Major in Music, BA (60 credits)

Core (25 credits)

MUS 114 Introduction to Music Technology 1
MUS 115 Aural Skills I 1
MUS 116 Aural Skills II 1
MUS 121 Music Theory I 2
MUS 122 Music Theory II 2
MUS 211 Ethnomusicology 3
MUS 215 Aural Skills III 1
MUS 216 Aural Skills IV 1
MUS 221 Music Theory III 2
MUS 222 Music Theory IV 2
MUS 235 Music History I 3
MUS 236 Music History II 3
MUS 335 Music History III 3
Specializations (35 credits)
 
Specialization in Performance
 
Seven semesters of:  
MUS 178 Applied Music for Majors 2
MUS 278 Applied Music for Majors II 2
MUS 378 Applied Music for Majors III 2
MUS 478 Applied Music for Majors IV 2
10 credits from the following:  
MUS 140 Ensemble 1
or    
MUS 141 Chorus 1
or    
MUS 142 Band 1
or    
MUS 143 Sinfonietta 1
MUS 367 Choral Conducting 2
MUS 380 Advanced Notation, Sequencing, and Sound Synthesis 2
or    
MUS 401 Topics in Music 3
MUS 400 Project in Music 4
MUS 404 Topics in Performance 3
Specialization in Theory and Composition
 
Seven semesters of:  
MUS 178 Applied Music for Majors 2
MUS 278 Applied Music for Majors II 2
MUS 378 Applied Music for Majors III 2
MUS 478 Applied Music for Majors IV 2
Two to six semesters of:  
MUS 141 Chorus 1
or    
MUS 142 Band 1
or    
MUS 143 Sinfonietta 1
Up to 4 semesters of:  
MUS 147 Jazz Ensembles 1
MUS 295 Beginning Composition 2
MUS 367 Choral Conducting 2
MUS 380 Advanced Notation, Sequencing, and Sound Synthesis 2
MUS 390 Orchestration 2
MUS 395 Composition 3
or    
MUS 405 Topics in Composers 3
MUS 400 Project in Music 4
Specialization in Jazz Studies
 
Seven semesters of:  
MUS 178 Applied Music for Majors 2
MUS 278 Applied Music for Majors II 2
MUS 378 Applied Music for Majors III 2
MUS 478 Applied Music for Majors IV 2
Eight semesters of:  
MUS 147 Jazz Ensembles 8
MUS 213 Jazz Styles and Chronology 3
MUS 273 Jazz Improvisation I 2
MUS 274 Jazz Improvisation II 2
MUS 380 Advanced Notation, Sequencing, and Sound Synthesis 2
MUS 400 Project in Music 4
Specialization in General Studies
 
MUS 250 Piano Class I 2
and    
MUS 251 Piano Class II 2
MUS 350 Piano Class III 2
MUS 351 Piano Class IV 2
or pass piano proficiency exam  
Six semesters of:  
MUS 178 Applied Music for Majors I 2
MUS 278 Applied Music for Majors II 2
MUS 378 Applied Music for Majors III 2
MUS 478 Applied Music for Majors IV 2
MUS 367 Choral Conducting 2
Eight semesters of:  
MUS 141 Chorus 1
or    
MUS 142 Band 1
or    
MUS 143 Sinfonietta 1
or    
MUS 147 Jazz Ensembles 1
or    
MUS 148 University Singers 1
or    
MUS 149 University Chamber Players 1
Music electives 5-13

 

Note: This major does not require a minor.

Note: Students enrolled in MUS 177 must pay an extra fee of $300 each semester. Students enrolled in MUS 178, 278, 378, or 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, 278, 378, or 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 420/421 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.

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