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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


October 15, 2002

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, Helen Biblehimer, Elliott Hall 203, ext. 4521,

The department of Music has requested the following changes:

Action: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy

Rationale for Change:


List all changes (e.g. degree, program, addition/deletion of courses, etc.)

Degree: Remains Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy
Program: Current degree revised to meet State mandate for 120 hour program and to meet NASM Accreditation and AMTA mandates.

The following changes are proposed relating to cross-counting music courses in the general education block:
(Total 12 hrs - 6 in humanities, 3 in Fine Arts and 3 in Wellness)

Proposed Change
MTH 3352 Movement in Music Therapy
Accept in Wellness 3 SH
MU 2221 Classic and Romantic Music
Accept in Humanities 3 SH
MU 2222 20th Century Music
Accept in Humanities 3 SH
MEN 300 Concert Choir
Accept in Fine Arts* 1 SH
MEN 301 Festival Chorus
Accept in Fine Arts* 1 SH
MEN 303 Mansfieldians Accept in Fine Arts* 1 SH
MEN 330 Concert Wind Ensemble
Accept in Fine Arts* 1 SH
MEN 331 Marching Band Accept in Fine Arts* 1 SH
MEN 332 Symphonic Band
Accept in Fine Arts* 1 SH
MEN 335 Jazz Ensemble Accept in Fine Arts* 1 SH
MEN 350 Orchestra Accept in Fine Arts* 1 SH

Total Hours Anticipated in Cross-Counting *12 SH
*Only 3 SH total of MEN would count in Fine Arts. Additional credits in
these areas are required of the music education degree.

Plan for Meeting the 120 Hour Rule

Degree: Bachelor of Music Therapy Current Hours: 134
Accrediting Body: National Association of Schools of Music and the American Music Therapy Association
Reason for Departmental Recommendation: NASM Language for Accreditation, AMTA recommendations and Board of Governor's Policy 1990-06-A on Academic Degrees
NASM Cited Language: Article VII: Competencies, Standards, Guidelines and Recommendations for Specific Baccalaureate Degrees in Music; section H, subsection 1; "Curricular Structure:" Therapy Degree: ∑Curricula structure , content, and time requirements shall enable students to develop a range of knowledge, skills, and competencies expected of those holding a professional baccalaureate degree in music therapy. Curricula to accomplish this purpose normally adhere to the following guidelines; studies in music therapy, psychology, sociology and anthropology should comprise 20% to 30% of the total degree program; studies in music, 45% to 50%; general studies 20% to 25% and electives, approximately 5% Elective courses should remain the free choice of the student.

Recommended Strategy for Lowering Music Performance to 120 hours:

  1. Allow 6 credits of music history to count in the Humanities Block
    Justification: Within the last four years we removed an entire course form the music history sequence, reducing total credits in this area from 12 to 9. We cannot combine information from these courses and meet our NASM mandate to include global issues in these courses as well, and we are currently working towards developing a G designation for this subject area. In addition, any further reduction in this area would compromise our NASM accreditation and would cause a significant loss in integrity of the subject area.
    Finally, according to the Board of Governor's Policy 1990-06-A on Academic Degrees, the music history courses at MU meet the goals and objects of the general education subcommittee Block I Humanities in that through these courses, students acquire:
    • An understanding of key historical developments and philosophical traditions that influence the world
    • Students demonstrate competency in critical thinking and writing in analyzing historical and philosophical issues
    • Students demonstrate knowledge of Western and Non-Western histories and philosophies
    • Students demonstrate knowledge of how religious, intellectual, social and philosophical movements have shaped the present world
    • Students demonstrate an understanding of the present as a continuum of the past
  2. Allow 3 hours of MEN 33___ (Music Ensemble) to count in the Fine Arts Block, Core Courses. The music ensemble courses at MU meet the goals and objects of the general education subcommittee Core Courses in Fine Arts in that through these courses, students demonstrate:
    • Knowledge of at least one of the varying forms of artistic expression.
    • Knowledge of behaviors that promote personal well-being
  3. Reduce the hours of MAP 33___ applied credit given in the first two semesters from 2 credits to 1 credits. A second section of MAP33___ would need to be created for each of the applied areas with section 01 being given 1 credits and section 02 being given 2 credits. This move would reflect more accurately the general state of music performance majors when they arrive, giving the department time to generate and develop more appropriate practice/preparatory skills. Furthermore, this reduction would keep the degree inline with NASM Recommendations.
  4. Accept MTH 352 in the Wellsness Block. Movement in Music course description meets the goals in the general education description of Wellness.


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