Bachelor of Science Degrees

Music and an Outside Field (Composition Emphasis)

Applicants should submit:

  1. a portfolio of two to four scores and
  2. a list of completed compositions, including date, instrumentation, duration, and any performances (recordings of performances are recommended).

Those invited to interview should be prepared for a brief ear-training examination.

Admission to “Performance Study Option 1” requires a classical audition on an instrument or voice.

Major Ensemble

Each fall and spring semester (2 cr.).

  • Instrumental students, X40 University Instrumental Ensembles
  • Vocal students, X70 University Choral Ensembles
  • Keyboard students, X70 University Choral Ensembles or, with permission of the choral department, X2 Piano Accompanying
Composition Study
  • K400 Composition Major: minimum of 2 credit hours each semester until senior recital is passed. Concurrent registration in I500 Performance and Composition Masterclass (0 cr.) for every semester of K400.
  • K214-K215 Instrumentation I-II (2-2 cr.)
  • K451-K452 Advanced Orchestration I-II (2-2 cr.)
  • Entrance interview
  • Upper-division examination
  • K402 Senior Recital in Composition (0 cr.)

Strongly recommended but not required: K133 Notation and Calligraphy (1 cr.), K231-K232 Free Counterpoint I-II (2-2 cr.).

Performance Study

Instrument or Voice: enrollment (2 cr.) on the same instrument or voice required every fall and spring semester.

  • Option 1: study at the 400 level; entrance audition, freshman jury, upper-division examination, eighth-semester jury. I500 Masterclass (0 cr.) may be required in connection with performance study (varies by studio).
  • Option 2: study at the 100 level; entrance audition, upper-division examination, and eighth-semester jury not required.
Secondary Piano and Keyboard Proficiency

All students must pass a keyboard proficiency examination. Students whose primary instrument is not piano, organ, or harpsichord 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

  • Music Fundamentals Online 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 T132 Musical Skills I, T231 Musical Skills II, T232 Musical Skills III, and T331 Musical Skills IV.

General Education

See General Education Common Ground requirements.

Outside Field

27 credit hours, subject to approval of the director of undergraduate studies and the advisor of the outside field department or program.

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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