The bachelor of music is a professional degree, earned through concentrated study in one of three tracks: performance, church music, or composition. This degree program is designed for students who want to become professional church musicians, studio music teachers, composers, music professors, or professional performers. The degree is also excellent preparation for graduate-level study of music.

Foundations

The general education requirements of the bachelor of music are listed in the University Catalog. To be eligible for the bachelor of music, students must complete the required curriculum as well as requirements for concert attendance, keyboard proficiency, and more, as outlined in the Music Student Handbook, 2017-18.

Required Courses
MUSIC CORE 46 credits
MUS 109 Musicianship I 2 credits
MUS 110 Musicianship II 2 credits
MUS 163 Music Theory I 3 credits
MUS 164 Music Theory II 3 credits
MUS 201 Development of Western Music 2 credits
MUS 209 Musicianship III 2 credits
MUS 210 Musicianship IV 2 credits
MUS 213 Basic Conducting 2 credits
MUS 263 Music Theory III 3 credits
MUS 264 Music Theory IV 3 credits
MUS 318 Music of the Baroque, Classical and Early Romantic Eras 3 credits
MUS 319 Music of the Late Romantic and Modern Eras 3 credits
MUS 401 Early Music Seminar 2 credits
MUS 463  Twentieth-Century Techniques 3 credits
MUS 464 Studies in Counterpoint 3 credits
MUS 499 Music Colloquium (eight semesters) 0 credits
Eight credits of ensemble participation 8 credits
One concentration (see below) varies
TOTAL 128 – 136 credits
Concentrations
REQUIREMENT Organ Piano Voice Instrument
MUEN 358 Chamber Music 2 credits 2 credits
MUS 220-223 Diction for Singers — English, Italian, German and French 3 credits
MUS 313 Intermediate Conducting 2 credits 2 credits
MUS 404 Recital (half-recital in the third year) 1 credit 1 credit 1 credit 1 credit
MUS 404 Recital (full recital in the fourth year) 2 credits 2 credits 2 credits 2 credits
MUS 423 Pro-Seminar in the Pedagogy of Music 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits
MUS 454 Teaching of Performance Music 1 credit
Piano 4 credits 4 credits
Principal Instrument 20 credits* 20 credits* 20 credits** 20 credits*
TOTAL CREDITS FOR CONCENTRATION 30 credits 28 credits 32 credits 30 credits
Electives 9-11 credits
11-13 credits
6-8 credits 9-11 credits
TOTAL REQUIRED FOR DEGREE 128 credits 128 credits 128 credits 128 credits

* Must complete MUAP 453
** Must complete MUAP 453; total may include MUS 239

Students in the church music program have two options of principal performing medium: organ and voice. Each student is expected, however, to acquire sufficient skill in organ performance and choral directing to assume a position as a qualified parish musician.

REQUIREMENT Organ Voice
MUS 313 Intermediate Conducting 2 credits 2 credits
MUS 404 Recital (half-recital in the third year) 1 credit 1 credit
MUS 404 Recital (full-recital in the fourth year) 2 credits 2 credits
MUS 415 Liturgical Organ Playing 2 credits 2 credits
MUS 454 Teaching of Performance Music 1 credit 1 credit
MUS 473 Church Music 3 credits 3 credits
Piano or Harpsichord 4 credits
Organ 20 credits* 8 credits
Voice 4 credits 20 credits*
TOTAL CREDITS FOR CONCENTRATION 39 credits 39 credits
Electives 6-8 credits 6-8 credits
TOTAL REQUIRED FOR DEGREE 136 credits 136 credits

* Must complete MUAP 453

MUS 312 Scoring and Arranging 2 credits
MUS 313 Intermediate Conducting 2 credits
MUS 404 (recital of composed works) 1 credit
Composition 12 credits
Performance Study* 12 credits
TOTAL CREDITS FOR CONCENTRATION 29 credits
Electives  10-12 credits
TOTAL REQUIRED FOR DEGREE 128 credits

* Performance study requires completion of level 203 in a primary performing area and completion of level 103 in piano or organ if the primary performing area is not one of these. Up to five credits of performance study may be fulfilled with instructional methods courses (at one credit).

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