Music BA

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.

General Education Requirements

General education requirements apply to all majors, except the students in the B.M. with Elective Studies in Business and B.M. in Music Education degree programs are not required to take a foreign language. Courses required for degree programs may not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Students must receive at least a C in each music course and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (music education 2.7) in all music courses to meet degree requirements.

Non-Music majors may complete no more than 8 hours in music-performing organizations (EN PER 1400, University Chorus; EN PER 1410, University Concert Band; EN PER 1500, University Orchestra; EN PER 1520, University Symphonic Band, et. seq.) toward graduation, including credit transferred. Courses in applied music (private lessons and performing organizations) do not fulfill the humanities general education requirement. M H L T 1150, Drumming Cultures of the World; M H L T 1160, Musical Journey through Latin America; M H L T 1170, Musical Journey through the Far East; or M H L T 1180, Musical Journey through Africa will meet the non-Euro-American study requirement.

Other Requirements

Music majors are required to enroll in an approved ensemble [University Chorus, University Symphonic Band, University Wind Ensemble, University Singers, University Orchestra, or Jazz Orchestra (for Jazz Studies majors)] 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;
  • Jazz Studies majors (any instrument)--Jazz Orchestra.

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 the equivalent.

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
Piano Proficiency
PRACTM 1140Piano Proficiency I1
PRACTM 1150Piano Proficiency II1
PRACTM 2160Piano Proficiency III 31
PRACTM 2180Piano Proficiency IV 41
PRACTM 2510Conducting I2
Music History and Literature
M H L T 2010History of Western Music I (MOTR MUSC 103)3
M H L T 2020History of Western Music II (MOTR MUSC 104)3
Choose one of the following courses: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 Hours36
PRACTM 1250Singer's Diction: English, Italian and German (voice majors only)1
PRACTM 1260Singer's Diction: Latin, French, and Spanish (voice majors only)1
PRACTM 3920Senior Research2-4
Applied Area
One hour every semester in progress toward degree with a minimum of 8 credit hours8
Must be enrolled every semester in progress toward degree with a minimum of 4 credit hours4
Foreign Language
Candidates for the B.A. degree in Music are required to complete 13 credit hours or the equivalent in proficiency in one foreign language. 113
Music History and Literature
Select one upper-level course M H L T 4000-42803

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will:

  • Have the technical skills requisite for artistic self-expression (Performance)
  • Understand the common elements and organizational patters of music and their interaction (Musicianship Skills and Analysis)
  • Have a Rudimentary capacity to create original or derivative music (Composition/Improvisation)
  • Have a basic knowledge of music history and repertories through the present time (History and Repertory)
  • Have the ability to work on musical problems by combining their capabilities in performance, aural, verbal and visual analysis; composition/improvisation; history and repertory (Synthesis)

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 14600FGN LANG 10025
Foreign Language 10015 
CORE - Mathematics Proficiency3 
 18 16
Second Year
THRY COM 23013THRY COM 23113
THRY COM 23022THRY COM 23122
M H L T 20103M H L T 20203
PRACTM 21601PRACTM 21801
AP MUS 14600AP MUS 14600
FGN LANG 21013PRACTM 25102
PRACTM 1250 or 1260 (voice students)1EXPLORE - Social Science3
 Elective (Instrumental Students)1
 Elective or minor1
 15 18
Third Year
AP MUS 34XX1M H L T 1150, 1160, 1170, or 11803
AP MUS 34600AP MUS 34XX1
PRACTM 1250 or 12601EN PER XXXX1
CORE – US History and Government3ENGL 31003
CORE – Communication Proficiency3CORE – Information Literacy3
EXPLORE – Social Sciences3EXPLORE – Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3
 12 14
Fourth Year
M H L T 42XX+ Music Theory Elective3AP MUS 34XX1
PRACTM 39203AP MUS 35100
AP MUS 34XX1AP MUS 34600
EN PER XXXX1EXPLORE – Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3
EXPLORE – Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3EXPLORE – Social Sciences3
Elective or Minor3Elective or minor3
 Elective or minor2
 14 13
Total Hours: 120

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.