Your experience in Marian’s music program will be characterized by the same academic excellence, hands-on learning and personalized support and instruction that has earned Marian such an esteemed reputation for nearly 80 years. You’ll be challenged to make new discoveries and create innovations by exploring the world of music.
General Education Program: 46–49 University requirements.
Foreign Language requirement
12 credits or equivalent:
Language requirement for BA
42–43 credits as follows:
MUS 010, 020, 030, 040, 050, 060, 070 Concert Attendance, 0 cr.
MUS 211 Music Theory I, 3 cr.
MUS 212 Music Theory II, 3 cr.
MUS 301 History and Literature of Music I, 3 cr.
MUS 302 History and Literature of Music II, 3 cr.
MUS 303 Music since 1900, 2 cr.
MUS 311 Music Theory III, 3 cr.
MUS 312 Music Theory IV, 3 cr.
MUS 476 Senior Recital, 1 cr.
7 credits from the following: Major instrument/voice
MUS 104 Beginning Voice Class, 1 cr.
MUS 121, 122, 221, 222, 321, 322, 421, 422 Voice, ½–1 cr. per semester
MUS 131, 132, 231, 232, 331, 332, 431, 432 Keyboard: Piano and Organ, ½–1 cr. per semester
MUS 141, 142, 241, 242, 341, 342, 441, 442 Strings, ½–1 cr. per semester
MUS 151, 152, 251, 252, 351, 352, 451, 452 Woodwinds, ½–1 cr. per semester
MUS 161, 172, 271, 272, 371, 372, 471, 472 Brass, ½–1 cr. per semester
MUS 171, 172, 271, 272, 371, 372, 471, 472 Percussion, ½–1 cr. per semester
MUS 376 Junior Recital, ½ cr.
2 credits: Piano (except piano majors)
MUS 111 Beginning Keyboard Class, 1 cr.
MUS 112 Keyboard Class II, 1 cr.
MUS 107 Women’s Chorale, 0–1 cr.
MUS 130 Collegiate Wind Ensemble, 0–1 cr. per semester
MUS 140 Chamber Ensemble, 0–1 cr. per semester
MUS 150 Orchestra, 0–1 cr. per semester
MUS 170 Jazz Ensemble, 0–1 cr. per semester
MUS 209 Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 0-1 cr.
MUS 220 Chamber Singers, 0–1 cr.
5–6 credits from the following:
MUS 202 American Music, 3 cr.
MUS 203 Jazz Survey, 3 cr.
MUS 205 World Musics, 2–3 cr.
MUS 224 Beginning Conducting, 2 cr.
MUS 226 Choral Conducting, 2 cr.
MUS 234 Instrumental Conducting, 2 cr.
MUS 411 Arranging, 1 cr.
All music majors must pass a keyboard proficiency examination.
For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.
As a student in Marian’s music program, you’ll be presented with numerous opportunities to develop skills, concepts and methodologies in music theory and composition, musicianship, history, arranging, orchestration, improvisation and conducting. You’ll gain experience in a variety of areas through job shadowing and internship experiences.
For more information, please contact:
Office of Admission
Brian Lydeen, D.M.A.
Associate Professor & Chair
Marian's values extend well beyond our campus. Click here to read about how several music alumni have started their own local business—Full Spectrum Studios—based on Marian's core values.
Josh Borowski is currently a Band Instrument Repair Technician with Music & Arts of Frederick, MD. After majoring in music at Marian, he elected to further his training by enrolling in the Band Instrument Repair program at Minnesota State College of Redwing, MN. Josh says that Marian was key to his career preparation, “Marian's music faculty was essential in gaining personal confidence to speak at length of all things related to music. In my field I must be able talk with band directors, students and instrumentalists both amateur and professional. Having such a well rounded musical background that I obtained through Marian's music program allows me to discuss music with an array of individuals with varying backgrounds in music.”
Amanda Pankratz teaches PreK with the Banner School in Frederick, MD. At Marian, she completed a degree in Music Education and Jazz Studies. Amanda attributes much of her ability to be flexible to her experience at Marian, “In order to be in my position, a bachelor’s degree is required. Having a background in education was also important. The great thing about my degree is that it is very broad and there are many things I can do with my experience. My music degree has brought a lot of fun and imagination into my PreK classroom. I use music on a daily basis to reinforce concepts that I am teaching to my students. Plus, my students always love the days when I bring in an instrument to play for them.”