Music at Aquinas College

Music Major with Performance Emphasis (BA)

Major Requirements: Music Core - Forty-two (42) minimum semester hours plus nineteen (19) semester hours as below:

Required Courses:

  • MCAP325-426 Piano; MCAP331-432 Organ, MCAP341-442 Voice; or MCAP351-452 Instrument – Studio Applied Lessons (2,2,2,2)
  • MCHL327, 329, 330 or 331 Voice/Instrument Literature (2)
  • MCEN343-444 College Chorus or MCEN355-456 College Band (1,1,1,1)
  • Three (3) semester hours of electives to be chosen with advisor
  • MCTH415 Instrumentation and Orchestration (2)
  • Proficiency in Piano
  • Senior Graduation Recital (45 minutes)


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • MCHL327 Piano Literature (2)

    Study of representative works of each era beginning with early organ and harpsichord music to Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and contemporary works. Prerequisites: MCAP126.

  • MCHL329 Vocal Literature and Pedagogy (2)

    Survey of vocal music for solo voice from the 17th century to present; application of the IPA system; review interpretive technique in all stylistic periods; study of the anatomy of the voice and current voice methods, texts and journals. Prerequisite: MCAP142.

  • MCHL330 Instrumental Literature (2)

    History of the instrument specific to student’s applied area, through the examination of its literature and interpretation from its beginning to the present. Prerequisite: MCAP152.

  • MCHL331 Organ Literature (2)

    History of the organ, its literature and registration from earliest times to present. Prerequisite: MCAP132.

  • 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.

  • MCTH415 Instrumentation/Orchestration (2)

    Through the study and application of a variety of integrative analytical models, the instrumentation/orchestration student will demonstrate competence in theirge ability to understand and express in verbal and written language, all facets under study of the various acoustic qualities of string, wind, and percussion instruments plus an understanding of the conventional pitch range, transposition, and most characteristic scoring practices applied to all the musical instruments belonging to the aforementioned instrumental groupings. Prerequisite: MCTH352.