2013-14 Catalogs

BM in Music Performance

This degree program is designed for those who wish to prepare for a career in music performance and/or applied music teaching, and those who plan to do graduate work in applied music. The program aims to instill a thorough understanding of music and its relationship to contemporary society. Private lessons; solo, chamber and large ensemble performance; and the study of literature and pedagogy of the major instrument are emphasized. Basic understanding of the standards and opportunities for professional performance leads the student to realistic expectations for a career as a performer or teacher.

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

Music CORE 30-34 credits
Credits
Music Theory and Aural Skills (16) 
     MUT 100 Music Theory and Aural Skills 14
     MUT 101 Music Theory and Aural Skills 24
     MUT 200 Music Theory and Aural Skills 34
     MUT 201 Music Theory and Aural Skills 44
Music History (12) 
     MUH 105 Multi-Cultural Perspectives of American Popular Music and Jazz3
     MUH 222 Music History Survey 13
     MUH 223 Music History Survey 23
     MUH 321 Classical and Romantic Music3
          or MUS 220 Twentieth-Century Music 
Functional Piano (4) (not required for piano and organ majors) 
     MUS 150 Piano Class 11
     MUS 151 Piano Class 21
     MUS 250 Piano Class 31
     MUS 251 Piano Class 41
Conducting (2) 
     MUS 244 Basic Conducting2
  
Applied Music 28 credits
 Credits
     Private Lessons (8 semesters)24
     MUP 390 Junior Recital0
     MUP 490 Capstone: Senior Recital4
     MUS 442 Recital Class (8 semesters)0
  
Performance majors must complete satisfactorily a short recital in the junior year and
a full recital in the senior year. The junior recital must meet the same standards as the
MUE senior recital. The senior recital, 50 minutes of music, must include at least 40
minutes of solo performance. All recitals must show a range of performance pieces
demonstrating a variety of historical styles.
Ensemble Requirements                                                         
Credits
Vocal Performance 
      Major Ensemble (8 semesters) 
          University Chorale or Chamber Singers4
      MUS 404 Opera Workshop3
  
Band / Orchestra Instrument Performance 
       Major Ensemble (8 Semesters) 
           University Concert Band or Orchestra4
       MUS 406 Chamber Music2
  
Piano Performance 
       MUS 406 Chamber Music2
       MUS 406, MUS 452 or keyboard in a conducted ensemble4
  
 Organ Performance 
      MUS 401 University Chorale  ( 4 semesters) 2
     MUS 406 Chamber Music 
          (2 semesters; one completed playing continuo)1
     MUS 452 Accompanying or keyboard in a conducted ensemble1
  
Guitar Performance 
      MUS 406 Chamber Music or playing guitar in a conducted ensemble6

  

  Area specific Music Course Requirements 13 - 27 Credits 
Vocal Performance Credits
      MUS 256/257  Diction 1 and 2 4
      MUS 321 Literature of the Major Instrument 2
      MUS 330 Form and Analysis 3
      MUS 372 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument 2
  
 Voice Majors only: Non-music course requirements 19-21 cr
      Voice majors must meet a minimum proficiency in Italian and either French
      or German either by exam or through completion of the second semester
      of the basic course in the Department of Modern and Classical
      Languages and Literatures.
      Italian 1 & 2                                                                                              8 cr.
      French or German 1 & 2                                                                          8-10 cr.
      THE 102 Acting for the Non-Major                                                           3 cr.
 
 Band or Orchestra Instrument Performance 
       MUS 321 Literature of the Major Instrument 2
       MUS 330 Form and Analysis 3
       MUS 332 Counterpoint 3
       MUS 333 Advanced Analysis of Tonal Music 
           or 
       MUS 335 Advanced Aural Skills 3
       MUS 372 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument 2
  
Piano Performance 
      MUS 321 Literature of the Major Instrument Piano 12
      MUS 322 Literature of the Major Instrument Piano 22
      MUS 330 Form and Analysis3
      MUS 332 Counterpoint3
      MUS 333 Advanced Analysis of Tonal Music 
          or 
      MUS 335 Advanced Aural Skills3
      MUS 360/361 Advanced Keyboard Skills 1 & 24
      MUS 372 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument Piano 12
      MUS 373 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument Piano 22
  
Organ Performance 
      MUS 310/311 Organ Improvisation 1 & 22
      MUS 321 Literature of the Major Instrument Organ 12
      MUS 323 Literature of the Major Instrument Organ 22
      MUS 330 Form and Analysis3
      MUS 332 Counterpoint3
      MUS 333 Advanced Analysis of Tonal Music 
          or 
      MUS 335 Advanced Aural Skills3
      MUS 372 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument2
  
Guitar Performance 
      MUS 321 Literature of the Major Instrument2
      MUS 330 Form and Analysis3
      MUS 332 Counterpoint3
      MUS 333 Advanced Analysis of Tonal Music 
          or 
      MUS 335 Advanced Aural Skills3
      MUS 372 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument2
  
Elective Credits  2 - 14 credits
 
Vocal Performance    
      Music         2
      Non-Music0
 Band or Orchestra Instrument Performance 
      Music         4
      Non-Music9
Piano Performance 
      Music         4
     Non-Music 9
 Organ Performance 
      Music        5
      Non-Music9
Guitar Performance 
      Music        4
     Non-Music9

 

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.

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