B.A. Degree in Music – Choral Track in Montgomery, Alabama

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Our Music Department is an important part of the Christian faith-based learning community at Faulkner University. Students who pursue a music degree lift their voices to glorify God and can often be heard on campus with the Faulkner Singers and University Chorus. With a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Music – Choral Track, graduates are prepared to actively participate in the life of the arts, teaching and performing in professional, academic, and church settings. Many students also go on to pursue advanced degrees in colleges and universities around the world.

Goals of Our Music Program

To be admitted into the music program, all students must take a Music Theory Entrance Exam and pass an audition on their primary instrument. During the choral music degree program, students are required to complete the following:

  • Attend student recitals and university-sponsored concerts
  • Perform in student recitals and serve on juries while receiving private instruction
  • Pass the Piano Proficiency Exam
  • Take the ETS Major Field Test in Music during senior year
  • Complete an internship in a music-related field during senior year (96-hour minimum)
  • Perform a senior recital and prepare program notes/translations

Students who want to minor in music must take a minimum of 18 course hours, including six hours in upper-level courses.

Our Music Degree (Choral) Curriculum

The choral track curriculum at Faulkner University provides a thorough introduction to all aspects of choral performance. Our music courses encourage students to explore their musical interests and talents and also provide resources for in-depth study. A total of 124 course hours are required for graduation. Twelve hours are required for private lessons, and eight of those course hours must be upper division. Additionally, of the eight hours required for ensemble, four must be upper division.

Core Curriculum (50 hours)

  • Christian Literacy: 18 hours
    • Biblical Worldview I: 3 hours
    • Biblical Worldview II: 3 hours
    • Understanding Biblical Literature: 3 hours
    • Christian Ethics: 3 hours
    • Marriage and Family Relations: 3 hours
    • Christian Cultural Heritage: 3 hours
  • Cultural Heritage Literacy: 9 hours
    • Western Tradition I: 3 hours
    • Western Tradition II: 3 hours
    • American Cultural Heritage: 3 hours
  • Mathematical and Scientific Literacy: 7 hours
    • Finite Math (or higher): 3 hours
    • Science and Accompanying Lab: 4 hours
  • Information and Communication Literacy: 9 hours
    • English Composition I: 3 hours
    • English Composition II: 3 hours
    • English/American Literature: 3 hours
  • Personal and Social Literacy: 7 hours
    • Personal Literacy:
      • Lifetime Fitness: 3 hours
      • Faulkner Foundations (or FAF 2111): 1 hour
    • Social Literacy:
      • Choose from several departments with advisor: 3 hours
    • Foreign Language Literacy: 6 hours
      • Two 3-hour courses in the same language

Professional Literacy (57 Hours)

  • Disciplined Required Courses:
    • Sight-Singing and Ear-Training I: 1 hour
    • Sight-Singing and Ear-Training II: 1 hour
    • Class Piano I: 1 hour
    • Class Piano II: 1 hour
    • Sight-Singing and Ear-Training III: 1 hour
    • Sight-Singing and Ear-Training IV: 1 hour
    • Music Literature: 2 hours
    • Music Theory I: 3 hours
    • Music Theory II: 3 hours
    • Piano Proficiency Exam: 0 hours
    • Orchestration and Arranging: 2 hours
    • Music History I: 3 hours
    • Music History II: 3 hours
    • Music History III: 3 hours
    • Music History IV: 3 hours
    • Choral Conducting: 3 hours
    • Senior Recital: 0 hours
    • Christian Aesthetics and Philosophies of Fine Arts: 3 hours
    • Music Internship: 3 hours
    • Lower-Level Private Applied Lessons: 4 hours
    • Upper-Level Private Applied Lessons: 8 hours
    • Lower-Level Ensemble University Chorus: 4 hours
    • Lower-Level Ensemble Faulkner Singers: 4 hours
    • Upper-Level Ensemble University Chorus: 4 hours
    • Upper-Level Ensemble Faulkner Singers: 4 hours
  • General Electives: 11 hours

Please note: Credit earned through membership in ensembles not sanctioned by the Department of Music will not be counted toward graduation.

Opportunities for Music Majors

Students in the music degree (choral) program can find many opportunities, both on campus and within the curriculum. Integrating a Christian worldview into a philosophy of musical arts, our students prepare for exciting futures in music as they learn, create, and perform. Working with experienced, professional faculty in our Music Department, they perform at athletic games, concerts, and special events around Montgomery, Alabama. Going on tours that range from Texas to Washington, D.C., many Faulkner University choral students also perform in schools and churches.

Further professional opportunities include participating in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and attending its annual conference. Music department students also attend the Christian College Choral Festival. During the required internship, students can learn what it's like to work in recording studios, churches, and high schools.

Earn Your Choral Music Degree at Faulkner University

Embrace your love of singing and music. Join with other musicians on our beautiful campus in Montgomery, Alabama, to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music – Choral Track. Request info about the music program or apply today.