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The Music Program in the Department of Art and Music offers courses that develop technical and analytical skills and promote creativity, musicianship, and artistic interpretation in all genres and eras of music. The curriculum is designed to foster understanding of music’s syntax and how it is organized. Graduates of the music program are able to apply high-level performance skills in the development of their talents, preparing them for success artistically in the workforce or in graduate study. Students also learn to appreciate the importance of the performing arts at all levels of education and in society at large, and recognize music’s impact in the development of freedom of expression. In addition, all students in the senior year utilize their acquired knowledge and skills in the presentation of a recital or senior project that demonstrates technical and interpretative excellence.

The program in Music offers a well-balanced and rigorous curriculum that includes courses in music history and literature, theory, keyboard and aural skills, studio, and performance. Opportunities to take Independent Study courses in Advanced Composition and Music Technology are also available to our students. Studio lessons on the student’s primary instrument occur weekly, with opportunities to perform every semester.

The Felician College Choir, the all-college vocal ensemble, presents two concerts a year and performs regularly at various functions and cultural events sponsored by the College. The Felician Band focuses on the concert and jazz repertoire, and presents performances during the year.

Music classes are small, ensuring that our students will receive individualized attention in all of their music courses. The music faculty – active performers, published scholars, and award-winning composers – seek to assure their students’ success. Felician College’s proximity to New York City provides ongoing opportunities to attend concerts, recitals, and Broadway productions, enriching and expanding students’ learning experience.

The College offers the four-year Bachelor of Arts in Music which involves studying Music with a Liberal Arts setting. The K-12 Endorsement in Music for Education majors is a degree program for students who wish to teach Music. These students will be offered opportunities to work with age groups from kindergarten through twelfth grade in a variety of academic settings and will meet all requirements for entry-level teaching positions in K-12 music. Students who wish to teach K-5 Elementary Education may choose a Music Concentration as their co-major. Felician College also offers the Minor in Music in which students take 18 credits of Music in conjunction with their chosen major. Music students may also double major with any other discipline at the College.

Students graduating with a degree in Music will be well-prepared to continue their studies at the graduate level. A music degree provides students with many career options upon graduation, including performer, teacher, conductor, composer, producer, sound engineer, manager of pop artists, musical theater agent, or editor in music publishing. Beyond the traditional routes, because of the infusion of technology and the globalization of the entertainment industry, the music degree functions as an appropriate entrance into entertainment law, music marketing, and other specialized fields in which the possession of an in-depth knowledge of music will play a significant role in achieving success.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music

Required Music Courses: 48 credits

MUS 101 Foundations of Music MUS 251 Applied Music IV*
MUS 105 World Music MUS 260 Diction/Performance Practice or
261 Instrumental Performance Practice
MUS 121 Vocal Ensemble I or
141 Instrumental Ensemble I
MUS 321 Vocal Ensemble V or
341 Instrumental Ensemble V
MUS 122 Vocal Ensemble II or
142 Instrumental Ensemble II
MUS 322 Vocal Ensemble VI or
342 Instrumental Ensemble VI
MUS 130 Theory I MUS 330 Theory and Analysis
MUS 132 Aural Skills I MUS 332 Aural Skills IV
MUS 133 Aural Skills I MUS 335 Introduction to Conducting
MUS 133 Aural Skills II MUS 345 Orchestration/Arranging
MUS 136 Keyboard Skills I MUS 350 Applied Music V*
MUS 136 Keyboard Skills II MUS 351 Applied Music VI*
MUS 150 Applied Music I* MUS 421 Vocal Ensemble VII or
441 Instrumental Ensemble VII
MUS 151 Applied Music II* MUS 422 Vocal Ensemble VIII or
442 Instrumental Ensemble VII
MUS 222 Vocal Ensemble III or
242 Instrumental Ensemble III
MUS 450 Applied Music VII*
MUS 222 Vocal Ensemble IV or
242 Instrumental Ensemble IV
MUS 451 Applied Music VIII*
MUS 230 Theory III MUS 455 Music History and Literature I
MUS 232 Aural Skills II MUS 456 Music History and Literature II
MUS 235 Piano Proficiency/Improvisation MUS 460 Senior Symposium: Final Project/Recital
MUS 250 Applied Music III*  

Related Courses: 6 credits selected from:

  • COMM 247 Acting I
  • PHIL 260 Philosophy of Art
  • Foreign Language

*Private lesson in primary instrument (50 minutes/week)

Music Control Sheet
Music Four Year Plan

Minor in Music

A minor in Music is available to all students. It consists of the following six courses (18 credits):

Required Courses: Two Survey Courses taken from the following:
MUS 101 Foundations of Music MUS 102 Music Appreciation
MUS 103 Basic Piano MUS 105 World Music
MUS 110 Felician College Band or
MUS 112 Felician College Choir
MUS 205 History of the Broadway Musical
MUS 115 Basic Singing  

Music Concentration Co-major for Teacher Education Majors

Theory Credits
MUS 101 Foundations of Music 3
MUS 130 Theory I 3
MUS 131 Theory II 3
MUS 132 Aural Skills I 1
MUS 133 Aural Skills II 1


MUS 102 Music Appreciation 3
MUS 105 World Music 3
MUS 205 History of the Broadway Musical 3


MUS 121-122, 221-222, 321-322 Vocal Ensemble or
MUS 141-142, 241-242, 341-342 Instrumental Ensemble
MUS 150-151, 250-251 Applied Music (primary instrument) 4**
MUS 135 Keyboard Skills I 1
MUS 136 Keyboard Skills II 1

Capstone Course

MUS 460 Senior Project 1
Total Credits 30


What can I do with a degree in Music?

A music degree provides students with many career options upon graduation, including performer, teacher, conductor, composer, producer, sound engineer, manager of pop artists, musical theater agent, or editor in music publishing


Barbara N. Gordon
Associate Professor of Music
Ph.D., New York University
M.A., New York University
B.F.A., University of Connecticut
Obal Hall, Harmony Hall

Douglas S. Thompson
DMA, Temple University
M.MUS, Temple University
B.MUS, University of Victoria

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Dr. Barbara Gordon
Obal Hall, Harmony Hall


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