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College of Music

Undergraduate Programs

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:  Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, and Harp (8 credits):
    (a) Private instruction in violin, viola, cello, double bass, or harp.  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 152A, 352A; 152B, 352B; 152C, 352C; 152D, 352D; 152E, 352E (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 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