B.A. or B.S. in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree is a general music degree with additional ­electives in the arts and humanities. The Bachelor of Science in Music degree emphasizes the study of music with additional electives in science and mathematics.

Program Admission Requirements

All prospective music majors/minors and transfer students must contact the department office prior to their first semester’s registration to be assigned a departmental advisor and take diagnostic placement tests and performance auditions. Acceptance as a music major/minor is dependent upon auditions and these examinations. Examinations should be taken before or during the week preceding classwork.

Performance Auditions

These auditions will include technique demonstration and repertoire ­performance.

Theory Placement Exam

This exam will determine the specific semester of music theory to which a student will be assigned.

Piano Placement Exams

These tests serve to determine the specific semester and section of class piano or private instruction to which a student will be admitted. All music majors must successfully complete the department’s required piano proficiency to graduate. Credits in MUSC 1118MUSC 1119MUSC 2218MUSC 2219, or MUSA 1120 may be used toward passing the piano proficiency. The student must register for piano or piano class each semester until passing the proficiency exam.

General Education

The listing below includes program requirements that also fulfill General Education requirements.

Objective 1 6
Objective 2 3
Objective 33
Objective 4 - MUSI 11087
Objective 57
Objective 66
Students must fulfill Objective 7 or Objective 83
Objective 7
Objective 8
Objective 93
Total Credits38

Degree candidates whose applied major is voice are encouraged to take a second year of a foreign language--French or German.

Major Requirements

MUSC 1103Theory of Music I3
MUSC 1104Theory of Music II3
MUSC 1107Recital Attendance (7 semesters)0
MUSI 1108The World of Music (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 4)4
MUSC 1113Aural Skills I1
MUSC 1114Aural Skills II1
MUSC 2203Theory of Music III3
MUSC 2204Theory of Music IV3
MUSC 2213Aural Skills III1
MUSC 2214Aural Skills IV1
MUSC 3304Music History I3
MUSC 3305Music History II3
MUSC 3306Music History III3
MUSC 3311Form and Analysis2
MUSC 4495Senior Recital2
Applied Music8
Choose four credits of lower division Large Ensembles 4
ISU Women's Choir
Concert Choir
Band (Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, or Concert Band)
Four credits required of upper division Large Ensembles4
ISU Women's Choir
Concert Choir
Band (Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, or Concert Band)
Upper Division Music Theory/History Elective2-3
Other Music Electives 22
In addition:
Piano Proficiency 1
Chamber Ensembles
Total Credits53-54

 Degree Totals

Program Admission Requirements0
General Education38
Basic Music Requirements (Required General Education credits removed)49-50
Upper Division Free Electives12
Free Electives21-20
Total Credits120