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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


February 9, 2001

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curriculum actions. Within the next 10 days, please forward any comments or concerns to the AAC Chair, Lynn Pifer. Belknap Hall 05, x4384,

The following is a package of curricular changes from the Music Department.

Music Package changes: objectives (keep program quality, be more productive credits/FTE, stay within NASM guidelines, satisfy new GenEd), simplify/standardize BM degrees

Course changes/deletions

  1. Delete 0 credit ensembles; rationale: credit generation even at risk of limiting ensemble enrollment
  2. Delete Keyboard Skills II (affects Ed, Therapy, Business)
  3. Increase MAP 200 level courses to 2 credits (same clock time), more credit production


Program Changes:

  1. BM Music Ed
  2. standardize primary applied @ 2 credits per semester
  3. replace 2 credits of piano with Diction for vocalists
  4. officially change #s for ED courses ED 205 from 305, ED 102 from 401, SPE 252 from 360.
  5. delete KS II
  6. Accommodate new GenEd & PDE (*new GenEd=43SH 16req+27Distrib, PDE requires 3 more Math);

We feel the program cannot handle 46 GenEd because: 1. too much change from previous 40 SH, 2. NASM guidelines: ("studies in music at least 50%, general studies, 30%-35%, professional 15%-20%")*60 [60]; 36-42 [43]; 18-24 [28 incl ST]. Therefore our proposal is to lower Science to 3 credits & increase Math to 6 per PDE requirements.


BM Music Therapy

  1. decrease secondary applied from 9 to 7
  2. increase primary applied from 1 to 2 credits per semester (no additional load). Rationale: credit/FTE ratio.
  3. increase ensemble requirement from 4 to 8. Is required anyway, should be reflected
  4. drop PSY 290 & PSY elective requirement
  5. delete KS II


BM Elective Studies in Business

  1. Increase primary applied credits from 1 credit per semester to 2 (no additional load). Rationale: credit/FTE ratio.
  2. eliminate one 3-credit Business "elective"
  3. delete KS II
  4. add Computer Notation MU314


BM Music Performance

  1. collapse 3 degrees into one (with 3 concentrations); rationale: accounting for POPs
  2. decrease secondary applied from 8 to 4
  3. increase primary applied from 28 to 32; rationale: credit generation (4 per semester not 3), simplification of scheduling
  4. broaden courses that could fulfill Literature requirement from "MU 323 or 420" to "MU 323, 420, or 429". Rationale: a. possibly eliminate some I.I. (low enrollment or 420 is on 3 year rotating basis & might be missed by transfer or other)
  5. Pedagogy, reduce to 2, making it more likely others will take as elective



  1. Increase primary applied to 16 (2 credits per semester, no additional load)
  2. Increase ensemble to 8
  3. Accommodate new GenEd


Music Minor

  1. maintain 4 required SH of primary applied, but complete it in 2 semesters, not 4

General NASM guidelines: based on % of 120 credits, *translates suggested % into credits, [] represents credits on proposed ERs.

B.M. in Music Performance ("Studies in the major area and supportive courses in music normally total at least 65% of the curriculum, general studies 25%-35%") *78 [83] credits, 30-42 [43]

B.M. in Music Therapy ("studies in music therapy, psychology, and sociology or anthropology should comprise 20%-30%, studies in music 45%-50%, general studies 20%-25%, electives approximately 5%")*24-36 [30 + intern]; 54-60 [58]; 24-30 [45 some overlap]; 6 [0]

B.M. Music Education ("studies in music at least 50%, general studies, 30%-35%, professional 15%-20%")*60 [60]; 36-42 [43]; 18-24 [28 incl ST]

B.M. Elective Studies ("studies in music comprise a minimum of 50% of the total program…at least 15% to focus on development of general competence in a second discipline") *60 [66] 12 of these are internship that really shouldn't be counted "music" but we do to satisfy NASM, 18 [21-24] most schools with this degree feel that 15% is not enough in business

Note: The above represent what the music dept feels is a significant increase in "productivity". To make everything fit onto ER we could have kept Applied lessons @ 1 credit. Standardizing them @ 2 credits for same faculty load not only generates more credits & greatly simplifies scheduling, but it squeezes the curriculum. We have found it necessary to add credits to some curricula.



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