Undergraduate Degree - Music Performance

Program:
Music Performance
Program Code:
7312 Music Performance
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Music
Start Term:
FS07


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Music

Undergraduate Programs

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



Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

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Music Performance, BMUS (7312)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS16

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.

Requirement 12: College - Music - Core
College - Music - Core: 11 courses from MUS180, MUS181, MUS182, MUS183, MUS211, MUS212, MUS280, MUS281, MUS282, MUS283, MUS381

Requirement 13: College - Music - Ethnomusicology
College - Music - Ethnomusicology: 1 course from MUS409, MUS425, MUS426, MUS429, MUS430, MUS436, MUS443

Requirement 14: Major - Music Performance - Capstone Experience
Major - Music Performance - Capstone Experience: 1 course from Perform a senior recital that is satisfactory to the appropriate faculty.

Requirement 15: Major - Music Performance - Performance Area
Major - Music Performance - Performance Area: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Wind Instrument: 46 credits
Wind - Instruction: At least 12 credits from MUS153A, MUS153B, MUS153C, MUS153D, MUS153E, MUS154A, MUS154B, MUS154C, MUS154D, MUS154E
Wind - Instruction: At least 12 credits from MUS353A, MUS353B, MUS353C, MUS353D, MUS353E, MUS354A, MUS354B, MUS354C, MUS354D, MUS354E
Wind - Major Ensemble: At least 8 credits from Music Activity requirement. See your academic advisor for further information.
Wind - Piano Proficiency: At least 2 credits from Piano proficiency requirement.
Wind - Core: At least 8 credits from MUS112, MUS337, MUS380
Wind - Literature: At least 2 credits from MUS410, MUS419, MUS420, MUS421, MUS422, MUS423, MUS424
At least 2 credits from MUS480, MUS484
Stringed Instrument: 50 credits
Strings - Instruction: At least 12 credits from MUS150C, MUS152A, MUS152B, MUS152C, MUS152D
Strings - Instruction: At least 12 credits from MUS350C, MUS352A, MUS352B, MUS352C, MUS352D
Strings - Major Ensemble: At least 8 credits from Music Activity requirement. See your academic advisor for further information.
Strings - Piano Proficiency: At least 2 credits from Piano proficiency requirement.
Strings - Core: At least 12 credits from MUS112, MUS337, MUS341, MUS380, MUS434
Strings - Literature: At least 2 credits from MUS410, MUS419, MUS420, MUS421, MUS422, MUS423, MUS424
At least 2 credits from MUS480, MUS484
Percussion Instruments: 52 credits
Percussion - Instruction: At least 12 credits from MUS155, FRN101
Percussion Instruments: At least 12 credits from MUS355
Percussion - Major Ensemble: At least 8 credits from Music Activity requirement. See your academic advisor for further information.
Percussion - Piano Proficiency: At least 2 credits from Piano proficiency requirement.
Percussion - Core: At least 12 credits from MUS129, MUS337, MUS380, MUS491
Percussion - Literature: At least 2 credits from MUS410, MUS419, MUS420, MUS421, MUS422, MUS423, MUS424
At least 2 credits from MUS480, MUS484
Piano: 52 credits
Piano - Instruction: At least 12 credits from MUS150A
At least 12 credits from MUS350A
Piano - Core: At least 24 credits from MUS112, MUS149, MUS337, MUS346, MUS347, MUS348, MUS349, MUS413, MUS414
Piano - Literature: At least 2 credits from MUS410, MUS415, MUS416, MUS417, MUS418, MUS419, MUS420, MUS421, MUS422, MUS423, MUS424
At least 2 credits from Music Activity requirement. See your academic advisor for further information.
Voice: 68 credits
Voice - Instruction: At least 12 credits from MUS151
Voice - Instruction: At least 12 credits from MUS351
Voice - Choral Ensemble: At least 8 credits from Music Activity requirement. See your academic advisor for further information.
Voice - Piano Proficiency: At least 2 credits from Piano proficiency requirement.
Voice - Core: At least 14 credits from MUS143, MUS144, MUS248, MUS249, MUS337, MUS340, MUS415, MUS416, MUS435
Voice - Literature or History: At least 2 credits from MUS410, MUS419, MUS420, MUS421, MUS422, MUS423, MUS424
Voice - Art Song or Opera: At least 2 credits from MUS417, MUS418
At least 1 credit from MUS481, MUS482
At least 12 credits from FRN101, GRM101, ITL101

Requirement 16: Major Distribution
Major Distribution: 74 credits from Music courses.

Requirement 17: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 18: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.