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Bachelor of Music

Music Education: Pre K-12 Instrumental Music

Supporting Courses, 29-33 credits

  • MUS APP 045  Elementary Voice I, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 115       Ear Training and Sight Singing I, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 116       Ear Training and Sight Singing II, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 251       Literature and Styles in Music I, 4 credits
  • MUSIC 252       Literature and Styles in Music II, 4 credits
  • MUS APP 1xx  First Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 1xx  First Year Applied II, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx  Second Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx  Second Year Applied II, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx  Major Ensemble, 1 credit (4 credits required)

Music Theory: Minimum of 4 credits

Consult adviser for course placement.

  • MUSIC 151       Materials and Values in Music I, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 152       Materials and Values in Music II, 3 credits
    or
  • MUSIC 153       Materials and Values in Music: Intensive, 4 credits

Keyboard Musicianship: 1-2 credits required

Complete one keyboard set depending upon placement.

Keyboard Set 1:

  • MUS APP 011  Keyboard Musicianship I, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 021  Keyboard Musicianship II, 1 credit

Keyboard Set 2:

  • MUS APP 013  Keyboard Musicianship I, 1 credit

Improvisation: 1-2 credits

Choose one from the following:

  • MUSIC 220       Introduction to Jazz Theory and Improvisation, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 142/342   Jazz Combo, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 150/350    New Music Ensemble, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 165/365   Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 188/388   Hand Drumming Ensemble, 1 credit

Upper-Level Courses, 35 credits

  • EDUC 317         Teaching Music in Middle and Secondary Schools, 3 credits
  • EDUC 334         Teaching General Music in Elementary and Middle Schools, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 333       Basic Conducting, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 341       Woodwind Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 342       Brass Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 343       String Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 345       Percussion Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 348       Instrumental Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 351       Literature and Styles in Music III, 4 credits
  • MUSIC 352       Literature and Styles in Music IV, 4 credits
  • MUS APP 3xx  Minor Ensemble, 1 credit (2 credits required) (may be taken as lower-level ensemble)
  • MUS APP 4xx  Major Ensemble, 1 credit (2 credits required)
  • MUS APP 3xx  Third Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 3xx  Third Year Applied II, 2 credits (must perform a half recital)

Music Education: Pre K-12 Choral Music

Supporting Courses, 28-34 credits

  • MUSIC 115       Ear Training and Sight Singing I, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 116       Ear Training and Sight Singing II, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 251       Literature and Styles in Music I, 4 credits
  • MUSIC 252       Literature and Styles in Music II, 4 credits
  • MUS APP 1xx  First Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 1xx  First Year Applied II, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx  Second Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx  Second Year Applied II, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx  Major Ensemble, 1 credit (4 credits required)

Music Theory: Minimum of 4 credits

Consult adviser for course placement.

  • MUSIC 151       Materials and Values in Music I, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 152       Materials and Values in Music II, 3 credits
    or
  • MUSIC 153       Materials and Values in Music: Intensive, 4 credits

Keyboard Musicianship: 1-4 credits required

Complete one keyboard set depending upon placement.

Keyboard Set 1:

  • MUS APP 011  Keyboard Musicianship I, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 021  Keyboard Musicianship II, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 031  Keyboard Musicianship III, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 041  Keyboard Musicianship IV, 1 credit

Keyboard Set 2:

  • MUS APP 013  Keyboard Musicianship I, 1 credit

Improvisation: 1-2 credits

Choose one from the following:

  • MUSIC 220       Introduction to Jazz Theory and Improvisation, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 142/342   Jazz Combo, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 150/350   New Music Ensemble, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 165/365    Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 188/388   Hand Drumming Ensemble, 1 credit

Upper-Level Courses, 34 credits

  • EDUC 317         Teaching Music in Middle and Secondary Schools, 3 credits
  • EDUC 334         Teaching General Music in Elementary and Middle Schools, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 305       Diction for Singers I, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 306       Diction for Singers II, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 319       Choral/Vocal Techniques, 1 credit (3 credits required)
  • MUSIC 333       Basic Conducting, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 344       Choral Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 351       Literature and Styles in Music III, 4 credits
  • MUSIC 352       Literature and Styles in Music IV, 4 credits
  • MUS APP 305  Third Year Voice I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 306  Third Year Voice II, 2 credits (must perform a half recital)
  • MUS APP 3xx  Minor Ensemble, 1 credit (2 credits required) (may be taken as lower-level ensemble)
  • MUS APP 4xx  Major Ensemble, 1 credit (2 credits required)

Music Education: Pre K-12 General Music

Supporting Courses, 30-36 credits

  • MUSIC 115       Ear Training and Sight Singing I, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 116       Ear Training and Sight Singing II, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 251       Literature and Styles in Music I, 4 credits
  • MUSIC 252       Literature and Styles in Music II, 4 credits
  • MUS APP 045  Elementary Voice I, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 069  Elementary Guitar, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 1xx  First Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 1xx  First Year Applied II, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx  Second Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx  Second Year Applied II, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx  Major Ensemble, 1 credit (4 credits required)

Music Theory: Minimum of 4 credits

Consult adviser for course placement.

  • MUSIC 151       Materials and Values in Music I, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 152       Materials and Values in Music II, 3 credits
    or
  • MUSIC 153       Materials and Values in Music: Intensive, 4 credits

Keyboard Musicianship: 1-4 credits required

Complete one keyboard set depending upon placement.

Keyboard Set 1:

  • MUS APP 011  Keyboard Musicianship I, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 021  Keyboard Musicianship II, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 031  Keyboard Musicianship III, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 041  Keyboard Musicianship IV, 1 credit


Keyboard Set 2:

  • MUS APP 013  Keyboard Musicianship I, 1 credit

Improvisation: 1-2 credits

Choose one from the following:

  • MUSIC 220       Introduction to Jazz Theory and Improvisation, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 142/342    Jazz Combo, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 150/350    New Music Ensemble, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 165/365    Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 188/388    Hand Drumming Ensemble, 1 credit

Upper-Level Courses, 29 credits

  • EDUC 317         Teaching Music in Middle and Secondary Schools, 3 credits
  • EDUC 334         Teaching General Music in Elementary and Middle Schools, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 333       Basic Conducting, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 351       Literature and Styles in Music III, 4 credits
  • MUSIC 352       Literature and Styles in Music IV, 4 credits
  • MUS APP 3xx  Minor Ensemble, 1 credit (2 credits required) (may be taken as lower-level ensemble)
  • MUS APP 4xx  Major Ensemble, 1 credit (2 credits required)
  • MUS APP 3xx  Third Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 3xx  Third Year Applied II, 2 credits (must perform a half recital)

Choose one of the following majors

Vocal Major:

  • MUSIC 319       Choral/Vocal Techniques, 1 credit (2 credits required)
  • MUSIC 344       Choral Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques, 3 credits

OR Instrumental Major:

  • MUSIC 348       Instrumental Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques, 3 credits

AND choose one of these:

  • MUSIC 341       Woodwind Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 342       Brass Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 343       String Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 345       Percussion Techniques, 2 credits

Performance: Instrumental and Vocal

Supporting Courses, 27-32 credits

  • MUSIC 115        Ear Training and Sight Singing I, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 116        Ear Training and Sight Singing II, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 251        Literature and Styles in Music I, 4 credits
  • MUSIC 252        Literature and Styles in Music II, 4 credits
  • MUS APP 1xx    First Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 1xx    First Year Applied II, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx    Second Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx    Second Year Applied II, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx    Major Ensemble, 1 credit (4 credits required)

Music Theory: Minimum of 4 credits

Consult adviser for course placement.

  • MUSIC 151        Materials and Values in Music I, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 152        Materials and Values in Music II, 3 credits
    or
  • MUSIC 153        Materials and Values in Music: Intensive, 4 credits

Keyboard Musicianship: 1-4 credits required

Complete one keyboard set depending upon placement.

Keyboard Set 1:

  • MUS APP 011    Keyboard Musicianship I, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 021    Keyboard Musicianship II, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 031    Keyboard Musicianship III, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 041    Keyboard Musicianship IV, 1 credit

Keyboard Set 2:

  • MUS APP 013    Keyboard Musicianship I, 1 credit

Upper-Level Courses, 43-57 credits

  • AVD 327            Jazz History, 3 credits
  • AVD 329            World Music, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 333        Basic Conducting, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 351        Literature and Styles in Music III, 4 credits
  • MUSIC 352        Literature and Styles in Music IV, 4 credits
  • MUSIC 423        Seminar in Music Literature, 3 credits
  • MUS APP 3xx    Third Year Applied I, 3 credits
  • MUS APP 3xx    Third Year Applied II, 3 credits (must perform a half recital)
  • MUS APP 3xx    Minor Ensemble, 1 credit (2 credits required) (may be taken as lower-level ensemble)
  • MUS APP 4xx    Fourth Year Applied I: Literature and Pedagogy, 3 credits
  • MUS APP 4xx    Fourth Year Applied II: Literature and Pedagogy, 3 credits (must perform a full recital)
  • MUS APP 4xx    Major Ensemble, 1 credit (4 credits required)

Music Electives, 2-6 credits

Vocalists choose 2 credits and instrumentalists choose 6 credits from the following:

  • MUSIC 311        Jazz Improvisation, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 319        Choral/Vocal Techniques, 1 credit (if not required below)
  • MUSIC 341        Woodwind Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 342        Brass Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 343        String Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 344        Choral Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 345        Percussion Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 348        Instrumental Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 411        Applied Composition, 1-3 credits
  • MUSIC 417        Jazz Arranging, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 423        Seminar in Music Literature, 3 credits (may be repeated with different topic)

Additional Vocal Requirement, 18 credits

  • MUSIC 305        Diction for Singers I, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 306        Diction for Singers II, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 319        Choral/Vocal Techniques: Vocal Pedagogy, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 319        Choral/Vocal Techniques: Choral Arranging, 1 credit

Foreign Language Requirement

Vocal Performance students must complete one of the following options:

  • Option 1:  Two semesters of French and one semester of German; or the equivalent
  • Option 2:  Two semesters of German and one semester of French; or the equivalent

Bachelor of Arts

Students must complete the courses required of all emphases and the specific requirements in one of the areas of emphasis.  All students seeking the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Music must complete a liberal arts requirement consisting of a minimum of 66 credits in addition to credits earned in Music courses. These 66 credits may include credits earned to fulfill requirements in an interdisciplinary minor and general education.

Required Courses of All Emphases

Supporting Courses, 27-30 credits

  • MUSIC 115        Ear Training and Sight Singing I, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 116        Ear Training and Sight Singing II, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 251        Literature and Styles in Music I, 4 credits
  • MUSIC 252        Literature and Styles in Music II, 4 credits
  • MUS APP 1xx    First Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 1xx    First Year Applied II, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx    Second Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx    Second Year Applied II, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx    Major Ensemble, 1 credit (4 credits required)

Music Theory: Minimum of 4 credits

Consult adviser for course placement.

  • MUSIC 151        Materials and Values in Music I, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 152        Materials and Values in Music II, 3 credits
    or
  • MUSIC 153        Materials and Values in Music: Intensive, 4 credits

Keyboard Musicianship: 1-2 credits required

Complete one keyboard set depending upon placement.

Keyboard Set 1:

  • MUS APP 011    Keyboard Musicianship I, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 021    Keyboard Musicianship II, 1 credit

Keyboard Set 2:

  • MUS APP 013    Keyboard Musicianship I, 1 credit

Upper-Level Courses, 8 credits

  • MUSIC 351        Literature and Styles in Music III, 4 credits
  • MUSIC 352        Literature and Styles in Music IV, 4 credits

Areas of Emphasis

Students must complete requirements in one of the following areas of emphasis.

Applied Music

Upper-Level Courses, 16 credits

  • MUSIC 333         Basic Conducting, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 3xx     Third Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 3xx     Third Year Applied II, 2 credits (must perform a half recital)
  • MUS APP 3xx     Minor Ensemble, 1 credit (2 credits required)
  • MUS APP 4xx     Major Ensemble, 1 credit (4 credits required)

Music Electives, 4 credits

Choose from:

  • MUSIC 305         Diction for Singers I, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 306         Diction for Singers II, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 319         Choral/Vocal Techniques, 1 credit (may be repeated with different topic)
  • MUSIC 341         Woodwind Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 342         Brass Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 343         String Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 345         Percussion Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 411         Applied Composition, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 423         Seminar in Music Literature, 3 credits

Jazz Studies

Supporting Courses, 5 credits

  • MUSIC 220         Introduction to Jazz Theory and Improvisation, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 242         Jazz and Pop Literature, 2 credits

One of these:

  • MUS APP 143     Jazz Ensemble, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 165     Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 1 credit

Upper-Level Courses, 16 credits

  • MUSIC 311         Jazz Improvisation, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 417         Jazz Arranging, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 3xx     Third Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 3xx     Third Year Applied II, 2 credits (must perform a half recital)
  • MUS APP 4xx     Major Ensemble, 1 credit (2 credits required)

One of these:

  • MUS APP 343     Jazz Ensemble, 1 credit (2 credits required)
  • MUS APP 365     Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 1 credit (2 credits required)

Music Electives, 4 credits

Choose from:

  • AVD 327             Jazz History, 3 credits
  • AVD 329             World Music, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 411         Applied Composition, 3 credits
  • MUS APP 342     Jazz Combo, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 365     Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 1 credit

Music History and Literature 

Upper-Level Courses, 16 credits

  • MUSIC 333         Basic Conducting, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 423         Seminar in Music Literature, 3 credits
  • MUS APP 3xx     Minor Ensemble, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 4xx     Major Ensemble, 1 credit (2 credits required)

Music Electives, 8 credits

Choose from:

  • AVD 327             Jazz History, 3 credits
  • AVD 329             World Music, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 319         Choral/Vocal Techniques, 1 credit (may be repeated with different topic)
  • MUSIC 411         Applied Composition, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 423         Seminar in Music Literature, 3 credits (may be repeated with different topic)
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