Music, B.A.

A minor is not required with this major.

General Studies Concentration

Required Courses

MUS 250Piano Class I

2

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 were 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.

Major Core

Students must take 2 credits in MUS 178, 2 credits in MUS 278, 2 credits in MUS 378, and a minimum of 1 credit in MUS 478, and receive a C- or higher in each level.

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

Music Electives (5-20 cr., including 7 credits from the following)

MUS 201Listening to Western Art Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries

2

MUS 213Jazz Styles and Chronology

3

MUS 214Electro-acoustic Music and Sonic Art

3

MUS 273Jazz Improvisation I

2

MUS 274Jazz Improvisation II

2

MUS 368Instrumental Conducting

2

MUS 380Advanced Notation, Sequencing, and Sound Synthesis

2

MUS 390Orchestration

3

A new course, MUS 201: Listening to Western Art  Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries should  be added to this list if approved. 

A proposal to change MUS 177 from 1 credit to .5 was approved last year, and will go into effect in the fall of 2019.

Performance Concentration (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. 

 

Students must take 2 credits in MUS 178, 2 credits in MUS 278, 2 credits in MUS 378, and 2 credits in MUS 478, and receive a C- or higher in each level..

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 - 3

MUS 400Project in Music

1-4

MUS 404Topics in Performance

1-3

7 credits of music electives from the approved list.

MUS 177Applied Music

.5

MUS 201Listening to Western Art Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries

2

MUS 213Jazz Styles and Chronology

3

MUS 214Electro-acoustic Music and Sonic Art

3

MUS 250Piano Class I

2

MUS 251Piano Class II

2

MUS 273Jazz Improvisation I

2

MUS 274Jazz Improvisation II

2

MUS 350Piano Class III

2

MUS 351Piano Class IV

2

MUS 368Instrumental Conducting

2

MUS 380Advanced Notation, Sequencing, and Sound Synthesis

2

MUS 390Orchestration

3

A new course, MUS 201: Listening to Western Art  Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries should  be added to this list if approved. 

A proposal to change MUS 177 from 1 credit to .5 was approved last year, and will go into effect in the fall of 2019.

Theory and Composition Concentration

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.

Students must take 2 credits in MUS 178, 2 credits in MUS 278, 2 credits in MUS 378, and a minimum of 1 credit in MUS 478, and receive a C- minus or higher in each level.

Applied Music

Students must take at least 2 credits in MUS 178, 2 credits in MUS 278, 2 credits in MUS 378, and a minimum of 1 credit in MUS 478, and receive a C- minus or higher in each level.

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

3

MUS 400Project in Music

1-4

 

MUS 395Composition

3

or

MUS 405Topics in Composers

3

7 credits of Electives from the following list:

MUS 177Applied Music

.5

MUS 201Listening to Western Art Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries

2

MUS 213Jazz Styles and Chronology

3

MUS 214Electro-acoustic Music and Sonic Art

3

MUS 250Piano Class I

2

MUS 251Piano Class II

2

MUS 273Jazz Improvisation I

2

MUS 274Jazz Improvisation II

2

MUS 350Piano Class III

2

MUS 351Piano Class IV

2

MUS 368Instrumental Conducting

2

A new course, MUS 201: Listening to Western Art  Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries should  be added to this list if approved. 

A proposal to change MUS 177 from 1 credit to .5 was approved last year, and will go into effect in the fall of 2019.

Jazz Studies Concentration

MUS 114Introduction to Music Technology

1

MUS 121Music Theory I

2

MUS 115Aural Skills I

1

MUS 122Music Theory II

2

MUS 116Aural Skills II

1

MUS 211Ethnomusicology

3

MUS 221Music Theory III

2

MUS 215Aural Skills III

1

MUS 222Music Theory IV

2

MUS 216Aural Skills IV

1

MUS 235Music History I

3

MUS 236Music History II

3

MUS 335Music History III

3

A new course, MUS 201: Listening to Western Art  Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries should  be added to this list if approved. 

A proposal to change MUS 177 from 1 credit to .5 was approved last year, and will go into effect in the fall of 2019.

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

Students must take at least 2 credits in MUS 178, 2 credits in MUS 278, 2 credits in MUS 378, and a minimum of 1 credit in MUS 478, and receive a C- minus or higher in each level.

Students must take a minimum of 8 credits from either MUS 147A or MUS 147B.

MUS 147ATraditional Jazz Ensemble

1

MUS 147BImprovisatoryJazz Ensemble

1

 

 

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

1-4

7 Music Electives from the following list are required.

MUS 177Applied Music

.5

MUS 250Piano Class I

2

MUS 251Piano Class II

2

MUS 350Piano Class III

2

MUS 351Piano Class IV

2

MUS 368Instrumental Conducting

2

MUS 390Orchestration

3

MUS 201Listening to Western Art Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries

2

7 credits of Music Electives are required; additional electives are required to total 120 credits.

Jazz Studies Concentration

 

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 MUS 400.

All students must be enrolled in a major ensemble every semester in which they are enrolled as full-time music major. 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.

The piano proficiency exam may be taken a total of four times, and students must demonstrate a minimum proficiency in all 8 categories to pass. Most students should begin taking this exam during their sophomore year. 

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 a prepared intermediate-level piece  from the recommended list, piece using a score;
  • Playing a prepared intermediate-level piece  from the recommended list, memorized;
  • Playing the Star-Spangled Banner;
  • Harmonizing a simple melody;
  • Transposing the same melody up or down a major/minor second; 
  • Sight-reading a simple piano piece; and
  • Sight-reading a simple accompaniment.