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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, including the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120. Thirty-nine of the total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level.

All candidates for this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the music degree requirements, which are listed below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The course listed below will satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if this course is taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take an additional course in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog..

MUS 2243 may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Visual and Performing Arts as well as a major requirement.

Music Degree Requirements

All candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music must complete the following 30 semester credit hours of required music courses (MUS 2243 World Music in Society may also be used to satisfy Core Curriculum requirements in Visual and Performing Arts).

Music Degree Core (30 semester credit hours):

MUS  1102  Aural Skills I
MUS  1112  Basic Skills of Music I
MUS  1122  Aural Skills II
MUS  1132  Basic Skills of Music II
MUS  2001  Concert Music (2 semesters)
MUS  2102  Aural Skills III
MUS  2112  Aural Skills IV
MUS  2152  Basic Skills of Music III
MUS  2162  Basic Skills of Music IV
MUS  2243  World Music in Society
MUS  3013  Digital Music Production
MUS  3213  Music in Civilization I
MUS  3223  Music in Civilization II

In addition, candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music must complete the course requirements selected from each of the following areas:

  1. 6 semester credit hours of music literature and culture selected from the following:

    MUS  2263  Introduction to the Music Industry
    MUS  2633  American Roots Music
    MUS  2663  History and Styles of Jazz
    MUS  2673  History and Styles of Rock
    MUS  2693  The Music of Latin America and the Caribbean
    MUS  2743  Music and Film
    MUS  3263  Music Since 1900
    MUS  3413  Psychology of Music
    MUS  3613  Entrepreneurship in Music

  2. 9 semester credit hours of music theory and analysis/technology, of which 6 semester credit hours must be at the upper-division level:

    MUS  2183  Jazz Skills
    MUS  2232  Introduction to Guitar Literature*
    MUS  2403  Conducting I
    MUS  3103  Audio Technology I
    MUS  3113  Analysis of Tonal Music
    MUS  3123  Introduction to Electronic and Computer Music
    MUS  3133  Analysis of Twentieth-Century Music
    MUS  3143  Orchestration
    MUS  3163  Audio Technology II
    MUS  3232  Wind and Percussion Literature
    MUS  3242  String Literature
    MUS  3252  Topics in Music Literature
    MUS  3272  Choral Literature
    MUS  3282  Vocal Literature
    MUS  3292  Operatic Literature
    MUS  3322  Keyboard Literature
    MUS  3332  Advanced Guitar Literature
    MUS  4113  Counterpoint
    MUS  4153  Audio Technology III
    MUS  4163  Topics in Music Theory
    MUS  4183  Jazz Composition and Arranging

    * Guitar principals must select MUS 2232 Introduction to Guitar Literature.

  3. 10–14 semester credit hours of music performance as follows:

    MUS  1521  Class Piano 1
    MUS  1621  Class Piano 2
    (Keyboard Principals must take MUS 1552 Functional Piano for Keyboard Principals.)

    Private Instruction (4 semester credit hours)
    MUS  1512  Music Performance-Private Instruction
    MUS  1542  Music Performance-Private Instruction I
    (Guitar Principals must take 4 semesters of private instruction, including two semesters of MUS 2542.)

    Ensemble (4–8 semester credit hours)
    Four semesters as assigned by the ensemble directors, to include at least two semesters of Directed Ensemble (1–2 hours per semester). Details for ensemble requirements are listed in the Department of Music Student Handbook.

  4. 22–26 semester credit hours of electives, of which 6 semester credit hours must be at the upper-division level. A minimum of 12 semester credit hours must be outside music. Courses are chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor.

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