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  Nov 18, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Music


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Bachelor of Music - Core Requirements


Music Convocation (7 semesters)


Applied Music (14 hours)


(See Exceptions below)

Basic Music (12 hours)


Aural Skills (4 hours)


History or Theory Elective (2 hours)


(see Electives below)

Music History and Literature (8 hours)


Performance Elective (8 hours)


(see Electives below)

Keyboard Fundamentals (2 hours)


Conducting (1 hour)


General Education Electives (37 hours)


Major Area of Concentration (13 to 41 hours)


Free Electives to make a minimum of 122 semester credit hours.


Music Clearance


(verification of completion of recital performance and attendance requirements).

Exceptions To Core Requirements


Jazz Studies


Jazz Studies majors may fulfill two of the four semester major ensemble requirements by electing:

Music Therapy


Music Therapy majors complete only 8 hours of Applied Music 2000 (including successful completion of a Sophomore Hearing); only 4 hours of Performance Electives; and are not required to complete a theory/history elective.

Music Composition


Applied Music


In addition to their Applied Music Composition requirement, Music Composition majors must complete 12 credit hours of electives from the following courses:

  • Any instrument or voice technique class (MUS 1170, MUS 1290, MUS 1300, MUS 1420, MUS 1430, MUS 1440, or MUS 1460)

Performance electives (4 hours minimum)


Composition majors must complete an additional 4 credit hours of ensemble performance electives (any of these courses may be repeated for credit, except MUS 1900):

Keyboard


Keyboard majors are to replace Keyboard Fundamentals 1200 and 1210 with MUS 1900: Accompanying (1 credit) in freshman-sophomore years and MUS 1000: Organ (1 credit) in junior-senior years.

Music Education: Choral/General/Music


Music Education: Choral/General Music majors complete only 7 semesters of Performance Electives. Students for whom keyboard is the applied instrument must elect MUS 1900: Accompanying in the freshman-sophomore years as one of the required performance electives, and may choose to substitute one credit of MUS 1000: Organ for one credit of MUS 3000: Piano. It is recommended that all Music Education majors have at least one jazz experience/ensemble.

Music Education: Instrumental


Music Education: Instrumental majors complete only 6 semesters of Performance Electives plus 2 semesters of Marching Band. Students for whom keyboard is the applied instrument must elect MUS 1900: Accompanying in the freshman-sophomore years as one of the required performance electives, and may choose to substitute one credit of MUS 1000: Organ for one credit of MUS 3000: Piano. It is recommended that all Music Education majors have at least one jazz experience/ensemble.

All students wishing to earn a Teaching Certificate


All students wishing to earn a teaching certificate should have minimal keyboard skills upon entry to the major. Therefore, Keyboard Fundamentals (1200-1210) may not be applied towards any major that leads to a teaching certification.

Electives


Performance electives may be selected from the following list of courses:

1. Students are required to elect four semesters of a major ensemble (see exception below for Composition students).


The major ensembles are:

Please note the following:


  • At least two of the required four semesters of major ensemble must be taken during the junior-senior years.
  • The four semesters MUST be taken in an ensemble in the student’s applied area.
    (Keyboard majors may elect any large ensemble, except that Keyboard/Music Education-Choral/General majors must elect a vocal ensemble and Keyboard/Music Education-Instrumental majors must elect an instrumental ensemble.)

2. The remaining four semester hours of Performance electives may be selected from the following:


Please note the following:


  • All keyboard majors are required to elect one semester of MUS 1900: Accompanying (therapy majors excepted).
  • The student is expected to complete one performance elective during each term of enrollment.

Theory Electives


Theory electives may be selected from the following:

Music History/Literature Electives


Music History/Literature electives may be selected from the following list of courses:

Electing a Major Area of Study


Students desiring professional programs will be accepted in the area of choice in the fourth semester of enrollment if he/she qualifies under the following guidelines:

Composition


The student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 in “Core” courses which are in the same area as the elected major.

Music Performance


The student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 in “Core” courses which are in the same area as the elected major, as well as be approved for this major by taking a performance qualifying examination which should be passed not later than the Sophomore Hearing.

Music Education


The student must have met the standards of the College of Education and Human Development; must have completed all Music Core courses, with no grade of less than a “C” and a 2.5 average in those courses; and must complete the formal admission procedure as described in the Music Student Handbook.

Music Therapy


Prior to beginning practicum (4000 level) courses in the music therapy curriculum, the student must have completed 35 hours of course work, completed the music core in theory/history/aural comprehension/conducting with a GPA of 2.5 or better, have a GPA of 3.25 in music therapy core courses, and have an overall GPA of 2.5 or better. See the Music Student Handbook for a complete description of admission procedures and standards.

Music Therapy and Music Education


Students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in course work in the area of the major in order to be recommended for an internship (music therapy) or for an intern teaching assignment (music education).

If the student does not qualify according to the guidelines outlined above, the application will be submitted to the faculty committee in the area of the major for approval. In the event that approval is denied and the student does not qualify for any other major area of concentration, the music advisor will outline the course work in music which may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music.

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