Music

Chairperson: Kevin Hekmatpanah
Professors:K. Hekmatpanah, R. Spittal, J. K. Waters, S.J.
Associate Professor: G. Uhlenkott, S.J.
Assistant Professors: P. Hamiln, T. Westerhaus
Senior Lecturer: D. Fague

The Music Department offers the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in music and the Bachelor of Arts in music education, as well as several minors in music. The Bachelor of Arts in Music has several possible concentrations, including performance, composition, and general studies in music. The Bachelor of Arts in Music Education certifies the graduate to teach music in the elementary and secondary schools in the State of Washington and 46 reciprocating states.

Students majoring in music education may elect one of two concentrations, choral and general music or instrumental and general music, or they may combine the concentrations. Students should consult the School of Education for additional course requirements to obtain teacher certification.

All music majors are required to be involved in a major ensemble (orchestra, wind ensemble, or choir) and applied lessons in their major instrument each semester after declaration as a music major. Majors in the performance concentration are required to enroll in applied lessons for two credits every semester beginning the sophomore year. Students must audition to enter upper-division applied lessons (MUSC 331). All music majors are also required to pass a functional keyboard proficiency examination. Those students who are awarded music scholarships are required to be involved actively in the department, maintain high academic standards, and participate in a performing ensemble and applied lessons each semester.

All instrumental and vocal ensembles are open through audition to all students regardless of major. Individual lessons are also available in voice, piano, organ, guitar, woodwinds, strings, brass, and percussion.


B.A. Major in Music: 48-52 Credits
Lower Division (27 credits)
MUSC 131 Applied Lessons 4 credits
Ensembles
    MUSC 140, MUSC 144, MUSC 145, MUSC 146, MUSC 147, MUSC 150, or MUSC 153
4 credits
MUSC 161 Music Theory I 3 credits
MUSC 161L Theory I Ear Training Lab 1 credit
MUSC 162 Music Theory II 3 credits
MUSC 162L Theory II Ear Training Lab 1 credit
MUSC 211 Conducting 3 credits
MUSC 261 Music Theory III 3 credits
MUSC 261L Theory III Ear Training Lab 1 credit
MUSC 262 Music Theory IV 3 credits
MUSC 262L Theory IV Ear Training Lab 1 credit
MUSC 240 Piano Proficiency Exam 0 credit
Upper Division (15 credits)
MUSC 391 Music History I 3 credits
MUSC 392 Music History II 3 credits
MUSC 393 Music History III 3 credits
MUSC 461 18th Century Counterpoint 3 credits
MUSC 462 Orchestration 3 credits
General Studies in Music Concentration: 6 credits
One music elective from the following
    MUSC 375 or MUSC 346
3 credits
MUSC 399 Research Methods 3 credits
MUSC 491 Thesis/Oral Comprehensive Exam 0 credit
MUSC 499 Senior Thesis 0 credit
Performance Concentration: 10 Credits
MUSC 131 Applied Lessons 2 credits
MUSC 241 Upper Division Applied Exam 0 credit
MUSC 325 Half Recital 0 credit
MUSC 331 Applied Lessons 8 credits
MUSC 425 Full Recital 0 credit
Composition Concentration: 6 Credits
MUSC 326 Composition Junior Portfolio 0 credit
MUSC 364 Composition 2 credits
MUSC 426 Composition Senior Portfolio 0 credit
MUSC 464 Advanced Composition 4 credits

B.A. Major in Music Education: 58 Credits
Required Music Courses (all Concentrations)
Lower Division: 27 credits
MUSC 131 Applied Lessons 4 credits
Ensembles
    MUSC 140, MUSC 144, MUSC 145, MUSC 146, MUSC 147, MUSC 150, or MUSC 153
4 credits
MUSC 161 Music Theory I 3 credits
MUSC 161L Theory I Ear Training Lab 1 credit
MUSC 162 Music Theory II 3 credits
MUSC 162L Theory II Ear Training Lab 1 credit
MUSC 211 Conducting 3 credits
MUSC 261 Music Theory III 3 credits
MUSC 261L Theory III Ear Training Lab 1 credit
MUSC 262 Music Theory IV 3 credits
MUSC 262L Theory IV Ear Training Lab 1 credit
MUSC 240 Piano Proficiency Exam 0 credit
MUSC 241 Upper Division Applied Exam 0 credit
Upper Division: 15 credits
MUSC 391 Music History I 3 credits
MUSC 392 Music History II 3 credits
MUSC 393 Music History III 3 credits
MUSC 461 18th Century Counterpoint 3 credits
MUSC 462 Orchestration 3 credits
Required Music Education Courses: 10 credits (all Concentrations)
MUSC 131T Applied Conducting 1 credits
MUSC 133 Brass Methods 1 credits
MUSC 134 Woodwind Methods 1 credit
MUSC 135 String Methods 1 credit
MUSC 136 Percussion Methods 1 credit
MUSC 137 Choral Methods 1 credit
MUSC 139 World Music Methods 1 credit
MUSC 354 Music Education Methods 3 credits
Choral and General Concentration: 6 Credits
MUSC 140 Gonzaga University Choir 4 credits
MUSC 325 Half Recital 0 credit
MUSC 331 Applied Lessons (Voice) 2 credits
Instrumental and General Concentration: 6 Credits
Ensembles
    MUSC 146 or MUSC 147
4 credits
MUSC 325 Half Recital 0 credit
MUSC 331 Applied Lessons (Instrument) 2 credits
For the B.A. in Music Education degree additional credits of education courses are required. For required course information consult the School of Education and the Music Department Handbook.

Minor in Conducting: 20 credits

(For Music Majors or Music Education Majors only)

MUSC 211 Conducting 3 credits
MUSC 131T Applied Conducting 4 credits
MUSC 332 Choral Conducting Lab 0 credit
MUSC 333 Instrumental Conducting Lab 0 credit
MUSC 325 Half Recital (on major instrument or voice) 0 credit
Ensembles
    MUSC 140, MUSC 143, MUSC 146, MUSC 147
8 credits
Electives
MUSC 126, MUSC 127, MUSC 131 (in primary instrument), MUSC 133, MUSC 134, MUSC 135, MUSC 136, MUSC 137, MUSC 140, MUSC 143, MUSC 146, MUSC 147
5 credits
 
Minor in Music: 22 credits
MUSC 131 or higher Applied Lessons
(one instrument)
4 credits
Ensembles
    MUSC 140, MUSC 141, MUSC 144, MUSC 145, MUSC 146, MUSC 147, MUSC 150, or MUSC 153
7 credits
MUSC 161 Music Theory I 3 credits
MUSC 161L Theory I Ear Training Lab 1 credit
MUSC 162 Music Theory II 3 credits
MUSC 162L Theory II Ear Training Lab 1 credit
MUSC 171 Music in the Humanities 3 credits

Minor in Jazz Performance: 22 Credits
MUSC 131 or higher Applied Jazz Improvisation
(primary instrument)
4 credits
MUSC 142, MUSC 149, MUSC 152 Jazz Ensembles 7 credits
MUSC 161 Music Theory I 3 credits
MUSC 161L Theory I Ear Training Lab 1 credit
MUSC 162 Music Theory II 3 credits
MUSC 162L Theory II Ear Training Lab 1 credit
MUSC 175 Jazz History 3 credits

The core curriculum or common body of knowledge of the College of Arts and Sciences consists of 59 to 62 credits which are common to and required of all degree programs in the College: the first 31 credits (of which there is a more complete description in the General Degree Requirements and Procedures section of this catalogue) form the University Core, while the remaining 28 to 31 credits are common to all Arts and Sciences degrees.
Students should attempt to spread the core curriculum over their entire fours years at Gonzaga.

  1. Thought and Expression (7 credits): ENGL 101, SPCO 101, and PHIL 101 (preferably in the same semester).
  2. Philosophy (9 credits): PHIL 201, PHIL 301, and  PHIL  400 level elective.
  3. Religious Studies (9 credits): RELI 100, 200, and 300 levels: one course from each level.
  4. Mathematics (3 credits): one MATH (not CPSC) course on the 100 level or above; NURS 320 is substituted for a MATH course for BSN students; MATH 203 fulfills this requirement only for students who graduate with certification in Elementary Education.
  5. English Literature (3 credits): ENGL 102 or 103H or 105 or 106.
  6. History (6 credits): HIST 101 and either HIST 102 or HIST 112 in their first year. If they are unable to complete all six 100-level HIST credits in their first year, HIST 201 or 202 may be substituted for one 100-level course after the first year.
  7. Fine Arts (3 credits): one course in either VART, MUSC, or THEA from courses approved by Dean of Arts and Sciences.
  8. Laboratory Science (4 credits): one course with laboratory in either BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS.
  9. Mathematics or Natural Science (3 credits): one course in either MATH, CPSC, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, or ITEC.
  10. Literature (3 credits): one British or American literature course (ENGL 201 - 285).
  11. Social Science (6 credits): CRIM 101, ECON, SOCI, POLS, or PSYC: two courses from these departments.
  12. Foreign Language or Culture (3 credits): one course in any foreign language (classical or modern) or one (foreign culture) course approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences.  Foreign-language speaking students from foreign cultures who have completed the nine English core credits at Gonzaga prior to their fourth year (last thirty credits) may petition the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences for a waiver of the foreign language or Culture requirement..
  13. Social Justice (3 credits): One course on Social Justice issues related to experiences of difference (like race, class, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation), from courses approved by the Dean of Arts & Sciences; (may be combined with other core or major requirements).