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B.M, Orchestral Instrument

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

About the Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music is a professional undergraduate degree that offers rigorous musical training with a solid foundation in general education. It prepares students for a performance and composition and/or private teaching career. The Bachelor of Music degree program is designed for a strong music education with academic and practical experience.

Bachelor of Music students complete the core curriculum of music studies: music theory, aural and piano skills, and music history. Students also fulfill campuswide general-education courses. In addition to academic music courses, students also take lessons with applied music faculty and participate in university ensembles and chamber music. Performance opportunities include recitals, opera, opera workshop, and outreach performances in the community.

Bachelor of Music (B.M.) Orchestral Instrument

4-Year Degree Plan (Sample)

Degree Requirements (120 cr.)

All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

General Education Curriculum (39 cr.)

Select from approved course list

World Languages (6 cr.)

Two semesters of one language (may be satisfied with world languages placement test and credit by examination)

Core Musicianship (25 cr.)
Music Theory and History 
  • MUS-M 201 The Literature of Music 1
  • MUS-M 202 The Literature of Music 2
  • MUS-M 430 Introduction to Contemporary Music
  • MUS-T 113 Music Theory I
  • MUS-T 114 Music Theory II
  • MUS-T 115 Sightsinging and Aural Perception I (1 cr.)
  • MUS-T 116 Sightsinging and Aural Perception II (1 cr.)
  • MUS-T 213 Music Theory III
  • MUS-T 214 Music Theory IV
  • MUS-T 215 Sightsinging and Aural Perception III (1 cr.)
  • MUS-T 216 Sightsinging and Aural Perception IV (1 cr.)

Other Music Requirements
  • MUS-I 100 Cultural Events Attendance (0 cr.)(eight semesters)
  • MUS-U 310 Performance Laboratory (0 cr.)(each semester prior to passing Upper-Divisional Examination)
  • MUS-X 296 Applied Music Upper-Divisional Jury Examination (0 cr.)

Piano Proficiency (4 cr.)
  • MUS-P 101 Piano Class 1 (1 cr.)
  • MUS-P 102 Piano Class 2 (1 cr.)
  • MUS-P 103 Piano Class 3 (1 cr.)
  • MUS-P 104 Piano Class 4 (1 cr.)
  • MUS-P 105 Keyboard Proficiency (0 cr.)

Applied Music (16 cr.)
  • MUS-I 411 B.M. Junior Recital (0 cr.)
  • MUS-I 412 B.M. Senior Recital (0 cr.)
  • MUS-_ 400 Principal Instrument (2 cr. each semester)

Ensemble (8 cr.)

Select one of the following during every semester of enrollment:

  • MUS-X 040 University Instrumental Ensembles (1 cr.)
  • MUS-X 350 Jazz Ensembles (1 cr.)

Chamber Music (4 cr.)

Other Music (7 cr.)
  • MUS-E 457 Instrumental Pedagogy (2 cr.)
  • MUS-G 370 Techniques for Conducting (2 cr.)
  • MUS-M 447 Instrumental Literature (3 cr.)

Music Electives (8 cr.)
  • At least 6 credits at the 300-level or above
  • No more than 6 credits in applied music

General Electives (3 cr.)
  • One non-music elective at the 200-level or above

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