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    Sep 25, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Performance (specialization: Orchestral Instruments), BM

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The purpose of the Bachelor of Music with a major in performance and a specialization in orchestral instruments is: to provide students with the tools necessary to develop their technique and musicianship through the study and performance of music from various periods and genres; to familiarize students with various aspects of the performance profession; to increase students’ preparedness to apply upon graduation for continued study in master’s graduate performance degrees at the highest quality institutions and to help especially gifted students prepare for immediate entry upon graduation into the professional arena as performers and teachers; to encourage students to investigate an expanded array of professional opportunities in the field of music; and to prepare students for professional careers in music through student participation in external performances, lectures/master classes and cultural exchanges.

 Program requirements

Bachelor of Music

Click here to view the general “Bachelor of Music ” requirements within the “College of Music ” section.

Major in Performance

The following choices are available under performance.

  • Piano (performance)

  • Organ (performance)

  • Organ (church music)

  • Harpsichord

  • Voice

  • Orchestral Instruments

  • Strings: violin, viola, cello and double bass

  • Winds: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, woodwinds (a combination of all five instruments), trumpet, trombone, euphonium, horn and tuba

  • Percussion

  • Harp

  • Classical Guitar

General requirements for majors in Performance

Students who have not fulfilled the following requirements at the beginning of the fifth term/semester are not allowed to major in applied music.

  1. Completion of at least 60 semester hours with an average of C or better.
  2. Completion of

Graduation requirements for majors in Performance

  1. Completion of 20–32 hours in the major instrument/voice (the number of hours varies according to the instrument).
  2. Completion of 6–16 hours supplementing the major instrument (literature, pedagogy, diction, chamber music, advanced conducting).
  3. Demonstration of proficiency in solo playing in public recitals, and in ensemble and chamber music, as appropriate.
  4. Presentation of all senior recital capstone requirements, content approved in advance and public performance graded by faculty. All proficiencies (including piano and the Upper Division Examination) must be met the semester before applying for the senior recital capstone.
  5. Completion of 6–12 hours in upper-level MUTH, MUCP and MUED. Credit hours and courses vary by performance area.
  6. Other music and general elective hours (see program outlines below for specific recommendations).
  7. A total of 121–134 hours are required.

Degree requirements

Hours required and general/college requirements

A minimum of 121 hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree as specified in the “University Core Curriculum ” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Music  requirements.

Major requirements

36 hours, including:

Chamber music, 6 hours

Note: percussion majors may use MUCM 3617 ; harp majors may use MUCM 3630 ; guitar majors may use MUEN 2621 ; substitutions may result in needing to add additional advanced hours.

Music communication and literature

3 hours from the following courses

Other required courses

Music laboratory, each long term/semester, minimum of 8 hours from

Note: MULB 1805  is specified for majors in violin, viola, cello and double bass.

Music theory

15 hours in music theory, including:


10 hours (or as many as needed to complete the requirements for the degree).

Other requirements

All non-keyboard majors must enroll in secondary piano each long term/semester until proficiency is passed.

Woodwind instruments

Students who specialize in woodwinds are required to take MUTH 3420 as one of their two advanced electives in music.

Stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass)

  • A minimum of eight terms/semesters of MULB 1805 , Symphony Orchestra, each long term/semester.
  • A minimum of 2 hours in a performance versatility requirement chosen from:
    1. a secondary stringed instrument,
    2. orchestral repertoire,
    3. applied lessons on a baroque instrument.
  • Preparation of two programs of representative works from classic, romantic and contemporary styles. The equivalent of one-half recital must be given the junior year and a full recital in the senior year.

Supplemental information

  • Completion of the University Core Curriculum (42 hours). See “University Core Curriculum requirements.” Some courses required on degree plans may be used to fulfill requirements under Communication, Mathematics, Life and Physical Sciences, American History, Government/Political Science, Creative Arts, Language, Philosophy and Culture, Social and Behavioral Sciences and Core Option (Component Area Option) Courses. 
    • Communication (6) — ENGL 1310 and ENGL 1320 recommended.
    • Mathematics (3) — MATH 1580 or MATH 1581 recommended.
    • Life and Physical Sciences (6) — met by PHYS 1270 and an additional laboratory science course.
    • Language, Philosophy and Culture (3) — met by MUET 3030.
    • American History (6) — met by HIST 2610 and HIST 2620.
    • Government/Political Science (6) — met by PSCI 2306 and PSCI 2305.
    • Creative Arts (3) — met by MUMH 1610, MUMH 2050, MUMH 2060, MUMH 3100 or MUMH 3200.
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (3).
    • Core Option/Component Area Option Courses (6) — met by MUMH 3500 and MUMH 3510.
  • Proficiency examinations:
    • Piano Proficiency Examination.
    • Successful completion of the Upper Division Examination in applied lessons (MUAC and MUAM).

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