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Bachelor of Music with a Concentration in Orchestral Instrument

Hailey CasperPictured | Hailey Casper | Bachelor Music in Orchestral Instrument | Plymouth (hometown)
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Bachelor of Music with a Concentration in Orchestral Instrument

The Bachelor of Music (BM) 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.

Academic Advising

The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts policy on advising requires that students meet with their academic advisors each semester prior to registration. Advising holds are placed on all Music students prior to advance registration and are released following advising appointments. Students with a declared major in Music are advised by Music faculty. Additionally, you may have a secondary advisor if you have also declared a minor, although a minor is not required for a degree in the Music department. You can verify your assigned advisor in the student center in One.IU.

Degree Requirements (120 cr.)
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Students receiving the Bachelor of Music in Orchestral Instrument degree must complete 120 total credit hours including:

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours at the 300– or 400–level.
  • Courses required for the major must be completed with a grade of C– or higher.
  • A minimum CGPA of 2.0 is required.
  • Courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise noted.

Major Requirements (67 cr.)
Core Musicianship (25 cr.)
Music Theory and History (25 cr.)
  • MUS-M 201 The Literature of Music 1
    Fulfills Additional Requirements: Information Literacy
  • 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 (3 cr.)
  • MUS-I 100 Cultural Events Attendance (0 cr.)
    Eight semesters; or every semester of enrollment for transfer students
  • MUS-T 120 Computer Skills for Musicians
  • 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 (11 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

World Languages (6 cr.)
  • Two semesters of languages (may be satisfied with world languages placement test and credit by examination)

Academic Bulletins

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2023-2024 Campus Bulletin
2022-2023 Campus Bulletin
2021-2022 Campus Bulletin
2020-2021 Campus Bulletin
2019-2020 Campus Bulletin
2018-2019 Campus Bulletin
2017-2018 Campus Bulletin
2016-2017 Campus Bulletin
2015-2016 Campus Bulletin
2014-2015 Campus Bulletin

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