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Major Requirements

Also see the Major Requirements Schedule to create a four-year plan.

Prerequisites (may be waived by examination):

MUS 100    Pre-Theory  
MUS 150    Music Theory I

A minimum of 48 semester credits, distributed as follows:

Forty hours from the following:

Music Theory and Composition:

MUS  200     Music Theory II
MUS  250     Music Theory III

Music History and Literature:

MUS  162     History of Western Music  I
MUS  163     History of Western Music  II

Four semester credits of a single major instrument including voice.  Declared majors must enroll in studio instruction every semester on campus.

Six semester credits of ensemble, at least four of which must be from Orchestra, Choirs or Wind Symphony.

Eight semester credits of upper-division theory or composition chosen from: 

MUS  300     20th-Century Theory and Aural Skills
MUS  316     Jazz Theory
MUS  333     Seminar in Electronic Music
MUS  341     Orchestration
MUS  342     Counterpoint
MUS  346     Conducting
MUS  347     Advanced Musicianship and Conducting

Four semester credits of upper-division music history or literature from:

MUS  302     Jazz History

MUS  307     Seminar in Music
MUS  361     Music and Language

Pass the piano proficiency examination.

Two semester credits in Music 490. Senior project requirements by area of major:

  • Composition: Preparation of professional-quality manuscripts. Recital of original musical works; graded by jury.
  • Ethnomusicology: Thesis in ethnomusicology; graded by committee.
  • Music Education: 1) work sample similar to those required by our graduate school’s M.A.T. program. 2) satisfactory evaluations by both cooperating teachers. 3) satisfactory evaluation by the supervising faculty member. 4) public or videotaped demonstration of work with students for faculty review.
  • Musicology: Thesis in musicology; graded by committee.
  • Performance: Recital on the major instrument; graded by jury.

Four credits of specific requirements by area of major:

Composition: Three semester credits of 392 and 1 semester credit of Western ensemble. It is strongly recommended that composers who wish to pursue graduate work take 341, 342, 346, and 347.

Ethnomusicology: One additional course in ethnomusicology. Recommended: Sociology/Anthropology 100 or 110, 200.

Music Education: Music 346 and two credits from Music 385, 386, 387, 388, 389 (1 credit each). Recommended: Music 347 and Education 201. 

Musicology: Music 361. Recommended: Music 307 Seminar in Music

Performance: Three additional credits of instruction on the major instrument. One additional credit of Western ensemble. Recommended: Four additional credits of Western ensemble, as well as Music 346, 347.