Music Program at BHSU

BHSU MUSIC PROGRAM

Begin your musical journey at BHSU

Black Hills State University is proud to be fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. This means you will learn from excellent instructors in fine facilities who will support your learning through coursework, private instruction, and ensembles – they will go above and beyond to ensure your success. We have nearly one hundred percent placement for our music education majors.

The Music Department is housed in Clare and Josef Meier Hall. Music facilities include a beautiful recital hall, private faculty and student studios, fully-equipped practice rooms with pianos, an electronic keyboard lab, large rehearsal rooms, and music classrooms.

The BHSU music program provides the diversity a student wants but the individual attention a student needs. Our growing music department offers majors in Music Composite, and Music Education, as well as a minor in music. Our ensemble offerings include: the Dakota Chamber Orchestra, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Northern Hills Chamber Chorale, Community Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Roughlock Brass, Pep Band, The BHSU “Beeline” Drumline, and other small groups.

Music program

With strong vocal and piano programs and a growing emphasis on instrumental performance, the BHSU Music program provides the diversity a student wants but the individual attention a student needs. Music students will take such courses as music history, music theory, while taking private lessons. Music education majors take the extra course work to be able to teach in the K-12 environment. Music majors can become professional musicians or work in music related fields, but many choose a teaching career or graduate school to further their talent.

The Music major at BHSU offers
  • Highly talented and caring instructors
  • A variety of music ensembles to choose from and join
  • Opportunities to perform on campus and across the region
  • State of the art music facilities in Meier Hall

Scholarship Opportunity

We offer scholarship money specific to the music department. Perspective students may apply through our online form: www.BHSU.edu/Music-Scholarship.

Ensembles at BHSU

Black Hills State University offers numerous performing groups within the music program. The music program student performance groups give concerts each semester, and a musical is performed in cooperation with the Theater Department each year. Here is a list of the different ensembles at BHSU:

  • “Beeline” Drumline
  • BHSU Community Chorale
  • Dakota Chamber Orchestra
  • Chamber Singers
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Student Instrumental Ambassadors
  • Women’s Chorus

Career Opportunities

There are employment opportunities in a variety of sectors:
» Music Accompanist
» Music Business
» Music Librarian
» Music Studio Technician
» Music Studio Technician
» Studio Teaching
» Teaching Music

“BEELINE” DRUMLINE

The “Beeline” Drumline is a group of percussion instruments that perform at many athletic events and other events throughout the year. Learn new techniques and broadens your musical experience by joining the Beeline.

Success Stories

Drew Lerdal, CLASS OF '08

Former student Drew Lerdal is a guitarist and composer in Minneapolis who scores music for film, television, and commercials. Here is his IMDB entry: IMDB Drew Lerdal

Jennifer Loftin, CLASS OF '17

Jennifer Loftin, a recent graduate, is the high school choral director in Sturgis, SD. She also directs the music in the community theater in Sturgis.

Jesse Dunaway, CLASS OF '16

Jesse Dunaway, a recent graduate, is now an award winning composer who is having success with performances of his works. He is the high school choral director in Chamberlain, SD.

Alumni Quotes

Ashley Lecholat, CLASS OF '97

“It’s (Music Dept.) big enough to feel like an adventure and small enough to feel like home.” Ashley Lecholat

Raquel Neesham, CLASS OF '15

“The generosity and genuine interest in helping students become the best musicians they can be is what ultimately drew me to BHSU.” Raquel Neesham

Required Core - 58 semester hours

  • MUAP - Applied Music Instrument/Voice - (6 semester hours)
  • MUS 110/L - Basic Music Theory I & Lab - (4)
  • MUS 111/L - Basic Music Theory II & Lab - (4)
  • MUS 210/L - Advanced Music Theory I & Lab) - (4)
  • MUS 211/L - Advanced Music Theory II & Lab - (4)
  • MUS 215 Introduction to Music Technology - (2)
  • MUS 240 Music Cultures of the World - (3)
  • MUS 330 - Music History I - (3)
  • MUS 331 - Music History II - (3)
  • MUS 360 - Conducting - (3)
  • MUS 420 - Orchestration & Arranging - (3)
  • MUAP 115 - Class Instruction-Keyboard (or 215)
OR 
  • MUAP 311 - Applied Music-Keyboard - (2)
  • MUAP 483 - Public Recital

Take one course from the following: 1 semester hour

  • MUAP 400 - Applied Music-Voice
  • MUAP 410 - Applied Music-Keyboard
  • MUAP 420 - Applied Music-Woodwinds
  • MUAP 430 - Applied Music-Brass
  • MUAP 440 - Applied Music-Percussion

Music Electives - 14 semester hours

Foreign Language - 8 hours
Take 2 semesters, does not have to be sequential.

Gen Ed Requirements - 30 semester hours

  • MATH - Gen Ed - Mathematics - 3 semester hours
  • SPCM - Gen Ed - Speech - 3 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Social Science - 6 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities - 6 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab - 6-8 semester hours
  • ENGL 101 - Composition I
  • ENGL 201 - Composition II

Required Core - 43 semester hours

 

  • MUS 110/L Basic Music Theory I
  • MUS 111/L Basic Music Theory II
  • MUS 210/L Advanced Music Theory I
  • MUS 211/L Advanced Music Theory II
  • MUS 240 Music Cultures of the World
  • MUS 330 Music History I
  • MUS 331 Music History II
  • MUS 351 Elementary School Music Methods
  • MUS 352 Music in the Elementary School II
  • MUS 360 Conducting
  • MUS 420 Orchestration & Arranging
  • MUS 467 Advanced Conducting
  • MUS 185 Recital Attendance (Register every semester)
  • MUAP 483 Public Recital

Select one area of emphasis

 

Instrumental Emphasis- 18 semester hours

  • MUS 373 Woodwind Instrumental Methods
  • MUS 374 Percussion Instrumental Methods
  • MUS 375 Brass Instrumental Methods
  • MUS 377 String Instrumental Methods

 

  • MUS 382 Methods & Material of Teaching Piano 

OR

  • MUS 456 Instrumental Materials & Techniques

 

  • MUAP 300 level Applied Instrument
  • MUAP 400 level Applied Instrument
  • MUEN Concert Band or Chamber Orchestra (Students are required to participate in a large ensemble each semester)

Vocal Emphasis- 18 semester hours

  • MUS 215 Introduction to Music Technology
  • MUS 302 Vocal Diction Class I
  • MUS 303 Vocal Diction Class II
  • MUS 345 Vocal Pedagogy & Literature
  • MUS 458 Choral Materials & Techniques
  • MUAP 300 level Applied Voice
  • MUAP 400 level Applied Voice
  • MUEN 100/300 Concert Choir (Students are required to participate in a large ensemble each semester)

Pre-Professional Teaching Core - 18 hours

  • EDFN 295 Practicum: Pre-Admission Teaching
  • EDFN 338 Foundations of American Education
  • EPSY 302 Educational Psychology
  • EPSY 428 Child & Adolescent Development
  • INED 411 South Dakota Indian Studies
  • PSYC 101 General Psychology (gen ed)
  • SPED 100 Intro to Persons with Exceptionalities

Professional K-12 Teaching Core- 17 hours

  • EDFN 440 Classroom Management
  • SEED 408 Plan, Manage & Assess the 7-12 Diverse Classroom
  • SEED 495 Practicum: Pre-Student Teaching
  • EDFN 475 Human Relations
  • ED 488 K-12 Student Teaching

Gen Ed Requirements -  30 hour

  • ENGL 101
  • ENGL 201
  • SPCM - Gen Ed - Speech (1 class) - 3 semester hours
  • MATH - Gen Ed - Mathematics (1 class) - 3 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Social Science (2 classes from different subjects) - 6 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities (2 classes from different subjects or a foreign language sequence) - 6 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Natural Sciences & Lab (2 classes/corresponding labs) - 6-8 semester hours

Minor in Music

20 semester hours

1 MUAP 115 Class Instruction - Keyboard
1 MUAP 215 Class Instruction - Keyboard
4 MUS 110 Basic Music Theory I & MUS 110L Lab
4 MUS 111 Basic Music Theory II & MUS 111L Lab
3 MUS 360 Conducting
4 Music Electives


Minor in Music, Vocal -Teaching - Elementary Music Emphasis

25 semester hours

3 MUAP Private Voice
1 MUAP 115 Class Instruction - Keyboard
1 MUAP 215 Class Instruction - Keyboard
4 MUS 110 Basic Music Theory I & MUS 110L Lab
4 MUS 111 Basic Music Theory II & MUS 111L Lab
2 MUS 351 Elementary School Music Methods
3 MUS 352 Music in the Elementary School II
3 MUS 360 Conducting


Minor in Music, Vocal - Secondary School Emphasis

24 semester hours

3 MUAP Private Voice
1 MUAP 115 Class Instruction - Keyboard
1 MUAP 215 Class Instruction - Keyboard
4 MUS 110 Basic Music Theory I & MUS 110L Lab
4 MUS 111 Basic Music Theory II & MUS 111L Lab
3 MUS 360 Conducting
3 MUS 458 Choral Materials & Techniques
2 Electives


Minor in Music, Instrumental - Teaching

29 semester hours

2 MUAP Private Class Piano
2 MUAP Private Instrument
4 MUS 110 Basic Music Theory I & MUS 110L Lab
4 MUS 111 Basic Music Theory II & MUS 111L Lab
3 MUS 360 Conducting
2 MUS 373 Woodwind Methods
2 MUS 374 Percussion Methods
2 MUS 375 Brass Methods
2 MUS 377 String Methods

2 Take two of the following:
MUAP 120 Applied Music - Woodwind
MUAP 130 Applied Music - Brass
MUAP 140 Applied Music - Persecussion
MUAP 150 Applied Music - Strings

1 Take one of the following:
MUAP 115 Class Instruction - Keyboard
MUEN 122 Concert Band

Guitar Performance

Certificate Requirements
  • MUS 200 or 300 level Applied Guitar Lessons - 2 semester hours
  • MUS - Electives - 3 semester hours
  • MUS 110 - Basic Music Theory I & 110L Lab - 5 semester hours
  • MUS 110L - Basic Music Theory I Lab - 0 to 2 semester hours

and

  • MUS 100 - Music Appreciation - 3 semester hours 

or

  • MUS 200 - American Music - 3 semester hours

Piano Pedagogy

Certificate Requirements
  • MAUP - 200/300 level Keyboard Lesson - 2 semester hours
  • MUS 110 - Basic Music Theory I 2 to 4 semester hours
  • MUS 110L - Basic Music Theory I Lab 0 to 2 semester hours
  • MUS 382 - Methods & Materials of Teaching Piano 3 semester hours

Take one course from the following:

  • MUS 100 - Music Appreciation 3 semester hours
  • MUS 331 - Music History II 3 semester hours
  • MUS 353 - K-8 Music Methods 1 to 3 semester hours

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