Music BM, Music Theory Emphasis

Degree Requirements

Admission to all music degree programs is by audition to demonstrate musical aptitude and potential, moderate technical proficiency, and seriousness in selecting music as a four-year course of study. In addition to the applied music audition, placement examinations in music theory and music history may be required to confirm students’ prior experience in these areas. Auditions are scheduled from January to May for the fall semester; a limited number are held in December for the spring/winter semester. Students in applied music must pass a junior-standing examination to confirm their level of performance skills for enrollment in AP MUS 3440AP MUS 3459 or AP MUS 4440AP MUS 4459. This examination is usually taken at the same time as the applied music jury for the fourth semester of enrollment in AP MUS 1440 - AP MUS 1459.

Evidence of sound musicianship, a close acquaintance with an appropriate portion of musical literature, and the ability to bring it to actual performance are required for graduation in all music degree programs. Students in the B.M.: Performance Emphasis fulfill this requirement with junior and senior recitals. Students in all other degree programs fulfill this requirement with a senior recital.  In some cases, upon the recommendation of the student's applied teacher, the senior recital (for non-performance majors only) may be replaced by participating in three regularly scheduled student recitals during the last two semesters of applied music study, or by performing for a special panel of faculty members.

Other Requirements

Music majors are required to enroll in an approved ensemble (University Chorus, University Symphonic Band, University Wind Ensemble, University Singers, or University Orchestra) each semester, to study one applied area progressively each semester, and to enroll in the appropriate pedagogy and literature seminar each semester of the degree program. Music education majors are exempt from these requirements during the student teaching semester. The following specific ensemble enrollments, depending upon the applied music area, are required:

  • Wind and Percussion students—University Symphonic Band or University Wind Ensemble;
  • String students--University Orchestra;
  • Voice students--University Singers or University Chorus;
  • Keyboard and Guitar students--any approved ensemble, but those in the bachelor of music in music education program must successfully audition for and enroll in an ensemble compatible with the teaching certification they are pursuing.
  • Instrumental students may be required to participate in additional ensembles to enhance their musical development.

Majors are required to appear in performance at the department's discretion and to attend a prescribed number of departmental recitals. Non-keyboard players are required to pass an exam in piano proficiency: PRACTM 2180, Piano Proficiency IV, or equivalent for instrumentalists; or PRACTM 3290, Piano Proficiency VI, or equivalent for vocalists.

The music department may require students to pass a placement test to enroll in the next level course, provided this or an equivalent test is administered to all students seeking to enroll in that course.

Core Curriculum

The following core courses are required for all music majors:

Music Theory
THRY COM 1300Introduction to Music Theory1
THRY COM 1301Theory of Music I3
THRY COM 1302Aural Training I2
THRY COM 1311Theory of Music II3
THRY COM 1312Aural Training II2
THRY COM 2301Theory of Music III3
THRY COM 2302Aural Training III2
THRY COM 2311Theory of Music IV 13
THRY COM 2312Aural Training IV 22
THRY COM 3410Orchestration 33
Piano Proficiency
PRACTM 1140Piano Proficiency I1
PRACTM 1150Piano Proficiency II1
PRACTM 2160Piano Proficiency III1
PRACTM 2180Piano Proficiency IV 41
PRACTM 2510Conducting I2
Music History and Literature
M H L T 1010History of Western Music I (MOTR MUSC 103)3
M H L T 1020History of Western Music II (MOTR MUSC 104)3
Choose one of the following:3
Drumming Cultures of the World (MOTR MUSC 102)
Musical Journey through Latin America
Musical Journey through the Far East
Musical Journey Through Africa
Applied Music
AP MUS 1460Seminar In Pedagogy And Literature0
AP MUS 3460Seminar In Pedagogy And Literature0
AP MUS 4460Seminar in Pedagogy and Literature0
AP MUS 3510Senior Recital0
Total Hours39

In addition to the core curriculum, students must fulfill the requirements for the specific degree program or emphasis area as listed below:

Theory and Composition
THRY COM 3110Analysis of Music from 1900 to Present2
THRY COM 3120Tonal Counterpoint2
THRY COM 3130Advanced Analytical Techniques2
THRY COM 3140Readings in Music Theory2
THRY COM 3420Choral Arranging2
Music History and Literature
Select two upper level courses MHLT 4000-MHLT 42806
PRACTM 3521Conducting II - Instrumental2
or PRACTM 3522 Conducting II - Choral
PRACTM 3190Piano Proficiency V1
PRACTM 3280Score Reading at the Keyboard1
PRACTM 4100Senior Project in Theory/Composition2-4
Applied Area
1 hour every semester in progress toward degree with a minimum of 8 credit hours.8
Must be enrolled every semester in progress toward degree with a minimum of 4 credit hours 4
Total Hours34-36

Sample Four Year Plan

First Year
INTDSC 100311THRY COM 13113
THRY COM 13001THRY COM 13122
THRY COM 13013PRACTM 11501
PRACTM 11401AP MUS 14600
AP MUS 14600CORE - Communication Proficiency3
EN PER XXXX1CORE - Mathematics Proficiency3
CORE - US History and Government3EXPLORE - Social Sciences3
ENGL 11003 
 16 17
Second Year
THRY COM 23013THRY COM 23113
THRY COM 23022THRY COM 23122
M H L T 10103M H L T 10203
PRACTM 21601PRACTM 21801
AP MUS 14600AP MUS 14600
EXPLORE - Math and Sciences3PRACTM 25102
 CORE - Information Literacy3
 14 16
Third Year
THRY COM 31302M H L T 1150, 1160, 1170, or 11803
THRY COM 34103THRY COM 31102
M H L T 4200-level course3PRACTM 32801
AP MUS 34XX1AP MUS 34600
ENGL 31003EXPLORE - Social Sciences3
PRACTM 35212EXPLORE Math and Sciences3
 16 15
Fourth Year
THRY COM 31402THRY COM 31202
M H L T 4210-level course3THRY COM 34202
AP MUS 34600AP MUS 34600
EXPLORE - Social Sciences3PRACTM 41003
EXPLORE - Math and Sciences3Elective or minor6
 16 15
Total Hours: 125

 PLEASE NOTE: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change.