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.

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

Course Offerings

The Major in Theory-Composition consists of a total of 78 credit hours including the following courses:

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 305: Analytical Techniques (3 hrs.)
MUS 306: Philosophy and Aesthetics of Music (3 hrs.)
MUS 308: Pedagogy in the Applied Field (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 322: Conducting (3 hrs.)
MUS 323: Orchestration and Arranging (2 hrs)
MUS 351-352: Senior Project (6 hrs.)
MUS 343: Practicum (2 hrs.)
20 hours of applied lessons in either theory or composition or a combination, including studies in music synthesis and MIDI technology
8 hours of ensemble
2 hours of music electives (courses, lessons, ensembles, or a combination).

Students pursuing this degree must present a full recital in the senior year.

Core Curriculum

The Maryville Curriculum, often called the “core” curriculum, consists of 51 credit hours. Some general education requirements are waived by virtue of the student’s major; others may be met by demonstration of competence. List of Core Courses:

Core Domain
Approved Existing Classes for New Core
(Other Courses to be added)
First Year Seminar FYS110
Composition & Speech ENG110 & ENG120
Quantitative Literacy MTH110
Religion, Spirituality and Critical Thought BIB130 or BIB140
Literary Studies LIT270 or LIT290
Historical Reasoning WCV180 or WCV190
Empirical Study of Person and Society PSY101, SOC101, PLS211, ECN221, ECN201
Culture and Intercultural Dynamics WRC370
Scientific Reasoning
[Students must complete 2 courses: 1 life science and 1 physical science. One of the 2 must include a lab]
SCI150, SCI350, BIO113, BIO115, BIO217, CHM111, CHM121, PHY101, PHY201
Mathematical Reasoning STA120, CSC111, MTH125
Second Language Completion of a 120 course in second language (e.g., SPN120, etc.)
Creative Arts FNA140, ART102, ART121, THT101, THT204,
3 HRS in any one of:
MUSE12, MUSE13, MUSE14, MUSE15, MUSE16, ART124, ART125, ART126
Ethical Citizenship in the World ETH490
U.S. Pluralism Designated Courses TBD


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