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Why should I major in music?
Contemporary music studies is a minor that offers in-depth study in history and literature of jazz, rock, pop, and country music styles through: improvisation, arranging and composition, theory, applied music lessons, and performance opportunities in both combos and large ensembles. The understanding gained will enhance the individual performance skills of the student, enhance the mastery and application of general music theory principles, and encourage personal growth, creativity and problem solving skills.

What can I do with music degree from the University of Pikeville?
Students in contemporary studies have a variety of career opportunities. Some graduates begin playing professionally following their collegiate experience, either as a soloist or in a group, as opportunities arise. Some of the opportunities include studio work as performers and writers, while other opportunities come through free-lance work. In addition, some graduates move into business and industry careers or other music-related careers. Some careers require additional educa- tion or experience.

Music at the University of Pikeville
The music program is part of the Division of Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences.The music courses offered will enable students to develop an awareness and appreciation for music of other cultures and time eras. Courses in the music minor will develop the whole musician by providing students a firm knowledge in music theory, music literature, and performance through solo and ensemble experience as they pursue artistry and mastery of their disciplines.

The music department currently offers the minor in the disciplines of voice and piano. Prior to first semester enrollment, students must meet with music faculty to determine proper placement in the music theory and class piano sequences.


 
Music Careers
Vocalist
Musician
Producer/Songwriter
Composer
Conductor
Jingle Writer
Record Producer
Music Teacher
Booking Agent
Road Manager
Tour Coordinator
 

Courses

The music department currently offers the minor in the disciplines of voice and piano. Prior to first semester enrollment, students must meet with music faculty to determine proper placement in the music theory and class piano sequences.

Music Minor - 14 hours

MUS 120, MUS 121, MUS 125, MUS 126, MUS 210 and MUS 215.
Plus 11 hours in a select emphasis area, voice or piano.



MUS 100 Concert Choir
The Concert Choir provides students with the opportunity to study vocal literature varying from chamber settings to major choral works while allowing them to serve as ambassadors for the institution through various performance settings. Participation requires audition with ensemble director. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement. 

MUS 101 Concert Choir
The Concert Choir provides students with the opportunity to study vocal literature varying from chamber settings to major choral works while allowing them to serve as ambassadors for the institution through various performance settings. Prerequisite: MUS 100. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 102 Concert Band
The Concert Band provides students with the opportunity to study instrumental literature varying from chamber settings to full symphonic band orchestration while allowing them to serve as ambassadors for the institution through various performance settings. Participation requires an audition with the ensemble director. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 103 Concert Band
The Concert Band provides students with the opportunity to study instrumental literature varying from chamber settings to full symphonic band orchestration while allowing them to serve as ambassadors for the institution through various performance settings. Prerequisite: MUS 102. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 104 Collaborative Piano I
In preparation for future professional opportunities, piano minors will provide instrumental and vocal solo and/or ensemble accompanying within the department under the supervision of their applied instructor. Students will be placed based upon ability, departmental need, and prior experience. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 105 Collaborative Piano II 
In preparation for future professional opportunities, piano minors will provide instrumental and vocal solo and/or ensemble accompanying within the department under the supervision of their applied instructor. Prerequisite: MUS 104. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 115 Appreciation of Music: Classical
A survey of classical music through the analysis of its various compositional eras and social context.

MUS 116 Appreciation of Music: Rock and Roll
A survey of rock and roll music through the analysis of its various genres and social context.

MUS 117 Music Appreciation: American Music
The course focuses on various idioms of American Music. Topics include: American Folk Music, American Indian Traditions, African American Traditions, Latino Traditions, Country Music, Popular Sacred and Secular Music, Ragtime/Jazz, Musical Theater, Classical.

MUS 118 Music Appreciation: World Music
The course focuses on various idioms of ethnic musics outside of the United States, including a survey of traditions and characteristics within specific social/cultural contexts. Prerequisite: None. Does count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 120 Music Theory I
A study of the beginning principles of harmony and compositional form. Recommend concurrent enrollment in MUS 121. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 121 Musical Skills I
A practicum designed to apply concepts introduced in MUS 120 to performance skills through basic melodic, harmonic and rhythmic diction, sight-singing, and related keyboarding. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: MUS 120. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement

MUS 125 Music Theory II
A continuation of the study of principles of harmony and compositional form. Recommend concurrent enrollment in MUS 126. Prerequisite: MUS 120. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 126 Musical Skills II
A practicum designed to apply concepts introduced in MUS 125 to performance skills through melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation, sight-reading and related keyboarding. Prerequisite: MUS 121. Prerequisite/Corequisite: MUS 120. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 131 Class Piano I
A course designed to introduce basic keyboard skills through the performance of five tone major and minor scales and five-finger pattern pieces, and harmonization using I, IV, and V chords. Prerequisite: Piano placement interview. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 132 Class Piano II
The continued building of keyboard skills through the performance of one octave major scales and arpeggios and selected works from early intermediate repertoire, and harmonization using diatonic triads and seventh chords. Prerequisite: MUS 131 or consent of instructor. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 141 Class Voice
An introduction to techniques used in producing an effective and healthy vocal tone in a group setting. Ideal for student seeking to improve vocal skills that is not pursuing a minor in music. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 150 Private Piano
Private instruction on principal instrument. Literature studied, appropriately chosen for its technical, musical, and interpretive demands, will prepare students for end of semester performance requirements. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor required. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement. Fee $200.

MUS 151 Private Piano
Private instruction on principal instrument. Literature studied, appropriately chosen for its technical, musical, and interpretive demands, will prepare students for end of semester performance requirements. Prerequisite: MUS 150. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement. Fee $200.

MUS 152 Private Voice
Private instruction on principal instrument. Literature studied, appropriately chosen for its technical, musical, and interpretive demands, will prepare students for end of semester performance requirements. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor required. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement. Fee $200.

MUS 153 Private Voice
Private instruction on principal instrument. Literature studied, appropriately chosen for its technical, musical, and interpretive demands, will prepare students for end of semester performance requirements. Prerequisite: MUS 152. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement. Fee $200.

MUS 200 Concert Choir
The Concert Choir provides students with the opportunity to study vocal literature varying from chamber settings to major choral works while allowing them to serve as ambassadors for the institution through various performance settings. Prerequisite: MUS 101. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 201 Concert Choir
The Concert Choir provides students with the opportunity to study vocal literature varying from chamber settings to major choral works while allowing them to serve as ambassadors for the institution through various performance settings. Prerequisite: MUS 200. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 202 Concert Band
The Concert Band provides students with the opportunity to study instrumental literature varying from chamber settings to full symphonic band orchestration while allowing them to serve as ambassadors for the institution through various performance settings. Prerequisite: MUS 103. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 203 Concert Band
The Concert Band provides students with the opportunity to study instrumental literature varying from chamber settings to full symphonic band orchestration while allowing them to serve as ambassadors for the institution through various performance settings. Prerequisite: MUS 202. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 210 Music Literature I
A focused survey of world music traditions and Western musical literature from Early music through the late Classical era. Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENG 111 or ENG 114.

MUS 215 Music Literature II
A focused survey of popular music trends and Western musical literature from the Romantic era through Contemporary practices. Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENG 111 or ENG 114.

MUS 250 Private Piano
Private instruction on principal instrument. Literature studied, appropriately chosen for its technical, musical, and interpretive demands, will prepare students for end of semester performance requirements. Prerequisite: MUS 151. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement. Fee $200.

MUS 251 Private Piano
Private instruction on principal instrument. Literature studied, appropriately chosen for its technical, musical, and interpretive demands, will prepare students for end of semester performance requirements. Prerequisite: MUS 250. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement. Fee $200.

MUS 252 Private Voice
Private instruction on principal instrument. Literature studied, appropriately chosen for its technical, musical, and interpretive demands, will prepare students for end of semester performance requirements. Prerequisite: MUS 153. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement. Fee $200.

MUS 253 Private Voice
Private instruction on principal instrument. Literature studied, appropriately chosen for its technical, musical, and interpretive demands, will prepare students for end of semester performance requirements. Prerequisite: MUS 252. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement. Fee $200.

MUS 300 Concert Choir
The Concert Choir provides students with the opportunity to study vocal literature varying from chamber settings to major choral works while allowing them to serve as ambassadors for the institution through various performance settings. Prerequisite: MUS 201. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 301 Concert Choir
The Concert Choir provides students with the opportunity to study vocal literature varying from chamber settings to major choral works while allowing them to serve as ambassadors for the institution through various performance settings. Prerequisite: MUS 300. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 302 Concert Band
The Concert Band provides students with the opportunity to study instrumental literature varying from chamber settings to full symphonic band orchestration while allowing them to serve as ambassadors for the institution through various performance settings. Prerequisite: MUS 203. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 303 Concert Band
The Concert Band provides students with the opportunity to study instrumental literature varying from chamber settings to full symphonic band orchestration while allowing them to serve as ambassadors for the institution through various performance settings. Prerequisite: MUS 302. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 350 Private Piano
Private instruction on principal instrument. Literature studied, appropriately chosen for its technical, musical, and interpretive demands, will prepare students for end of semester performance requirements. Prerequisite: MUS 251. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement. Fee $200.

MUS 351 Private Piano
Private instruction on principal instrument. Literature studied, appropriately chosen for its technical, musical, and interpretive demands, will prepare students for end of semester performance requirements. Prerequisite: MUS 350. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement. Fee $200.

MUS 352 Private Voice
Private instruction on principal instrument. Literature studied, appropriately chosen for its technical, musical, and interpretive demands, will prepare students for end of semester performance requirements. Prerequisite: MUS 253. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement. Fee $200.

MUS 353 Private Voice
Private instruction on principal instrument. Literature studied, appropriately chosen for its technical, musical, and interpretive demands, will prepare students for end of semester performance requirements. Prerequisite: MUS 352. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement. Fee $200.

MUS 370 Comprehensive Recital
A culmination of four semesters of private applied study in a solo recital of no less than one half hour of repertoire, including works representative of a broad spectrum of compositional eras and styles. Must be approved by faculty upon successful completion of recital hearing and following at least three semesters private applied enrollment. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 400 Concert Choir
The Concert Choir provides students with the opportunity to study vocal literature varying from chamber settings to major choral works while allowing them to serve as ambassadors for the institution through various performance settings. Prerequisite: MUS 301. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 401 Concert Choir
The Concert Choir provides students with the opportunity to study vocal literature varying from chamber settings to major choral works while allowing them to serve as ambassadors for the institution through various performance settings. Prerequisite: MUS 400. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 402 Concert Band
The Concert Band provides students with the opportunity to study instrumental literature varying from chamber settings to full symphonic band orchestration while allowing them to serve as ambassadors for the institution through various performance settings. Prerequisite: MUS 303. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 403 Concert Band
The Concert Band provides students with the opportunity to study instrumental literature varying from chamber settings to full symphonic band orchestration while allowing them to serve as ambassadors for the institution through various performance settings. Prerequisite: MUS 402. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement.

MUS 450 Private Piano
Private instruction on principal instrument. Literature studied, appropriately chosen for its technical, musical, and interpretive demands, will prepare students for end of semester performance requirements. Prerequisite: MUS 351. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement. Fee $200.

MUS 451 Private Piano
Private instruction on principal instrument. Literature studied, appropriately chosen for its technical, musical, and interpretive demands, will prepare students for end of semester performance requirements. Prerequisite: MUS 450. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement. Fee $200.

MUS 452 Private Voice
Private instruction on principal instrument. Literature studied, appropriately chosen for its technical, musical, and interpretive demands, will prepare students for end of semester performance requirements. Prerequisite: MUS 353. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement. Fee $200.

MUS 453 Private Voice
Private instruction on principal instrument. Literature studied, appropriately chosen for its technical, musical, and interpretive demands, will prepare students for end of semester performance requirements. Prerequisite: MUS 452. Does not count toward the General Education Humanities requirement. Fee $200.

MUS 499 Directed Individual Study in Music
Individual study based on the interests and needs of the student. Credit of one to three hours total may be counted toward elective credit earned in Music Minor. May be repeated once for credit.

Faculty

Name: Jonathan Schott
Title: Director of Choral Activities; Instructor of Music
Email: jonathanschott@upike.edu
Phone: 606.263.5770
Office: Record Memorial Building 403

Name: Phillip Westgate
Title: Professor of Music
Email: PhillipWestgate@upike.edu
Phone: 606.218.5738
Office: Record Memorial 405

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