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Performance Major (PRFM)

Degree: Bachelor of Music

Required: 123 semester hours (Voice requires 125 hours), to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level
MUS 090 (7 semesters)
MUS 091 (7 semesters)

Available Concentrations & AOS Codes:
Composition, U607 (a concentration in music composition with proficiency in at least one performance area required for acceptance)
Instrument, U611
Keyboard, U636
Voice, U635

Student Learning Goals

The Bachelor of Music degree is the initial professional degree in music. Its primary emphasis is on development of the skills, concepts, and sensitivities essential to the professional life of the musician. In any of many possible roles, the professional musician must exhibit not only technical competence, but also a broad knowledge of music and music literature, the ability to integrate musical knowledge and skill, sensitivity in musical style, and an insight into the role of music in intellectual and cultural life.

Requirements

I General Education Core Requirements (GEC)

See complete GEC requirements and approved course listings for all categories.

Core Category

S.H.

Students may select courses for:

 

Literature (GLT)

3

Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (GHP)

3

Mathematics (GMT)

3

Natural Sciences (GNS)
one must be a laboratory course; each must have a different departmental prefix

7

Philosophical, Religious, Ethical Principles (GPR)

3

Reasoning and Discourse (GRD)
ENG 101 or FMS 115 or RCO 101, and one additional GRD course

6

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GSB)

6

 

 

Department specifies courses for:

 

Fine Arts (GFA)
student may select any GFA course except MUS

3

One additional GLT, GFA, or GPR course
required: MUS 332

3

 

II General Education Marker Requirements

See details and courses. It is possible to meet all GE Marker Requirements while completing the GE Core requirements or courses required by the major/ concentration.

Department specifies courses for:

Four (4) Global/Global Non-Western Perspectives (GL/GN)

  • required for all concentrations: MUS 135 (GN), MUS 333 (GL)
  • additional requirement for Voice concentration: GER 101 and FRE 101
  • additional requirement for all other Performance concentrations: any one additional GL or GN course

Students may select courses for:

One Speaking Intensive (SI) Course
In addition to this SI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second SI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Speaking Intensive.

One Writing Intensive (WI) Course
In addition to this WI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second WI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Writing Intensive. MUS 402 is required for all concentrations as the major WI course.

 

III Major Requirements

Core courses for all concentrations

  1. Theory: MUS 101, 102, 105, 106, 201, 202, 205, 206, 301
  2. Performance Studies: 12 s.h.
  3. Technology: MUS 107, 108
  4. MUS 402 Seminar in Career Development

Voice or Instrument Concentration

  1. Major area Performance Studies: 10 s.h. beyond core requirement culminating in 3 s.h. of MUS 452 and a senior recital, MUS 400
  2. Secondary Performance Studies: 2 s.h.
  3. Musicology: MUS 135, 332, 333, and one of the following: 431, 434, 511, 529, 530, 531, 532, 533, 534. May not duplicate upper-division History/Literature and Theory requirement (#5).
  4. Conducting: 1 s.h.: MUS 319 or 372
  5. History/Literature and Theory: 9 s.h. from 413, 414, 415, 422, 423, 424, 431, 435, 436, 437, 460, 470, 471, 473, 507, 508, 510, 511, 521, 528, 529, 530, 531, 532, 533, 534, 538, 566 (two areas must be represented)
  6. Additional requirements

Guitar Students

Class Piano: 2 s.h. through MUS 134 or proficiency

Large Ensemble: 8 s.h. from MUS 380, 381A, 381B, 382, 388, 391, 393, 394A, 394B, 396G, up to 2 s.h. of 395 by audition and with permission of the performance studies teacher.

Small Ensemble: 4 s.h. from MUS 347, 348, 376, 377, 396

Pedagogy: 3 s.h.

 

Harpsichord Students

MUS 284, 285

Large Ensemble: 2 s.h. of MUS 384, 6 s.h. from MUS 380, 381A, 381B, 382, 388, 391, 393, 394A, 394B

Collegium Musicum: 2 s.h.

Piano: 4 s.h.

Keyboard Harmony: 2 s.h.

MUS 530: 3 s.h.

Pedagogy: 3 s.h.

 

Orchestral Instrument Students

Class Piano: 2 s.h. through MUS 134 or proficiency

Large Ensemble: 8 s.h. from MUS 391, 393, 394A, 394B

Small Ensemble: 4 s.h. from MUS 347, 348, 376, 377, 396

Pedagogy (string, woodwind, brass, or percussion): 3 s.h.

 

Organ Students

MUS 284, 285

Large Ensemble: 4 s.h. of MUS 384, 4 s.h. from MUS 380, 381A, 381B, 382, 388, 391, 393, 394A, 394B

Small Ensemble: 2 s.h. from MUS 347, 348, 376, 377, 396

Keyboard Harmony: 2 s.h.

Pedagogy: 3 s.h.

 

Piano Students

MUS 284, 285

Large Ensemble: 4 s.h. of MUS 384, 4 s.h. from MUS 380, 381A, 381B, 382, 388, 391, 393, 394A, 394B, up to 2 s.h. of 395 by audition and with permission of the performance studies teacher.

Small Ensemble: 2 s.h. from MUS 347, 348, 376, 377, 396

Pedagogy: 3 s.h.

Literature: MUS 413 or 414

Keyboard Harmony: 2 s.h.

 

Voice Students

MUS 300 Recital; must be studying at the 351 level concurrently

Large Ensemble: 8 s.h. from 380, 381A, 381B, 382, 388

Class Piano: 2 s.h. through MUS 134 or proficiency

Diction: 4 s.h.

Vocal Repertory and Pedagogy: 7 s.h. (375, 513, 541)

FRE 101, GER 101, and ITA 101

 

Composition Concentration

  1. Composition: 2 semesters (4 s.h.) of MUS 115 (beyond Performance Studies core requirement) culminating in MUS 452 and a senior recital, MUS 400
  2. Principal Performance Area: 8 s.h.
  3. Musicology: MUS 135, 332, 333, and one of the following: 431, 434, 511, 529, 530, 531, 532, 533, 534.
  4. Class Piano: 2 s.h. through MUS 134 or proficiency (not required of keyboard principals)
  5. Large Ensemble: 8 s.h. from MUS 380, 381A, 381B, 382, 388, 391, 393, 394A, 394B, 376 (Contemporary Chamber Players), up to 2 s.h. of 395 for trumpet, trombone, percussion, piano, guitar, saxophone, and bass principals by audition and with permission of the performance studies teacher.
  6. Small Ensemble: 2 s.h. from MUS 347, 348, 376, 377, 396
  7. MUS 203, 350, 372, 507 or 508, 510, 566
  8. MUS 402 Seminar in Career Development

IV Electives

Electives sufficient to complete the 123 semester hours required for the degree.