Undergraduate Division

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), cello (S430), double bass (S440), guitar (L400), and harp (H400).

Admission Requirements

See "Admission Requirements" in the Undergraduate Division section of this bulletin.

Major Ensemble

X40 University Instrumental Ensembles (2 cr.) each fall and spring semester. X70 University Choral Ensembles (2 cr.) may be used only by special permission.

Chamber Ensemble

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

  • Guitar: F450 Chamber Music (1-1-1 cr.)
  • Strings: F450 Chamber Music (1-1-1-1 cr.). (Double bass majors may 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 and who wish to continue performance study may reduce credit hours to 3). Entrance audition, freshman jury, upper-division examination, junior recital, senior recital. Double bass students substitute an orchestral repertoire examination for one of the required recitals. I300 Studio Masterclass (0 cr.) and/or I301 Departmental Masterclass (0 cr.) may be required in connection with performance study (varies by studio).

Secondary Piano and Keyboard Proficiency

Students whose primary applied area is guitar or harp must complete the keyboard proficiency as required by their respective departments. All other majors are required to complete P111 Piano Class 1, Music Majors (2 cr.) and P121 Piano Class 2, Music Majors (2 cr.) with a grade of B or higher. Students must be enrolled in a piano course each semester until this requirement is met. An examination for placement in P111 or P121 or exemption from piano study will be administered prior to the first semester of enrollment in the Jacobs School of Music.

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.

Orchestral Instruments Emphasis: Advanced Music Literature and Music Theory

3 credit hours selected from:

  • M410 Composer or Topic (3 cr.)
  • T410 Topics in Music Theory (3 cr.)
  • T418 Music and Ideas (3 cr.)
Guitar Emphasis: Guitar Major Courses

M438 Survey of Guitar Literature (2 cr.)

6 credit hours selected from:

  • E358 Guitar Arranging and Transcription (2 cr.)
  • L345 Latin Guitar (2 cr.)
  • L465 Electric Guitar Concepts (2 cr.)
  • N340 Music Performance and Media (2 cr.)
  • O112 Jazz Guitar Elective/Secondary (2 cr.)
  • O321 Jazz Improvisation (2 cr.)
  • Y152 Historical Guitars Elective/Secondary (2 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. 2 credit hours of F419 Orchestral Repertoire (1-1 cr.) required for harp 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 Requirements" under Curricula for Bachelor's Degrees in Music in this bulletin.

To Complete Degree

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

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