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 also offers majors in composition/music theory and secondary music education and a minor in 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 access 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 and voice/instrument recitals.

The College of Idaho also 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. In addition, advanced students have successfully auditioned 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

Music Major

Music Major

48 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

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

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

Complete 8 credits from the following:

ENSEMBLE*

 

8

Complete 1 credit from the following:

MUS-490

Senior Recital

1

MUS-494

Independent Study

1

MUS-497

Internship

1

Complete 3 credits from the following subjects:

ENG

English

3

SPA, FRE, GER

Modern Foreign Language (200-leve or above)

3

PHI

Philosophy

3

REL

Religion

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical thinking
  • Analytical reasoning
  • Problem solving
  • Fluency in analyzing tonal music
  • Knowledge of key historical periods in music, including composers, music, styles, and aesthetics
  • Ability to write and research regarding music
  • Advanced performance abilities

*Note: Students with music scholarships may be required to take additional semesters of applied lessons and ensembles to maintain their scholarships. These additional credits do not count toward the major. Applied Voice, Violin, Viola and Cello students may wish to continue their pre-professional study by investigating the Music Performance Minor in the Professional Studies & Enhancements PEAK.

Students desiring to pursue the study of music education should complete the music major core requirements and take additional courses as described below.

Students desiring a certificate in secondary music education must complete this concentration, 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 Vocalists

48 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

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 4 credits (8 semesters) from the following:

MUSAP-130

Applied Voice

0.5-1

MUSAP-230

Applied Voice

0.5-1

MUSAP-330

Applied Voice

0.5-1

MUSAP-430

Applied Voice

0.5-1

Complete 6 credits* from the following:

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

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

0-2

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

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Fluency in analyzing tonal music
  • Knowledge of key historical periods in music, including composers, music, styles and aesthetics
  • Ability to write and research regarding music
  • Advanced performance abilities

Additional Student Learning Outcomes for Teaching Concentrations:

  • Conduct a large-scale score
  • Knowledge of methods and management skills for the music classroom

Note: Students with music scholarships may be required to take additional semesters of applied lessons and ensembles to maintain their scholarships. These additional credits do not count toward the major.

 

Music Major
Concentration in Teaching for Instrumentalist

46 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

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 5* credits from the following Applied Lessons:

MUSAP-130

Applied principal instrument

0.5-1

MUSAP-130

Applied second instrument

0.5-1

MUSAP-130

Applied third instrument

0.5-1

MUSAP-230

Applied principal instrument

0.5-1

MUSAP-330

Applied principal instrument

0.5-1

MUSAP-430

Applied principal instrument

0.5-1

Complete 7* credits from the following:

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

Complete 10 credits from the following:

MUS-231

Piano Proficiency Exam or 2 semesters of applied Piano Lessons

0-2

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

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Fluency in analyzing tonal music
  • Knowledge of key historical periods in music, including composers, music, styles and aesthetics
  • Ability to write and research regarding music
  • Advanced performance abilities

Additional Student Learning Outcomes for Teaching Concentrations:

  • Conduct a large-scale score
  • Knowledge of methods and management skills for the music classroom

Note: Students with music scholarships may be required to take additional semesters of applied lessons and ensembles to maintain their scholarships. These additional credits do not count toward the major.

Composition / Music Theory Major

Composition / Music Theory Major

48 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

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

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-494

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

1

MUSAP-130

Applied Music (2 semesters)

1

MUSAP-230

Applied Music (2 semesters)

1

MUSAP-403

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

2

Complete 8* credits of the following:

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

Complete 3 credits from the following subjects:

ENG

English

3

SPA, FRE, GER

Modern Foreign Language (200-leve or above)

3

PHI

Philosophy

3

REL

Religion

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Fluency in analyzing tonal music
  • Knowledge of key historical periods in music, including composers, music, styles and aesthetics
  • Ability to write and research regarding music
  • Ability to compose and arrange for all acoustic instruments of the band, orchestra and chorus
  • Ability to use Finale music notation software to generate a master score and individual parts

Note: Students with music scholarships may be required to take additional semesters of applied lessons and ensembles to maintain their scholarships. These additional credits do not count toward the major.

Minors

Music Minor

18-19 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

MUS-100

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

2

MUS-103

Music Theory I (recommended for fluent readers of music.) Students who take this course are strongly encouraged to enroll concurrently in MUS-101 Aural Skills I (1cr.)

3

Complete 9 credits including at least 1 performance-based class (lesson or ensemble) from the following:

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

Complete 3 credits from the following subjects:

ENG

English

3

SPA, FRE, GER

Modern Foreign Language (200-leve or above)

3

PHI

Philosophy

3

REL

Religion

3

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Communication through writing and music
  • Identify through listening and in writing the six major period-styles in Western music history
  • Identify through listening and in writing prominent pieces of music literature and central composers in Western music
  • Demonstrate fluency in reading music and in basic music theory

Note: Students with music scholarships may be required to take additional semesters of applied lessons and ensembles to maintain their scholarships. These additional credits do not count toward the major.

*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.

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

MUS-341

Beginning Conducting

2

MUSAP-430

Applied Music*

1

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 1cr/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

2

Recommended Enhancements:

BUS-483

Project Management

3

One year of foreign language studies

Piano Lessons

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Communication through writing and music
  • Demonstrate the ability to prepare and present two successful recitals
  • Demonstrate knowledge about and the ability to perform standard performance literature
  • Demonstrate the ability to direct an ensemble

Note: * 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.