Music BM, Performance 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.

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
Conducting
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

Emphasis Area Requirements 

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 3521Conducting II - Instrumental2
or PRACTM 3522 Conducting II - Choral
PRACTM 3920Senior Research2-4
Music Theory
Select two of the following courses:4
Analysis of Music from 1900 to Present
Tonal Counterpoint
Advanced Analytical Techniques
Readings in Music Theory
Music History and Literature
Select two upper level courses M H L T 4000-4280.6
Applied Area 1
Must enroll every semester in progress toward degree with a minimum of 12 credit hours of applied music, 8 credit hours of which must be AP MUS 4440-4459 level.12
AP MUS 3500Junior Recital0
Ensemble
Must be enrolled every semester in progress toward degree with a minimum of 4 credit hours4
Chamber Ensemble/Collaborative Performance
Choose any of the following courses for a total of six hours:6
Chamber Ensemble Brass
Chamber Ensemble Percussion
Chamber Ensemble Strings
Chamber Ensemble Voice
Chamber Ensemble Woodwinds
Chamber Ensemble New Music
Collaborative Piano I
Collaborative Piano II
Collaborative Piano III
Piano Performance Class
Total Hours38-40

Foreign Language Requirement

Candidates pursuing the performance emphasis area with an applied area in voice must complete two semesters of one foreign language selected from French, German, or Italian.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will:

  • Have 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 basic knowledge of music history and repertories through the present time (History and Repertory)
  •  Be Able 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 Plans

Bachelor of Music with an Emphasis in Performance (Instrumental)

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
INTDSC 100311THRY COM 13113
THRY COM 13001THRY COM 13122
THRY COM 13013PRACTM 11501
THRY COM 13022AP MUS 14XX1
PRACTM 11401AP MUS 14600
AP MUS 14XX1EN PER XXXX1
AP MUS 14600EN PER 15XX1
EN PER XXXX1CORE - US History and Government3
ENGL 11003EXPLORE – Social Sciences3
CORE - Mathematics Proficiency3 
 16 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
THRY COM 23013THRY COM 23113
THRY COM 23022THRY COM 23122
M H L T 20103M H L T 20203
PRACTM 21601PRACTM 21801
AP MUS 14XX1AP MUS 14XX1
AP MUS 14600AP MUS 14600
EN PER XXXX1EN PER XXXX1
EN PER 15XX1EN PER 15XX1
EXPLORE - Social Sciences3PRACTM 25102
 EXPLORE – Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3
 15 17
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
AP MUS 44XX2THRY COM 31102
AP MUS 44600M H L T 1150, 1160, 1170, or 11803
EN PER XXXX1AP MUS 44XX2
EN PER 15XX1AP MUS 35000
PRACTM 35212AP MUS 44600
EXPLORE – Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3EN PER XXXX1
General Education or Elective3EN PER 15XX1
 ENGL 31003
 EXPLORE – Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3
 12 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
MHLT 42XX Music History Elective3THRY COM 31202
PRACTM 39202M H L T 4200-level course3
AP MUS 44XX2AP MUS 44XX2
AP MUS 44600AP MUS 35100
EN PER XXXX1AP MUS 44600
EN PER 15XX1EN PER XXXX1
CORE - Communication Proficiency3CORE – Information Literacy3
EXPLORE – Social Sciences3Elective or minor4
 15 15
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.

Bachelor of Music with an Emphasis in Performance (Keyboard)
 

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
INTDSC 100311THRY COM 13113
THRY COM 13001THRY COM 13122
THRY COM 13013AP MUS 14XX1
THRY COM 13022AP MUS 14600
AP MUS 14XX1EN PER XXXX1
AP MUS 14600CORE - US History and Government3
EN PER XXXX1EXPLORE - Social Sciences3
ENGL 11003 
CORE - Mathematics Proficiency3 
 15 13
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
THRY COM 23013THRY COM 23113
THRY COM 23022THRY COM 23122
M H L T 20103M H L T 20203
AP MUS 14XX1AP MUS 14XX1
AP MUS 14600AP MUS 14600
EN PER XXXX1EN PER XXXX1
PRACTM 15301PRACTM 15702
EXPLORE - Social Sciences3PRACTM 25102
 EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3
 14 17
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
AP MUS 44XX2THRY COM 31102
AP MUS 44600M H L T 1150, 1160, 1170, or 11803
EN PER XXXX1AP MUS 44XX2
PRACTM 15401AP MUS 44600
PRACTM 35212AP MUS 35000
EXPLORE - Mathematics & Natural Sciences3EN PER XXXX1
General Education or Elective3PRACTM 15702
Elective or minor3ENGL 31003
 EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3
 15 16
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
M H L T 42XX Music History Elective3THRY COM 31202
PRACTM 39202M H L T 42XX Music History Elective3
AP MUS 44XX2AP MUS 44XX3
AP MUS 44600AP MUS 44600
EN PER XXXX1AP MUS 35100
PRACTM 15501EN PER XXXX1
CORE - Communication Proficiency3CORE – Information Literacy3
EXPLORE - Social Sciences3Elective or minor3
 15 15
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.

Bachelor of Music with an Emphasis in Performance (Voice)

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
INTDSC 100311THRY COM 13113
THRY COM 13001THRY COM 13122
THRY COM 13013PRACTM 11501
THRY COM 13022AP MUS 14XX1
PRACTM 11401AP MUS 14600
AP MUS 14XX1EN PER 14101
AP MUS 14600EN PER 15451
EN PER 14101FGN LANG 1002 5
FGN LANG 1001 (French, German or Italian)5ENGL 11003
 15 17
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
THRY COM 23013THRY COM 23113
THRY COM 23022THRY COM 23122
M H L T 20103M H L T 20203
PRACTM 21601PRACTM 21801
AP MUS 14XX1AP MUS 14XX1
AP MUS 14600AP MUS 14600
EN PER 14101EN PER 14101
EN PER 15451EN PER 15451
PRACTM 1250 or 12601PRACTM 25102
FGN LAN 2101 3Elective (Instrumental Students)1
 16 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
AP MUS 44XX2M H L T 1150, 1160, 1170, or 11803
AP MUS 34600AP MUS 44XX1
EN PER 14101AP MUS 34600
EN PER 15451AP MUS 35000
PRACTM 12601EN PER 14101
CORE – US History and Government3EN PER 15451
CORE - Communication Proficiency3THRY COM 31XX Theory Elective3
CORE - Mathematics Proficiency3ENGL 31003
 CORE - Information Literacy3
 EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3
 14 18
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
M H L T 42XX Music History Elective3M H L T 42XX Music History Elective3
PRACTM 39203AP MUS 44XX2
AP MUS 44XX2AP MUS 35100
AP MUS 34600AP MUS 34600
EN PER 14101EN PER 14101
EN PER 15451EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3
THRY COM 31XX Theory Elective2EXPLORE - Social Sciences3
EXPLORE - Social Sciences3EXPLORE – Social Sciences3
EXPLORE - Mathematics and Natural/Life Sciences3 
 18 15
Total Hours: 128
 

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.