Bachelor of Music Degrees

Bachelor of Music in Performance, Orchestral Instrument or Guitar

This degree is available for flute (W410), oboe (W420), clarinet (W430), bassoon (W440), saxophone (W450), horn (B410), trumpet (B420), trombone (B430), euphonium (B440), tuba (B450), percussion (D400), violin (S410), viola (S420), violoncello (S430), double bass (S440), guitar (L400), and harp (H400).

Major Ensemble

X040 University Instrumental Ensembles (2 cr.) required every fall semester, spring semester, and summer term in which a student is registered for any course, music or non–music. X070 University Choral Ensembles or X060 Early Music Ensembles may be used only by special permission.

Chamber Ensemble

(1-1-1-1 cr.), specified by instrument.

  • Guitar and Strings: F450 Chamber Music (1-1-1-1 cr.), (double bass majors will substitute F419 Orchestral Repertoire)
  • Brass and Woodwinds: F450 Chamber Music (1-1-1-1 cr.), (1 or 2 credit hours of F445 Brass Chamber Ensemble or F446 Woodwind Chamber Ensemble may be substituted)
  • Percussion: F447 Percussion Chamber Ensemble (1-1-1-1 cr.)
  • Harp: F449 Harp Ensemble or F450 Chamber Music (1-1-1-1 cr.)
Performance Study

Minimum of 6 credit hours each semester until senior recital is passed (students who have completed a total of 48 credit hours and the senior recital may reduce credit hours to 3). Entrance audition, freshman jury, upper-division hearing, junior recital, senior recital. Double bass students substitute an orchestral repertoire examination for one of the required recitals.

Secondary Piano and Keyboard Proficiency

Students except for guitar and harp majors must take an examination for placement in P111 Piano Class 1, Music Majors (2 cr.); P121 Piano Class 2, Music Majors (2 cr.); P131 Piano Class 3, Music Majors (2 cr.); P141 Piano Class 4, Music Majors (2 cr.); or P100 Piano Elective/Secondary (2 cr.) and continue study each semester until the keyboard proficiency examination is passed.

Core Music Courses

27 credit hours

  • T109 Rudiments of Music I (3 cr.) or equivalent
  • T132 Musical Skills I (1 cr.)
  • T151 Music Theory and Literature I (3 cr.)
  • T152 Music Theory and Literature II (3 cr.)
  • T231 Musical Skills II (1 cr.)
  • T232 Musical Skills III (1 cr.)
  • T251 Music Theory and Literature III (3 cr.)
  • T252 Music Theory and Literature IV (3 cr.)
  • T331 Musical Skills IV (1 cr.)
  • T351 Music Theory and Literature V (3 cr.)
  • M401 History and Literature of Music I (4 cr.)
  • M402 History and Literature of Music II (4 cr.)
  • Or equivalent honors courses

A grade of C or higher is required in T109 Rudiments of Music I, T132 Musical Skills I, T231 Musical Skills II, T232 Musical Skills III, and T331 Musical Skills IV.

Advanced Music Literature and Music Theory

3 credit hours selected from:

  • M410 Composer or Genre (3 cr.)
  • T410 Topics in Music Theory (3 cr.)
  • T412 Advanced Aural and Keyboard Techniques (3 cr.)
  • T416 Counterpoint: Variable Topics (3 cr.)
  • T417 Analysis of Tonal Music (3 cr.)
  • T418 Music and Ideas (3 cr.).
Other Music Courses

6 elective credit hours including a minimum of 2 credit hours in pedagogy courses such as:

  • E130 Introduction to Music Learning (2 cr.)
  • E303 Violin/Viola Pedagogy (2 cr.)
  • E306 Cello Pedagogy (2 cr.)
  • E315 Double Bass Pedagogy (2 cr.)
  • E413 Harp Pedagogy (3 cr.)
  • E459 Instrumental Pedagogy (2 cr.)

Remaining electives to be chosen from undergraduate courses for music majors. Secondary performance study allowed on an instrument/voice other than one's major. Secondary piano (P100) allowed only after completion of the keyboard proficiency.

General Education

See General Education Common Ground requirements.

To Complete Degree

Free music or non–music electives as needed to bring the total credit hours to 120, excluding major ensemble and I400.

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