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The purpose of the Bachelor of Music with a major in performance and specialization in piano 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 being a musician/performer; to increase students’ preparedness to apply upon graduation for continued study in graduate performance degrees at the highest quality institutions and to help especially gifted students prepare for immediate entry upon graduation into the professional arena; 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 participation in performances, lectures/master classes, national and international competitions, and cultural exchanges.
Bachelor of Music
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Major in Performance
The following choices are available under performance.
Organ (church music)
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
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.
- Completion of at least 60 semester hours with an average of C or better.
- Completion of
Graduation requirements for majors in Performance
- Completion of 20–32 hours in the major instrument/voice (the number of hours varies according to the instrument).
- Completion of 6–16 hours supplementing the major instrument (literature, pedagogy, diction, chamber music, advanced conducting).
- Demonstration of proficiency in solo playing in public recitals, and in ensemble and chamber music, as appropriate.
- 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.
- Completion of 6–12 hours in upper-level MUTH, MUCP and MUED. Credit hours and courses vary by performance area.
- Other music and general elective hours (see program outlines below for specific recommendations).
- A total of 121–134 hours are required.
Hours required and general/college requirements
A minimum of 129 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.
36 hours including:
Music communication and literature
3 hours from the following courses
Music theory requirements
18 hours in music theory, including:
Advanced electives in music
Students select 3 hours from the following courses.
13 hours (or as many as needed to complete the requirements for the degree), 3 hours of which must be in music and 2 of which must be advanced.
- Presentation of a junior recital; content approved in advance by faculty.
- Attendance at all area departmental recitals is required. Unexcused absences will result in the final applied major course grade being lowered. For additional information, consult the divisional and area handbooks.
- 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:
- Open Score/Transposition (OS/T) Examination.
- Successful completion of the Upper Division Examination in applied lessons (MUAC and MUAM).
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