Music

The Department of Music is a leader in the performing arts at Chicago State University providing a musical education grounded in performance, historical, and cultural contexts.  An established program in music studies, music education, and a minor reflect the Chicago environment from which the Department draws its strength.  The Department offers music courses to all students to broaden their understanding and enjoyment of music as a fine art.

Admission to the Department is contingent upon successful completion of a performance audition and a written placement examination in music theory.  All entering students who do not meet the minimum standards to be majors in the Department may be admitted conditionally.  Students must remove identified deficiencies within the first year of matriculation before being fully admitted to the program.  Students are encouraged to audition as early as possible for scholarship and financial aid consideration.  All students who qualify may participate for credit, or without credit, in the various performance ensembles sponsored by the Department. 

We offer three degrees:

The Bachelor of Arts in Music provides students with a broad liberal arts experience along with a curriculum grounded in music theory, history, and performance.  Students will develop performance skills in individual private lessons, ensembles, and will present a senior recital for graduation.  Open electives for this degree provide students the opportunity to explore a variety of course options from across the university.

General Requirements

During enrollment in the university, all music majors are required to register for MUSM 1800 – Performance Class. This zero credit hour course records attendance at on-campus music recitals, concerts, and master classes.  Full-time enrollment requires attendance at a minimum of ten scheduled music events.  Part-time enrollment requires  attendance at a minimum of five scheduled music events. Students may substitute a maximum of two off-campus events with appropriate documentation.

During enrollment in the university, all music study majors are required to register and participate in the university concert band or jazz band if an instrumental major, or the university concert choir if a voice major, during the fall and spring semesters. Piano and guitar majors may choose concert band, jazz band or concert choir.

All music study majors must perform a senior recital, which must be a minimum of 25 minutes of music. Four weeks before the recital, the student must successfully complete a recital hearing for a minimum of two music faculty.

All music study majors will be required to pass proficiency examinations in theory, aural skills, piano, and the senior recital before graduation.

Completion of 120 semester hours of course work including:

General Education

Course   Credit Hours 
English Composition I (or equivalent)     3   
English Composition II (or equivalent)  3
Oral Communication Elective 3
Math Elective 3
Natural Sciences
Biology 1070 or 1080 with a lab  3
Physical Science Elective 3
Social Sciences
Three elective courses from at least two disciplines 9
Humanities & Fine Arts 
Humanities  Elective 3
Fine Arts  Elective 3
One additional humanities or fine arts elective  3
College of Arts and Sciences Requirement   
Foreign Language – One elective   3
Within general education: student must complete one diversity course  
   39 Hours

 

Course   Credit Hours 
Music Specialization              
MUSM 1000 Music Major Seminar 1
MUSM 1111 Music Theory I  2
MUSM 1112 Music Theory II 2
MUSM 1113 Music Theory III  2
MUSM 1114 Music Theory IV 2
MUSM 1115 Aural and Keyboard Skills I 2
MUSM 1116 Aural and Keyboard Skills II 2
MUSM 1117 Aural and Keyboard Skills III 2
MUSM 1118 Aural and Keyboard Skills IV 2
MUSM 3020 Music History and Literature I  3
MUSM 3021 Music History and Literature II 3
MUSM 4014 Orchestration 3
MUSM 4040 Conducting 2
Four semesters of applied lessons at the1000 level  8
Two semesters of applied lessons at the2000 level  4
MUSM 4800 Senior Recital 0
Seven semesters of large ensemble:  
MUSE 1110 Concert Band or  
MUSE 1140 Concert Choir
Two semesters of small ensemble  
MUSE 1115 Chamber Ensemble  
MUSE 1148 Chamber Choir, or chosen from the small ensemble list 
MUSM 1800 Performance Class – every semester of full or part-time enrollment
   50 hours 

 

Course    Credit/Field Hours
Elective Hours     
Student may select elective courses from across the university with approval of the department.
    31 hours 

 

The Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Concentration in Music Production provides students with a broad liberal arts experience along with a curriculum grounded in traditional music theory, contemporary music theory, songwriting and arranging, and commercial music performance practices.  Students will develop performance skills in individual private lessons, the music production group ensemble, and will present a senior recital for graduation.  Open electives for this degree provide students the opportunity to explore a variety of course options from across the university including business marketing and accounting practices, radio and TV production, and creative writing for song lyrics.

General Requirements

During enrollment in the university, all music majors are required to register for MUSM 1800 – Performance Class. This zero credit hour course records attendance at on-campus music recitals, concerts, and master classes.  Full-time enrollment requires attendance at a minimum of ten scheduled music events.  Part-time enrollment requires attendance at a minimum of five scheduled music events. Students may substitute a maximum of two off-campus events with appropriate documentation.

During enrollment in the university, all commercial music majors are required to register and participate in the music production group during the fall and spring semesters.

All commercial music majors must perform a senior recital, which must be a minimum of 25 minutes of music. Four weeks before the recital, the student must successfully complete a recital hearing for a minimum of two music faculty.

All commercial music majors will be required to pass proficiency examinations in theory, aural skills, piano, and the senior recital before graduation.

Completion of 120 semester hours of course work including:

General Education


Course   Credit Hours
English Composition I (or equivalent)        3     
English Composition II (or equivalent)  3
Oral Communication Elective 3
Math Elective 3
Natural Sciences: Biology and Physical Science; one must include a lab
Biology Elective 3
Physical Science Elective  3
Social Sciences:   from at least two disciplines including:
AFAM 1000  Intro to African American Studies, and 3
Two Elective courses 6
Humanities:    
Humanities Elective 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
One additional humanities or fine arts elective 3
College of Arts and Sciences Requirement:  
Foreign Language – One elective  
Within general education: student must complete one diversity course.
    39 Hours 

 

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Course   Credit Hours 
Music Specialization                     
MUSM 1000 Music Major Seminar 1
MUSM 1111 Music Theory I  2
MUSM 1112 Music Theory II 2
MUSM 1113 Music Theory III  2
MUSM 1115 Aural and Keyboard Skills I 2
MUSM 1116 Aural and Keyboard Skills II 2
MUSM 1117 Aural and Keyboard Skills III 2
MUSM 3020 Music History and Literature I   
MUSM 3021 Music History and Literature II 3
MUSM 3111 Theory and Arranging for Contemporary Music
MUS 2100 Music Technology I 
MUS 2150 Intro to Music Business
MUS 2217 Pop Music History 3
MUSM 3115 Songwriting 3
Six semesters of applied lessons at the 1000 level 12
MUSM 4800 Senior Recital 0
Eight semesters of ensemble:  
MUSE 1180 Music Production Group 8
MUSM 1800 Performance Class – every semester of full or part-time enrollment
   54 hours 
Elective Hours    
Student may select elective courses from across the university with approval from the department.    
 27 hours

The Bachelor of Arts in Music Education prepares students for a career teaching music at the elementary through high school levels in the areas of general music, choral/vocal music, and instrumental/band music. Students who successfully complete this program will graduate licensed to teach in the State of Illinois with a Professional Educator License (PEL) in music for grades K-12. Recommendation for licensure entitlement requires successful completion of all program coursework and requirements, student teaching, and passing the Illinois Licensure Music Content Area Examination K-12, and the edTPA.

General Requirements

During enrollment in the university, all music majors are required to register for MUSM 1800 – Performance Class. This zero credit hour course records attendance at on-campus music recitals, concerts, and master classes. Full-time enrollment requires attendance at a minimum of ten scheduled music events. Part-time enrollment requires attendance at a minimum of five scheduled music events. Students may substitute a maximum of two off-campus events with appropriate documentation.

During enrollment in the university, all music education majors are required to register and participate in either the concert band if an instrumental major, or the concert choir if a voice major, during the fall and spring semesters. Piano and guitar majors may choose concert band or concert choir.

All music education majors must perform a senior recital, which must be a minimum of 25 minutes of music. Four weeks before the recital, the student must successfully complete a recital hearing for a minimum of two music faculty.

All music education majors will be required to pass proficiency examinations in theory, aural skills, piano, and the senior recital before student teaching.

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in all program course work, either as transfer credit or completed at Chicago State University, is required for admission to the College of Education.

A grade of C or above is required in all general education, professional education and music courses, either as transfer credit or completed at Chicago State University. A grade of B or above is required in student teaching.

Admission to the College of Education requires successful completion of the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (English, Math, Reading) and a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in all program coursework. Enrollment in Student Teaching (MUSM 4076) requires successful completion of the Music Licensure Content Area Test (K-12). The final grade for Student Teaching requires successful completion of the edTPA.

Admission to the College of Education is required prior to registration in any professional education courses other than MUSM 1261, ELCF 2000; PSYC 2020; and SP ED 4301.

A maximum of nine hours of professional education courses taken at a junior or community college can be transferred into the program.

Professional education courses completed more than five years before admission to the College of Education, either as transfer credit or at Chicago State University, will not be accepted.

Courses taken at Chicago State University that are required in a teacher education program may be repeated no more than twice. A maximum of two professional education courses may be repeated for a higher grade. The highest grade will be included in calculating the grade point average. Students who do not earn a C grade or better in a required course after three attempts will be dropped from the program.


Completion of 128 semester hours of course work including:

General Education

Course    Credit Hours
English Composition I (or equivalent)   3
English Composition II (or equivalent)  3
Oral Communication Elective 3
Math Elective 3
Natural Sciences: Biology and Physical Science; one must include a lab
Biology 1070 or 1080 Elective 3
Physical Science Elective  3
Social Sciences:  
PSYC 1100 Intro to Psychology 3
PSYC 2040 Psychology for Childhood and Adolescence 3
HIST 1030 or POL 1010 3
Humanities:    
Humanities Elective 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
One additional humanities or fine arts elective 3
College of Arts and Sciences Requirement:  
Foreign Language – One elective  
Within general education: student must complete one diversity course.
     39 Hours 
Course   Credit Hours 
Music Specialization  
MUSM 1000 Music Major Seminar 1
MUSM 1111 Music Theory I  2
MUSM 1112 Music Theory II 2
MUSM 1113 Music Theory III  2
MUSM 1114 Music Theory IV 2
MUSM 1115 Aural and Keyboard Skills I 2
MUSM 1116 Aural and Keyboard Skills II 2
MUSM 1117 Aural and Keyboard Skills III 2
MUSM 1118 Aural and Keyboard Skills IV 2
MUSM 2201  Woodwind Instruments 2
MUSM 2202 Brass Instruments 2
MUSM 2203 String Instruments 2
MUSM 2204 Percussion Instruments 2
MUSM 2206 Choral Methods 2
MUSM 2207 Jazz Methods 2
MUSM 3020 Music History and Literature I  3
MUSM 3021 Music History and Literature II 3
MUSM 4014 Orchestration 3
MUSM 4040 Conducting 2
Four semesters of applied lessons at the1000 level  8
Two semesters of applied lessons at the2000 level  4
MUSM 4800 Senior Recital 0
Seven semesters of large ensemble:  
MUSE 1110 Concert Band or  
MUSE 1140 Concert Choir
Two semesters of small ensemble  
MUSE 1115 Chamber Ensemble  
MUSE 1148 Chamber Choir, or chosen from the small ensemble list 
MUSM 1800 Performance Class – every semester of full or part-time enrollment
   61 hours 

 

Course   Credit/Field Hours
Professional Education  
MUSM 1261 Intro to Music Education  2 / 10
ELCF 2000 History and Philosophy of Education 3 / 10
PSYC 2020 Educational Psychology 3 / 10
Sp Ed 4301 Psychology for Exceptional Children 3 / 15
   - - - The following courses require admission to the College of Education - - -
Sp Ed 4303 Teaching Students with Exceptional Needs 2 / 15
READ 4100 Content Reading in School 2 / 0
MUSM 4061 Teaching Music in Elementary School 3 / 20
MUSM 4063 Teaching Music in Secondary School 3 / 20
MUSM 1092 Certification Test Review 1 / 0
MUSM 4076 Student Teaching
   28 hours / 120 field hours