DARA Curriculum


Concentration Requirements (24 credit hours)

Digital Recording I (3)
Digital Recording II (3)
Digital Recording III (3)
Digital Recording IV (3)
MIDI composition I (2)
MIDI Composition II (2)
Live Sound Recording (2)
Live Audio Production & Sound Reinforcement (2)
Audio for Film/Post Production (2)
Audio File Management, Troubleshooting, Studio Etiquette (2)
2-New DARA electives for 2013 from the Entrepreneurship Major

  • Survey of the Music Industry (3)
  • “My recording is finished, Now what?” Music Marketing (3)


Music Theory and Musicianship (12 credit hours)

Music Theory I (2)
Music Theory II (2)
Music Theory III (2)
Music Theory IV: Twentieth Century Music (2)
Ear-Training/Sight-Singing I (1)
Ear-Training/Sight-Singing II (1)
Ear-Training/Sight-Singing III (1)
Ear-Training/Sight-Singing IV (1)


Music History and Literature (9 credit hours)

Music History I (3)
Music History II (3)
Introduction to Ethnomusicology (3)


Performance Skills/Applied Music (8 credit hours)

Applied Voice, Piano or Instrumental Music (5)
Music majors with a concentration in DARA must take a minimum of 5 semesters of applied music in one area: voice, piano or instrumental music.
Concert/Recital Attendance (0)
Full time music majors must enroll every semester. Course is a transcript requirement for graduation. No credit is awarded.
Keyboard Skills–Class Piano (1)
Music Majors must pass a keyboard proficiency exam by the end of the first semester of their Junior year. They may test out of the Keyboard Skills Classes at any time. Students who pass the exam with fewer than 4 credit hours may take hours in any other music course(s) to complete the 4 required credit hours in this area. MUSC 151 may be repeated for credit three times (total 4 hours).
Conducting I (2)
Junior Capstone Project (0)
Senior Capstone Project (0)


Performance Ensemble (7 credit hours)

Select from:

  • Schola Cantorum (1)
  • The Singing Saints (1)
  • Music/Opera Theatre (1)
  • Joliet Symphony Orchestra (1)
  • Instrumental Chamber Ensemble (1)


Full time students must participate in at least one ensemble per semester. A minimum of seven credit hours of performance ensemble is required for graduation.