School of Music

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 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 (12)  
     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
     MUH 321 Classical and Romantic Music 3
          or MUH 220 Twentieth / Twenty-First Century Music  
Functional Piano (4) (not required for piano and organ majors)  
     MUS 150 Piano Class 1 1
     MUS 151 Piano Class 2 1
     MUS 250 Piano Class 3 1
     MUS 251 Piano Class 4 1
Conducting (2)  
     MUS 244 Basic Conducting 2
   
Applied Music 27 credits
 Credits
     Private Lessons (8 semesters) 24
     MUP 390 Junior Recital 0
     MUP 490 Capstone: Senior Recital / Seminar 3
     MUS 442 Recital Class (8 semesters) 0
   
Performance majors must complete satisfactorily a 30 minute recital in the junior year and
a 50 minute recital in the senior year. The junior recital, 30 minutes of music, must include at least 25
minutes of solo performance. 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 Singers 4
      MUS 404 Opera Workshop 3
   
Band / Orchestra Instrument Performance  
       Major Ensemble (8 Semesters)  
           University Concert Band or Orchestra 4
       MUS 406 Chamber Music 2
   
Piano Performance  
       MUS 406 Chamber Music 2
       MUS 406, MUS 452 or keyboard in a conducted ensemble 4
   
 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 ensemble 1
   
Guitar Performance  
      MUS 406 Chamber Music or playing guitar in a conducted ensemble 6

  

  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
      MUT 330 Form and Analysis  3
      MUS 372 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument  2
   
 Voice Majors only: Non-music course requirements  16-18 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.
.
      Italian 1 & 2                                                                                              8 cr.
      French or German 1 & 2                                                                          8-10 cr.
  
 
 Band or Orchestra Instrument Performance  
       MUS 321 Literature of the Major Instrument  2
       MUT 330 Form and Analysis  3
       MUT 332 Counterpoint  3
       MUS 372 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument  2
   
Piano Performance  
      MUS 321 Literature of the Major Instrument Piano 1 2
      MUS 322 Literature of the Major Instrument Piano 2 2
      MUT 330 Form and Analysis 3
      MUT 332 Counterpoint 3
      MUS 360/361 Advanced Keyboard Skills 1 & 2 4
      MUS 372 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument Piano 1 2
      MUS 373 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument Piano 2 2
   
Organ Performance  
      MUS 310/311 Organ Improvisation 1 & 2 2
      MUS 321 Literature of the Major Instrument Organ 1 2
      MUS 323 Literature of the Major Instrument Organ 2 2
      MUT 330 Form and Analysis 3
      MUT 332 Counterpoint 3
      MUS 372 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument 2
   
Guitar Performance  
      MUS 321 Literature of the Major Instrument 2
      MUT 330 Form and Analysis 3
      MUT 332 Counterpoint 3
      MUS 372 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument 2
   
Elective Credits  2 - 17 credits
 
Vocal Performance     
      Music          0
      Non-Music 0
 Band or Orchestra Instrument Performance  
      Music          5
      Non-Music 9
Piano Performance  
      Music         4
     Non-Music 6
 Organ Performance  
      Music         7
      Non-Music 9
Guitar Performance  
      Music         7
     Non-Music 9

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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