The Carthage Music Department creates challenging, humanizing, transforming, and enriching opportunities that advance musical excellence and foster lifelong musical engagement.

An audition before members of the music faculty is required for entrance into the music major. At the end of their sophomore year, all music majors are evaluated for junior standing. They must show they have fulfilled repertoire requirements in their performance area through the sophomore year, and they must satisfactorily perform 15-20 minutes of music from that list.

If this junior-standing jury is insufficient in either repertoire or performance, the faculty may admit the student provisionally to junior standing in the major, or advise the student to discontinue the music major.

A major in music at Carthage consists of the following courses (40 credits):

  • MUS 1010 Music Theory I (3 credits)
  • MUS 1020 Aural Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUS 1030 Music Theory II (3 credits)
  • MUS 1040 Aural Skills II (1 credit)
  • MUS 2010 Music Theory III (3 credits)
  • MUS 2020 Aural Skills III (1 credit)
  • MUS 2030 Music Theory IV (3 credits)
  • MUS 2040 Aural Skills IV (1 credit)
  • MUS 0160 Keyboard Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUS 0170 Keyboard Skills II (1 credit)
  • MUS 0180 Keyboard Skills III (1 credit)
  • MUS 0190 Keyboard Skills IV (1 credit)
  • MUS 3050 Music History I (4 credits)
  • MUS 3060 Music History II (4 credits)
  • MUS 400T Music History Depth Elective (4 credits)
  • MUS 4990 Senior Thesis Completion (0 credits)
  • MUS 0700 Recital Attendance (0 credits, 8 terms) *
    Applied lessons in the principal area (8 credits, 1 credit each term) *
    Ensemble Participation (0 credits, 8 terms) *

* All student teachers are granted waivers for lessons, ensemble, and recital attendance in the semester they plan to student teach.
(Music majors are placed in an approved ensemble in their principal performing area.)

For students who want to seek further depth and skills development, Carthage offers emphases in instrumental and vocal performance, piano pedagogy, and music composition. Additionally, Carthage offers a major in music education and an interdisciplinary major in music theatre.

Students majoring in music can choose to select an emphasis in performance. They can choose from vocal or instrumental performance.

Emphasis in Vocal Performance (16 credits)

In addition to the core music major, the following courses are required of students pursuing an emphasis in vocal performance:

  • MUS 2180 Conducting Fundamentals (2 credits)
  • MUS 2490 Vocal Diction and Literature (4 credits)
  • MUS 2210 Opera (4 credits)
  • MUS 3490 Vocal Pedagogy (2 credits)
  • Additional applied lessons in the principal performance area (4 credits)
  • MUS 4980 Half Recital Completion (0 credits)
  • Satisfactory full recital (0 credits)
Additional Notes

Students in the Vocal Performance track are strongly encouraged to participate in the opera lab class and J-Term opera productions. Electives in acting and dance are strongly encouraged.

Emphasis in Instrumental Performance (16 credits)

In addition to the core music major, the following courses are required of students pursuing an emphasis in Instrumental Performance:

  • MUS 2180 Conducting Fundamentals (2 credits)
  • MUS 3010 Seminar in Form and Analysis (2 credits)
  • MUS 2000 A Survey of Symphonic Literature (4 credits)
    *Piano performance students take MUS 4101 (2 credits) and MUS 4102 (2 credits), not MUS 2000
  • MUS 4020 Instrumental Music Pedagogy (4 credits)
  • Additional applied lessons in the principal performance area (4 credits)
  • MUS 4980 Satisfactory half recital completion (0 credits)
  • Satisfactory full recital (0 credits)

In addition to the core music major, the following courses are required of students pursuing an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy (16 credits):

  • MUS 2180 Conducting Fundamentals (2 credits)
  • MUS 2510 Piano Pedagogy and Literature I (2 credits)
  • MUS 2520 Piano Pedagogy and Literature II (2 credits)
  • MUS 3510 Practicum in Piano Pedagogy (2 credits, 1 credit per two terms)
  • MUS 4101 Piano Literature I (2 credits)
  • MUS 4102 Piano Literature II (2 credits)
  • Additional applied lessons in principal performing area (4 credits)
  • Satisfactory full recital (0 credits)

In addition to the core music major, the following courses are required of students pursuing an emphasis in music composition (16 credits):

  • MUS 0550 Composition Lessons (6 credits) (1 cr. course, 6 terms)
  • MUS 1800 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)
  • MUS 1900 Electronic Music (4 credits)
  • MUS 3010 Seminar in Form and Analysis (2 credits)
  • MUS 3120 Orchestration (2 credits)

The Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano at Carthage consists of the following courses (84-98 credits):

Core Curriculum (72-86 credits)

Students must take the following:

  • MUS 0150 Private Piano (12 credits) (1credit course, 12 courses)
  • MUS 0450 Private Organ (2 credits) (1 credit course, 2 courses)
  • MUS 0700 Recital Attendance (0 credits) (0 credits course, 8 terms)
  • MUS 1010 Music Theory I (3 credits)
  • MUS 1020 Aural Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUS 1030 Music Theory II (3 credits)
  • MUS 1040 Aural Skills II (1 credit)
  • MUS 1800 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)
  • MUS 2010 Music Theory III (3 credits)
  • MUS 2020 Aural Skills III (1 credit)
  • MUS 2030 Music Theory IV (3 credits)
  • MUS 2040 Aural Skills IV (1 credit)
  • MUS 2075 Instrumental Chamber Music Workshop (0-4 credits) (0-2 credits course, 2 terms)
  • MUS 2180 Conducting Fundamentals (2 credits)
  • MUS 2490 Vocal Diction and Literature (4 credits)
  • MUS 2510 Piano Pedagogy I (2 credits)
  • MUS 2520 Piano Pedagogy II (2 credits)
  • MUS 2530 Fundamentals of Collaborative Piano (2 credits)
  • MUS 3010 Seminar in Form and Analysis (2 credits)
  • MUS 3050 Music History I (4 credits)
  • MUS 3060 Music History II (4 credits)
  • MUS 3510 Piano Pedagogy Practicum (0 credits course, 2 terms)
  • MUS 3520 Performance Practice I (2 credits)
  • MUS 3530 Performance Practice II (2 credits)
  • MUS 400* Music History (8 credits) Depth Elective (2 courses, 4 cr. each)
  • MUS 4101 Piano Literature I (2 credits)
  • MUS 4102 Piano Literature II (2 credits)
  • MUS 4800 Senior Seminar for Pianists (2 credits)
  • MUS 4980 Half Recital Completion (0 credits)
  • MUS 4985 Collaborative Half Recital Completion (0 credits)
  • MUS 4990 Senior Thesis Completion (0 credits)
  • Ensemble participation (2-6 terms) (0-10 credits) and either 4 additional terms of Ensemble participation
    or
    MUS 2549 Collaborative Practicum (0-4 cr.) (*students should consult their faculty advisor for appropriate placement)
Additional Music Electives (12 credits)

Students majoring in Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano will also be required to take 12 credits of additional music electives. These may be chosen from literature courses, courses designed for voice or instrumental principals, and other department offerings.

Carthage offers a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (BMME) with certifications in instrumental music education and vocal music education.

The BMME meets Wisconsin licensure requirements as well as the standards set forth by the National Association of Schools of Music. Please note: the completion of the BMME program does not guarantee licensure. State requirements (i.e., student teaching, content tests and other assessments, criminal background checks, etc.) must be met in addition to the completion of the curricular components of the program. Together with their advisor, students pursuing the BMME must plan their program with care in order to meet both the requirements for graduation and the requirements for a teaching license.

In addition to the Carthage General Education requirements (48 credits), the BMME program has four components that must be completed:

  • Musicianship and Performance (43 credits)
  • Core Music Education (14 credits)
  • a Concentration area — either Instrumental or Vocal Music Education (14 credits)
  • and Professional Education (20 credits)

BMME students must earn a C or better in all MUS coursework and are exempt from the 82 credits outside the department that are typically required for graduation.

BMME students must be accepted into the Teacher Education Program in order to take any Core Music Education, Concentration, or Professional Education courses above the 2000 level.

Required Courses

Musicianship and Performance (43 credits)
  • MUS 0160 Keyboard Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUS 0170 Keyboard Skills II (1 credit)
  • MUS 0180 Keyboard Skills III (1 credit)
  • MUS 0190 Keyboard Skills IV (1 credit)
  • MUS 0700 Recital Attendance (0 credits)
  • Primary Applied Lesson (7 credits) (1 cr. course, 7 terms)*
  • Primary Large Ensemble (0-7 cr.) (0-1 cr. course, 7 terms)*
  • MUS 1010 Music Theory I (3 credits)
  • MUS 1020 Aural Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUS 1030 Music Theory II (3 credits)
  • MUS 1040 Aural Skills II (1 credit)
  • MUS 1800 Music Technology (2 credits)
  • MUS 2010 Music Theory III (3 credits)
  • MUS 2020 Aural Skills III (1 credit)
  • MUS 2030 Music Theory IV (3 credits)
  • MUS 2040 Aural Skills IV (1 credit)
  • MUS 2180 Conducting Fundamentals (2 credits)
  • MUS 3050 Music History I (4 credits)
  • MUS 3060 Music History II (4 credits)
  • MUS 400* Music History Depth Elective (4 credits)
  • MUS 4980 Half Recital Completion (0 credits)

* Students work with their faculty advisor to identify the appropriate lesson and ensemble placements. Except for the student teaching semester, students are encouraged to continue with primary applied lessons while enrolled full-time as a music major.

Core Music Education (14 credits)
  • MUS 1180 Introduction to Music Education (2 credits)
  • MUS 1190 Exploring PreK-12 Music Curriculum (4 credits)
  • MUS 2710 Culturally Responsive Music Pedagogy (4 credits)
  • MUS 3200 Field Experience** (0 credits)
  • MUS 4210 General Music Methods (4 credits)

**To be taken concurrently with MUS 1180, 1190, 2710, 4200, 4210, and 4220.

Instrumental Music Education Concentration (14 credits)
  • MUS 2050 Woodwind Techniques (1 credit)
  • MUS 2060 Brass Techniques (1 credit)
  • MUS 2070 Percussion Techniques (1 credit)
  • MUS 2080 String Techniques (1 credit)
  • MUS 2740 Choral Pedagogy for Instrumentalists (2 credits)
  • MUS 3100 Instrumental Conducting and Techniques (2 credits)
  • MUS 3120 Orchestration (2 credits)
  • MUS 4200 Instrumental Music Methods (4 credits)
Vocal Music Education Concentration (14 credits)
  • MUS 2750 Band and Orchestra Pedagogy for Vocalists (2 credits)
  • MUS 3110 Choral Conducting and Techniques (2 credits)
  • MUS 3130 Choral Literature (2 credits)
  • MUS 3150 Choral Rehearsal Techniques (2 credits)
  • MUS 3490 Vocal Pedagogy (2 credits)
  • MUS 4220 Vocal Music Methods (4 credits)
Professional Education (20 credits)
  • EDU 2010 Educational Psychology and Assessment (4 credits)
  • EDU 3050 Teaching Learners with Diverse Characteristics (4 credits)
  • EDU 4900 Student Teaching/Seminar (12 credits)

A minor in music at Carthage consists of the following courses (20 credits):

  • MUS 1010 Music Theory I (3 credits)

  • MUS 1020 Aural Skills I (1 credit)

  • MUS 1030 Music Theory II (3 credits)

  • MUS 1040 Aural Skills II (1 credit)

  • MUS 0700 Recital Attendance (0 credits, 4 terms)

  • MUS 2110 Introduction to Western Music History (4 credits)

Choose One
  • MUS 3050 Music History I (4 credits)

  • MUS 3060 Music History II (4 credits)

Applied music lessons in the principal performance area (4 credits, 1 credit each term)
Ensemble participation (0 credits, 4 terms)
Music minors are placed in an approved ensemble in their principal performing area.

The Music Department offers private and class instruction in applied music to music majors and minors, and within limitations of staff, to non-music majors.

Music majors must take their applied music lessons within the Music Department unless the department approves an exception. Outstanding students, normally music majors completing an emphasis in performance, may elect two private lessons per week in one applied area.

Areas in Applied Music

Class Lessons
  • MUS 0160 Keyboard Skills I (1 credit)

  • MUS 0170 Keyboard Skills II (1 credit)

  • MUS 0180 Keyboard Skills III (1 credit)

  • MUS 0190 Keyboard Skills IV (1 credit)

  • MUS 0200 Class Voice (1 credit)

  • MUS 0210 Class Guitar (1 credit)

Private Lessons (may be repeated)
  • MUS 0150 Private Piano (1 credit)

  • MUS 0250 Private Voice (1 credit)

  • MUS 0450 Private Organ (1 credit)

  • MUS 0550 Private Instrument (1 credit)

  • MUS 0650 Private Conducting (1 credit)

Four private applied lessons in a single area, or one class lesson and three private applied lessons in a single area may count as a course for the fine arts distribution requirement.

Applied music students have opportunities nearly every week to participate in regular recitals, either within each studio or in department-wide recitals that feature students from all the performing areas.

The department believes these recitals are important in broadening students’ experience with live music and in expanding their knowledge of solo literature and requires all who study applied music to attend them.

Students in the performance emphases must perform in the studio and departmental recitals and must present two satisfactory solo recitals. Normally, they give a half-hour recital in the junior year and a full-hour recital in the senior year. Students in the music education emphasis give one-half recital in the junior or senior year. All recitals are presented only with permission of the music faculty, following a pre-recital jury. In order to satisfy the recital requirements of each emphasis, recitals must include an interesting and representative program and demonstrate a high level of performing competency.

Current students: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.