Music Program Overview

Located in the new Clayton Center for the Arts, the Maryville College Music Department offers a comprehensive, NASM-accredited music curriculum within the acclaimed Maryville College liberal arts experience. Students will receive expert instruction in music theory, music history, and performance. Our five music majors‚ the Bachelor of Arts in Music, the Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Choral), the Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Instrumental), the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, the Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition‚ provide ample preparation and flexibility for the pursuit of careers involving music or graduate school.


All students intending to pursue a major or minor in music or participate in an ensemble must complete the Music Placement Hearings during Fall Orientation prior to beginning study. Each student will then be counseled into the appropriate courses. All music majors must demonstrate proficiency in basic keyboard skills. Those who lack this preparation upon entering must take Keyboard Fundamentals for 0 credits every term until all five areas of the proficiency requirement are passed. All music majors must pass the piano proficiency requirement before enrolling in Senior Project 351-352.

Admission to a particular curriculum as a music major is conferred by the music faculty after the completion of MUS 102: Music Theory II (3 hrs.) or, in the case of students with advanced standing, after one semester of study at Maryville College. Contact the Chair of the Division of Fine Arts for details.

French or German is recommended as the foreign language choice for singers and students planning graduate work in music.

For more information, please contact Ashley Abbott, recruiter for the Fine Arts Division.

Course Offerings

The Major in Music for those pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree requires a minimum of 46 hours including:

MUS 101: Music Theory I (3 hrs.)
MUS 102: Music Theory II (3 hrs.)
MUS 111: Aural Skills I (1 hr.)
MUS 112: Aural Skills II (1 hr.)
MUS 201: Music Theory III (3 hrs.)
MUS 202: Music Theory IV (3 hrs.)
MUS 211: Aural Skills III (1 hr.)
MUS 212: Aural Skills IV (1 hr.)
MUS 312: History of Music in the United States (3 hrs.)
MUS 313: History of Western Fine Arts Music to 1750 (3 hrs.)
MUS 314: History of Western Fine Arts Music from 1750 to the Present (3 hrs.)
MUS 315: Introduction to Ethnomusicology (3 hrs.)
MUS 351-352: Senior Project (6 hrs.)
8 hours of applied music
4 hours of ensemble participation.

Keyboard proficiency must be demonstrated. At least 66 hours must be earned in courses outside the discipline.

The Bachelor of Music is a professional degree, intended for students who plan to pursue a career in some aspect of music. It differs from the Bachelor of Arts degree in its general education core requirements (see General Education in this catalog) and the extent of specialization. As a professional degree, it affords more extensive study in the major field.

The College offers major programs in Performance, Education, and Theory-Composition. All include preparation in theory, aural skills, and music history. Private lessons are a part of each major, as is sustained participation in a musical ensemble. Beyond these common elements, students take specialized courses appropriate to each major.

The Minor in Music consists of 18 credit hours in music, including:

MUS 101: Music Theory I (3 hrs.)
MUS 102: Music Theory II (3 hrs.)
MUS 111: Aural Skills I (1 hr.)
MUS 112: Aural Skills II (1 hr.)
6 credit hours at the 300 or 400 level
4 credit hours in courses, lessons, and/or ensembles.


The study of applied music is central to all curricula in music and is a valuable elective for students in majors other than music. One credit hour per semester is earned for a half-hour lesson and at least three hours practice per week. Two credit hours per semester are earned for an hour lesson or two half-hour lessons and at least six hours practice per week. Three credit hours, available only to music majors, are earned for a 90-minute lesson or two 45-minute lessons per week and at least nine hours practice per week. (Non-credit students are expected to practice the same amount of time as the parallel credit students). Additional fees are charged for applied music lesions.

Instruction and practice include both technique and a minimum standard repertoire. For music majors, the latter includes, over a period of time, standard repertoire for the given instrument from each appropriate historical era and genre. For non-majors, the instructor may tailor the selection of repertoire to the individual student’s particular goals and needs. Refer to the Course Information section in this Catalog for a list of courses.



The following ensembles are open to all students who meet the stated requirements. Unless otherwise listed, students may earn one credit hour per semester for participation in an ensemble. A noncredit option is also available.

MUS E12: The Maryville College Concert Choir *
MUS E13: The Maryville College Community Chorus
MUS E14: The Orchestra at Maryville: A College-Community Ensemble **
MUS E15: The Maryville College Jazz Band **
MUS E16: The Maryville College Community Concert Band **
MUS E17: Chamber Music Ensemble (1/2 credit hour per semester)
* Audition required
** Some previous instrumental experience required

Learning Outcomes

Students successfully completing the program of study will have achieved the following:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in music theory, ethnomusicology, and the history of American and Western fine arts music
  • Demonstrate basic proficiency in keyboard, aural skills, improvisation, and use of electronic technology in music
  • Demonstrate high-quality performance skills in at least one area of applied music, together with a knowledge of repertory
  • Demonstrate high-quality performance skills in ensembles, together with a knowledge of repertory
  • Demonstrate specialized knowledge and skills necessary for professional degrees in performance (piano and voice) and music education (vocal/general and instrumental)
  • Establish composite knowledge and skills necessary for the pursuit of graduate study and/or a musical career suited to the student's talents and desires