Academic Programs Catalog

College of Music

Undergraduate Programs

All degree programs in the College of Music are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

All students in Bachelor of Music degree programs in the College of Music must successfully pass an Upper Division Performance Examination as a prerequisite for enrollment into applied music at the 300-level. The examination is administered by the faculty of the area of study at the conclusion of the fourth semester of applied music at the 100-level.

In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the university, acceptance into an undergraduate program in the College of Music requires satisfactory performance on a major instrument or in voice as determined by audition.

Candidates who wish to major in composition must submit a portfolio for review and approval by the area faculty.

Transfer credit in music theory and music performance is validated by examination. Transfer credit in other music courses must have the approval of the College of Music.

 


General Requirements for All of the Bachelor's Degree Programs in the College of Music

General Requirements for All of the Bachelor's Degree Programs in the College of Music

               
1. All of the following core courses (24 credits):  
  MUS 180 Fundamentals of Music 2
  MUS 181 Musicianship I 3
  MUS 182 Ear Training and Sight Singing I 1
  MUS 183 Ear Training and Sight Singing II 1
  MUS 211 History of Western Music to 1750 3
  MUS 212 History of Western Music Since 1750 3
  MUS 280 Musicianship II 3
  MUS 281 Musicianship III 3
  MUS 282 Advanced Ear Training and Sight Singing I 1
  MUS 283 Advanced Ear Training and Sight Singing II 1
  MUS 381 20th Century Music Theory (W) 3
2. One of the following ethnomusicology courses (2 credits):  
  MUS 409 American Music 2
  MUS 425 Music of South Asia and its Diaspora 2
  MUS 426 Music of Africa 2
  MUS 429 Music of East Asia 2
  MUS 430 Music of the Caribbean 2
  MUS 436 Popular Music of Black America 2
  MUS 443 Anthropology of Music 2

 


Admission to the College of Music

  1. Completion of at least 28 credits acceptable to the college.
  2. An academic record in all work accepted by the college which meets the requirements of  Academic Standing of Undergraduate Students.
  3. Acceptance into a degree program in the college.

 


Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of the catalog.
  2. The requirements of the College of Music for the Bachelor of Arts degree that are listed below:
    1. Courses used to satisfy the University Integrative Studies requirement cannot be counted in the fulfillment of any other requirement.
    2. The specific requirements, including a capstone experience, of a major leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in the College.
    3. Second–year competency in a foreign language. This requirement may be satisfied by placing into a 300–level foreign language course based on a Michigan State University  placement test.
    4. Cognate requirement:
      Students must complete two cognates of 12 credits each. Both the cognates and the related courses must be approved by the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Music.
      (1)    The courses in each cognate shall be in a single discipline or thematic area.
      (2)    At least one of the cognates must be in a field outside the College of Music .
      (3)     One 300 or 400 level course of at least 3 credits must be included in one of the cognates.
      (4)     Courses at the 300–400 level in the same language that were used to satisfy the foreign language requirement described
                  above in 1.c., or courses at the 100–200 level in another foreign language, may be counted toward this requirement.
    5. Credit requirement:
      (1)    At least 30 credits in courses at the 300 level and above.
      (2)    At least 30, but not more than 54 credits in Music courses including credits in 100-200 level courses in music performance 
                  and ensemble and 100-level courses in music theory.
      (3)    A minimum grade-point average of 2.0 in courses in the major that count toward the degree.

 


Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education  section of the catalog.
  2. The requirements of the College of Music for the Bachelor of Music degree that are listed below:
    1. Courses used to satisfy the University Integrative Studies requirement cannot be counted in the fulfillment of any other requirement.
    2. The specific requirements, including a capstone experience, of a major leading to the  Bachelor of Music degree in the College of Music.
    3. Credit requirement.
      (1)    At least 30 credits in courses at the 300 level and above.
    4. A minimum grade–point average of 2.0 in all of the Music courses that count toward the degree.

 


Honors Study

The College of Music encourages honors students to develop distinctive undergraduate programs. The Director of Student Affairs serves as advisor to Honors College students, and it is the advisor’s responsibility to help the student plan a rigorous and balanced program which will also reflect the student’s special interests and competencies.

The college offers honors opportunities, chiefly through Honors Options in courses, private lessons, and seminars at both introductory and advanced levels.  These agreements, through prior arrangement, permit the student to earn Honors credit for specialized study beyond the usual requirements of the course.

 


Policy on Combining Jazz and Classical Applied Studies

Any combining of jazz and classical private lessons will be determined on an individual basis by the respective applied areas. This policy will serve to assure that sufficient attention is given to the acquisition of the necessary repertoire and skills, especially in the primary area. If a student wishes to change from classical to jazz or vice versa, an audition will be required prior to the final decision.

 


Composition

The Bachelor of Music degree program in composition is designed for students who are interested in obtaining an introduction to the technique of composition and for students who are preparing for advanced study in composition, music theory, or musicology.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog;  120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Music degree in Composition.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Composition major is met by completing Music 381. That course is referenced in item 3. b. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Music for the Bachelor of Music degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. Capstone experience.
    Preparation and direction of a half-hour recital of original compositions during the senior year.  Compositions for several performing media should be included in the recital.  The student must demonstrate a command of compositional technique to the satisfaction of the appropriate faculty.
    b. The courses that are listed above under the heading General Requirements for All of the Bachelor's Degree Programs in the College of Music (26 credits).
    c. Music activity requirement (8 credits):
    All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music degree program in composition are required to participate in a major ensemble as designated by the College of Music during each fall and spring semester of enrollment in the program. Music majors must perform an audition for placement into an ensemble in order to receive ensemble credit toward their degree. A minimum of 8 credits in courses approved by the College of Music is required. Students who are enrolled in the composition major for more than eight semesters are required to complete more than 8 credits to satisfy this requirement. However, no more than 8 credits that are related to the major ensemble requirement may be counted toward the requirements for the degree.
    d. Piano proficiency requirement (2 credits):
    All students in the Bachelor of Music degree program in composition whose performance area is not piano are required to demonstrate proficiency in piano to the satisfaction of the appropriate faculty. 
    Students are required to complete a minimum of 2 credits of Music 150M. Any credits earned in Music 150M beyond 2 credits will not count towards the degree program. Students who take the piano proficiency examination and place into Music 150M may take the Music 150M waiver examination on a one-time basis. For the waiver examination, students will be required to play all of the selections required in the piano proficiency examination prior to enrolling in Music 150M. The piano proficiency examination may only be taken while the student is enrolled in Music 150M.
    Students will take a placement examination before beginning any piano courses. The placement examination will determine the appropriate placement in Music 141, 142 or 150M. Students choosing to enroll without taking the placement examination, may only enroll in Music 141. 
    e. Complete the requirements for one of the following 5 performance areas (12 credits):
    (1) Piano (12 credits):
    (a) Private instruction in piano.  This requirement must be met by completing 8 credits of Music 150A and 4 credits of Music 350A (12 credits).
    (2) Stringed Instruments:  Harp, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass (12 credits):
    (a)  Private instruction in harp, violin, viola, cello, or double bass.  This requirement must be met by completing one of the following pairs of courses, with 8 credits in the 100–level course and 4 credits in the 300–level course:  Music 150C, 350C; 152A, 352A; 152B, 352B; 152C, 352C; 152D, 352D (12 credits).
    (3) Wind Instruments:  Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba (12 credits):
    (a) Private instruction in flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, or tuba. This requirement must be met by completing one of the following pairs of courses, with 8 credits in the 100–level course and 4 credits in the 300–level course: Music 153A, 353A; 153B, 353B; 153C, 353C; 153D, 353D; 153E, 353E; 154A, 354A; 154B, 354B; 154C, 354C; 154D, 354D; 154E, 354E (12 credits).
    (4) Percussion Instruments (12 credits):
    (a) Private instruction in percussion instruments. This requirement must be met by completing 8 credits of Music 155 and 4 credits of Music 355 (12 credits).
    (5) Voice (12 credits):
    (a) Private instruction in voice.  This requirement must be met by completing 6 credits of Music 151 and 4 credits of Music 351 (10 credits).
    (b) Both of the following courses (2 credits):
    MUS 143 English Diction for Singers 1
    MUS 144 Italian Diction for Singers 1
    f. All of the following courses (26 credits):
    MUS 335 Ensemble Conducting I 2
    MUS 380 Musical Styles and Forms 3
    MUS 441 Introduction to Computer Music 3
    MUS 480 Counterpoint 2
    MUS 483 Composition 14
    MUS 484 Instrumentation and Basic Orchestration 2
    g. One of the following courses (2 credits):
    MUS 336A Ensemble Conducting II:  Instrumental 2
    MUS 336B Ensemble Conducting II:  Choral 2
    h. One of the following courses (2 credits):
    MUS 410 Jazz History 2
    MUS 413 Keyboard Literature to Mid-19th Century 2
    MUS 414 Keyboard Literature since the Mid–19th Century 2
    MUS 415 Art Song Literature: German 2
    MUS 416 Art Song Literature: French, Spanish, and Italian 2
    MUS 417 Art Song Literature: British and American 2
    MUS 418 Opera and Oratorio Aria Repertoire 2
    MUS 420 Music of the 18th Century 2
    MUS 421 19th Century European–American Music Literature 2
    MUS 422 Music of the 20th Century 2
    MUS 423 History of Opera 2
    MUS 424 Music, Sexuality, and Gender 2


Jazz Studies

The Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies is a professional degree program. It includes the common core courses of all other Bachelor of Music degree programs and the shared objectives of musical literacy, development of aural skills, understanding of a broad repertoire, and attainment of analytical skills. Uniquely, this program seeks to develop a high level of competency in jazz performance, and in compositional, scoring, and arranging skills. It also strives to prepare individuals to understand the literature and historical and cultural context of jazz.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Jazz Studies major is met by completing Music 381. That course is referenced in item 3. a. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Music for the Bachelor of Music degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. All of the core courses that are listed above under the heading General Requirements for All of the Bachelor’s Degree Programs in the College of Music (26 credits)  
    b. Music activity requirement (8 credits)  
      All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music degree program in jazz studies are required to participate in a major ensemble as designated by the College of Music during each fall and spring semester of enrollment in the program. A minimum of 8 credits in courses approved by the College of Music is required. Students who are enrolled in the jazz studies major for more than eight semesters are required to complete more than 8 credits to satisfy this requirement.  
    c. Complete the requirements for one of the following five performance areas (16 credits):  
      (1) Piano (16 credits)  
        (a) Private instruction in piano. This requirement must be met by completing 8 credits of Music 150J and 8 credits of Music 350J.  
      (2) Stringed Instruments: Harp, Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass (16 credits)  
        (a) Private instruction in harp, violin, viola, cello or double bass. This requirement must be met by completing 8 credits of Music 152J and 8 credits of Music 352J.    
      (3) Wind Instruments: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba (16 credits)  
        (a) Private instruction in flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, or tuba. This requirement must be met by completing 8 credits of Music 153J and 8 credits of Music 353J or 8 credits of Music 154J and 8 credits of Music 354J.  
      (4) Percussion Instruments (16 credits)  
        (a) Private instruction in percussion instruments. This requirement must be met by completing 8 credits of Music 155J and 8 credits of Music 355J.  
      (5) Voice (16 credits)  
        (a) Private instruction in voice. This requirement must be met by completing 8 credits of Music 151J and 8 credits of Music 351J.  
    d. All of the following courses (26 credits):  
      MUS 131 Jazz Combo 2
      MUS 185 Jazz Styles and Analysis I 2
      MUS 186 Jazz Styles and Analysis II 2
      MUS 301 Advanced Jazz Musicianship I 3
      MUS 302 Advanced Jazz Musicianship II 3
      MUS 303 Advanced Jazz Musicianship III 3
      MUS 304 Advanced Jazz Musicianship IV 3
      MUS 400 Jazz Arranging and Composition I 2
      MUS 401 Jazz Arranging and Composition II 2
      MUS 410 Jazz History 2
      MUS 438 Jazz Pedagogy I 2
      MUS 439 Jazz Pedagogy II 2
    e. Complete 6 additional credits of jazz electives as approved by the student’s academic advisor.  



Music

The Bachelor of Arts degree program with a major in music is a liberal arts program with a strong emphasis in music.  It may fulfill the requirements for entrance into a Master of Music program; it does not provide preparation for teacher certification in music.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Music major is met by completing Music 381. That course is referenced in item 3. b. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Music for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. One of the following two options:  
      (1) Perform a senior recital that is satisfactory to the appropriate faculty.  
      (2) Submit a paper that is satisfactory to the appropriate faculty. The topic of the paper must be approved by the College of Music Curriculum Committee.  
          The successful completion of this requirement satisfies the capstone experience requirement for the music major.  
    b. The courses that are listed above under the heading General Requirements for All of the Bachelor's Degree Programs in the College of Music with the exception of Music 282 and 283 (24 credits)  
    c. Music activity requirement (4 credits):  
      All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts degree program in music are required to participate in a major ensemble as designated by the College of Music during four semesters of their enrollment in the program. Music majors must perform an audition for placement into an ensemble in order to receive ensemble credit toward their degree.  
    d. Music proficiency requirement.  
      All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts degree program in music are required to demonstrate proficiency in the performance area that the student selects to satisfy requirement 3.e. below. Students who have completed 4 credits in the 100–level private instruction course in their performance area, but who have not yet demonstrated proficiency to the satisfaction of the appropriate faculty, must continue to enroll in the 100–level private instruction course until they have met the proficiency requirement. However, no more than 4 credits in the 100–level private instruction course may be counted toward the requirements for the degree.  
        All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts degree program in music must successfully complete an Upper Division Performance Examination as required by their specific area in order to enroll in 300-level lessons. Those who do not pass this examination must continue to enroll in the 100-level private instruction course until it is passed.  However, no more than four credits in the 100-level private instruction course may be counted toward the requirements for the degree.  
    e. Complete the requirements for one of the following five performance areas (8 or 10 credits)  
      (1) Piano  (8 credits):  
        (a) Private instruction in piano. This requirement must be met by completing 4 credits of Music 150A and 4 credits of Music 350A (8 credits).  
      (2) Stringed Instruments:  Harp, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass (8 credits):  
        (a) Private instruction in harp, violin, viola, cello, or double bass.  This requirement must be met by completing one of the following pairs of courses, with 4 credits in the 100–level course and 4 credits in the 300–level course: Music 150C, 350C; 152A, 352A; 152B, 352B; 152C, 352C; 152D, 352D (8 credits).  
      (3) Wind Instruments:  Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba (8 credits):  
        (a) Private instruction in flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, or tuba. This requirement must be met by completing one of the following pairs of courses, with 4 credits in the 100–level course and 4 credits in the 300–level course: Music 153A, 353A; 153B, 353B; 153C, 353C; 153D, 353D; 153E, 353E; 154A, 354A; 154B, 354B; 154C, 354C; 154D, 354D; 154E, 354E (8 credits).  
      (4) Percussion Instruments (8 credits):  
        (a) Private instruction in percussion instruments. This requirement must be met by completing 4 credits of Music 155 and 4 credits of Music 355 (8 credits).  
      (5) Voice (10 credits):  
        (a) Private instruction in voice.  This requirement must be met by completing 4 credits of Music 151 and 4 credits of Music 351 (8 credits).  
        (b) Both of the following courses (2 credits):  
          MUS 143 English Diction for Singers 1
          MUS 144 Italian Diction for Singers 1
    f. One of the following courses (2 credits):  
      MUS 410 Jazz History 2
      MUS 413 Keyboard Literature to Mid-19th Century 2
      MUS 414 Keyboard Literature since the Mid–19th Century 2
      MUS 415 Art Song Literature:  German 2
      MUS 416 Art Song Literature:  French, Spanish, and Italian 2
      MUS 417 Art Song Literature: British and American 2
      MUS 419 Baroque Music 2
      MUS 420 Music of the 18th Century 2
      MUS 421 19th Century European–American Music Literature 2
      MUS 422 20th Century European and American Music Literature 2
      MUS 423 History of Opera 2
      MUS 424 Women in Music 2



Music Education

The Bachelor of Music in Music Education provides for the comprehensive training of music teachers. It allows students to develop a program of study tailored to their interests and needs as teachers. Students are encouraged to develop their musicianship through ensembles, private lessons, conducting classes, the creative musicianship component, and a wide variety of instrumental and voice classes. Students develop their skills as educators in courses that begin in the freshman year and culminate in a student teaching/professional development semester. Graduates of this program will be able to plan, implement, and assess music instruction in a variety of instructional settings and for a variety of student populations.

The B.M. in Music Education degree leads to music teacher certification by the State of Michigan in grades K-12. To be recommended for certification, persons must complete all course requirements and any additional standards or tests set forth by the Department of Teacher Education or the Michigan Department of Education.

A jazz studies minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in the bachelor's degree program in music education.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 128 to 140 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with piano as the performance area, whereas 130 to 142 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with stringed instruments, wind instruments, percussion, or voice as the performing area. For the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with jazz as the performing area, 136 to 146 credits are required.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Music Education major is met by completing Music 381. That course is referenced in item 3. a. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Music for the Bachelor of Music degree.

    The completion of Music 495 satisfies the capstone experience requirement for the Music Education major.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the core courses that are listed above under the heading General Requirements for All of the Bachelor’s Degree  Programs in the College of Music (26 credits)
    b. Music activity requirement (8 credits)
    All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music degree program in music education are required to participate in a major ensemble as designated by the College of Music during each fall and spring semester of enrollment in the program. A minimum of 8 credits in courses approved by the College of Music is required. Students who are enrolled in the music education major for more than eight semesters are required to complete more than 8 credits to satisfy this requirement. Students for whom a jazz instrument is their primary performance focus must participate in a band/wind ensemble, choir, or non-jazz orchestra for at least two of these semesters.
    c. Complete the requirements for one of the following four performance areas (16 to 22 credits):
    (1) Piano (16 credits)
    (a) Private instruction in piano. This requirement must be met by completing 8 credits of Music 150A and 8 credits of Music 350A.
    (2) Stringed Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, and Harp; Wind Instruments: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba; and Percussion Instruments (18 credits)
    (a) Private instruction in violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion instruments. This requirement must be met by completing one of the following pairs of courses, with 8 credits in the 100-level course and 8 credits in the 300-level course: Music 152A and 352A; 152B and 352B; 152C and 352C; 152D and 352D; 150C and 350C; 153A and 353A; 153B and 353B; 153C and 353C; 153D and 353D; 153E and 353E; 154A and 354A; 154B and 354B; 154C and 354C; 154D and 354D; 154E and 354E; 155 and 355 (16 credits)
    (b) Both of the following courses (2 credits):
    For students who have studied piano previously, this requirement may be waived by examination.
    MUS 141 Class Instruction in Piano I 1
    MUS 142 Class Instruction in Piano II 1
    (3) Voice (18 credits):
    (a) Private instruction in voice. This requirement must be met by completing 8 credits of Music 151 and 6 credits of Music 351 (14 credits)
    (b) Both of the following courses (2 credits):
    For students who have studied piano previously, this requirement may be waived by examination.
    MUS 141 Class Instruction in Piano I 1
    MUS 142 Class Instruction in Piano II 1
    (c) Both of the following courses (2 credits):
    MUS 248 German Diction for Singers 1
    MUS 249 French Diction for Singers 1
    (4)

    Jazz Instruments:  Piano: Jazz, Woodwind Instruments (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon); Jazz, Brass Instruments (trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba); Jazz, Stringed Instruments; Jazz, Percussion Instruments; Jazz (20 to 22 credits)

    (a)

    Private Instruction in Piano: Jazz, Woodwind Instruments: Jazz, Brass Instruments: Jazz, Stringed Instruments: Jazz, Percussion Instruments: Jazz. This requirement must be met by completing one of the following pairs of courses, with 8 credits in the 100-level course and 8 credits in the 300-level course: MUS 150J and MUS 350J; MUS 152J and MUS 352J; MUS 153J and MUS 353J; MUS 154J and MUS 354J; MUS 155J and MUS 355J.

    (b)

    One of the following two-semester sequences (4 or 6 credits):

    (i)   MUS 230 Beginning Jazz Improvisation I 2
          MUS 231 Beginning Jazz Improvisation II 2
    (ii)  MUS 301 Advanced Jazz Musicianship I 3
          MUS 302 Advanced Jazz Musicianship II 3
    d. Two of the following courses (4 to 6 credits):
    MUS 112 Chamber Music 2
    MUS 131 Jazz Combo 2
    MUS 150J Piano: Jazz 2
    MUS 151J Voice: Jazz 2
    MUS 152J Stringed Instruments: Jazz 2
    MUS 153J Woodwind Instruments: Jazz 2
    MUS 154J Brass Instruments: Jazz 2
    MUS 155J Percussion Instruments: Jazz 2
    MUS 210 Song Writing 2
    MUS 230 Beginning Jazz Improvisation I 2
    MUS 231 Beginning Jazz Improvisation II 2
    MUS 301 Advanced Jazz Musicianship I 3
    MUS 302 Advanced Jazz Musicianship II 3
    MUS 303 Advanced Jazz Musicianship III 3
    MUS 304 Advanced Jazz Musicianship IV 3
    MUS 441 Introduction to Computer Music 3
    MUS 483 Composition 2
    MUS 484 Instrumentation and Basic Orchestration 2

    Courses used to fulfill this requirement may not be used to fulfill requirement 3. c. above.

    e. One of the following courses (2 credits):
    MUS 410 Jazz History 2
    MUS 413 Keyboard Literature to Mid-19th Century 2
    MUS 414 Keyboard Literature since the Mid-19th Century 2
    MUS 415 Art Song Literature: German 2
    MUS 416 Art Song Literature: French, Spanish and Italian 2
    MUS 417 Art Song Literature: British and American 2
    MUS 419 Baroque Music 2
    MUS 420 Music of the 18th Century 2
    MUS 421 Music of the 19th Century 2
    MUS 422 Music of the 20th Century 2
    MUS 423 History of Opera 2
    MUS 424 Music, Sexuality, and Gender 2
    f. All of the following courses (32 credits):
    MUS 163 Class Instruction in Clarinet 1
    MUS 171 Class Instruction in Stringed Instruments I 1
    MUS 173 Class Instruction in Percussion Instruments I 1
    MUS 177 Principles of Music Education I 2
    MUS 277 Principles of Music Education II 3
    MUS 335 Ensemble Conducting I 2
    MUS 495 Student Teaching in Music 9
    TE 150 Reflections on Learning 3
    TE 250 Human Diversity, Power, and Opportunity in Social Institutions 3
    TE 302 Learners and Learning in Context - Secondary (W) 4
    TE 496 Becoming a School Music Teacher 3

    Students who take MUS 153C and MUS 353C to satisfy the requirement 3. c. 2. (a) above must complete MUS 162 Class Instruction in Flute and Saxophone in lieu of MUS 163.

    g. One of the following courses:
    Students whose performance area is voice must take: 
    MUS 143 English Diction for Singers 1
    Students whose performance area is not voice must take:
    MUS 145 Class Instruction in Voice I 1
    h. One of the following courses:
    MUS 165 Class Instruction in High Brass Instruments 1
    MUS 166 Class Instruction in Low Brass Instruments 1
    i. Three of the following courses:
    Students whose performance area is voice must take Music 144 as one of the electives. Students who wish to teach bands are strongly encouraged to take Music 162, 164, 174, and 165 or 166. Students who wish to teach strings are strongly encouraged to take Music 172. Students who wish to teach choral or general music are strongly encouraged to take Music 160. The electives selected cannot include the course used to satisfy section 3. h. above.
    MUS 144 Italian Diction for Singers 1
    MUS 160 Class Instruction in Guitar 1
    MUS 162 Class Instruction in Flute and Saxophone 1
    MUS 164 Class Instruction in Double Reed Instruments 1
    MUS 165 Class Instruction in High Brass Instruments 1
    MUS 166 Class Instruction in Low Brass Instruments 1
    MUS 172 Class Instruction in Stringed Instruments II 1
    MUS 174 Class Instruction in Percussion Instruments II 1
    j. One of the following courses:
    MUS 336A Ensemble Conducting II: Instrumental 2
    MUS 336B Ensemble Conducting II: Choral 2
    k. One of the following courses:
    MUS 455 Teaching Instrumental Music 3
    MUS 456 Teaching Stringed Instruments 3
    MUS 468 Teaching Choral Music 3
    l. One of the following courses:
    MUS 467 Teaching General Music in the Elementary School 3
    MUS 469 Teaching Secondary Classroom Music 3
    m. Two courses from the following (4 to 6 credits):
    The electives selected must be different from those courses used to satisfy sections 3. j., 3. k., and 3. l. above.
    MUS 336A Ensemble Conducting II: Instrumental 2
    MUS 336B Ensemble Conducting II: Choral 2
    MUS 340 Methods and Literature for Voice 3
    MUS 341 String Pedagogy 2
    MUS 438 Jazz Pedagogy I 2
    MUS 455 Teaching Instrumental Music 3
    MUS 456 Teaching Stringed Instruments 3
    MUS 461 Marching Band Methods 2
    MUS 465 Music in Early Childhood 2
    MUS 467 Teaching General Music in the Elementary School 3
    MUS 468 Teaching Choral Music 3
    MUS 469 Teaching Secondary Classroom Music 3


Music Performance

The Bachelor of Music degree in music performance requires concentrated study in one of the following five performance areas:  piano, stringed instruments, wind instruments, percussion instruments, or voice.  Students who select stringed instruments or wind instruments as their performance area choose one instrument as their major instrument.

Students who do not meet the minimal standards of musicianship of the College of Music may need to be enrolled in the bachelor's degree program in music performance more than the usual four years in order to qualify for a degree.

A Specialization in Piano Pedagogy is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in the bachelor's degree program in music performance with piano as the performance area.

A jazz studies minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in the bachelor's degree program in music performance.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Performance

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 to 132 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Music Performance major is met by completing Music 381. That course is referenced in item 3. c. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Music for the Bachelor of Music degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. Demonstrate a high standard of excellence, proficiency in public performance, and a substantial repertoire in one of the five performance areas, as judged by the appropriate faculty.  
    b. Perform a senior recital that is satisfactory to the appropriate faculty.  The successful completion of the senior recital satisfies the capstone experience requirement for the music performance major.  
    c. The courses that are listed above under the heading General Requirements for All of the Bachelor's Degree Programs in the College of Music (26 credits).  
    d. Complete the requirements for one of the following five performance areas (46 to 64 credits):  
      (1) Piano  (52 credits):  
        (a) Private instruction in piano.  This requirement must be met by completing 12 credits of Music 150A and 12 credits of Music 350A (24 credits).  A minimum grade–point average of 2.00 for the 24 credits of Music 150A and 350A is required.  
        (b) All of the following courses (24 credits):  
          MUS 112 Chamber Music 2
          MUS 149 Keyboard Skills 1
          MUS 337 Conducting for Music Performance Majors 1
          MUS 346 Keyboard Methods and Literature I 2
          MUS 347 Keyboard Methods and Literature II 2
          MUS 348 Piano Accompanying 6
          MUS 349 Piano Performance 6
          MUS 413 Keyboard Literature to Mid–19th Century 2
          MUS 414 Keyboard Literature since the Mid–19th Century 2
        (c) One of the following courses (2 credits):  
          MUS 410 Jazz History 2
          MUS 415 Art Song Literature: German 2
          MUS 416 Art Song Literature: French, Spanish and Italian  2
          MUS 417 Art Song Literature: British and American 2
          MUS 418 Opera and Oratorio Aria Literature 2
          MUS 419 Baroque Music 2
          MUS 420 Music of the 18th Century 2
          MUS 421 19th Century European–American Music Literature 2
          MUS 422 20th Century European and American Music Literature 2
          MUS 423 History of Opera 2
          MUS 424 Women in Music 2
        (d) Music activity requirement (2 credits):  
          All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music degree program in music performance whose performance area is piano are required to complete 2 credits in a major ensemble.  
          Piano majors, for their one year of ensemble participation, are allowed to choose from any major ensemble in the College of Music.  
      (2) Stringed Instruments:  Harp, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass (50 credits):  
        (a) Private instruction in harp, violin, viola, cello, or double bass.  This requirement must be met by completing one of the following pairs of courses, with 12 credits in the 100–level course and 12 credits in the 300–level course:  Music 150C, 350C; 152A, 352A; 152B, 352B; 152C, 352C; 152D, 352D (24 credits). A minimum grade–point average of 2.00 for the 24 credits in the pair of courses is required.   
        (b) Music activity requirement (8 credits):  
          All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music degree program in music performance whose performance area is not piano are required to participate in a major ensemble as designated by the College of Music during each fall and spring semester of enrollment in the program. A minimum of 8 credits in courses approved by the College of Music is required. Performance majors are required to audition for and be placed into an ensemble within their specific area of expertise, i.e. instrumentalists must audition for instrumental ensembles and voice majors must audition for choral ensembles. Students who are enrolled in the music performance major for more than eight semesters are required to complete more than 8 credits to satisfy this requirement. However, no more than 8 credits that are related to the major ensemble requirement may be counted toward the requirements for the degree.  
        (c) Piano proficiency requirement (2 credits):  
          All students in the Bachelor of Music degree program in music performance whose performance area is not piano are required to demonstrate proficiency in piano to the satisfaction of the appropriate faculty. Students are required to complete a minimum of 2 credits of MUS 150M. Any credits earned in Music 150M beyond 2 credits will not count towards the degree program. Students who take the piano proficiency examination and place into Music 150M may take the Music 150M waiver examination on a one-time basis. For the waiver examination, students will be required to play all of the selections required in the piano proficiency examination prior to enrolling in Music 150M. The piano proficiency examination may only be taken while the student is enrolled in Music 150M.  
          Students will take a placement examination before beginning any piano courses. The placement examination will determine the appropriate placement in Music 141, 142 or 150M.  Students choosing to enroll without taking the placement examination may only enroll in Music 141.   
        (d) All of the following courses (12 credits):  
          MUS 112 Chamber Music 4
          MUS 337 Conducting for Music Performance Majors 1
          MUS 341 String Pedagogy 2
          MUS 380 Musical Styles and Forms 3
          MUS 434 Orchestral Musicianship 2
        (e) One of the following courses (2 credits):  
          MUS 410 Jazz History 2
          MUS 419 Baroque Music 2
          MUS 420 Music of the 18th Century 2
          MUS 421 19th Century European–American Music Literature 2
          MUS 422 20th Century European and American Music Literature 2
          MUS 423 History of Opera 2
          MUS 424 Women in Music 2
        (f) One of the following courses (2 credits):  
          MUS 480 Counterpoint 2
          MUS 484 Instrumentation and Basic Orchestration 2
      (3) Wind Instruments:  Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba (46 credits):  
        (a) Private instruction in flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, or tuba. This requirement must be met by completing one of the following pairs of courses, with 12 credits in the 100–level course and 12 credits in the 300–level course:  Music 153A, 353A; 153B, 353B; 153C, 353C; 153D, 353D; 153E, 353E; 154A, 354A; 154B, 354B; 154C, 354C; 154D, 354D; 154E, 354E (24 credits).  A minimum grade–point average of 2.00 for the 24 credits in the pair of courses is required.   
        (b) Music activity requirement (8 credits):  
          All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music degree program in music performance whose performance area is not piano are required to participate in a major ensemble as designated by the College of Music during each fall and spring semester of enrollment in the program. A minimum of 8 credits in courses approved by the College of Music is required. Performance majors are required to audition for and be placed into an ensemble within their specific area of expertise, i.e. instrumentalists must audition for instrumental ensembles and voice majors must audition for choral ensembles. Students who are enrolled in the music performance major for more than eight semesters are required to complete more than 8 credits to satisfy this requirement. However, no more than 8 credits that are related to the major ensemble requirement may be counted toward the requirements for the degree.  
        (c) Piano proficiency requirement (2 credits):  
          All students in the Bachelor of Music degree program in music performance whose performance area is not piano are required to demonstrate proficiency in piano to the satisfaction of the appropriate faculty. Students are required to complete a minimum of 2 credits of MUS 150M. Any credits earned in Music 150M beyond 2 credits will not count towards the degree program. Students who take the piano proficiency examination and place into Music 150M may take the Music 150M waiver examination on a one-time basis. For the waiver examination, students will be required to play all of the selections required in the piano proficiency examination prior to enrolling in Music 150M. The piano proficiency examination may only be taken while the student is enrolled in Music 150M.  
          Students will take a placement examination before beginning any piano courses. The placement examination will determine the appropriate placement in Music 141, 142 or 150M.  Students choosing to enroll without taking the placement examination may only enroll in Music 141.  
        (d) All of the following courses (8 credits):  
          MUS 112 Chamber Music 4
          MUS 337 Conducting for Music Performance Majors 1
          MUS 380 Musical Styles and Forms 3
        (e) One of the following courses (2 credits):  
          MUS 410 Jazz History 2
          MUS 419 Baroque Music 2
          MUS 420 Music of the 18th Century 2
          MUS 421 19th Century European–American Music Literature 2
          MUS 422 20th Century European and American Music Literature 2
          MUS 423 History of Opera 2
          MUS 424 Women in Music 2
        (f) One of the following courses (2 credits):  
          MUS 480 Counterpoint 2
          MUS 484 Instrumentation and Basic Orchestration 2
      (4) Percussion Instruments (50 credits):  
        (a) Private instruction in percussion instruments. This requirement must be met by completing 12 credits of Music 155 and 12 credits of Music 355 (24 credits). A minimum grade–point average of 2.00 for the 24 credits of Music 155 and 355 is required.  
        (b) Music activity requirement (8 credits):  
          All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music degree program in music performance whose performance area is not piano are required to participate in a major ensemble as designated by the College of Music during each fall and spring semester of enrollment in the program. A minimum of 8 credits in courses approved by the College of Music is required. Performance majors are required to audition for and be placed into an ensemble within their specific area of expertise, i.e. instrumentalists must audition for instrumental ensembles and voice majors must audition for choral ensembles. Students who are enrolled in the music performance major for more than eight semesters are required to complete more than 8 credits to satisfy this requirement. However, no more than 8 credits that are related to the major ensemble requirement may be counted toward the requirements for the degree.  
        (c) Piano proficiency requirement (2 credits):  
          All students in the Bachelor of Music degree program in music performance whose performance area is not piano are required to demonstrate proficiency in piano to the satisfaction of the appropriate faculty. Students are required to complete a minimum of 2 credits of MUS 150M. Any credits earned in Music 150M beyond 2 credits will not count towards the degree program. Students who take the piano proficiency examination and place into Music 150M may take the Music 150M waiver examination on a one-time basis. For the waiver examination, students will be required to play all of the selections required in the piano proficiency examination prior to enrolling in Music 150M. The piano proficiency examination may only be taken while the student is enrolled in Music 150M.  
          Students will take a placement examination before beginning any piano courses. The placement examination will determine the appropriate placement in Music 141, 142 or 150M.  Students choosing to enroll without taking the placement examination may only enroll in Music 141.  
        (d) All of the following courses (12 credits):  
          MUS 129 Percussion Ensemble 4
          MUS 337 Conducting for Music Performance Majors 1
          MUS 380 Musical Styles and Forms 3
          MUS 491 Special Topics in Music 4
          To be counted toward this requirement, the content of Music 491 must focus on studio teaching of percussion instruments or on percussion literature.  
        (e) One of the following courses (2 credits):  
          MUS 410 Jazz History 2
          MUS 419 Baroque Music 2
          MUS 420 Music of the 18th Century 2
          MUS 421 19th Century European–American Music Literature 2
          MUS 422 20th Century European and American Music Literature 2
          MUS 423 History of Opera 2
          MUS 424 Women in Music 2
        (f) One of the following courses (2 credits):  
          MUS 480 Counterpoint 2
          MUS 484 Instrumentation and Basic Orchestration 2
      (5) Voice  (52 to 64 credits):  
        (a) Private instruction in voice.  This requirement must be met by completing 12 credits of Music 151 and 12 credits of Music 351 (24 credits).  A minimum grade–point average of 2.00 for the 24 credits of Music 151 and 351 is required.  
        (b) Music activity requirement (8 credits):  
          All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music degree program in music performance whose performance area is not piano are required to participate in a major ensemble as designated by the College of Music during each fall and spring semester of enrollment in the program. A minimum of 8 credits in courses approved by the College of Music is required. Performance majors are required to audition for and be placed into an ensemble within their specific area of expertise, i.e. instrumentalists must audition for instrumental ensembles and voice majors must audition for choral ensembles. Students who are enrolled in the music performance major for more than eight semesters are required to complete more than 8 credits to satisfy this requirement. However, no more than 8 credits that are related to the major ensemble requirement may be counted toward the requirements for the degree.  
        (c) Piano proficiency requirement (2 credits):  
          All students in the Bachelor of Music degree program in music performance whose performance area is not piano are required to demonstrate proficiency in piano to the satisfaction of the appropriate faculty. Students are required to complete a minimum of 2 credits of MUS 150M. Any credits earned in Music 150M beyond 2 credits will not count towards the degree program. Students who take the piano proficiency examination and place into Music 150M may take the Music 150M waiver examination on a one-time basis. For the waiver examination, students will be required to play all of the selections required in the piano proficiency examination prior to enrolling in Music 150M. The piano proficiency examination may only be taken while the student is enrolled in Music 150M.  
          Students will take a placement examination before beginning any piano courses. The placement examination will determine the appropriate placement in Music 141, 142 or 150M.  Students choosing to enroll without taking the placement examination may only enroll in Music 141.  
        (d) Foreign language requirement (0 to 12 credits):  
          All of the following courses (12 credits):  
          FRN 101 Elementary French I 4
          GRM 101 Elementary German I 4
          ITL 101 Elementary Italian I 4
          Students who speak or have studied French, German, or Italian and wish to waive this requirement for any of those languages must demonstrate, by a placement test, proficiency for placement in the French, german or Italian 102 course.  
        (e) All of the following courses (13 credits):  
          MUS 143 English Diction for Singers 1
          MUS  144 Italian Diction for Singers 1
          MUS 248 German Diction for Singers 1
          MUS 249 French Diction for Singers 1
          MUS 337 Conducting for Music Performance Majors 1
          MUS 340 Methods and Literature for Voice 3
          MUS 415 Art Song Literature:  German 2
          MUS 416 Art Song Literature:  French, Spanish Italian 2
          MUS 435 Opera Theatre 1
        (f) One of the following courses (1 credit):  
          MUS 481 Acting for Singers 1
          MUS 482 Opera Scene Study 1
        (g) One of the following courses (2 credits):  
          MUS 417 Art Song Literature: British and American 2
          MUS 418 Opera and Oratorio Aria Repertoire 2
        (h) One of the following courses (2 credits):  
          MUS 410 Jazz History 2
          MUS 419 Baroque Music 2
          MUS 420 Music of the 18th Century 2
          MUS 421 19th Century European-American Music Literature 2
          MUS 422 20th Century European and American Music Literature 2
          MUS 423 History of Opera 2
          MUS 424 Women in Music 2



Minor in Jazz Studies

This minor is designed to prepare students for challenges encountered in the processes of teaching jazz musicianship. Through analysis of their own learning and study of several role models and mentors students employ techniques that impart and sustain basic principles that are necessary for the development of jazz study. This minor will concentrate on the refinement of skills used in private instruction, rehearsal techniques for small jazz ensembles, and the development of structured techniques for use in classroom instruction. Students will apply their skills using colleagues and combos from the Michigan State University jazz program as subjects.

A jazz studies minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Music degree program in Music Education and the Bachelor of Music degree program in Music Performance. With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Requirements for the Minor in Jazz Studies

               
1. All of the following courses (13 credits):  
  MUS 130 Jazz Band 1
  MUS 131 Jazz Combo 2
  MUS 185 Jazz Styles and Analysis I 2
  MUS 230 Beginning Jazz Improvisation I 2
  MUS 410 Jazz History 2
  MUS 438 Jazz Pedagogy I 2
  MUS 439 Jazz Pedagogy II 2
2. Complete 2 credits from the following courses:  
  MUS 150J Piano: Jazz 1
  MUS 151J Voice: Jazz 1
  MUS 152J Stringed Instruments: Jazz 1
  MUS 153J Woodwind Instruments: Jazz 1
  MUS 154J Brass Instruments: Jazz 1
  MUS 155J Percussion Instruments: Jazz 1

 


Minor in Piano Pedagogy

A Minor in Piano Pedagogy  is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Music degree program with a major in music performance and with piano as their performance area.  This minor is designed to train students in the fundamentals of piano teaching and performance. An audition is required for admission. Private lessons are based on the availability of teaching capacity.

Requirements for the Minor in Piano Pedagogy

                   
1. All of the following courses (15 credits):      
  MUS 177 Introduction to Music Education 2
  MUS 346 Keyboard Methods and Literature I 2
  MUS 347 Keyboard Methods and Literature II 2
  MUS 448 Advanced Keyboard Methods and Literature I 2
  MUS 449 Advanced Keyboard Methods and Literature II 2
  MUS 465 Music in Early Childhood     2
  MUS 467 Teaching General Music in the Elementary School 3


 

 


Minor in Music

The Minor in Music, which is administered by the College of Music, will provide students’ an understanding of the fundamental concepts of music.

This minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University other than the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and the Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition, the Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies, the Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education, the Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Performance, and the Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Therapy. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Admission

The minor in music requires an audition. Admission is competitive. Students who plan to complete the requirements of the minor should consult the undergraduate advisor in the College of Music.

Requirements for the Minor in Music

               
Complete all of the following courses (21 credits):  
1. All of the following courses (13 credits):  
  MUS 180 Fundamentals of Music 2
  MUS 181 Musicianship I 3
  MUS 182 Ear Training and Sight Singing I 1
  MUS 183 Ear Training and Sight Singing II 1
  MUS 211 History of Western Music to 1750 3
  MUS 212 History of Western Music Since 1750 3
2. Two credits selected from the following private lesson courses (2 credits)  
  MUS 150J Piano: Jazz 1
  MUS 150M  Piano for Piano Minors 1
  MUS 151J Voice: Jazz 1
  MUS 151N Voice for Non-Music Majors 1
  MUS 152J Stringed Instruments: Jazz 1
  MUS  152N  Strings for Non-Music Majors 1
  MUS 153J Woodwind Instruments: Jazz 1
  MUS  153N  Woodwinds for Non-Music Majors  1
  MUS 154J Brass Instruments: Jazz 1
  MUS  154N  Brass for Non-Music Majors  1
  MUS 155J Percussion Instruments: Jazz 1
  MUS  155N  Percussion for Non-Music Majors 1
3. Two credits selected from the following ensemble courses as approved by the undergraduate advisor in the College of Music (2 credits):  
  MUS 113 Philharmonic Orchestra 1
  MUS  116 Campus Band 1
  MUS  117 Concert Band 1
  MUS  118 Wind Symphony 1
  MUS  119 Symphony Band 1
  MUS  120 Symphony Orchestra 1
  MUS  125 Glee Club, Men and Women 1
  MUS  126 State Singers 1
  MUS  127 University Chorale 1
  MUS  130 Jazz Band 1
4. Complete an additional 4 credits from a combination of private lessons, major ensemble courses, or electives chosen from any undergraduate course in the College of Music, subject to prerequisities.