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Hamilton Hall, Rm230 | 215-717-6420

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Gershman Hall, Suite 207
advising@uarts.edu | 215-717-6818


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School of Music Office
4th Floor Merriam Theater | 215-717-6340

Micah Jones, Director
mjones@uarts.edu | 215-717-6340

Amanda Melczer, Assistant to the Director
amelczer@uarts.edu | 215-717-6344


School of Music - Welcome, First Year Students!

Curriculum for first year students is carefully planned, ensuring a solid foundation in each major before advancing into the remainder of your coursework. 

You can review your program requirements via the Course Catalogue for more information on coursework outside of major requirements. This information is also available directly within Self Service under "My Progress."

Registration Instructions

Complete your Fall 2017 schedule in the Self Service Student Planning module using the following key as a guide. Please review our Self Service instructions for assistance.

  •  Pink:   Students will self register over the summer
  •  Blue:   Music department has registered students in advance
  • Yellow: Students will work with advisors in the School of Music during orientation to register

First Semester Curriculum - All Students

All incoming School of Music students register for the following:

First Year Writing - COMP*XXX (choose section from assigned course)
Electives

First Year Writing

Students are placed into one of the following First Year Writing courses: COMP 099, COMP 101, COMP 111. The specific section (day and time) is your choice. 

Your composition pre-placement is based on standardized test scores and is listed in both the registration email from the Office of the Registrar and on the Test Scores page in Student Planning

All students take a composition placement test in August to determine final placement.


**Please note there are 17 sections of COMP 111. Be sure to advance the arrows to compare all sections!

First Semester Curriculum - By Program

The remainder of your Spring schedule will vary by program:

Composition, Instrumental Performance, and Vocal Performance

The following courses are completed during the first semester by music composition and performance students:

Applied Major Instruction **
Music Theory I 
Musicianship I 
Chorus/Ensemble 

Applied Major Instruction

Composition and Performance majors take Applied Major Instruction each semester. This course is 3 credits of private instruction in composition, voice, or the instrumental area of specialization. 

**This course will be added by the School of Music prior to Orientation.

Music Theory I

Students are grouped into sections of Music Theory I by proficiency level based on their placement exam, so it is very important that this section is not changed. If, however, after the start of the semester a student feels that they belong in a different level, they may speak with Amanda Melczer in the School of Music (amelczer@uarts.edu) to discuss.

Musicianship I

Like Music Theory, sections of Musicianship I are carefully arranged based on placement exam and are not to be altered by the student.

Chorus/Ensemble

All Vocal Performance and Composition majors are enrolled in Chorus their first semester, with Instrumental Performance majors being enrolled in a General Ensemble course as a placeholder. 

The School of Music arranges a large number of ensembles that students may audition for, allowing for a broad range of musical experience. All School of Music students will be notified via email in August of the ensemble audition information, with exact placements assigned after the start of the semester.

Music Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (MBET)

The following courses are completed during the first semester by students in the MBET program. 

For questions about the MBET program, you may contact Michael Johsnson via email at mjohnson@uarts.edu

Music Skills I - MUSC*163
Music Explorations - MUNM*256
Music Business - MUSC*281
MBET Project Forum - MBET*109
Elective

Music Skills

Students are grouped into sections of Music Skills I by proficiency level based on their placement exam, so it is very important that this section is not changed. If, however, after the start of the semester a student feels that they belong in a different level, they may speak with Michael Johsnson (mjohnson@uarts.edu), head of the MBET department, to discuss changing this section.

Elective

During Orientation, students will meet with advisors in the School of Music and will learn about and register for elective course offerings.

The MBET curriculum offers a wide range of elective options in a variety of disciplines. Two popular options are Intro to Pro Tools (MBET*111) and Intro to Live Sound (MUSC*260).