Program Curriculum

Curriculum for our Music Majors

The program for our Music Majors is an intensive, individual-oriented plan that emphasizes a balanced approach to both the completion of core coursework at WCJC and a broad base of Music courses and Ensemble work intended to prepare the student for transfer to a four-year institution as a Music major or minor. The program requires a significant commitment by the student to extra-curricular practice and performance hours well beyond the ordinary expectations of a full time student in general studies. In return, the Music faculty will work on an individual advisory basis to ensure successful completion of each Music major’s objectives.

Here are two examples. If a student comes to WCJC to gain a base for completion of a teaching degree in Music at a four-year institution, the Music faculty will guide that student through the school’s AA degree in Teaching, Plan C (p. 115, 2007-2008 catalog). This will give the student the necessary credentials to move forward to that objective. Currently, nearly 75% of our Music majors are interested in a teaching career.

If, on the other hand, the Music major intends to move toward a performance-based four-year degree, our faculty will coordinate the course work here at WCJC with the four-year institution that would best suit that student, preparing the student for the necessary auditions that are part of that objective and a smooth transfer to that school’s four-year plan.

All of our Music majors will be required to take Sight Singing and Theory courses, piano lessons, individual voice or instrument lessons, and participate in our ensembles while at WCJC. Following are examples of Field of Study course plans that can be used as a starting point for the individual program set up for each Music major:

Course Course Title Core Component Sem. Hours
Freshman/Semester I
ENGL 1301 Composition I Core 010 3
HIST 1301 U.S. History I Core 060 3
Applied Music MUAP 1222, 1246, 1260, 1270, or 1282 Recommended 2
Band or Choir MUEN 1127 or 1141 Recommended 1
COSC 1300 Introduction to Computing Recommended 3
Performing/Visual Arts MUSI 1306, 13018, or 1310 Core 050 3
Music Elective Any music elective MUAP, MUEN or MUSI Recommended 1 or 2
  16-17 semester hours
Freshman/Semester II
ENGL 1302 Composition II Core 010 3
HIST 1302 U.S. History II Core 060 3
Applied Music MUAP 1222, 1246, 1260, 1270, or 1282 Recommended 2
Band or Choir MUEN 1127 or 1141 Recommended 1
Humanities ENGL 237, 2328, or HUMA 1301 Core 040 3
MATH MATH 1314 or above Core 020 3
Music Elective Any music elective MUAP, MUEN or MUSI Recommended 1 or 2
  16-17 semester hours
Sophomore/Semester I
GOVT 2305 Federal Government Core 070 3
SPCH 1315 Fundamentals of Speech Core 011 3
Science with lab Any course listed under Core 030 Core 030 4
Applied Music MUAP 1222, 1246, 1260, 1270, or 1282 Recommended 2
Band or Choir MUEN 1127 or 1141 Recommended 1
Music Elective Any music elective MUAP, MUEN or MUSI Recommended 1 or 2
MUSI 1181 Class Piano I Recommended 1
  15-16 semester hours
Sophomore/Semester II
GOVT 2306 Texas Government Core 070 3
Science with lab Any course listed under core 030 Core 030 4
Social or Behavioral Science Any course listed under core 080 Core 080 3
PHED Any course listed under core 090 Core 090 1
Applied Music MUAP 122, 1246, 1260, 1270, or 1282 Recommended 2
Band or Choir MUEN 1127 or 1141 Recommended 1
Music Elective Any music elective MUAP, MUEN or MUSI Recommended 1 or 2
  15-16 semester hours
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