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  Jan 20, 2018
 
CURRENT 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Music, B.M.


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Total hours required for program: 128.

To major in music, students must pass an audition in the principal performance area and take a music aptitude examination. Based on the audition and examination, MUS 105, 108, 118 may be required. These courses do not count toward degree requirements. If a student fails MUS 108 or MUS 118 twice, the student shall be ineligible to continue in a music program.

All music majors must pass a public recital in the last semester of principal applied lessons before a degree will be granted. MUS 371, 372, 373 must (unless exempted) reflect the applied study area; only one will count per semester. For students in the B.M. program, marching band is required only in the Instrumental Music Education Concentration.

A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for graduation with the B.M. degree. 

 

Liberal Studies Hours: 42


Liberal Studies Program Requirements 

Major Requirements


The major requires 38 hours as follows:

Concentrations


Music Education


Students receiving the B.M. degree in Music with a concentration in Choral/General or Instrumental Music Education will also receive  the B.S.Ed. degree in Music Education from the College of Education and Allied Professions. Both the Choral/General and the instrumental concentrations require completion of the Professional Education Sequence (listed below the music education concentrations). Music Education students must earn a C or better in the Professional Education Sequence (listed below) and in MUS 323, 324, 329 and either 327/428 or 326/429 (whichever is required).  A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required to maintain active standing in Teacher Education and for graduation with the B.M. degree. 

Admission to the Professional Education Sequence


During the sophomore year, Music Education students must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program Teacher Education Program  and are subject to all of the teacher education requirements.  EDCI 201 is the only course in the professional education sequence that may be taken prior to admission to teacher education.  To continue in the program, students must meet the continuation requirements of the Teacher  Education Program Teacher Education Program .  A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for admission.

Choral/General Music (24 hours)


And (5) five hours of Music Education electives, selected from:

Instrumental Music (24 hours)


All wind and percussion majors in the Instrumental Music concentration must include a minimum of 3 semesters in a concert band and 2 semester in marching band. For keyboard, strings, and guitar majors, MUS 373 must be the major ensemble; performance on secondary winds or percussion is required. If piano is the principal instrument, 3 hours in one secondary applied wind instrument or percussion is required in lieu of piano class.

And (3) three hours of Music Education Electives, selected from:

Commercial and Electronic Music (26 hours)


A minimum GPA requirement of 2.75 is required for acceptance, maintaining and graduating in the Commercial and Electronic Music concentration in the B. M. degree program.

Additional Requirements


The program also requires the following:

General Electives


Seven hours of general university electives are required to complete the program.

Performance Hours: 26


A minimum GPA requirement of 2.50 is required for acceptance, maintaining and graduating in the Performance concentration in the B. M. degree program.

Two hours selected from:


Twelve hours selected from the following groups:


Pedagogy, Literature, and Improvisation: 3 hours


Advanced studies in music: 6 hours


Three additional hours from either group above:


  • voice majors must substitute:

Additional Requirements


The program also requires the following:

  • 6 hours in MFL (must be in one language)

General Electives


Three (3) hours of general university electives are required to complete the program.

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