Centennial Honors College

Music

Students may complete an honors curriculum in University Honors, Upper Division Honors, or Lower Division Honors. All Honors students must complete the one-hour honors colloquium (GH 299). Lower Division Honors includes General Honors coursework. Upper Division Honors includes honors work in the major. University Honors combines Upper and Lower Division Honors.

Honors students in Music must complete all requirements for a major in Music.

Grade Requirements

  • 3.4 overall GPA

General Honors Requirements

  • Two General Honors seminars (6 semester hours)
  • An honors section of the First Year Experience (3 semester hours) (a General Honors seminar may be substituted in some cases)
  • GH 299 (one semester hour)

Departmental Honors Requirements

  • GH 299 COFAC Honors Seminar (one semester hour)
  • 12 semester hours of Music honors courses. The following courses may be taken for Honors Credit:
I. Music History: Music 390, Music 391, Music 394, Music 491
II. Music Theory: Music 282/284, Music 381, Music 481, Music 482, Music 483, Music 485, Music 487
III. Music Therapy: Music 355, Music 451, Music 452, Music 453, Music 454, Music 455
IV. Music Education: Music 331, Music 332, Music 333, Music 334, Music 335, Music 336, Music 396, Educ 439
V. Music Business: Music 342, Music 343, Music 344, Music 345, Music 348
VI. Music Performance: Music 492, Music 493, Music 494, Music 495, Music 496, Music 497, Music 499
VII. Proseminar (selected topics): Mus 403
  • Honors Thesis or Honors Recital: Music Honors students take 3 hours of Music 401 for completing an Honors Thesis, or take Music 402 for performing an Honors Recital.  Music 401 or Music 402 may be taken as an interdisciplinary thesis and/or recital.
  • Honors Thesis: Under the direction of a thesis committee, students following the thesis option complete an Honors Thesis in music theory, music composition, music therapy, music education, music business, music history, or interdisciplinary studies. The thesis committee will consist of three faculty members. The committee shall include the departmental honors advisor and two other faculty members from within the School of Music, or in the case of an interdisciplinary thesis, the appropriate department in the College of Fine Arts and Communication.  A committee member from the student's main area of study will direct the thesis and chair the committee. The thesis topic is subject to the approval of the committee.
  • Honors Recital: Students who perform an honors recital register for upper-division applied lessons and Mus 402 (Recital). Upon successful completion of the honors recital, the Honors College will add the appropriate honors credit to Mus 402.  An Honors Recital Committee will consist of the applied major professor who will serve as the principal advisor and chair of the committee. The other committee members will consist of the departmental honors advisor and one other member from the applied music faculty, or in the case of an interdisciplinary recital, the appropriate department in the College of Fine Arts and Communication. The honors advisor will assist the student in the writing of substantive program notes for the recital. A minimum of four weeks before the recital, it must be approved by the committee chair.

Guidelines for Thesis and Program Notes:

  • All honors theses must contain substantive academic content. The student is expected to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the specifics of the topic and the thesis should reflect a critical assessment of the topic under study.
  • All program notes must demonstrate a thorough and critical understanding of the music being performed, as well as an awareness of the background of the work and its place within the composer’s entire output.

University Honors

  • Two General Honors seminars (6 semester hours)
  • An honors section of the First Year Experience (in some cases a General Honors seminar may be substituted)
  • GH 299 COFAC Honors Seminar (one semester hour)
  • 12 semester hours Music honors courses
  • Music 401 (thesis) or Music 402 (honors recital).  Music 401 or 402 may be taken as an interdisciplinary thesis and/or recital.
Department Honors Coordinator:  Paul Paccione (P-Paccione@wiu.edu, 298-1124)