Music, B.A.

No minor is required for this major.

Requirements: (60 credits)

Core (25 credits):

MUS 114Introduction to Music Technology

1

MUS 115Aural Skills I

1

MUS 116Aural Skills II

1

MUS 121Music Theory I

2

MUS 122Music Theory II

2

MUS 211Ethnomusicology

3

MUS 215Aural Skills III

1

MUS 216Aural Skills IV

1

MUS 221Music Theory III

2

MUS 222Music Theory IV

2

MUS 235Music History I

3

MUS 236Music History II

3

MUS 335Music History III

3

General Studies Specialization

Required Courses

MUS 250Piano Class I

2

and

MUS 251Piano Class II

2

MUS 350Piano Class III

2

 

MUS 351Piano Class IV

2

or

pass piano proficiency exam

Music electives

5-13

Six semesters of:

MUS 178Applied Music for Majors

1

MUS 278Applied Music for Majors II

1

MUS 378Applied Music for Majors III

1

MUS 478Applied Music for Majors IV

1

MUS 367Choral Conducting

2

Course revisions have been submitted to change MUS 178MUS 278MUS 378, and MUS 478 from 2 credits to 1 credit each. This reduces the total number of credits for the General Studies concentration by 6 credits.

Eight semesters from the following:

MUS 141Chorus

1

or

MUS 142ABand: Wind Symphony

1

or

MUS 143Sinfonietta

1

or

MUS 147

or

MUS 148Ensemble: University Singers

1

or

MUS 149University Chamber Players

1

Jazz Studies Specialization

Seven semesters of:

MUS 178Applied Music for Majors

1

MUS 278Applied Music for Majors II

1

MUS 378Applied Music for Majors III

1

MUS 478Applied Music for Majors IV

1

Course revisions have been submitted to change MUS 178MUS 278MUS 378, and MUS 478 from 2 credits to 1 credit each. This reduces the total number of credits for each concentration by 7 credits respectively.

Eight semesters of:

MUS 147

MUS 213Jazz Styles and Chronology

3

MUS 273Jazz Improvisation I

2

MUS 274Jazz Improvisation II

2

MUS 380Advanced Notation, Sequencing, and Sound Synthesis

2

MUS 400Project in Music

1 TO 4

Performance Specialization (35 credits)

Seven semesters of:

MUS 178Applied Music for Majors

1

MUS 278Applied Music for Majors II

1

MUS 378Applied Music for Majors III

1

MUS 478Applied Music for Majors IV

1

Course revisions have been submitted to change MUS 178MUS 278MUS 378, and MUS 478 from 2 credits to 1 credit each. This reduces the total number of credits for each concentration by 7 credits respectively.

10 credits from the following:

MUS 140Ensemble

1

or

MUS 141Chorus

1

or

MUS 142ABand: Wind Symphony

1

or

MUS 143Sinfonietta

1

 

MUS 367Choral Conducting

2

 

MUS 380Advanced Notation, Sequencing, and Sound Synthesis

2

or

MUS 401Topics in Music

1 TO 3

 

MUS 400Project in Music

1 TO 4

MUS 404Topics in Performance

1 TO 3

Theory and Composition Specialization

Seven semesters of:

MUS 178Applied Music for Majors

1

MUS 278Applied Music for Majors II

1

MUS 378Applied Music for Majors III

1

MUS 478Applied Music for Majors IV

1

Course revisions have been submitted to change MUS 178MUS 278MUS 378, and MUS 478 from 2 credits to 1 credit each. This reduces the total number of credits for each concentration by 7 credits respectively.

Two to six semesters of:

MUS 141Chorus

1

or

MUS 142ABand: Wind Symphony

1

or

MUS 143Sinfonietta

1

Up to 4 semesters of:

MUS 147

MUS 295Beginning Composition

2

MUS 367Choral Conducting

2

MUS 380Advanced Notation, Sequencing, and Sound Synthesis

2

MUS 390Orchestration

2

MUS 400Project in Music

1 TO 4

 

MUS 395Composition

3

or

MUS 405Topics in Composers

3

Total Credit Hours: 60

Note: Students enrolled in MUS 177 must pay an extra fee of $300 each semester. Students enrolled in MUS 178, MUS 278, MUS 378, or MUS 478 must pay an extra fee of $400 each semester. This fee is non-refundable and subject to change. All students enrolled in MUS 178, MUS 278, MUS 378, or MUS 478 must perform in one student recital per year.

All music majors are required to enroll in MUS 090 every semester except while enrolled in either EDSC 420/EDSC 421 or MUS 400.

All students must be enrolled in a major ensemble every semester in which they are enrolled as full-time music majors except the semester they student teach. All part-time students must be enrolled in a major ensemble for six semesters. The Department of Music reserves the right to assign students to major ensembles.

All music majors (BA and BS candidates) must successfully complete all portions of the sophomore review, which includes a written theory test, sight-singing, and piano proficiency. No student will be allowed to proceed to a 300-level music course until the sophomore review has been successfully completed.

The piano proficiency exam may be taken a total of four times, and students must demonstrate a minimum of proficiency in each category to pass. Most students should begin taking this exam during their sophomore year. Three categories of the exam must be passed before acceptance into the professional program. All of the exam must be passed before beginning student teaching.

The piano proficiency exam consists of the following:

  • Playing major and harmonic minor scales (up to 4 sharps and flats), two octaves, hands together;
  • Playing three intermediate-level pieces from the recommended list, including a chorale and a memorized piece;
  • Harmonizing a simple melody;
  • Transposing the same melody up or down a major/minor second; and
  • Sight-reading a simple piano piece and an accompaniment.