Music Curriculum Requirements

Degrees Awarded

Associate of Arts (A.A.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). For the Bachelor of Music (B.M.), see Music Performance or Music Education.


Major Requirements

The Music major consists of 66-75 s.h. distributed as follows:

B.A. Requirement

  • One foreign language through the 1020 level (German, French, or Italian recommended).

Required Core Courses for all majors

  • MUS 1600 Music Fundamentals (Required if student does not pass the diagnostic exam) (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 1610 Music Theory I (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 1620 Music Theory II (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 1070 Aural Skills I (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 1080 Aural Skills II (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 2070 Aural Skills III (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 2080 Aural Skills IV (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 2610 Music Theory III (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 2620 Music Theory IV (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 2600 Survey of Music Literature (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 3110 Music History: Ancient Through Baroque (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 3130 Music History: Classic Through Romantic (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 3610 Conducting (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 4190 20th-21st Century and Non-Western Musical Styles (2 s.h.)

Choose two of the following:

  • MUS 4640 Orchestration (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 4650 Introduction to Composition and Arranging (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 4660 Form and Analysis (3 s.h.)

Required Applied Courses

  • MUS 0710 Concert Attendance (no credit)
    (must be taken concurrently and passed with applied lessons for 8 semesters; pass/fail)
  • MUS 1140-4810 (16 s.h.)
    (see list of applied music courses)
  • MUS 1750-4750 (0-4 s.h.)
    (Students take the piano proficiency sequence until piano proficiency exam is passed; piano majors are exempt from this requirement.)
  • MUS 3370 Applications of Piano Literature (Piano majors only) (2 s.h.)

Required Ensemble Courses

  • MUS 3480/3490 Concert Band (4 s.h. total)
  • MUS 3280/3290 Noblemen
    or
    MUS 3860/3870 Grace Notes (4 s.h. total)

Additional Requirements

  1. String majors may enroll in an approved orchestra or string ensemble. Guitar majors must enroll in one of these ensembles (MUS 3480/3490, MUS 3280/3290, or MUS 3860./3870)
  2. All students receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Music are required to complete 16 semester hours on one instrument or voice. Therefore, continuous enrollment in the major instrument is required until a minimum of 16 continuous semester hours of applied lessons (C or higher) is completed. Percussionists must complete no fewer than 16 semester hours of applied lessons, with at least 10 semester hours in applied orchestral percussion.
  3. A half recital in the major instrument or voice is required for graduation.
  4. Enrollment in upper 3000-4000 level courses is predicated on successful completion of 1000-2000 level classes.
  5. Instrumental majors (wind, brass, and percussion) are required to participate in Marching Band for no fewer than two years. Qualified piano majors may be asked to accompany one of the choirs to fulfill requirement. String majors must be involved in an equivalent instrumental activity, e.g., International Youth Symphony.

Minor Requirements

The Music minor consists of 16 s.h. distributed as follows:

  1. 8-11 s.h. in music courses, including MUS 1070, 1080, 1600 (if necessary), 1610, 1620
  2. 4 s.h. in applied lessons with participation in required student recitals once per semester.
  3. MUS 0710 will be taken concurrently with applied lessons and candidate must achieve a passing grade.
  4. Four s.h. in major ensembles (Concert Band, Noblemen, or Women’s Chorus).
  5. No senior recital is required for the minor.

Requirements for the minor in Secondary Instrument/Voice for music majors:

Secondary instruments may include (but are not limited to) piano, clarinet, and trumpet.

  • Applied lessons (eight semester hours – four semesters).

No senior recital is required, but student must perform on semester student recitals and juries. This minor is only available to music majors.


Associate of Arts (A.A.) Concentration Requirements

The Music concentration consists of 29-32 s.h. distributed as follows:

Required Academic Courses

  • MUS 1600 Music Fundamentals (required if student does not pass the diagnostic exam) (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 1610 Music Theory I (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 1620 Music Theory II (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 1070 Aural Skills I (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 1080 Aural Skills II (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 2070 Aural Skills III (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 2080 Aural Skills IV (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 2610 Music Theory III (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 2620 Music Theory IV (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 2600 Survey of Music Literature (1 s.h.)

Required Applied Courses

  • MUS 0710 (Must be taken and passed for 4 consecutive semesters with applied lessons’ pass/fail)
  • MUS 1140-4810 (See list of applied courses) (8 s.h.)

Required Ensemble Courses (4 s.h.)

  • MUS 3480/3490 Concert Band
  • MUS 3280/3290 Noblemen
  • MUS 3860/3870 Grace Notes
No senior recital is required for the A.A. Students must participate (perform) in student recitals once a semester
as part of applied lesson requirement.