Music at Aquinas College

Music Major with Music Entrepreneurship Emphasis


Major Requirements: Sixty-one (61) semester hours.

  • At least thirty (30) semester hours must be taken at Aquinas. 
  • A GPA of 2.7 must be maintained in the major.
  • Guitar, Harp, Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass students must meet with the Music Chair at the beginning of their major studies to determine the appropriate Music Ensemble courses to meet their degree requirements
  • MCAP courses must be completed with a B- or higher, MCTH courses must be completed with a C+ or higher, and all other music courses must be completed with a C or higher. Any Business, Communication, or Technology course must be completed with a C- or higher.
Nineteen (19) semester hours of Music Theory:
MCTH113 Integrated Theory I 3.0
MCTH114 Integrated Theory II 3.0
MCTH115 Ear Training/Sight Singing I 1.0
MCTH116 Ear Training/Sight Singing II 1.0
MCTH/CS160 Midi Music Publishing 1.0
MCTH203 Integrated Theory III 3.0
MCTH204 Integrated Theory IV 3.0
MCTH205 Ear Training/Sight Singing III 1.0
MCTH206 Ear Training/Sight Singing IV 1.0
MCTH352 Modern Analytical Techniques 2.0
Six (6) semester hours of Music History and Literature:
MCHL350 Music History & Literature I (WI) 3.0
MCHL351 Music History & Literature II 3.0
One (1) semester hour of Music Education:
MCED315 Conducting Fundamentals 1.0
Four (4) semester hours of College Chorus or College Band:
MCEN143 College Chorus 1.0
MCEN144 College Chorus 1.0
MCEN243 College Chorus 1.0
MCEN244 College Chorus 1.0
MCEN155 College Band 1.0
MCEN156 College Band 1.0
MCEN255 College Band 1.0
MCEN256 College Band 1.0
Eight (8) semester hours of MCAP Studio Applied: Piano (125-226), Organ (131-232), Instrument (151-252), or Voice (165, 166, 142-242):
One (1) semester hour of Small Ensemble (MCEN):
Two (2) semester hours of Piano Techniques:
MCAP123 Piano Techniques I 1.0
MCAP124 Piano Techniques II 1.0
Senior Capstone:
MCAP460 Music Production Project (SC) V
Departmental Assessments
Declaration of Major Hearing (DMH)  
Senior Portfolio Review (SPR)
Music Entrepreneurship Courses
Thirteen (13) semester hours required:
BS202 Principles of Marketing 3.0
BS460 Ethical Applications in Business 3.0
CS152 Spreadsheets 1.0
MCHL309 Music Entrepreneurship 3.0
MCTH401 Entertainment Law 3.0
Six (6) semester hours from the following:
BS201 Principles of Management 3.0
BS310 Entrepreneurship & Small Business Mgmt. 3.0
BS342 Digital Marketing 3.0
BS357 Public Relations 3.0
CN205 Public Speaking (prereq. CN101) 3.0
CS158 Webpage Design 1.0
MCHL214 History of Popular Music 3.0
MCTH202 Studio Recording II (prereq. MCTH102) 2.0
MCTH/CS 260 Adv. Midi Music Publishing 1.0
MCAP397 Internship 3.0


  • MCAP397 Music Internship (3-12)

    Required for the BM in Liturgical Music major (Parish Setting). All internships must go through the AQ Advantage Center in consultation with the Music department chairperson. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status.

  • MCEN143, 144, 243, 244, 343, 344, 443, 444 College Chorus (1 each) AP

    of vocal literature: masterworks to current styles. No audition required.

  • MCAP125, 126, 225, 226, 325, 326, 425, 426 Studio Applied Piano (2)

    Eight-semester sequence of private piano lessons at the college level. Repertoire will survey Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Impressionistic, 20th C. and Contemporary works of increasing demands as the semesters continue. Fee.

  • MCTH113, 114 Integrated Theory (3,3) QR

    This two-semester sequence of courses is the study of the development of the materials of music, and the cultivation of an appreciation and understanding of musical style through comprehensive analysis and composition. Harmonic materials of the 17th through 20th centuries are correlated with instruction in written and keyboard harmony, beginning in MCTH113 with basic diatonic intervals and chord structure, and progressing in MCTH114 to common practice chord usage, including borrowed dominant harmonies. Analysis and composition studies culminate in a 16-measure original four-part chorale at the end of MCTH114. Prerequisite: MCTH104 or passing the Music Theory Proficiency Exam. MCTH/CS160 must be taken while enrolled in either of these courses. MCTH113 is a prerequisite for MCTH114.

  • MCTH115, 116 Ear Training/Sight-Singing I and II (1,1)

    This is the lab component of Integrated Theory 113, 114. Students learn to develop the ability to hear mentally what they see, as well as to reproduce it with their voices; to understand what they hear in musical sounds, as well as reproduce them in written form. Prerequisite: MCTH104 or passing the Proficiency Exam. MCTH115 is a prerequisite for MCTH114 and 116.

  • MCTH203, 204 Integrated Theory (3,3)

    This class is designed to build upon the basic tenets of music theory covered in MCTH113/114. Over the course of two semesters a wide range of musical styles from the Baroque to the present will be explored. The emphasis is on more complex chords such as the Augmented 6ths, and larger forms such as those from the Classic and Romantic eras. Prerequisites: MCTH113–116 and MCTH/CS160; MCTH203, 205 are prerequisites for MCTH204, 206.

  • MCTH205, 206 Ear Training/Sight-Singing III and IV (1,1)

    Students will further hone their ability to notate melody, harmony, and rhythm accurately “by ear” through dictation exercises. In addition, students will improve their ability to sing melodies and broken chords in rhythm on sight through sight-reading exercises. They must be taken concurrently with MCTH203 and 204. Prerequisites: MCTH113–116 and MCTH/CS160.

  • MCTH352 Modern Analytical Techniques (2)

    The music of the twentieth century is remarkably diverse in its styles and techniques; there is no single common practice in this music, rather, a wide spectrum of materials and treatments. This course is designed to familiarize students with the most widely used of these, including extended tertian harmony, quartal and secondal harmony, church modes, pandiatonicism, polytonality, interval sets, atonalism, twelve-tone serialism, synthetic scales, rhythmic and metric devices, and changes in music notation that have occurred due to the composition of music with aleatoric elements. Analytical systems developed by prominent composer/theorists will be studied (e.g. Hindemith, Hanson, Forte) and used along with the analytical practices studied in earlier music theory courses. Compositions from the 20th Century will be considered in historical and analytical contexts. Prerequisite: MCTH204 and 206, MCHL350 and 351 or approval of department chairperson.

  • MCHL350 Music History and Literature I (3) AT, WI

    This course is designed to cultivate an awareness of the development of western music from Antiquity through the Classic Period. Students will gain knowledge and familiarity with the historical events, styles, forms, instruments, composers and compositions representative of the eras studied. Prerequisite: MCTH114 and MCTH116, or approval of department chairperson.

  • MCHL351 Music History and Literature II (3)

    This course is designed to cultivate an of the development of western music from the Romantic Period through present day. Students will gain knowledge and familiarity with the historical events, styles, forms, instruments, composers and compositions representative of the eras studied. Students will also be introduced to world music. Prerequisite: MCTH114 and 116, or approval of department chairperson.

  • MCTH160/CS160 MIDI Music Publishing (1) AT

    This course is designed to teach anyone, even non-musicians, how to create professional looking music scores quickly with the aid of the computer for personal use and for transporting music to other instruments. This course is currently taught using FINALE software. The course also discusses the principles of MIDI (Music Instrument Digital Interface) Sequencing, and Analog vs Digital Recording.

  • MCED315 Conducting Fundamentals (1)

    Offered both as a basic course in conducting and concurrently with MCED323 as a one-semester course requirement for all in the Choral and Instrumental music education as well as Liturgical Music programs, students in this course will learn and be drilled in the common, as well as some complex, meter conducting patterns. Cueing and basic interpretive gestures will be included. Prerequisite: MCTH113, 114, 203, 204; EN201 is pre- or co-requisite for Music Education majors; cumulative grade point average of 3.0; or approval of department chairperson.

  • MCAP131, 132, 231, 232, 331, 332, 431, 432 Studio Applied Organ (2 each)

    Four-year sequence of private study at the college level. Fee.

  • MCAP165, 166 Voice Techniques Class I and II (1,1) AP

    All beginning voice majors, minors or elective students will gain the necessary foundation, through study, exercises and songs, for successful vocal development at the college level. Study of a variety of song literature, the anatomy and physiology of the voice, Alexander Technique, and other current techniques will be incorporated as the basis for building a strong and healthy singing life or vocal career. Prerequisites: Successful completion (a grade of B- or higher) in MCAP165 to advance to MCAP166.

  • MCAP151, 152, 251, 252, 351, 352, 451, 452 Studio Applied Instrumental (2)

    Four-year sequence of private study at the college level. Instruction in string, woodwind, percussion, or brass instruments. See semester schedule for instrument specific course and section numbers. Classical and Jazz sections are offered. Fee.

  • MCAP123, 124 Piano Techniques I and II (1,1) AP

    Required for the first year music major, Piano Techniques I and II are a sequence of two courses which are skill-based courses designed to give the Music major or minor a solid and focused beginning in melodic, harmonic, and scaler playing on the piano. Classes are taught in the AMC piano lab. Prerequisites: Must be able to read music in both the treble and bass clefs. Successful completion (a grade of B- or higher) in MCAP123 to advance to MCAP124. Prerequisites: Grand staff reading and its relationship to the keyboard.

  • MCAP460 Music Production Project (1-3) SC

    The Senior Capstone MCAP460 Music Production Project is designed for the student in the B.S.B.A. Dual Major in Business Administration and Music or the B.A. in Music as an independent study course focused on planning and carrying out some, if not all, aspects of producing, marketing, and promoting a performing group, ensemble, soloist or artist presenting a Music Department concert or event. Prerequisites: The student must be at the Junior or Senior level in the B.A. in Music. Others need approval of the Music department chairperson.

  • MCHL214 The History of Popular Music (3) AC

    Introduction to the many types of popular music; evolution, influence upon each other, personalities, times, and places; technological changes in means and media.

  • MCTH202 Studio Recording 2 (2)

    This class focuses on the use of audio effects, MIDI, sequencing, and learning to understand technical language such as audio specifications. As in the previous class, a personal project is used to experiment with newly acquired knowledge. Prerequisite: MCTH102.

  • MCTH260/CS260 Advanced MIDI Music Publishing (1)

    This course is designed to enhance FINALE experience gained in MCTH/CS160 by giving the student working knowledge of MIDI (Music Instrument Digital Interface) Sequencing and Digital Audio Recording techniques through the use of the powerful computer-based Digital Audio Workstation software product known as Sonar X-1. Student will learn to record, edit, mix and master professional music tracks and export to mp3 and CD formats. Prerequisite: MCTH/CS160.

  • BS201 Principles of Management (3) SS1

    The focus is on the study of the origin and development of management theory, processes of management, decision-making, leadership, communication, social responsibility, and international management. Emphasis on application of management principles to managing organizations.

  • BS310 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (3) SS1

    Deals with the successful start-up, operation, and growth of a small business with emphasis on entrepreneurship, the business environment, financial controls and planning, and administrative control. Prerequisites: BS200, BS201 or permission of the instructor.

  • BS342 Digital Marketing (3)

    This course provides a theoretical and practical foundation to understand how digital platforms have become part of a marketing strategy. Consequently, connecting this technologies to the Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC). Prerequisites : BS202, recommended BS311.

  • BS357 Public Relations (3) SSI, WI

    A comprehensive study of the role of public relations in contemporary organizations. Topics include planning issues, international public relations, specialty applications, and product publicity. Critical examination of public relations techniques and ethical issues occurs throughout the course. Prerequisite: BS202. Open to juniors and seniors only.

  • CN205 Public Speaking (3)

    Basic skills for effective informational, persuasive and special occasion public speaking including voice, movement, composition, organization, ethical implications and audience analysis. Prerequisite: CN101.

  • CS158 Web Page Design (1)

    This hands-on lab course covers web page design using Adobe Dreamweaver. Basic HTML coding is introduced, but programming experience is not a prerequisite. Some prior experience with computers and the Internet, however, is presumed. Students must have access to the Internet and an email account outside of class. (Aquinas student accounts are available.) Course projects introduce skills such as using templates, integrating graphics and images, forms, and frames.

  • BS202 Principles of Marketing (3)

    An introduction to basic marketing concepts, including marketing strategy, pricing, promotional activities, product development, and physical distribution. Sophomore status required for traditional age students. Recommended: ES 211.

  • BS460 Ethical Application in Business (3) SSI

    Principles and perspectives of ethical business and organizational decision-making are studied and applied to a variety of decisions. Emphasis is placed on the identification of ethical choices in the context of the conflicting pressures on management, both in the public and private sector. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status.

  • CS152 Spreadsheets (1)

    This hands-on lab course covers basic spreadsheet functions such as simple formulas, formatting, and print layout using Microsoft Excel. Course projects introduce skills using a variety of formulas and basic functions, charts, and absolute addressing. This course would be beneficial to any students with a desire to analyze numerical data, manage finances, perform simple statistics, or generate charts and graphs.

  • MCAP141, 142, 241, 242, 341, 342, 441, 442 Studio Applied Voice (2)

    Eight-semester sequence of private voice lessons at the college level. Repertoire will begin with Baroque and 20th C. literature, then progress through Classic, Romantic and Contemporary songs and arias of increasing demands as the semesters continue. Music Majors and Minors with Voice as their principle instrument will have MCAP141 waived upon successful completion of the required MCAP165/166. Fee.

  • MCHL309 Introduction to Music Entrepreneurship (3) (AT)

    is designed to introduce the skills in research and development for a career in music. Entrepreneurship, writing, business planning, promotion, technology, online resources, and business savvy are the main topics that will be covered. The format of the class will consist of readings, workshop assignments, lectures, discussions, videos and presentations. To benefit the most from this course, you should have some previous involvement with 247 music or the arts and an interest in maintaining self-motivation, cooperation with others, and a positive attitude.

  • MCTH401 Entertainment Law (3)

    provides a broad overview of law relating to the entertainment industries. This course examines basic legal principles inherent in radio, television, motion pictures, theatre, and music publishing and sound recording, such as: First Amendment right of free speech, defamation, obscenity, and the rights of privacy and publicity; federal regulation of copyrights, and the transfer of such intellectual property rights; and federal regulation of radio and television. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior Status.