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Micah Jones, Director
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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 schedule in the Self Service Student Planning tool using the following key as a guide. Please review our Self Service instructions for assistance.

  •  Pink:   Students will self-register after placement exam in August
  •  Blue:   Music department will register students over the summer
  • Yellow: Students will work with advisors in the School of Music during Orientation to register

First Semester Curriculum - All Students 

Composition

All students will register for Composition after an online placement exam in August. Students will be prompted via email to complete their exam on August 1st and will have four days to complete the exam any time between August 1st and 16th. 

First Semester Curriculum - 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 * - MULS*111/MULS*121/MULS*131
Music Theory I ** - MUSC*101
Musicianship I ** - MUSC*111
Chorus/Ensemble  
Composition - choose section from assigned course after placement 

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; it is very important that this section is not changed. If, however, after the start of the semester a student believes that their placement is incorrect, they may speak with Amanda Melczer in the School of Music (amelczer@uarts.edu) to discuss.

** Students will be registered by the School of Music once placement tests have been scored

Musicianship I

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

** Students will be registered by the School of Music once placement tests have been scored

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 for which students may audition, offering 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 Johnson 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
Composition - choose section from assigned course after placement 

Music Skills

Students are grouped into sections of Music Skills I by proficiency level based on their placement exam; 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 Johnson (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).