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Music with Emphasis in Instrumental Performance (BM)

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Fall 2008 - Summer 2009 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Major: MUSP

Degree: BM

Unit: Music

Program Courses

Type Hours
University-wide General Education requirements1,2 34
Music Theory 141-242 (four 4-hour courses) 16
Music Literature 361 (four 3-hour courses) 12
Principal Ensemble (eight 1-hour courses)
(Strings take section 01, others solely dependent on the ensemble audition.)
Recital Attendance 097 (six semesters of “S”) 0
Conducting I 359 2
Analysis 347 2
Applied Lessons (two 4-hour courses) 8
Introduction to Music Study 100 1
Piano Proficiency 297 0
Total 83

Plan Courses

Major Area
Type Hours
 Literature 563 1
 Studies in Pedagogy 538 1
Applied Lessons4 (six additional 4-hour courses) 24
Senior Recital3 0
Minor Ensembles (eight 1/2-hour courses) 4
Total 30
Supportive Area
Type Hours
Analysis 348 2

Advanced Theory

   One 4-hour course sequence chosen from:
      Composition 143-144
      Ensemble Scoring I & II 345–346
      Chromatic Harmony and Analysis/Analysis of Twentieth-Century Music 547-548
      Counterpoint 549-550
Piano Class5,6 (four 1-hour classes) 4
Conducting II 360 2
Music Electives 5
General Electives 4
Total 21


Type Hours
Minimum Total 134

Admission to Senior College

No B.M. degree student may enroll for 400-level music courses until all of the following requirements have been satisfied:

  1. Completion of at least 48 credits toward the degree.
  2. MUS 232 Piano Class.
  3. MUS 204. The examination for MUS 204 will be graded by an expanded jury. The student must prepare at least 11 minutes of music.
  4. MUS 242 Theory IV.
  5. MUS 361-01 and -02 Music Literature.
  6. MUS 097 Recital Attendance, four semesters with grade of “S”.
  7. ENGL 101 or ENGL 105 and at least three additional general education courses.
  8. GPA of 2.5

1 Students are requires to take PAS 214 African American Music (Arts and Humanities content: Cultural Diversity competency) and ANTH 205 Music in World Cultures (Social and Behavioral Sciences content: Cultural Diversity competency).

2 MUH courses may not be taken to fulfill any General Education requirement.

3 Senior recital for all performance degrees is a public recital.

4 Woodwind option: Students with a major in flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, or saxophone may devote as many as 14 of the 32 hours required in the major instrument to the study of other woodwind instruments. After completing one semester of study in the major instrument with a grade of “A” or “B”, the student may elect the above option with the approval of the woodwind faculty. Continued enrollment in the option will be dependent upon satisfactory progress in the major instrument studied. An outline of the applied music study must be approved by the teacher of the major instrument. One-half of the senior recital may consist of solo or ensemble performance of one or more secondary instruments.

5 For students with a piano background, four semesters of Secondary Piano (MUS 121-222) may be substituted.

6 Students must pass the Piano Proficiency Examination before receiving credit for the 4th semester of the piano requirement. Students must be enrolled continuously in the class until their piano requirement has been completed. Students who pass the Piano Proficiency Examination before the 4th semester of Piano Class are encouraged to continue keyboard study for a total of four semesters.

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