Music at Aquinas College

Business Administration and Music Dual Major (BSBA)

Seventy-one (71) semester hours minimum

Required Music Courses:

  • MCTH113,114 Integrated Theory I and II (3, 3) AT
  • MCTH115,116 Ear Training/Sight-Singing I and II (1, 1)
  • MCTH102,202 Studio Recording I and II (2, 2) AT
  • MCAP122,123 or MCAP123,124 Piano Classes (1, 1) AP
  • MCHL213 Music History Survey (3) AT
  • MCHL214 History of Popular Music (3) AT
  • MCEN143,144 College Chorus OR MCEN155,156 College Band OR MCEN167,168 Chamber Ensemble OR MCEN171,172 Jazz Band (1,1) AP
  • MCAP125,126 Piano OR MCAP131,132 Organ OR MCAP165,166 (AP),142 Voice OR MCAP151,152 Instrument (2,2)
  • MCAP460 Music Production Project Capstone (1-3) SC
  • CS152, MCTH/CS160 (AT), and MCTH/CS260 Technology (1,1,1)
  • Internship in Music/Business Administration MCAP397 (3-12)

Required Business Courses

  • BS106 (3) (AP)
  • BS201 (3)
  • BS202 (3)
  • BS305 (3)
  • BS332 (3)
  • BS460 (3)
  • ES211 (3) SS1
  • ES212 (3) SS1
  • MS151, MS252 OR MS494 (3)
  • AG210 (4) SS1
  • AG211 (4)
  • Three (3) semester hours selected from:
    • BS442
    • BS457
    • BS492


  • MCTH113, 114 Integrated Theory (3,3) QR

    This two-semester sequence of courses is the study of the development of the materials of music, and the cultivation of an appreciation and understanding of musical style through comprehensive analysis and composition. Harmonic materials of the 17th through 20th centuries are correlated with instruction in written and keyboard harmony, beginning in MCTH113 with basic diatonic intervals and chord structure, and progressing in MCTH114 to common practice chord usage, including borrowed dominant harmonies. Analysis and composition studies culminate in a 16-measure original four-part chorale at the end of MCTH114. Prerequisite: MCTH104 or passing the Music Theory Proficiency Exam. MCTH/CS160 must be taken while enrolled in either of these courses. MCTH113 is a prerequisite for MCTH114.

  • MCTH115, 116 Ear Training/Sight-Singing I and II (1,1)

    This is the lab component of Integrated Theory 113, 114. Students learn to develop the ability to hear mentally what they see, as well as to reproduce it with their voices; to understand what they hear in musical sounds, as well as reproduce them in written form. Prerequisite: MCTH104 or passing the Proficiency Exam. MCTH115 is a prerequisite for MCTH114 and 116.

  • MCTH102 Studio Recording 1 (2)

    A ‘hands on’ introduction to the basics of sound recording. This class provides the opportunity to work on a personal project, while gaining knowledge of and experience with audio equipment, including the Pro Tools audio workstation.

  • MCTH202 Studio Recording 2 (2)

    This class focuses on the use of audio effects, MIDI, sequencing, and learning to understand technical language such as audio specifications. As in the previous class, a personal project is used to experiment with newly acquired knowledge. Prerequisite: MCTH102.

  • MCAP122 Group Piano Class (1) AP

    Group approach to beginning piano skills. This class is taught in the AMC piano lab.

  • MCAP123, 124 Piano Techniques I and II (1,1)

    Required for the first year music major, Piano Techniques I and II are a sequence of two courses which are skill-based courses designed to give the Music major or minor a solid and focused beginning in melodic, harmonic, and scaler playing on the piano. Classes are taught in the AMC piano lab. Prerequisites: Must be able to read music in both the treble and bass clefs. Successful completion (a grade of B- or higher) in MCAP123 to advance to MCAP124. Prerequisites: Grand staff reading and its relationship to the keyboard.

  • MCHL213 Music History Survey (3) AT

    This course is designed for the student who desires to cultivate an awareness of many repertoires and musical styles from earliest times to the present, through both a live performance and class listening survey of the world of music.

  • MCHL214 The History of Popular Music (3) AC

    Introduction to the many types of popular music; evolution, influence upon each other, personalities, times, and places; technological changes in means and media.

  • MCEN143, 144, 243, 244, 343, 344, 443, 444 College Chorus (1 each) AP

    of vocal literature: masterworks to current styles. No audition required.

  • MCEN155, 156, 255, 256, 355, 356, 455, 456 College Band (1 each) AP

    Performance of concert band literature: masterworks to current styles. Open to those with instrumental experience.

  • MCEN167, 168, 267, 268, 367, 368, 467, 468 - Chamber Ensembles (1 each) AP

    Flute (S1), Women’s Chorus (S2), Guitar Ensemble (S3), Chamber Strings (S4), Collegiate Singers (S5) and Other (1 each) Smaller Ensembles specializing in the varied literature for that family of instruments or voices. These are offered when strong student interest exists.

  • MCEN171, 172, 271, 272, 371, 372, 471, 472 Jazz Band (1 each) AP

    Standard and original jazz literature performed. Audition required.

  • MCAP125, 126, 225, 226, 325, 326, 425, 426 Studio Applied Piano (2)

    Eight-semester sequence of private piano lessons at the college level. Repertoire will survey Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Impressionistic, 20th C. and Contemporary works of increasing demands as the semesters continue. Fee.

  • MCAP131, 132, 231, 232, 331, 332, 431, 432 Studio Applied Organ (2 each)

    Four-year sequence of private study at the college level. Fee.

  • MCAP165, 166 Voice Techniques Class I and II (1,1) AP

    All beginning voice majors, minors or elective students will gain the necessary foundation, through study, exercises and songs, for successful vocal development at the college level. Study of a variety of song literature, the anatomy and physiology of the voice, Alexander Technique, and other current techniques will be incorporated as the basis for building a strong and healthy singing life or vocal career. Prerequisites: Successful completion (a grade of B- or higher) in MCAP165 to advance to MCAP166.

  • MCAP141, 142, 241, 242, 341, 342, 441, 442 Studio Applied Voice (2)

    Eight-semester sequence of private voice lessons at the college level. Repertoire will begin with Baroque and 20th C. literature, then progress through Classic, Romantic and Contemporary songs and arias of increasing demands as the semesters continue. Prerequisites: MCAP165/166. Fee.

  • MCAP151, 152, 251, 252, 351, 352, 451, 452 Studio Applied Instrumental (2)

    Four-year sequence of private study at the college level. Instruction in string, woodwind, percussion, or brass instruments. See semester schedule for instrument specific course and section numbers. Classical and Jazz sections are offered. Fee.

  • MCAP460 Music Production Project (1-3) SC

    The Senior Capstone MCAP460 Music Production Project is designed for the student in the B.S.B.A. Dual Major in Business Administration and Music or the B.A. in Music as an independent study course focused on planning and carrying out some, if not all, aspects of producing, marketing, and promoting a performing group, ensemble, soloist or artist presenting a Music Department concert or event. Prerequisites: The student must be at the Junior or Senior level in the B.S.B.A. Dual Major in Business Administration and Music or the B.A. in Music. Others need approval of the Music department chairperson.

  • CS152 Spreadsheets (1) T

    This hands-on lab course covers basic spreadsheet functions such as simple formulas, formatting, and print layout using Microsoft Excel. Course projects introduce skills using a variety of formulas and basic functions, charts, and absolute addressing. This course would be beneficial to any students with a desire to analyze numerical data, manage finances, perform simple statistics, or generate charts and graphs.

  • MCTH160/CS160 MIDI Music Publishing (1) AT

    This course is designed to teach anyone, even non-musicians, how to create professional looking music scores quickly with the aid of the computer for personal use and for transporting music to other instruments. This course is currently taught using FINALE software. The course also discusses the principles of MIDI (Music Instrument Digital Interface) Sequencing, and Analog vs Digital Recording.

  • MCTH260/CS260 Advanced MIDI Music Publishing (1)

    This course is designed to enhance FINALE experience gained in MCTH/CS160 by giving the student working knowledge of MIDI (Music Instrument Digital Interface) Sequencing and Digital Audio Recording techniques through the use of the powerful computer-based Digital Audio Workstation software product known as Sonar X-1. Student will learn to record, edit, mix and master professional music tracks and export to mp3 and CD formats. Prerequisite: MCTH/CS160.

  • MCAP397 Music Internship (3-12)

    Required for the BM in Liturgical Music major (Parish Setting) and the B.S.B.A. Dual Major in Business and Music (business or organization setting). All internships must go through the AQ Advantage Center in consultation with the Music department chairperson. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status.

  • EH/BS106 Business Communication (3)

    Introduces students to effective listening, writing, and presenting skills for business and other professional activities.

  • BS201 Principles of Management (3) SS1

    The focus is on the study of the origin and development of management theory, processes of management, decision-making, leadership, communication, social responsibility, and international management. Emphasis on application of management principles to managing organizations.

  • ES211 Microeconomic Principles (3) BE

    Introduction to the economic problem and the study of economics; basics of supply and demand; introduction to concepts and models used to understand the economic behavior of households and firms, economic outcomes under various market structures, market failures, and international trade.

  • ES212 Macroeconomic Principles (3) BE

    Introduction to the economic problem and the study of economics; basics of supply and demand; introduction to concepts and models used to understand the business cycle (fluctuations in national income and employment) and inflation; basics of international finance.

  • BS202 Principles of Marketing (3) SS1

    An introduction to basic marketing concepts, including marketing strategy, pricing, promotional activities, product development, and physical distribution. Sophomore status required for traditional age students. Recommended: ES 211.

  • BS305 Financial Management (3) SS1

    Covers the concepts and techniques underlying effective decision making related to investment and financing decisions. Some of the topics include planning profitability, analysis of risk, valuation of financial assets, time value of money, cost of capital, capital budgeting, planning capital structure, and dividend decisions. Prerequisites: AG211, ES211, MS151, CS152. Also business/ financial calculator proficiency. This course is not accepted for the Social Science Distribution requirement.

  • MS151 Elementary Statistics (3) QR

    Designed primarily for students who have had no more than two years of high-school mathematics or its equivalent. Includes the fundamental concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: MS107. This course is not accepted for the General Education Mathematics requirement.

  • MS252 Statistics (3)

    Designed for students who have had at least three (3) years of high-school mathematics or its equivalent. Topics to be covered include frequency distributions, variability, probability, sampling, estimation, testing, hypotheses, analysis of variance, regression and correlation analysis, and nonparametric tests. (Course counts as three (3) semester hours toward a minor, but only one (1) semester hour toward a major.) Prerequisite: MS114.This course is not accepted for the General Education Mathematics requirement.

  • MS494 Mathematical Statistics (3) MS

    Tests of hypotheses, point and interval estimation, non-parametric statistics, regression and correlation, analysis of variance. Prerequisite: MS493

  • BS332 Business Law II (3)

    Focuses on specialized areas of the law as they relate to business such as: property including real property, landlord and tenant relationships, personal property, bailments, secured transactions; government regulation of business including the nature and scope of government regulation, consumer law, environmental law, antitrust, labor relations; also surveys insurance, wills and the law of inheritance, professional liability, and emerging trends.

  • BS460 Ethical Application in Business (3) BE

    Principles and perspectives of ethical business and organizational decision-making are studied and applied to a variety of decisions. Emphasis is placed on the identification of ethical choices in the context of the conflicting pressures on management, both in the public and private sector. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status.

  • AG210 Principles of Accounting I (4) SS1

    Introduction to financial accounting and its application to the reporting needs of organizations. Topics include basic accounting processes and procedures, financial statement preparation and analysis, internal control, and the recognition and measurement of accounts included in financial reports. Recommended: MS 114

  • AG211 Principles of Accounting II (4) SS1

    An introduction to managerial accounting concepts and the use of accounting information for planning, control and decision-making. Topics include costing of products and services, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting, performance evaluation, and costs relevant to decision-making. Prerequisite: AG210.

  • BS442 Cases in Marketing Management (3)

    An analysis of the development and implementation of effective marketing strategies through case studies, demonstrating the application of sound marketing principles in decision-making, management, and market forecasting. Prerequisites: BS201, BS202. Open to juniors and seniors only.

  • BS457 Cases in Public Relations (3)

    A case analysis course focused on the challenges confronted by organizations. Cases deal with developing strategies and programs to respond to public relations problems and opportunities faced by both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Topics include crisis management, strategic planning for public relations, and management of the public relations function. Prerequisite: BS357. Open to juniors and seniors only.

  • BS492 Cases in Business Policy (3) SC

    A case-oriented course focusing on organizational strategy and its implementation. Prerequisites: BS201, BS202, BS305. Open to juniors and seniors only.