Program Overview

Music majors develop skills in musicianship and performance, while increasing their knowledge and curiosity about music. The music program offers broad opportunities to perform and create music, through ensembles, music technology, composition, improvisation, solo performance, and major productions. Students may pursue the general BA in Music degree, or choose to add an intensive concentration by specializing in performance, choral music, sacred music, or composition. Music students may also choose to pursue a double major at Centenary College. The music degree makes an excellent partner with a number of other disciplines.


Requirements for All Music Majors

Proficiencies: Music majors at Centenary have many opportunities to improve their skills in performance, presentation and leadership. The School of Music requires all its graduates to be proficient in performance, music history and literature, music theory, sight-reading, and piano. Final performance juries each semester require students to sight-read and to answer questions about the musical literature they have studied that semester. At the end of the fourth semester of study, all music majors are tested in performance, sight-reading, and piano skills before a full faculty panel. At the conclusion of their degree program, seniors are tested again in music history and literature, music theory, sight-reading, and piano during Senior Seminar. Students gain confidence in their skills as they practice them repeatedly under pressure.

Ensembles: All full-time students pursuing a music degree must enroll in at least one ensemble for each semester in which they are at Centenary. Although the Hurley School of Music wishes to encourage enrollment in all of its music ensembles, students pursuing a music degree must enroll in particular ensembles, according to their primary applied area.

Recital Hour: As part of the School of Music's emphasis on performance and synthesis of learning, all music students are required to enroll in the weekly recital hour class every semester (MUS 001-002). This class brings together all music majors from every specialization for a performance class once a week. Students are assigned at least one performance date each semester; and at least one date each semester when they will serve as part of a student peer-review panel for Student Recital Hour. Students perform for each other, ask each other questions about their performances and the background of their music, and discuss the context of their pieces.


Program Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Music

All Bachelor of Arts in Music students will complete the music core curriculum and 8 hours of electives. Students wishing to pursue a concentration within the BA will substitute the elective courses that comprise a particular area of concentration.

Music Core Curriculum
  • 001-002 Recital Hour 
  • 107-108 Voice Lab (if a voice student)
  • 112-122 Music Theory
  • 130-131 Piano Class
  • 211-221 Music Theory
  • 312-322 Music Theory
  • 345-346W Music History
  • 471 Senior Seminar
  • 170-270 Applied Lessons in Piano, Organ, Voice, Orchestral Instruments, or Guitar
  • 151-160 Ensembles (one credit “CR” each semester enrolled)
TOTAL 27 (29 if a voice student)

Ensemble courses may be taken for credit or non-credit; however, credit for ensembles does not count toward any major. Only 8 hours of activity courses may count toward the hours for graduation.


Electives (must have 8 hours) :

Electives chosen from: 101 Introduction to Music Education, 105 Musical Explorations, 143 Music Appreciation, 145 Math and Music Composition, 205-305 Music Technology I & II, 327-328 Conducting, 335 Keyboard Pedagogy, 360- 460 Sacred Music, 381 Horror Music and Film,395-396 Special Topics, 401S Advanced Theoretical Concepts, 428 Advanced Conducting, 443S Music Literature, 449 Vocal Pedagogy, and 491 Independent Study. At least 4 hours of elective credit must be from courses numbering 300 or above.

Students pursuing a Concentration within the B.A. degree will instead pursue the following sequences of electives:
Concentration in Performance
  • Applied Lessons (380-480 series lessons)
  • 481 Senior Recital 
  • Electives: 449 or 335 Pedagogy; 401S Advanced Theoretical Concepts;395-396 Special Topics; 491 Independent Study; 443S Music Literature, or 327-328, 428 Conducting

Students wishing to take the 180-280 series of applied lessons may request permission from the music faculty.

Concentration in Choral Music
  • 101 Intro to Music Education
  • 327-328, 428 Conducting
  • 337S, 339S, 340 Music Methods

This concentration does not carry teacher certification. Upon completion of the BA in Music with a concentration in Choral Music, students will be encouraged to achieve certification in Centenary’s MAT degree program.



Certification to Teach*

The Department of Education at Centenary prepares students to teach Music K-12 through an alternative certification program leading to the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.). Undergraduate students may apply to enroll in M.A.T. courses a) upon completion of 90 undergraduate credit hours or b) after completion of the baccalaureate degree. For additional information, please contact the Department of Education (318) 869-5223 or visit the Department’s website to obtain a Department of Education Graduate Catalogue. *Enrolling in M.A.T. courses does not assure formal admission into the program.

Concentration in Sacred Music
  • 360,460 Sacred Music
  • 327-328 Conducting

Elective: 443S Music Literature, 428 Advanced Conducting, Applied Organ Lessons, 315-316 Service Playing, 395-396 Special Topics, or 400 Music Internship

TOTAL OF 14-16


Concentration in Composition
  • 145 Math and Music Composition
  • Applied Lessons (380-480 series lessons)
  • 481 Senior Recital

Electives: 8 hours from 401S Advanced Theoretical Concepts

Students wishing to take the 180-280 series of applied lessons may request permission from the music faculty.



Minor In Music

  • 112/122 Music Theory
  • 130 Piano Class
  • 140 Applied Lessons

Music Electives one of which must be in music history or literature; 8 hours must be 300 level or above

Students may still take MUS 143, but they may now elect MUS 105, film music courses, or music history 345-346, or MUS 443, Music Literature to fulfill the requirement for a music history or literature course.



Departmental Honors

To be considered for Departmental Honors in Music, students must meet the general College requirements for honors programs. In addition they must:

  • Apply to the chair of the department during their junior year.
  • Be a music major.
  • Hold a 3.5 grade point in the major (3.25 overall).
  • Earn two credit hours in Music 491-496: Independent Study. Candidates for Honors will complete a substantial scholarly or artistic project. The results of the project must be either published or presented in a forum such as the Student Research Forum, a professional conference, or a colloquium of Music faculty and students. Artistic presentations must include committee-approved research on the works performed.



Contact Info

Gale Odom

Dean of Hurley School of Music