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Music Performance

Bachelor of Music

This major emphasizes performance proficiency and applied study of a major instrument or voice. It prepares students for careers in performance, independent teaching, or graduate study leading to the Master of Music degree. Program objectives are located at:

Upon successful completion of an audition into the program, students declare a primary instrument or voice; 32 credits of Applied Music must then be taken in the primary instrument or voice. All students must pass a basic piano proficiency test and a basic aural skills test before the end of the sophomore year or they will not be permitted to proceed with the junior recital. A 30- to 40-minute recital on the primary instrument in the junior year and a 60- to 70-minute recital in the senior year are required. Participation in at least one large ensemble appropriate to the student's program (chosen from MU 172, MU 173, MU 174, MU 175, MU 177, or MU 178) is required each semester of applied music study. Additionally, students are required to take at least one semester of a chamber ensemble appropriate to the student's program (MU 171). ¹

A grade C or higher must be earned in each music course counted toward the major. A minimum of 40 total credits must be at the 300-400 level (Music and non-Music courses).

¹ Pianists/organists may substitute up to two semesters of MU 171 Piano Ensemble for these ensembles.

Mid-Level Review

All music majors must complete a Mid-Level Review prior to the junior year. The Review is normally conducted during the student's fourth semester of study, with adjustments made for transfer credits, participation in national and international exchange programs, and official leaves of absence. The Mid-Level Review consists of an application (information form, transcript, and reflective essay) and an assessment meeting between the candidate and the Faculty Review Panel. Application forms and additional information are available from the Music Department Office.

The purpose of the Mid-Level Review is three-fold: 1) to assess the student's academic progress, 2) to assess the student's artistic progress, and 3) to advise the student on academic, artistic, and career goals. Music Education and Music Performance majors whose academic record and/or artistic growth are not at an appropriate level based on state and national standards cannot continue in either of those two Bachelor of Music degree programs, but may continue to be a music major in the Bachelor of Arts in Music program.

Language Requirement

The minimal requirement for all students with a major in Music is one course in a foreign language, normally French, Spanish, or German.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

Major Requirements

82 credits

Select one of the following World Music courses (4 credits):

  • IAMU 112 Latin American Music Survey
  • IAMU 114 Music Cultures of the World
  • IIMU 241 Afro-Brazilian Music & Culture
  • IHMU 305 History of Jewish Music
  • IAMU 312 Latin American Music, Society, and Culture

MU 100 Music Workshop (8 semesters, 0 credits)
MUAP 101, MUAP 102, MUAP 201, MUAP 202, MUAP 301, MUAP 302, MUAP 401, and MUAP 402 Applied Music (3 credits each, 24 total credits on primary instrument)
MUAP 380 Junior Recital: Performance (1 credit)
MUAP 480 Senior Recital: Performance (1 credit)
MUAS 101, MUAS 102, Applied Music (1 credit each, 2 total credits on secondary instrument)
MU 118, MU 119, MU 218, and MU 219 Functional Piano I-IV (1 credit each, 4 total credits) (Piano majors may substitute MU 181 Collaborative Piano Skills for MU 118, MU 119, MU 218, and MU 219, 4 total credits)
MU 151, MU 152, MU 251, and MU 252 Music Theory I-IV (2 credits each, 8 total credits) Students who do not pass the theory placement test given at the time of their audition are advised to seek a private tutor to eliminate this deficiency before starting the sequence of theory classes.
MU 161, MU 162, MU 261, and MU 262 Aural Skills I-IV (1 credit each, 4 total credits)
MU 171 Chamber Ensemble (1 credit each)
MU 172, MU 173, MU 174, MU 175, MU 177, or MU 178 Ensembles (1 credit each, 8 total credits) MU 222 Musical Improvisation (1 credit)
MU 281 Aural Proficiency Exam (0 credit)
MU 282 Mid-Level Review Assessment Exam (0 credit)
MU 283 Piano Proficiency Assessment Exam (0 credit)
MU 310 Western Music Before 1700
MU 312 Western Music After 1700
MU 315 Conducting I (2 credits)
MU 495 Seminar in Music


Vocalists Take:

  • MU 140 Vocal Diction I (1 credit)
  • MU 141 Vocal Diction II (1 credit)
  • MU 182 Art Song for Singers and Pianists (2 credits)
  • MU 335 Performance Literature (2 credits)
  • MU 326 Applied Pedagogy (2 credits)
  • Electives (2 credits)

Instrumentalists Take:

  • MUAS 201, MUAS 202 Applied Music (1 credit each, 2 total credits)
  • MU 326 Applied Pedagogy (2 credits)
  • MU 335 Performance Literature (2 credits)
  • Electives (4 credits)

Degree Requirements

122 credits
40 credits at the upper-level