Music Production BA

Program Features

Music production is a major that offers students a way to perfect their sound while gaining the technical know-how to share it with the world.

Students are admitted to the degree program based upon their musicality and musical literacy rather than on performance accomplishments. Musical background and proficiency in an applied instrument/voice determine placement within the department.

Scholarships include the Louise Dieterle Nippert Music Education Scholarship and the Mother McAuley Music Scholarship. Visit the Music Department Scholarships page for details.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Music Production BA major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • MUSC 198: Studio Class............ 0cr.
  • MUSC 199: Recital Attendance............ 0cr.
  • MUSC 200: Music Theory I [Quantitatve]............ 3cr.
  • MUSC 201: Aural Skills I............ 1cr.
  • MUSC 208: Keyboard Skills I............ 1cr.
  • Private Lesson I............ 1cr.
  • Large Ensemble I............ 1cr.
  • CORE 100: First-Year Seminar............ 3cr.
  • CORE 101: First-Year Co-Curricular Passport............ 0cr.
  • ENGL 101 or ENGL 115............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language Elective I............ 3cr.

Spring

  • MUSC 198: Studio Class............ 0cr.
  • MUSC 199: Recital Attendance............ 0cr.
  • MUSC 202: Music Theory II............ 3cr.
  • MUSC 203: Aural Skills II............ 1cr.
  • MUSC 209: Keyboard Skills II............ 1cr.
  • Private Lesson II............ 1cr.
  • Large Ensemble II............ 1cr.
  • CORE 102: First-Year Co-Curricular Passport............ 0cr.
  • Foreign Language Elective II............ 3cr.
  • PHIL 100: Ethics as Intro to Philosophy............ 3cr.
  • THEO 111: Theological Foundations............ 3cr.

Fall

  • MUSC 198: Studio Class............ 0cr.
  • MUSC 199: Recital Attendance............ 0cr.
  • MUSC 127: GarageBand, Logic & More............ 3cr.
  • Private Lesson III............ 1cr.
  • Large Ensemble III............ 1cr.
  • Scientific Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • ERS Elective............ 3cr.
  • Free Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • MUSC 198: Studio Class............ 0cr.
  • MUSC 199: Recital Attendance............ 0cr.
  • DIFT 340: Audio Production............ 3cr.
  • MUSC 211: Music History II [Writing]............ 3cr.
  • Private Lesson IV............ 1cr.
  • Large Ensemble IV............ 1cr.
  • Mathematical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Natural Science Elective............ 3cr.

Fall

  • MUSC 198: Studio Class............ 0cr.
  • MUSC 199: Recital Attendance............ 0cr.
  • MUSC 311: Rock, Pop and R&B [OC+Divers]............ 3cr.
  • MUSC 342: Studio Production............ 3cr.
  • Theological Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.
  • ENGL/CLAS/SPAN 205: Literature and the Moral Imagination............ 3cr.

Spring

  • MUSC 198: Studio Class............ 0cr.
  • MUSC 199: Recital Attendance............ 0cr.
  • MUSC 405: Internship............ 3cr.
  • Free Elective............ 3cr.
  • Free Elective............ 3cr.
  • Free Elective............ 3cr.
  • Free Elective............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Philosophical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Free Elective............ 3cr.
  • Free Elective............ 3cr.
  • Free Elective............ 3cr.
  • Free Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Historical Perspectives ............ 3cr.
  • Social Science Elective............ 3cr.
  • Free Elective............ 3cr.
  • Free Elective............ 3cr.
  • Free Elective............ 3cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that's both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Music Production major at Xavier:

GarageBand, Logic & More (MUSC127) - Introduction to hardware and software related to electronic music production, with a focus on music sequencing and digital recording.

Rock, Pop and R&B (MUSC 311) - Survey of popular music styles from the Blues to newer trends, such as Hip-Hop and Alternative.

Studio Production (MUSC 342) - Students assume the role of sound engineer in all areas of professional audio. It covers the theory of sound, acoustic fundamentals, microphone techniques, analog and digital signal flow, the use of computers, recording (mono, stereo, and multi-track), studio policies, and working with a clientele. Focused on hands-on learning in the studio and in live sound environments, the course places students in real-world scenarios that will help them develop the necessary skills to produce high-quality recordings.

Internship (MUSC 405) - Students spend 8-10 hours per week teaching high school students how to use the tools of music production at the Music Resource Center studio.

Clubs

Harmon-X

Harmon-X is an a cappella group whose mission is to bring high-quality music to campus and beyond. Members practice three times a week for performances on campus and within the Cincinnati community.

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Outcomes

98% of students from Xavier’s College of Arts and Science programs, including Music Production, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

Top Jobs: Designer, Marketing Manager, Artistic Fellow, Compact Utility Sales Specialist, Creative Content Developer, Equipment Manager, Executive Trainee

Top Companies: Cincinnati Art Museum, College Hill Coffee, Public Communications Inc, St. Joseph Worker Program West, GE Aviation, News America Marketing, Boy Scouts of America

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All for one

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Student Involvement

Musical clubs and organizations on campus include the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, the XU Concert Choir, the women and men's choruses and the Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble.


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Focused Courses

14 studios alongside courses based on programs like GarageBand provide students the space and technology to produce music on campus.


Cincinnati Advantage

Cincinnati is one of a handful of U.S. cities to boast a professional ballet, opera, symphony and theater. Students engage with hundreds of local arts organizations, including the Cincinnati Pops, Cincinnati Ballet and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.


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Music Production BA Major at Xavier University

The Department of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). All of Xavier's programs in music education have been accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."