Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Instrumental Music Major (Bachelor of Music)

Major Requirements

The requirements for a major in instrumental music leading to a Bachelor of Music degree are 52 or 54 credits in music plus 28 private instruction credits and ensemble participation plus 24 credits in non-music electives:

Music Courses
MUS 111Materials of Music I2
MUS 112Materials of Music II2
MUS 128Aural Skills I2
MUS 211Materials of Music III2
MUS 212Materials of Music IV2
MUS 225Aural Skills II2
MUS 226Aural Skills III2
MUS 232History of Western Music: Medieval to the Mid-19th Century4
MUS 343Orchestration2
MUS 361World Musics4
MUS 423Critical Analysis I2
MUS 424Critical Analysis II2
MUS 427Instrumental Conducting I2
MUS 476String Literature (string majors only)2
MUS 477String Pedagogy (string majors only)2
MUS 478Woodwinds, Brass or Percussion Literature and Pedagogy (woodwind, brass, or percussion majors only)2
MUS 482Senior Recital/Project2
Contextual Studies Courses
Select two of the following:4
Contextual Studies I - Genre
Contextual Studies I - Period
Contextual Studies I - Topic
Select at least one of the following:4
Contextual Studies II - Genre
Contextual Studies II - Period
Contextual Studies II - Topic
Creative Application Courses2
Composition I
Music Technology I
Music Technology II
Music Elective Courses
6-8 credits from music elective courses6-8
6 credits for String Majors only
8 credits for WBP Majors only
Non-Music Elective Courses
24 credits from non-music elective courses24
Private Instruction
28 credits of private instruction:
8 credits in the student's major instrument at the 200-level (four 2-credit courses)8
16 credits in the student's major instrument at the 400-level (four 4-credit courses)16
4 credits in the student's minor instrument or class piano (four 1-credit courses)4
8 semesters in ensemble 10
Chamber Music
0 credits in chamber music (two semesters). Participation in chamber music is required for two semesters by enrolling in:0
Percussion Ensemble & Marimba Choir
Marimba Choir
Brass Chamber Music
Woodwind Chamber Music
String Chamber Music
Seven student recitals:
One appearance each semester in a general student recital in the major instrument in the first and sophomore years
A half-recital in the major instrument in the junior year
One appearance in a general student recital or studio recital in the minor instrument
Total Hours106-108

Participation in an appropriate ensemble as designated by the music faculty and as related to the major area of study is required each semester of enrollment.

Degree and Graduation Requirements
In addition to the program-specific requirements listed above, all students must complete the graduation requirements specified for their degree.  See the Degree and Graduation Requirements section for more information.