theory Foundations Courses (2-3 credits):

MUS-100

Music Fundamentals (recommended for those with little or no music reading skills)

2

OR

 

MUS-103

Music Theory I (recommended for fluent readers of music)

3

Complete 9 elective credits from the following, including 2-3 performance-based classes (applied lessons or ensembles)**:

MUS-101

Aural Skills I

1

MUS-102

Aural Skills II

1

MUS-103

Music Theory I

3

MUS-104

Music Theory II

3

MUS-112

Introduction to World Music

3

MUS-113

Music of Love, Death & All the Rest

3

MUS-115

Beethoven: Music: Context & Myth Making

3

MUS-116

Mozart: Music: Context & Myth Making

3

MUS-202

Music Theory III

3

MUS-203

Music Theory IV

3

MUS-205

Survey of Opera History

2

MUS-301

Counterpoint

2

MUS-308

Performing Britannia and Celtica: The Music of Britain*

3

MUS-311

Music History I

3

MUS-312

Music History II

3

MUS-400

Musicology Seminar

3

MUS-294 / 494

Independent Study

1-3

Applied/Group Lessons

MUS-133

Class Voice

 

MUSAP-130

Applied Music

0.5-1

MUSAP-230

Applied Music

0.5-1

MUSAP-330

Applied Music

0.5-1

MUSAP-430

Applied Music

0.5-1

Ensembles

MUS-121

Sinfonia

1

MUS-122

Concert Band

1

MUS-123

Early Music Ensemble

1

MUS-124

Jazz Ensemble

1

MUS-125

Chamber Ensemble

1

MUS-126

Chorale

1

MUS-128

Vocal Jazz Ensemble

1

Notes

Students with music scholarships may be required to take additional semesters of applied lessons and ensembles to maintain their scholarships.

*The requirements to take MUS-111 Intro to Music Literature can be fulfilled by taking MUS-311 Music History I and MUS-312 Music History II. In this case, the total number of credits for the minor remains the same.

** No more than 3 performance classes (lessons and ensembles combined) will be counted towards the minor.

Music Performance Minor

8-16 credits (Total may not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

PREREQUISITES:

  • Declared Music Major
  • Successful completion of lower-division applied lessons
  • Permission***

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

MUSAP-330

Applied Music*

1

MUSAP-430

Applied Music*

1

MUS-341

Beginning Conducting

2

MUS-390

Junior Recital

1-2

MUS-490

Senior Recital

1-3

MUS-494

Independent Study (emphasizing instrument history, pedagogy or other approved topic)**

1-3

OR

 

MUS-497

Internship (intended for working with professional or community organizations)**

1-3

VIOLIN, VIOLA or CELLO

Complete the following courses:

MUS-337

Pract/Orchestral Lit. Violin, Viola, Cello (2 semesters, 1 credit per semester)

2

MUS-443

String Pedagogy and Practicum

1

VOICE

Complete the following courses:

MUS-138

Diction: English & Italian

1

MUS-139

Diction: French & German

1

MUS-215

Survey of Opera History

2

MUS-333

Vocal Pedagogy & Literature

3

Recommended Enhancements:

BUS-483

Project Management

3

One year of foreign language studies

Piano Lessons

Notes

* This requirement is in addition to the Music Major requirement.

** An Independent study or internship course also counts toward the completion of the music major.

***Permission is typically granted following the sophomore spring jury. Students must complete the Petition to Begin the Music Performance Minor form available through the music office or applied instructor. This form should be given to those administering the spring jury at the beginning of the jury. Permission is granted by those administering the jury.