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Esther Boyer College of Music Program Descriptions

The following curriculum guides reflect required courses for each program, but the specific sequence may vary for individual students. They are published only as tentative schedules for the completion of coursework for baccalaureate degrees to provide the student with an overview of a typical curriculum in the major area. 


Performance, Vocal Instruction

Christine Anderson, Chair 
(215) 204-8375

The training provided by the Voice Department emphasizes vocal technique and repertoire in a challenging program of vocal development. Performance progress is closely guided through private lessons, juries, and recital performances. The program of study prepares singers for careers in concert and recital performance, opera, and private teaching.

Bachelor of Music
Major in Voice Performance
 
Freshman Year 1st Sem  2nd Sem 
Voice 0015, 0016 
Secondary Piano 0005, 0006 1 1
English Diction 0025 
Choral Ensemble 
Aural Theory 0041, 0042 
Intro. to Mus. Theory and Lit. 0045 
Theory C143 
World Music  0330 
College Composition R050 
Foreign Language 0051, 0052  4 4
  17  17 
Sophomore Year 1st Sem 2nd Sem
Voice 0115, 0116 3 3
Secondary Piano 0105, 0106 1 1
Conducting 0123, 0124 1 1
Foreign Language C061 3 0
Choral Ensemble 1 1
Aural Theory 0141, 0142 2 2
Theory 0144, C243 3 3
Music in History 0160, 0161 2 2
Foreign Language 0051 0 4
  16 17
Junior Year 1st Sem 2nd Sem
Voice 0215, 0216 3 3
Diction Skills 0332, 0333 1 1
Choral Ensemble  1 1
Music Electives (From lists) 2 3
Music in Hist. W260, W261 3 3
Intellectual Heritage X051, X052 3 3
Foreign Language 0051 0
Math C055 0 3
  17  17
Senior Year 1st Sem 2nd Sem
Voice 0315, 0316  3
Vocal Coaching 0323, 0324 1 1
Vocal Pedagogy 0327  0 2
Vocal Repertoire 0267, 0268  2 2
Opera Theatre 0334, 0335 3
Choral Ensemble 1 0
Individual and Society 3
American Culture  0
Physics (Acoustics) C067  3 0
Comp. in Mus. Applic. C315 0 3
  16  17
     
Degree Total:  134

Music Electives - List A

Orchestration 0242 (2 cr)
Advanced Orchestration 0342 (2 cr)
Keyboard Harmony 0241 or 0245 (3 cr)
Counterpoint 0343 (2 cr)
Composition 0248, 0249 (0-2 cr)
Score Reading 0334 (2 cr)
Analysis 0345 (2 cr)

Music Electives - List B

History of Jazz 0138 (3 cr)
Business of Music 0318 (2 cr)
Music Technology courses
Advanced Conducting 0330 or 0331 (2 cr)
Score Reading 0344 (2 cr)
Music Learning Theory 0335 (3 cr)
Opera Ensemble 0339 (1 cr)*
Early Music Ensemble 0397 (1 cr)*
Improvisation 0147 (2 cr)*

NOTE: You must take at least one elective from List A and one from List B.

* No more than 2 credit hours may be taken as music elective credit.

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Performance, Keyboard Instruction

Harvey D. Wedeen, Chair 
(215) 204-8648

The Keyboard Department emphasizes training for careers in performance, piano accompaniment and chamber music, piano pedagogy, and piano and opera coaching.

Bachelor of Music
Major in Piano Performance
 
Freshman Year 1st Sem  2nd Sem
Piano 0009, 0010  4
Accomp. and Piano Ens. 0028, 0029  1
Choral Ensemble 1 1
Aural Theory 0041, 0042 2 2
Theory C143 0 3
Intro to Mus. Theory 0045  2 0
College Composition R050  0
World Music  0330  0 3
Math C055  3 0
Intellectual Heritage X051 0 3
Total 16 17

Sophomore Year 1st Sem 2nd Sem
Piano 0109, 0110  4
Accomp. and Piano Ens. 0028, 0029 1 1
Choral Ensemble  1 1
Aural Theory 0141, 0142  2 2
Theory 0144, C243  3 3
Music in History 0160, 0161 2 2
Individual and Society 3
Intellectual Heritage X052  3 0
Total 16 16

Junior Year  1st Sem 2nd Sem
Piano Major 0209, 0210  4
Accomp. and Piano Ens. 0028, 0029  1
Intro. to Piano Pedagogy 0041  2 0
Conducting 0123, 0124  1 1
Keyboard Literature 0265, 0266  3
Keyboard Harmony 0241  3
Music Elective  2
Music in History W260, W261  3
Physics (Acoustics) C067  3 0
Total 17  17

Senior Year 1st Sem 2nd Sem
Piano Major 0309, 0310  4 4
Accomp. and Piano Ens. 0028, 0029 1 1
Piano Pedagogy (Children) 0247  2 0
Comp. in Mus. Applic. C315 3
Music Electives 4
International Studies 3 3
American Culture/Race 3 0
Total 15  15
     
Degree Total:  129

Music Electives - List A

Orchestration 0242 (2 cr)
Advanced Orchestration 0342 (2 cr)
Score Reading 0334 (2 cr)
Analysis 0345 (2 cr)
Composition 0248, 0249 (0-2 cr)

Music Electives - List B
Early Keyboard Instruments Sem. (2 cr)
Advanced Conducting 0330 or 0331 (2 cr)
* No more than 2 credit hours may be taken as music elective credit.

NOTE: You must take at least one elective from List A and one from List B. 
 

Bachelor of Music
Major in Harpsichord Performance
 
Freshman Year 1st Sem  2nd Sem
Harpsichord Major 4
Accomp. and Keyboard Ens. 0028, 0029  1
Choral Ensemble 1 1
Aural Theory 0041, 0042 2 2
Theory C143 0 3
Intro to Mus. Theory 0045  2 0
College Composition R050  0
World Music  0330  0 3
Math C055  3 0
Intellectual Heritage X051 0 3
Total 16 17

Sophomore Year 1st Sem 2nd Sem
Harpsichord Major 4
Accomp. and Keyboard Ens. 0028, 0029 1 1
Choral Ensemble  1 1
Aural Theory 0141, 0142  2 2
Theory 0144, C243  3 3
Music in History 0160, 0161 2 2
Individual and Society 3
Intellectual Heritage X052  3 0
Total 16 16

Junior Year  1st Sem 2nd Sem
Harpsichord Major 4
Accomp. and Keyboard Ens. 0028, 0029  1
Early Keyboard Skills 2 0
Conducting 0123, 0124  1 1
Keyboard Literature 0265, 0266  3
Keyboard Harmony 0241  3
Music Elective  2
Music in History W260, W261  3
Physics (Acoustics) C067  3 0
Total 17  17

Senior Year 1st Sem 2nd Sem
Harpsichord Major  4 4
Accomp. and Harpsichord Ens. 0028, 0029 1 1
Early Music Ensemble 0397  1 1
Comp. in Mus. Applic. C315 3
Music Electives 3
International Studies 3 3
American Culture/Race 3 0
Total 15  15
     
Degree Total:  129

Music Electives

Orchestration 0242 (2 cr)
Advanced Orchestration 0342 (2 cr)
Score Reading 0334 (2 cr)
Analysis 0345 (2 cr)
Composition 0248, 0249 (0-2 cr)
Advanced Conducting 0330 or 0331 (2 cr) 
 
 

Bachelor of Music
Major in Piano Pedagogy
 
Freshman Year 1st Sem. 2nd Sem.
Piano Major 0009, 0010 4
Accomp. and Piano Ens. 0028, 0029 1 1
Intro. to Piano Tech. 0041 2 0
Pedagogy of Piano Tech. 0145 2
Suzuki for Pianists 0244  0
Choral Ensemble 1
Aural Theory 0041, 0042 2 2
Theory C143 0 3
Intro to Theory and Lit 0045 0
College Composition R050 0
World Music  0330 0 3
Total 17 16
 
Sophomore Year  1st Sem 2nd Sem
Piano 0109, 0110 4
Accomp. and Piano Ens. 0028, 0029 1 0
Creat Act. for Pedagogy 0146 0 2
Choral Ensemble 1 1
Aural Theory 0141, 0142 2 2
Theory 0144, C243 3 3
Music in History 0160, 0161 2 2
Intellectual Heritage X051, X052 3 3
Total 16 17
 
Junior Year 1st Sem 2nd Sem
Piano Major 0209, 0210 4 4
Keyboard Literature 0265, 0266 3 3
Pedagogy of Children 0247
Pedagogy of College Non-Major 0249 0 2
Counterpoint 0343 2 0
American Culture/Race 3 0
Music in History W260, W261 3 3
Individual and Society 0 3
Total 17 15
 
Senior Year 1st Sem 2nd Sem
Piano Major 0309, 0310 4 4
Accomp. and Piano Ens. 0028, 0029 1 1
Sec. Piano (Jazz) 0105, 0106 1 1
Keyboard Harmony 0241 3 0
Computer in Music Appl. C315 0 3
International Studies 3 3
Math C055 0 3
Physics (Acoustics) C067 3 0
Conducting 0123, 0124 1 1
Total 16 16
     
Degree Total:  130

Piano Major sequence, (0009, 0010, 0109, 0110, 0209, 0210, 0309, 0310) requires a minimum of four hours practice daily. 

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Instrumental Studies

Arthur Chodoroff, Chair 

Richard Brodhead, Executive Director,
The New School Institute
(215) 204-5527 

Helen Kwalwasser, Artistic Adviser, 
String Instruction
 

The Instrumental Major program centers on intensive coaching and private study with a renowned faculty of teachers, many of whom are members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and other professional performing organizations. Opportunity to perform a vast repertoire abounds in the number and types of ensemble experiences available. The programs of study provide the training necessary to compete in the professional performance world.

Bachelor of Music
Major in Instrumental Performance
 
Freshman Year 1st Sem 2nd Sem
Instrumental Major 0003, 0004 4
Ensembles  1
Ensembles  1
Aural Theory 0041, 0042 2 2
Intro to Theory and Lit 0045 2 0
Theory C143  3
College Composition R050 3 0
Secondary Piano 0005, 0006 1
World Music 0330 0
Math C055  3
Total 17 15
 
Sophomore Year 1st Sem 2nd Sem
Instrumental Major 0103, 0104  4 4
Theory 0144, C243  3 3
Music in History 0160, 0161  2
Ensembles  1 1
Ensembles  1
Aural Theory 0141, 0142 2
Music Elective (from lists) 0 2
American Culture/Race 0
Secondary Piano 0105, 0106 1
Orchestra Repertoire 0398  0 1
Total 17 17
 
Junior Year  1st Sem 2nd Sem
Instrumental Major 0203, 0204 4 4
Ensembles  1
Ensembles  1 1
Music in History W260, W261  3 3
Intellectual Heritage X051, X052 3 3
Individual and Society 0 3
Music Elective (from lists)  3 0
Conducting 0123, 0124  1
Orchestra Repertoire 0398  0
Total 17  16
 
Senior Year 1st Sem 2nd Sem
Instrumental Major 0303, 0304  4 4
Ensembles 1 1
Ensembles  1 1
International Studies  3
# Science (SA; SB) 3
Music Electives (from lists) 2
Total 15  14
     
Degree Total:  128

# Acoustics C067 (SA), and Computers in Musical Applications C315 (SB) recommended. 

Music Electives - List A

Orchestration 0242 (2 cr)
Advanced Orchestration 0342 (2 cr)
Keyboard Harmony 0241 or 0245 (3 cr)
Counterpoint 0343 (2 cr)
Composition 0248, 0249 (0-2 cr)
Score Reading 0344 (2 cr)
Analysis 0345 (2 cr)

Music Electives - List B

History of Jazz 0138 (3 cr)
Business of Music 0318 (2 cr)
Music Technology courses
Advanced Conducting 0330 or 0331 (2 cr)
Score Reading 0344 (2 cr)
Music Learning Theory 0335 (3 cr)
Instrumental Pedagogy (2 cr)
Choral Ensembles (1 cr)*
Early Music Ensemble 0397 (1 cr)*
Orchestral Repertoire 0398 (1 cr)*
Voice 0011, 0012 (1 cr)* 
Improvisation 0147 (2 cr)*

* No more than 2 credit hours may be taken as music elective credit.

NOTE: Students must take at least one elective from List A and one from List B. 

Bass performance majors must enroll for eight semesters of orchestra and four additional semesters of ensembles. It is suggested that Early Music Ensemble be one of these credit hours. The remaining four credit hours of ensemble may be taken as free music electives.

Saxophone performance majors may register for up to four credit hours of ensembles in reading jazz ensembles (Jazz Band or Jazz Lab Band) with prior approval of the Instrumental Department Chair and Coordinator of the Jazz program. The two semester hours of orchestra repertoire classes are to be replaced by elective(s). 

Bachelor of Music
Major in Classical Guitar Performance
 
Freshman Year 1st Sem  2nd Sem
Instrumental Major 0003,0004 4 4
Guitar Lit and Perf. 0395  1 1
Choral Ensemble 1 1
Aural Theory 0041, 0042  2 2
Intro. to Mus. Theory and Lit. 045 2 0
Theory C143 0 3
College Composition R050  3 0
Secondary Piano 0005, 0006  1 1
World Music 0330 0
Math C055  3
Total 17 15
 
Sophomore Year 1st Sem 2nd Sem
Instrumental Major 0103,0104 4
Guitar Lit and Perf. 0395  1
Choral Ensemble 1
Theory 0144, C243  3 3
Music in History 0160, 0161  2
Aural Theory 0141, 0142 2
Intellectual Heritage X051, X052  3 3
Instrumental Ensemble  1
Total 17  17
 
Junior Year 1st Sem 2nd Sem
Instrumental Major 0203,0 204  4
Guitar Lit and Perf. 0395 1 1
Instrumental Ensemble 1
Music in History W260, W261  3 3
Conducting 0123, 0124 1 1
Music Elective (from lists)  0 3
International Studies 3
Jr/Sr Guitar Seminar  2 0
Total 15 16
 
Senior Year 1st Sem 2nd Sem
Instrumental Major 0303, 0304 4 4
Guitar Lit and Perf. 0395  1
Jr/Sr Guitar Seminar  2 0
Music Electives (from lists) 2
Individual and Society 0
# Science (A/B)  3 3
American Culture/Race 0 3
Music Elective (from lists)  3
Total 16  16
     
Degree Total:  129

# Acoustics C067 (SA), and Computers in Musical Applications C315 (SB) recommended. 

Music Elective - List A

Orchestration 0242 (2 cr)
Advanced Orchestration 0342 (2 cr)
Keyboard Harmony 0241 or 0245 (3 cr)
Counterpoint 0343 (2 cr)
Composition 0248, 0249 (0-2 cr)
Score Reading 0334 (2 cr)
Analysis 0345 (2 cr)

Music Electives - List B

History of Jazz 0138 (3 cr)
Business of Music 0318 (2 cr)
Music Technology courses
Advanced Conducting 0330 or 0331 (2 cr)
Score Reading 0344 (2 cr)
Music Learning Theory 0335 (3 cr)
Instrumental Pedagogy (2 cr)
Choral Ensemble (1 cr)*
Early Music Ensemble 0397 (1 cr)*
Orchestral Repertoire 0398 (1 cr)* 
Voice 0011, 0012 (1 cr)
Improvisation 0147 (2 cr)*

* No more than 2 credit hours may be taken as music elective credit.

NOTE: You must take at least one elective from List A and one from List B. 

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