Opportunities for Nonmajors
You don’t have to be a major or minor in music to play or sing at BGSU!
We welcome and encourage participation of all BGSU students in the College of Musical Arts music ensembles and selected music courses.
“If you play a wind/brass instrument, I highly recommend signing up for the Falcon Marching Band. I met a ton of cool people within my first day on campus, and we still hang out together.”—Elizabeth Lawler, music education
The following ensembles are open to nonmajors by audition:
- MuCT 4210E Afro-Caribbean Ensemble
- MuCT 4220E Balinese Gamelan Ensemble
- MuCT 4230E Early Music Ensemble
- MuCT 4250E New Music Ensemble
- MuSP 3280E Jazz Lab Band I
- MuSP 3290E Jazz Lab Band II
- MuSP 3320E m002 Steel Drum Ensemble (no audition required)
- MuSP 3400E Vocal Jazz Ensemble
- MuSP 4370E Wind Symphony
- MuSP 4380E Concert Band
- MuSP 4390E Falcon Marching Band
- MuSP 4400E University Band (no audition required)</</li>
- MuSP 4760E University Choral Society
- MuSP 4770E A Cappella Choir
- MuSP 4780E Collegiate Chorale
- MuSP 4790E University Women’s Chorus
- MuSP 4800E University Men’s Chorus
- MuSP 4890E Bowling Green Philharmonia (Orchestra)
Students are asked to register for the ensemble during the on-campus summer orientation and registration program. Aside from the Falcon Marching Band that begins one week prior to fall semester classes, most ensemble auditions take place during the first week of classes in the fall semester. Detailed audition information can be obtained by visiting the music ensemble display table in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union during the summer orientation and registration program.
- MuS 1900 Beginning Guitar
- MuS 1910 Intermediate Guitar (Prerequisite: MuS 190)
- MuSP 2710/4701 Para Voice (group voice instruction) Extra fee.
The above require no audition. Private instruction on other instruments and voice is available for non-credit through the Creative Arts Program.
Note: Some courses are offered only during the spring semester on alternating years. Please check the online schedule of classes for course availability.
- MuCT 1010 Exploring Music
This course introduces the basic elements of music and the historical context of Western art music. Small group sessions emphasize writing skills and students are required to attend concerts.
- MuCT 1160 Fundamentals of Composition
Basic compositional techniques and ideas explored. Students will compose pieces and discuss each other’s work.
- MuCT 1250 Music of World Cultures
Introduces the music and musical life of various world cultures. Tapes and film of native performances as well as live performances featured.
- MuCT 2210 Masterpieces of Music
Masterpieces of Western Classical music are studied. The orientation of the course is towards matters of style, techniques of musical organization and the development of listening skills.
- MuCT 2330 Music in African Culture
The study of music in various groups of sub-Sahara Africa with emphasis on its relation to individual cultures, its structure and performance.
- MuCT 2340 Music in Japanese Culture
The study of music in Japanese religious ritual, historical court and popular settings, and music for theater and concert, with emphasis on its socio-historical context.
- MuCT 2350 Music in Indonesian Culture
The study of music in Indonesia, particularly in Bali and Java, with emphasis on its historical and cultural context.
- MuCT 2370 Jazz
The music of various styles of jazz from around 1900 to the present. Theoretical, analytical, cultural and performance concepts will be related to the music.
- MuCT 3450 Survey of Music Technology
Overview of music technology; use of computers in music (audio production, internet applications, trends in audio technology). Literature and practical application of music technology in pop, jazz and the avant-garde.
- MuCT 4200 Introduction to Ethnomusicology
Topics and techniques in ethnomusicology. Open to students interested in all music as aspects of culture.
- MuCT 4310 Aesthetics of Black Music
West African and African-American concepts of music; modifications and innovations in American from slavery to present. Applicable to the cultural diversity in the United States general education requirement.
- MuCT 4360 Recording Techniques
Concert and studio multi-track recording methods culminating in an actual recording session (Enrollment limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Previous experience with audio hardware required.). Extra fee.
- MuCT 4440 Music Technology
Introduction to classical tape technique, analog voltage control synthesizers and history of analog electronic music. Introduction to digital sequencers. Small group composition projects. Prerequisite: none (Enrollment limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors.). Extra fee.