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Music Discipline

Music has occupied a central role in the Fisk experience since the University’s opening in 1866. The Fisk Jubilee Singers’® first historic tour established a reputation for excellence in musical performance and preserved the rich heritage of the Negro Spiritual. Today, Fisk continues to provide students the opportunity to develop individual talent, appreciation, and aesthetic sensibility. The Fisk University Music Discipline is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

With full-time faculty for brass, organ, piano, voice, and woodwind instruction, the department has a sound history of combining conservatory-style training with African-American traditional music, and provides excellent education with a broad-based technical competency and proficiency in preparing students for careers in music. Strong leadership qualities and personal and musical growth are nurtured by the provision of a creative atmosphere.

The acclaimed composer-musicologists John W. Work Sr., John W. Work Jr., and John W. Work III were Fisk alumni and members of the faculty. Dr. Joyce Bolden ’53 became the first African-American woman to serve on the Commission for Accreditation of the National Association of Schools of Music, Dr. Kaye George Roberts ‘71, the first African-American woman to complete the orchestral conducting program at Yale University.

  1. B.A. in Music
  2. B.S. in Music
  3. B.Mus in Performance
  4. Minor
  5. Minor in Music Business

Strong leadership qualities and personal and musical growth are nurtured by provision of a creative atmosphere in three different courses of study

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in music is intended to prepare the student for graduate study in various fields related to music. This degree program serves students who wish to pursue a joint major or minor in another area, pursue an internship or do a senior project. The joint major option is available for students wishing to combine studies in music with work in another discipline.

Requirements for the B.A. in Music. Meet requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as outlined in this Bulletin

Required major courses (30 cr.)

MUS 101-102 Materials in Music Theory 4 cr.
MUS 201-202 Materials in Music Theory 4 cr.
MUS 200 World Music    2 cr.
MUS 307-308 Music History and Literature4 cr.
MUS 323-324   Conducting   2 cr.

Courses in musical performance (22 cr.)

22 semester credits of coursework depending on the student’s principal applied area. Music students are required to be enrolled in a principal applied area and “Seminar in Music Performance and Literature” (MUS 157-158) during each semester of enrollment at the University. Study in the principal applied area culminates with the Senior Recital, for example:

Piano:    MUS 151, 152, 251, 252, 351, 352, 451, 452, 450

Voice:    MUS 171, 172, 271, 272, 371, 372, 471, 472, 470

Music majors whose principal applied area is not piano are required to complete a secondary area in piano, culminating in the Piano Proficiency Exam (MUS 150A-B, 250A-B). Music majors whose principal applied area is organ or piano are required to complete a secondary applied area in voice (MUS 170A-B, 270A-B). During each semester of enrollment, students are also required to enroll in the ensemble closest to their principal applied area; two of these must be in the University Choir (MUS 226) and two must be in either Chamber Choir (MUS 224) or Jubilee Singers (MUS 225).

Research in the Humanities and Fine Arts (HFAR 200) or Independent Study in Music

General electives (24 cr.)

Any combination of courses not in the major field, sufficient to bring the total number of degree credit semester credits to at least 120

Courses in musical performance (22 cr.)

22 semester credits of coursework depending on the student’s principal applied area. Music students are required to be enrolled in a principal applied area and “Seminar in Music Performance and Literature” (MUS 157-158) during each semester of enrollment at the University. Study in the principal applied area culminates with the Senior Recital, for example:

Piano:    MUS 151, 152, 251, 252, 351, 352, 451, 452, 450

Voice:    MUS 171, 172, 271, 272, 371, 372, 471, 472, 470

Music majors whose principal applied area is not piano are required to complete a secondary area in piano, culminating in the Piano Proficiency Exam (MUS 150A-B, 250A-B). Music majors whose principal applied area is organ or piano are required to complete a secondary applied area in voice (MUS 170A-B, 270A-B). During each semester of enrollment, students are also required to enroll in the ensemble closest to their principal applied area; two of these must be in the University Choir (MUS 226) and two must be in either Chamber Choir (MUS 224) or Jubilee Singers (MUS 225).

Research in the Humanities and Fine Arts (HFAR 200) or Independent Study in Music

General electives (24 cr.)

Any combination of courses not in the major field, sufficient to bring the total number of degree credit semester credits to at least 120

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in music education is designed to prepare the student to teach music in elementary or secondary schools and to pursue graduate study in music education.

Requirements for the B.S. in Music Education

Meet requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree as outlined in this Bulletin. The normal HFA research requirement (HFAR 200) and the University foreign language requirement do not apply to students in the B.S. program in music education.

Required major courses (46 cr.)

MUS 101-102 Materials in Music Theory 4 cr.
MUS 201-202 Materials in Music Theory 4 cr.
MUS 200 World Music    2 cr.
MUS 303 Counterpoint 4 cr.
MUS 305Orchestration4 cr.
MUS 307-308 Music History and Literature4 cr.
MUS 323-324   Conducting   2 cr.
MUS 313Music in the Elementary School2 cr.
MUS 315Music in the High School2 cr.
MUS 323-324Conducting2 cr.
MUS 383Techniques of Teaching Brass and Percussion2 cr.
MUS 384Techniques of Teaching Woodwinds & Strings2 cr.

Ensemble participation (4 semesters)

Four semesters of ensemble participation. Two semesters must be in University Choir (MUS 226) and two must be in Chamber Choir (MUS 224) or Jubilee Singers (MUS 225).

Courses in musical performance (15 cr.)

15 credits of coursework depending on the student’s principal applied area. Music students are required to be enrolled in a principal applied area and “Seminar in Music Performance and Literature” (MUS 157-158) during each semester of enrollment at the University. Study in the principal applied area culminates with the Senior Recital, for example:

Piano:    MUS 151, 152, 251, 252, 351, 352, 455, 450

Voice:    MUS 171, 172, 271, 272, 371, 372, 475, 470

Music majors whose principal applied area is not piano are required to complete a secondary area in piano, culminating in the Piano Proficiency Exam (MUS 150A-B, 250A, 250B). Music majors whose principal applied area is organ or piano are required to complete a secondary applied area in voice (MUS 170A-B, 270A-B). Students whose principal applied area is in instrumental music must take one semester of voice class (MUS 070X).

Professional education courses (32 cr.)

General Psychology (PSY 180) and the program of study prescribed by the Teacher Education Program as outlined in this Bulletin.

The Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) in music performance is intended to prepare the student for graduate studies, a career in performance or in music pedagogy.

Requirements for the B.Mus. in Performance

Meet degree requirements outlined within this Bulletin. The normal HFA research requirement (HFAR 200) does not apply to students in the B.MUS. in performance

Required major courses (38 cr.)

MUS 101-102 Materials in Music Theory 4 cr.
MUS 201-202 Materials in Music Theory 4 cr.
MUS 200 World Music    2 cr.
MUS 303 Counterpoint 4 cr.
MUS 305Orchestration4 cr.
MUS 307-308 Music History and Literature4 cr.
MUS 323-324   Conducting   2 cr.

Principal Applied Courses (22 cr.)

22 semester credits of coursework depending on the student’s principal applied area. Music students are required to be enrolled in a principal applied area and “Seminar in Music Performance and Literature” (MUS 157-158) during each semester of enrollment at the University. A 20 minute Sophomore Hearing is required during the Sophomore year.  Junior and Senior recitals are required.

Piano:    MUS 151, 152, 253, 254, 355, 356, 350, 455, 456, 450

Voice:    MUS 171, 172, 273, 274, 375, 376, 370, 475. 476, 470

Secondary Applied Courses (4 cr.)

Music majors whose principal applied area is not piano are required to complete a secondary area in piano, culminating in the Piano Proficiency Exam (MUS 150A-B, 250A-B). Music majors whose principal applied area is organ or piano are required to complete a secondary applied area in voice (MUS 170A-B, 270A-B). During each semester of enrollment, students are also required to enroll in the ensemble closest to their principal applied area; two of these must be in the University Choir (MUS 226).

Elective studies in music (8 semester hours)

Chosen from available Elective Music Courses or other music courses approved by the Chair of the Music Department.

A formal minor in Music is open to students of all majors except Music.

Music Theory (8 cr.)

MUS 101 Materials in Music Theory I2 cr.
MUS 102  Materials in Music Theory I 2 cr.

Four semester hours chosen from

MUS 307Music History I (up to 1750)     4 semester hours
MUS 308Music History II (1750 to present)  4 semester hours
MUS 110  Principles of Jazz Improvisa2 semester hours
MUS 120Music Technology 2 semester hours
MUS 200 World Music2 semester hours
MUS 205Music in America2 semester hours
MUS 206 Crosscurrents in African and African-American Music 2 semester hours
MUS 207 Twentieth-Century Music2 semester hours
MUS 208 History of Jazz2 semester hours
MUS 281–282 Independent Study2 semester hours

Applied Music (4 semester hours)

MUS 157 or MUS 158 4 semester hours

Excluding introductory courses (e.g. MUS 050X, MUS 070X)

Ensemble participation (2 semester hours)

Total hours required for the minor in music 18 semester hours

Students complete the B.A. Music Degree, filling elective hours with the following:

Belmont University

Music Business Courses from the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business

MBU 1110Survey of Music Business3 semester hours
MBU 3450 Music Publishing3 semester hours
MBU 3520 Intellectual Properties  3 semester hours
MBU, AET, OR EIS Electives 9 semester hours
MBU 4000 Music Business Seminar (each semester)0 semester hours

Pre-requisite and co-requisite courses offered by the Fisk University Business Administration Department (12):

MGT 280 Principles and Practice of Management3 semester hours
ECON 230Principles of Microeconomics 3 semester hours
MGT 380Entrepreneurial Development 3 semester hours
BAD 320 Marketing Principles3 semester hours