Music majors must pass four semesters of MUSC 1000 – Concert Attendance, which is a zero-credit course. It is expected that this requirement will be fulfilled during the students’ first four semesters of enrollment. To complete the class, students must attend a minimum of 8 concerts/recitals per semester. MUSC 1000 is completed online via Canvas. More information will be available in the Canvas course when you are registered.

Appreciation of music deepens and matures only through focused listening and involvement in musical performance as an audience member. This experience emphasizes critical listening of a wide range of music literature and performances. It will prepare students with real-life models for future recitals and will provide students models of artistic standards, a variety of musical literature, and make students aware of non-musical issues of performances as they develop as musicians. Students will become better acquainted with music literature, history, and performance practices from different periods and genres.

The majority of the concerts and recitals should be of a classical nature. Jazz and Broadway events are also allowed but they should not be the majority. Events must be produced and performed by college level or professional performers. High school events, rock, or pop-style performances will not be accepted.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the events are submitted on canvas. Students are expected to arrive on time at concerts/recitals, and stay for the entire performance to receive credit for attendance.

MUSC 1001: First Year Experience

All Music Majors must enroll in MUSC 1001 during the fall semester of their freshman year. Careful planning has taken place to ensure that there are no conflicts with courses required of freshman music majors. The content of this course will orient students to Dixie State University, campus resources, and the specific degree requirements among other topics.

Music Theory Placement

The Music Theory courses required in the degree programs at DSU begin with MUSC 1110 – Music Theory I and MUSC 1130 – Ear Training and Sight Singing I, which are to be taken concurrently.  However, MUSC 1100 – Fundamentals of Music Theory is a prerequisite to Music Theory I, and must either be taken or tested out of before a student can register for Music Theory I.  An assessment is offered to all incoming students to allow testing out of the Fundamentals class.  The assessment covers identification and writing of pitches, keys and key signatures, scales, intervals, triads, and basic rhythms and meters.

Students who have had significant exposure to Music Theory before coming to DSU—including those who would like to test out of the Fundamentals class—should consult with Dr. Timothy Francis ( regarding their placement in the Music Theory sequence.

Ensemble Participation

Music majors are required to participate in a large ensemble each semester while at DSU. The only exception to this is Music Education majors, during their student teaching semester.

For instrumentalists, options are MUSC 3310 (Symphonic Band) and MUSC 3350 (Symphony Orchestra).
For vocalists the option is MUSC 3250 (Concert Choir).
Pianists may use any of the above options or may enroll in MUSC 4433 (Piano Ensemble).
Guitarists may enroll in MUSC 3370 (Guitar Ensemble).

All students receiving a scholarship from the Music Department are required to enroll in an approved ensemble (as assigned).

Students are limited to three ensembles per semester. Participating in more than three ensembles is counterproductive. The Music Department Chair must approve exceptions to this policy.

Private Lessons

Music majors are required to take private applied lessons each semester.  Check with your advisor and/or the catalog to verify how many lesson credits are required for your degree.  Students take each level of lessons twice, and will need to pass with a C or higher. The fee for these lessons is $425/semester.  Students receive 12 lessons, each 50 minutes in length. During the first week of each semester, all private lesson students will be assigned to an instructor.

BA/BS in Music, and BS in Music Education:

Freshman year: MUSC 1810R-1821R
Sophomore year: MUSC 2810R-2821R
Junior year: MUSC 3810R-3821R
Senior year: MUSC 4610R-4621R

BM in Performance:

Freshman year: MUSC 1840R-1851R
Sophomore year: MUSC 2840R-2851R
Junior year: MUSC 3840R-3851R
Senior year: MUSC 4840R-4851R

All students in major lessons are required to perform in a department recital and for a jury at the end of the semester, unless they are doing a solo recital that semester.

Jury information page:

About Department Recitals:

Performance Classes (also known as "studio" classes)

In addition to private lesson time, students will meet weekly as a group with your respective teacher.  Attendance is factored in as part of your lesson grade for the semester. Performance class provides an opportunity for students to perform for peers and to give and receive commentary and feedback. Other topics addressed in this setting include orchestra repertoire, audition preparation, teaching techniques and materials, performance, and technical issues as they relate to your instrument.  Check with the class schedule (for private lessons) and/or your private instructor for the performance class schedule for your instrument.