Total hours required for the program: 128 for the Concentration in Music Education; 120 for the Concentration in Performance or Commercial Music and Audio Production.
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, and 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. Courses used to meet the large ensemble requirement must reflect the applied study area; only one will count per semester. For students in the BM program, marching band is required only in the Instrumental Music Education Concentration.
Major Requirements (41 hours)
The major requires 41 hours as follows:
Choose one of the following concentrations:
The B.M. in Music Education requires a minimum of 128 hours for the degree, provided MUS 303 is used to meet the Liberal Studies P6 World Cultures requirement.
Students receiving the BM degree in Music with a concentration in Choral/General or Instrumental Music Education will also receive the BSEd 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.
Professional Education Sequence for Music Education (25 hours)
During the sophomore year, Music Education students must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program and are subject to all of the teacher education requirements. EDCI 201 and SPED 240 are the only courses in the professional education sequence that may be taken before admission to teacher education.
A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for admission, continuation, and graduation in the Music Education program. Music Education students must earn a C or better in the Professional Education Sequence (listed below) and in MUS 323, 324, and 329, and either MUS 327/428 or MUS 326/429 (whichever is required).
Choral/General Music Concentration (21 hours)
Instrumental Music Concentration (21 hours)
All wind and percussion majors in the Instrumental Music concentration must include a minimum of three semesters in a concert band and two semesters in marching band. For keyboard, strings, and guitar majors, band must be the major ensemble; performance on secondary winds or percussion is required.
Additional general electives may be needed to meet the minimum 128 hours required for the B.M. Music Education degree.
Commercial Music and Audio Production Concentration (28 hours)
A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for acceptance, continuation, and graduation in the Commercial Music and Audio Production concentration.
Commercial Music Electives (3 hours)
Choose three hours of courses not already used for the concentration (above):
Additional Performance Requirements (6 hours)
Additional general electives may be needed to meet the minimum 120 hours required for the B.M. Commercial Music and Audio Production degree.
Performance Concentration: (25 hours)
A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for acceptance, continuation, and graduation in the Performance concentration.
Pedagogy, Literature, and Improvisation: (3 hours)
Select one hour of coursework or independent study in each of the following areas: pedagogy, literature, and improvisation (3 hours):
Advanced studies in music: (6 hours)
Select one of the following four courses:
Additional Requirements (6 hours)
The program also requires six hours of a foreign language.
Additional general electives may be needed to meet the minimum 120 hours required for the BM Performance degree.