Dec 07, 2023
Music Program Mission Statement
The Music Department shall prepare students with a foundation for a career in music, while providing educational enrichment and cultural opportunities for the college and the greater community.
Music department offerings are not limited to music majors. Students in other programs are encouraged to participate in music department courses, studio lessons, and performing ensembles.
The music department offers three curricula for majors: the Associate of Arts in Music, the Associate of Fine Arts in Music Education, and the Associate of Fine Arts in Instrumental or Vocal Performance.
Casper College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music [www.arts-accredit.org].
The music department collaborates with the department of theatre and dance in offering the Associate of Arts in Musical Theatre Performance. (The recommended curriculum is located in the Theatre and Dance portion of the catalog.) Casper College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre [www.arts-accredit.org].
Music majors must::
- Declare a major instrument;
- Enroll in one- or two-credit hours of music studio in the declared instrument and curriculum, which includes studio classes and a final jury;
- Perform in at least one major ensemble (usually Concert Band, ; Collegiate Chorale, ; or Chamber Orchestra, ) . All students expecting to enroll in “audition only” music ensemble courses must contact the appropriate instructor for permission;
- Pass the Piano Proficiency Examination ( ), normally at the conclusion of Class Piano IV ( ). All music majors enroll in the Class Piano sequence, and are placed at the appropriate level as determined by the piano faculty:
- Successfully complete a minimum of four semesters of Convocation ( ).
The recommended music curriculum is designed to concentrate on the broad discipline of music within the liberal arts framework. The offerings are also available to those who plan to transfer to a Bachelor of Arts program, as well as those who are interested in enriching their musical experiences.
The recommended curriculum is designed for the music major who plans to transfer to a Bachelor of Music program. The offerings are also available to those who are interested in enriching their musical experiences.
General Education (Minimum 17 credits)
General education coursework can be completed from within or outside of the major field of study. One course minimum in the following general education listings.
1. Exploration and Participation (3-4CR)
3. Relationship with the World (3-4CR)
- Human behavior
- U.S. and Wyoming constitutions (1-3CR)
- Cultural environment
4. General Education Electives (6-7CR)
- Must be chosen from areas 1, 2, or 3 above.
5. Physical Education (1CR)
The major requirements for the AFA-Music Education, AFA-Instrumental Music Performance, and AFA-Vocal Music Performance are listed below and on the following page. The coursework for each degree includes the general education requirements listed above, plus the following credits.
Major Requirements – Music Education (47-51CR)
- EDFD 2020 - Foundations of Education (3L,3CR)
- EDFD 2100 - Educational Psychology (3L,3CR)
- MUSC 0200 - Convocation (0CR) (each semester, min. 4)
- MUSC 1020 - Music Technology (2LB,1CR)
- MUSC 1025 - Introduction to Music Education (2L,2CR)
- MUSC 1030 - Written Theory I (3L,3CR)
- MUSC 1035 - Aural Theory I (2LB,1CR)
- MUSC 1040 - Written Theory II (3L,3CR)
- MUSC 1045 - Aural Theory II (2LB,1CR)
- MUSC 1300 - Class Piano I (2LB,1CR)
- MUSC 1301 - Class Piano II (2LB,1CR)
- MUSC 1310 - Public School Methods: Brass Methods I (2LB,1CR)
- MUSC 1315 - Public School Methods: Brass Methods II (2LB,1CR)
- MUSC 1330 - Public School Methods: String Methods I (2LB,1CR)
- MUSC 1335 - Public School Methods: String Methods II (2LB,1CR)
- MUSC 2030 - Written Theory III (3L,3CR)
- MUSC 2035 - Aural Theory III (2LB,1CR)
- MUSC 2040 - Written Theory IV (3L,3CR)
- MUSC 2045 - Aural Theory IV (2LB,1CR)
- MUSC 2050 - Music History Survey I (3L,3CR)
- MUSC 2055 - Music History Survey II (3L,3CR)
- MUSC 2302 - Class Piano III (2LB,1CR)
- MUSC 2303 - Class Piano IV (2LB,1CR)
- MUSC 2395 - Piano Proficiency (0CR)
- MUSC 1xxx Music Studio (2CR)
- MUSC 2xxx Music Studio (2CR)
- Major ensemble (4CR)
If vocal emphasis, add these four credits:
A minimum of 64 approved semester credits are required for graduation. For specific graduation requirements see “Academic Policies ” and “Degree Requirements .”
Only courses numbered 1000 or above can be used toward the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Business, Associate of Fine Arts and Associate of Applied Science Degrees.