Degree Requirements

See also non-curricular requirements.

The Bachelor of Arts Program With a Major in Music (straight music major)

Required Music courses:

  • Music 246: Music History I: The High Middle Ages through the Early Baroque Era
  • Music 247: Music History II: The Middle Baroque Era through the High Classical Period
  • Music 346: Music History III: Late Classicism and Romanticism
  • Music 347: Music History IV: THe Twentieth Century to the present
  • Music 171-172: Sight Singing & Dictation I & II
  • Music 271-272: Sight Singing & Dictation III & IV
  • [or Music 371-372: Intensive Sight Singing & Dictation]
  • Music 173-174: Harmony, Counterpoint, & Keyboard Skills I-II
  • Music 273-274: III-IV
  • Music 373: V
  • Music 374: Twentieth Century Techniques
  • Music 277 & 377: Analysis I & II
  • Music 276: Principles of Instrumentation
  • Music 270: Conducting I
  • Music 378: Composition I
  • A Major Ensemble is required each semester.

For other college course requirements see chapters 9 and 10 above.

The Bachelor of Music Program (performance major)

Required Music courses:

  • Music 246: Music History I: The High Middle Ages through the Early Baroque Era
  • Music 247: Music History II: The Middle Baroque Era through the High Classical Period
  • Music 346: Music History III: Late Classicism and Romanticism
  • Music 347: Music History IV: THe Twentieth Century to the present
  • Music 171-172: Sight Singing & Dictation I & II
  • Music 271-272: Sight Singing & Dictation III & IV
  • [or Music 371-372: Intensive Sight Singing & Dictation]
  • Music 173-174: Harmony, Counterpoint, & Keyboard Skills I-II
  • Music 273-274: III-IV
  • Music 373: V
  • Music 374: Twentieth Century Techniques
  • Music 277 & 377: Analysis I & II
  • Music 151-152: Major Study in Performance
  • Music 251-252: Major Study in Performance
  • Music 351-352: Major Study in Performance
  • Music 451-452: Major Study in Performance
  • Music 282: Survey of Repertory (required each semester)
  • A major ensemble is required each semester.

One course selected from the following three:

  • Music 276: Principles of Instrumentation
  • Music 270: Conducting I
  • Music 378: Composition I

In addition, for instrumental majors: Music 255: Chamber Music. Four semesters minimum. (Brass, percussion, or guitar majors may substitute the appropriate: Music 257: Brass, Percussion, or Guitar Ensemble.

In addition, for voice majors:

  • Music 120: The Art Song
  • Music 280: Vocal Music Diction I (English, Italian)
  • Music 281: Vocal Music Diction II (French, German)
  • Two semesters each from the following languages: French, German, or Italian.
  • Four or more semesters of chamber music or small ensemble chosen from:
    • Music 255: Small vocal or chamber ensemble
    • Music 256: Opera Studio
    • Music 356: Vocal Ensemble

In addition, for pianists:

  • Music 283: Art of Keyboard Accompaniment
  • Music 284: Introduction to Continuo Playing
  • Music 286: Practical Accompanying.

Music 286 must be taken for two semesters by all Bachelor of Music students majoring in piano. Music 284 may be substituted for one of the required semesters.

Freshmen Bachelor of Music students begin their lessons with Music 151 in their first semester. Transfer students in the B.Mus. program begin their private lessons at their level. Progress is evaluated by jury examination each spring, and a senior recital is required in the last year.

For college requirements and the modified LASAR requirements for Bachelor of Music students, see Chapter 10.

Bachelor of Arts with music major and Music Education

In addition to the requirements listed above for all Bachelor of Arts Music majors, the Music Education sequence comprising education and music education courses is taken beginning in the sophomore year. For further information, see the Music Education page.

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