School of Music

BA in Music

This degree program is designed to provide the opportunity for a scholarly study of music to meet the needs of those who wish to obtain a liberal arts education with an emphasis on music and those who plan to do graduate work in music. The program aims to instill a thorough understanding of music and its relationship to contemporary society. The study of music history and theory is central in this curriculum. Sufficient flexibility is built into the program to allow the individual student to establish areas of emphasis both in music and in the arts and sciences. 

The minimum number of credits required for the degree is 120.

Music CORE 29 credits Credits
Music Theory and Aural Skills (16)  
     MUT 100 Music Theory and Aural Skills 1 4
     MUT 101 Music Theory and Aural Skills 2 4
     MUT 200 Music Theory and Aural Skills 3 4
     MUT 201 Music Theory and Aural Skills 4 4
Music History (9)  
     MUH 105 Multi-Cultural Perspectives of American Popular Music and Jazz 3
     MUH 222 Music History Survey 1 3
     MUH 223 Music History Survey 2 3
Functional Piano (4)  
     MUS 150 Piano Class 1 1
     MUS 151 Piano Class 2 1
     MUS 250 Piano Class 3  
          or MUS 252 Jazz Piano Class 1 1
     MUS 251 Piano Class 4  
          or MUS 253 Jazz Piano Class 2 1
Applied Music 4 credits required  
     Private Lessons (4 semesters +) 4
     4 credits of private lessons required; up to 12 additional credits may be taken as electives  
     MUS 442 Recital Class (8 semesters) 0
     The University will subsidize up to a total of 16 credit hours of
         applied music lessons for a B.A. music student.
Ensembles 4 credits required  
     8 semesters of ensemble; may include chamber music. Additional credits may be taken as  4
 Additional Music Classes 28 credits  
     MUT 330 Form and Analysis 3
     MUT 332 Counterpoint 3
     MUS 480 Bibliography and Research in Music 3
     MUH 320 Seminar in Music History 3
     MUP 490 Senior Recital / Seminar 3
     Music Electives, may include applied music and/or ensemble credits 9
Additional Non-music Electives, including language study 30
       Bachelor of Arts students must achieve second-year proficiency
       in one foreign language. This may be achieved by examination for no
       academic credit.

Admission to all degree programs in music is based on the following criteria:

  1. Performance audition on the applicant's major instrument
  2. Tests of aural comprehension, rhythmic recitation, and sight singing administered individually by a member of the staff
  3. A diagnostic written test of music fundamentals, including intervals, scales, chords, and key signatures

Audition Information

Auditions for: Portland Youth Symphony Orchestras, Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, and Youth Choirs

USM Youth Ensembles

The USM Youth Ensembles invite young musicians and singers (ages 8-18) to audition for the following ensembles.

Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra
Portland Youth Wind Ensemble
Portland Youth Junior Orchestra
Portland Young Peoples String Consort
Southern Maine Youth Chorale
Southern Maine Children's Choir

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