Aug 19, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Music Major, B.M.


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Department of Music  

College of Letters, Arts and Sciences  

  Available Program Format(s): In-Person  

About the Program


The Bachelor of Music degree prepares students for further graduate studies or for careers as performers, composers, or private studio teachers. Concentrations are available in performance and composition. To be admitted to this program, students must demonstrate the capability of developing a high level of musicianship. For admission to the performance concentration, students must pass the music performance audition upon completion of  MUS 1720 - Private Instruction II . For admission to the composition concentration, students must pass a review of their composition portfolio upon completion of  MUS 3650 - Basic Techniques of Composition .

General Degree Requirements


To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements. 

Program Requirements


  • A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation. 
  • A grade of C- or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor's degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. 
  • A minor is not required for this program. 

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits


Students should consult the General Studies Requirements for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.  

  • Written Communication (6 credits) 
  • Oral Communication (3 credits) 
  • Quantitative Literacy (3 credits) 
  • Arts and Humanities (6 credits) 
  • Historical (3 credits) 
  • Natural and Physical Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Global Diversity (0 or 3 credits**)

 

** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences. 

Multicultural Requirement: 0 or 3 credits


  • Students should consult the Multicultural Graduation Requirements for a list of courses that fulfill the Multicultural Requirement for degree completion.  
  • Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement.  
    • Recommended for the Jazz and American Improvised Music Performance Concentration: MUS 3020 - History of Jazz  which is a requirement for this concentration.

Core Requirements: 32 credits


The following courses are required for all music majors:

Woodwinds, Brass, Strings, and Percussion Performance Concentrations


For admission to the performance concentration, students must pass the music performance audition upon completion of  MUS 1720 - Private Instruction II .

Student Outcomes


  • Be able to hear, identify, and work conceptually with the elements of music: rhythm, melody, harmony, and structure, and to be able to sight read music with fluency. 
  • Understand compositional processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the ways these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces 
  • Have experienced a wide selection of musical styles, traditions, and compositions from a variety of sources through study, participation, and exposure through live performances.  
  • Have the technical and artistic ability to perform in areas appropriate to the student's needs and interests, and to work independently and creatively.  
  • The ability to perform a cross-section of musical styles from the complete repertory of the particular performance medium including music of their own time. 

Specific Concentration Requirements: 30 credits


Ensemble Requirements: 12 credits


Students must complete 12 credits of ensembles.

Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Concentration


Strings Concentration


Senior Experience: 3 credits


Summary of Requirements


General Studies Requirements 33 credits
Multicultural Requirement 0-3 credits
Core Requirements 32 credits
Specific Concentration Requirements 30 credits
Selected Pedagogy Course 1 credit
Ensemble Requirements 12 credits
Senior Experience 3 credits
Unrestricted Electives 6-15 credits
Total for the Music Major, B.M., Woodwinds, Brass, Strings, and Percussion Performance Concentrations 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and Multicultural requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.

Piano, Organ, and Guitar Performance Concentration


For admission to the performance concentration, students must pass the music performance audition upon completion of  MUS 1720 - Private Instruction II .

Student Outcomes


  • Be able to hear, identify, and work conceptually with the elements of music: rhythm, melody, harmony, and structure, and to be able to sight read music with fluency. 
  • Understand compositional processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the ways these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces 
  • Have experienced a wide selection of musical styles, traditions, and compositions from a variety of sources through study, participation, and exposure through live performances.  
  • Have the technical and artistic ability to perform in areas appropriate to the student's needs and interests, and to work independently and creatively.  
  • The ability to perform a cross-section of musical styles from the complete repertory of the particular performance medium including music of their own time.

Specific Degree Requirements: 24 credits


Additional Concentration Requirements (Specific Instrument Concentration): 9 credits


Piano Concentration


Organ Concentration


Ensemble Requirements: 12 credits


Piano Concentration


Organ Concentration


Guitar Concentration


Senior Experience: 3 credits


Summary of Requirements


General Studies Requirements 33 credits
Multicultural Requirement 0-3 credits
Core Requirements 32 credits
Specific Degree Requirements 24 credits
Additional Concentration Requirements 9 credits
Ensemble Requirements 12 credits
Senior Experience 3 credits
Unrestricted Electives 4-13 credits
Total for the Music Major, B.M., Piano, Organ, and Guitar Performance Concentration 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and Multicultural requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.

Voice Performance Concentration


For admission to the performance concentration, students must pass the music performance audition upon completion of  MUS 1720 - Private Instruction II .

Student Outcomes


  • Be able to hear, identify, and work conceptually with the elements of music: rhythm, melody, harmony, and structure, and to be able to sight read music with fluency. 
  • Understand compositional processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the ways these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces.
  • Have experienced a wide selection of musical styles, traditions, and compositions from a variety of sources through study, participation, and exposure through live performances.  
  • Have the technical and artistic ability to perform in areas appropriate to the student's needs and interests, and to work independently and creatively.  
  • The ability to perform a cross-section of musical styles from the complete repertory of the particular performance medium including music of their own time.

Specific Concentration Requirements: 24 credits


Additional Concentration Requirements: 12 credits


Ensemble Requirements: 12 credits


One Hour:


Senior Experience: 3 credits


Summary of Requirements


General Studies Requirement 33 credits
Multicultural Requirement 0-3 credits
Core Requirements 32 credits
Specific Concentration Requirements 24 credits
Additional Concentration Requirements 13 credits
Ensemble Requirements 12 credits
Senior Experience 3 credits
Unrestricted Electives 1-10 credits
Total for the Music Major, B.M., Voice Performance Concentration 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and Multicultural requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.

Jazz and American Improvised Music Performance Concentration


For admission to the performance concentration, students must pass the music performance audition upon completion of  MUS 1720 - Private Instruction II .

Student Outcomes


  • Be able to hear, identify, and work conceptually with the elements of music: rhythm, melody, harmony, and structure, and to be able to sight read music with fluency. 
  • Understand compositional processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the ways these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces 
  • Have experienced a wide selection of musical styles, traditions, and compositions from a variety of sources through study, participation, and exposure through live performances.  
  • Have the technical and artistic ability to perform in areas appropriate to the student's needs and interests, and to work independently and creatively.  
  • The ability to perform a cross-section of musical styles from the complete repertory of the particular performance medium including music of their own time.

Specific Concentration Requirements: 36 credits


Secondary Performance Area***: 2 credits


Select two credits from one of the following areas:

  • Credits: 1 (Secondary Performance Area)
  • Credits: 1 (Secondary Performance Area)
  • Credits: 2 (Secondary Performance Area) ****
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    ***Students must enroll during each semester of private instruction.

    ****Students in the Jazz and American Improvised Music Performance concentration may fulfill this requirement through classical study on the same instrument.

Ensemble Requirements: 12 credits


Senior Experience: 3 credits


Summary of Requirements


General Studies Requirements 33 credits
Multicultural Requirement 0-3 credits
Core Requirements 32 credits
Specific Concentration Requirements 36 credits
Secondary Performance Area 2 credits
Ensemble Requirements 12 credits
Senior Experience 3 credits
Unrestricted Electives 0-8 credits
Total for the Music Major, B.M., Jazz and American Improvised Music Performance Concentration 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and Multicultural requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.

Composition Concentration


For admission to the composition concentration, students must pass a review of their composition portfolio upon completion of  MUS 3650 - Basic Techniques of Composition .

Student Outcomes


  • Be able to hear, identify, and work conceptually with the elements of music: rhythm, melody, harmony, and structure, and to be able to sight read music with fluency. 
  • Understand compositional processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the ways these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces 
  • Have experienced a wide selection of musical styles, traditions, and compositions from a variety of sources through study, participation, and exposure through live performances.  
  • Have the technical and artistic ability to perform in areas appropriate to the student's needs and interests, and to work independently and creatively.  
  • Use of basic concepts, tools, techniques, and procedures to develop a composition from concept to finished product.

Specific Concentration Requirements: 40 credits


Ensembles: 9 credits


​ Students choose a major ensemble that corresponds to their primary instrument. 

One Hour:


One Hour:


One Hour:


Senior Experience: 3 credits


Summary of Requirements


General Studies Requirements 33 credits
Multicultural Requirement 0-3 credits
Core Requirements 32 credits
Specific Concentration Requirements 40 credits
Ensemble Requirements 9 credits
Senior Experience 3 credits
Unrestricted Electives 0-6 credits
Total for the Music Major, B.M., Composition Concentration 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and Multicultural requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.

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