Majors and Minors
We offer two degrees in music. In addition, the master of arts in teaching program offers concentrations in choral and instrumental music education. Students in that program graduate in four years with a bachelor’s degree, then complete an additional year of study leading to a master’s degree and a recommendation for teacher certification.
Acceptance into the music programs is highly competitive. In addition to applying for admission to Christopher Newport, you must also apply to the Department of Music and complete an entrance audition.
Bachelor of music
The primary emphasis is on the development of skills and knowledge necessary to succeed as a teacher, performer, composer and scholar.
Bachelor of arts
Provides fundamental knowledge in written and aural skills, the history and development of music, and performance. This program is for those who seek a general education rather than intense specialization.
Christopher Newport is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
MUSC 205. Film Music
The course is intended to give students a greater appreciation of cinema (movies and video) by exploring the concept of ‘genre’ in movie music and discovering how ‘genius’ might emerge from the collaborative process between director and composer.
MUSC 315. Digital Creativity with Music Technology
The course focuses on specific creative software programs and hardware, providing a broad understanding of the ever-evolving field of music technology. Applied study in the basic theory and hands-on operation of the digital audio workstation allows students to conceive, create and produce musical works using digital audio, the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), and computer software. Other topics include acoustics, recording techniques and multimedia applications.
MUSC 413. Counterpoint
A study through analysis and compositional assignments of modal and 18th-century counterpoint. After completing exercises in the techniques of species counterpoint, students study the larger forms of inventions, canons, fugues and chorale-based compositions.
MUSC 416. Jazz Composition and Arranging
An extensive study of techniques used in composing and arranging for various sized jazz ensembles. Writing skills will be developed through listening, transcription, composition analysis and score study.