Webster offers the bachelor of music (BM) with an emphasis in performance or music technology for vocalists and instrumentalists. The Webster jazz studies program is based around the small group performing experience. Students participate in jazz combos and other ensembles in addition to an academic curriculum that balances courses in jazz and classical music instruction.
To be admitted as an undergraduate music major or music minor, applicants must complete an in-person audition/interview with the music faculty and complete various diagnostic examinations. Auditions are arranged through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Specific information on the audition requirements for each music degree program is available from the department’s website. Priority consideration for performance scholarships is given to students who complete all admission requirements before March 30 of the application year.
Each of the undergraduate degree programs in music includes multiple semesters of participation in a major ensemble. De-pending upon specific degree requirements, the major ensembles include Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble (combo), Jazz Singers, Big Band, and New Music Ensemble.
Music scholarship students are expected to participate in performing ensembles in addition to those for which they receive credit. In general, music majors are expected to participate in at least two ensembles per semester.
Each undergraduate music major must take a Candidacy Examination in spring of the sophomore year or upon completion of 45 or more credit hours as music majors (whichever comes first). The Candidacy Examination assesses a student's success in the first two years of music study. The examination helps the music faculty determine a student's potential for graduation within a given degree program.
The examination includes the performance of one or more works and an interview with the faculty. While most students declare their intention from their first semester (BM in performance, BA in music, and so on), no student is actually accepted into the department as a major until the Candidacy Examination is completed successfully.
Each undergraduate music major in a Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music Education must demonstrate proficiency on the piano keyboard. Proficiency is demonstrated by 1) successfully passing MUSC 2085, or 2) successfully completing the Music Education piano proficiency exam, or 3) successfully playing a piano proficiency exam for a panel of piano instructors during the sophomore or junior year.
Much of the music that we make is collaborative in nature, with a mix of keyboard, wind, brass, string, and percussion instruments, and voices. So that performance majors develop an ability to work with others beyond an accompanist, all performance majors presenting junior and senior recitals will include on each recital or in a Thursday student recital at least one 3-minute work that includes collaboration with a performer other than or in addition to piano. Works longer than 3 minutes are encouraged.
- 89-92 required credit hours
- 12 general election credit hours
- 26 elective credit hours
|MUSC 4003 Applied Music: Jazz Studies||4 hours|
|MUSC 2300, 2310 Jazz Improvisation I, II||6 hours|
|MUSC 4320 Jazz Education Methods||2 hours|
|MUSC 4340, 4350 Jazz Scoring and Arranging I, II||6 hours|
|MUSC 3010 Composition||3 hours|
|MUSC 3070 Orchestration I||3 hours|
|MUSC 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020 Music Theory I-IV||12 hours|
|MUSC 1810, 1820 Musicianship I, II||4 hours|
|MUSC 1370, 1380 Jazz Theory I, II||6 hours|
|MUSC 2370, 2380 Jazz Theory III, IV||6 hours|
|MUSC 2030, 2040 Survey of Music History I, II||6 hours|
|MUSC 3410 Conducting I||3 hours|
|MUSC 1080, 1085, 2001, 2501 Applied Music: Class Piano, Secondary and Non-Major Piano (four consecutive semesters required; minimum two hours of applied instruction in individual lessons)||4-6 hours|
|MUSC 0890 Recital Attendance (six semesters required)||0 hours|
|Senior overview||0 hours|
Major Ensemble — 8 hours over eight semesters to be selected from the following:
|MUSC 4960 Webster University Jazz Ensemble (combo)||1 hour per semester|
|MUSC 4950 Webster University Jazz Singers||1 hour per semester|
|MUSC 4970 Webster University Big Band||1 hour per semester|
|AUDI 1100, 2000 Audio Production I, II||6 hours|
|AUDI 1200 Introduction to MIDI||3 hours|
|AUDI 3000 Multitrack Recording||3 hours|
|AUDI 3600 MIDI Applications: Sequencing||3 hours|
|AUDI 4300 Advanced MIDI Applications: Film Scoring||3 hours|
The Department of Music recommends at least 40 credit hours in courses outside the department. Music majors with an emphasis in jazz studies will also spend time as performance assistants for recitals.