Music Performance

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Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)


Voice Major Requirements

The Music Performance major  (Voice) consists of 62-71 s.h. distributed as follows:

Required Core Courses

  • MUS 1600 Music Fundamentals (Required if student does not pass the diagnostic exam) (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 1610 Music Theory I (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 1620 Music Theory II (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 1070 Aural Skills I (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 1080 Aural Skills II (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 2070 Aural Skills III (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 2080 Aural Skills IV (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 2610 Music Theory III (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 2620 Music Theory IV (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 2600 Survey of Music Literature (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 3110 Music History: Ancient Through Baroque (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 3130 Music History: Classic Through Romantic (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 3610 Conducting (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 4190 20th-21st Century and Non-Western Musical Styles (2 s.h.)

Choose two of the following:

  • MUS 4640 Orchestration (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 4650 Introduction to Composition and Arranging (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 4660 Form and Analysis (3 s.h.)

Required Applied Courses

  • MUS 0710 Concert Attendance (no credit)
    (must be taken concurrently and passed with applied lessons for 8 semesters; pass/fail)
  • MUS 1140-4810 (16 s.h.)
    (see list of applied music courses)
  • MUS 1750-4750 (0-4 s.h.)
    (Students take the piano proficiency sequence until piano proficiency exam is passed; piano majors are exempt from this requirement.)

Required Ensemble Courses

  • MUS 3280/3290 Noblemen OR MUS 3860/3870 Grace Notes (8 s.h.)

Required Methods Courses

  • MUS 1650 English/Italian Diction (2 s.h.)
  • MUS 2650 French/German Diction (2 s.h.)
  • MUS 3610 Conducting (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 3611 Vocal Pedagogy (3 s.h.)

Instrumental Major Requirements

The Music Performance major (Instrumental) consists of 62-71 s.h. distributed as follows:

Required Core Courses

  • MUS 1600 Music Fundamentals (Required if student does not pass the diagnostic exam) (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 1610 Music Theory I (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 1620 Music Theory II (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 1070 Aural Skills I (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 1080 Aural Skills II (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 2070 Aural Skills III (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 2080 Aural Skills IV (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 2610 Music Theory III (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 2620 Music Theory IV (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 2600 Survey of Music Literature (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 3110 Music History: Ancient Through Baroque (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 3130 Music History: Classic Through Romantic (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 3610 Conducting (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 4190 20th-21st Century and Non-Western Musical Styles (2 s.h.)

Choose two of the following:

  • MUS 4640 Orchestration (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 4650 Introduction to Composition and Arranging (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 4660 Form and Analysis (3 s.h.)

Required Applied Courses

  • MUS 0710 Concert Attendance (no credit)
    (must be taken concurrently and passed with applied lessons for 8 semesters; pass/fail)
  • MUS 1140-4810 (16 s.h.)
    (see list of applied music courses)
  • MUS 1750-4750 (0-4 s.h.)
    (Students take the piano proficiency sequence until piano proficiency exam is passed; piano majors are exempt from this requirement.)

Required Ensemble Courses

  • MUS 3480/3490 Concert Band (8 s.h.)
  • Marching Band (2 years required)

Required Tech Courses

  • MUS 3010 String Techniques (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 3030 Woodwind Techniques (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 3040 Brass Techniques (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 3070 Percussion Techniques (1 s.h.)

Required Methods Courses

  • MUS 3370* Applications of Piano Literature (2 s.h.)
  • MUS 3610 Conducting (3 s.h.)

*Piano Majors Only


Additional Requirements

  1. To be accepted as a candidate for a B.M. in Music in Music Performance, the student must audition successfully no later than the end of the fourth semester.
  2. Recommended: performance majors seek two semesters of a foreign language (French, German, or Italian).
  3. All students receiving a Bachelor of Music in Performance are required to complete 16 semester hours on one instrument or voice. Therefore, continuous enrollment in the major instrument is required until a minimum of 16 continuous semester hours of applied lessons (C or higher) is completed.
  4. For students whose major instrument is not piano, satisfactory completion of the Piano Proficiency exam is required.
  5. A minimum of eight (8) credits of large ensemble (Concert Band, MUS 3480/3490), Noblemen (MUS 3280/3290), or Grace Notes (MUS 3860/3870), approved string, orchestra ensemble, or Guitar Ensemble (MUS 3260-3270). Guitar majors must enroll in one of these ensembles, whether Guitar Ensemble is offered or not, in any given semester.
  6. A full recital and a half recital in the major instrument or voice are required for graduation.
  7. Instrumental majors (wind, brass, and percussion) are required to participate in Marching Band for no fewer than two years. Qualified piano majors may be asked to accompany one of the choirs to fulfill requirement. String majors must be involved in an equivalent instrumental activity, e.g., International Youth Symphony.
  8. Enrollment in upper 3000-4000 level courses is predicated on successful completion of 1000-2000 level classes, or with instructor permission.

Contact the Music Program

Dr. Susan Durham-Lozaw

Susan Durham-Lozaw, D.M.A.

Chair, Music; Professor of Music; Coordinator, Voice
(910) 630-7603
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Dr. Susan Durham-Lozaw
Susan Durham-Lozaw, D.M.A.

Chair, Music; Professor of Music; Coordinator, Voice

B.M., East Carolina University; M.M., Meredith College; D.M.A., Boston University

Bio:

Dr. Susan Durham-Lozaw, Professor of Music, joined the Monarchs in 2015 as Coordinator of the Voice Program.  She also serves as Chair in the Department of Music.  She holds a B.M. in Vocal Pedagogy from East Carolina University, an M.M. in Vocal Pedagogy and Voice Performance from Meredith College, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education from Boston University. Additionally, Susan has earned certifications in all three levels of Somatic Voiceworks™-The LoVetri Method at the Contemporary Commercial Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University. She completed post-graduate training in the Evaluation and Treatment of the Injured Voice with renowned Singing Voice Specialist and Voice Pathologist, Dr. Wendy LeBorgne at the Institute as well. Susan has served as a performing participant at the Richard Miller Institute of Vocal Pedagogy at Belmont University, Joan Melton’s One Voice course in New York City, the Professional Vocal Pedagogy Workshop at the Boston Conservatory/Berklee College of Music, and in countless masterclasses throughout her career.

As a singer with both national and international performances to her credit, Susan specializes in music theater, but sings opera, oratorio, and concert literature with equal ease. She studies with Jeannette LoVetri and Liz Caplan, both of New York, N.Y. Among her many accolades, Susan is especially honored to have received the title of Best Female Vocalist in the category of music theater from Talent America in New York City and a Cantey V. Sutton Performing Arts Award for her performance in H.M.S. Pinafore in Raleigh, N.C. Locally, Susan has performed with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, the Fayetteville Symphonic Band, and the Cumberland Oratorio Singers.

Susan is a member of NATS, NAfME, The College Music Society, and The Voice Foundation.

(910) 630-7603
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