Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music (music performance) degree is designed for students preparing for graduate study or careers in performance. A student majoring in music performance will select to specialize in voice, piano, guitar, strings, woodwinds, brass, or percussion. Students completing the Bachelor of Music must complete 8 of the 9 General Education Objectives (a minimum of 36 credits; see the General Education Requirements described in the Academic Information section of this Catalog).  Voice majors are required to take two semesters of foreign language study, either French or German.

General Education

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

Objective 16
Objective 23
Objective 33
Objective 46
Objective 57
Objective 66
Students must fulfill Objective 7 or Objective 83
Objective 7
Objective 8
Objective 93
Total Credits37

Basic Music Requirements (common to all options)

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
Piano Proficiency 14
Upper Division Music Theory/History Elective2-3
Other Music Electives 22
Total Credits41-42

Piano proficiency is required for all degree candidates. Applied music secondary credits (MUSC 1118-MUSC 1119, MUSC 2218-MUSC 2219, or MUSA 1120) may be used toward passing the piano proficiency. The student must register for piano each semester until able to pass the proficiency exam.


Music electives must be chosen from Music courses and Music General Education courses, not from Applied Music or Music Ensembles (Performing Organizations).

Instrumental Option

MUSC 3320Instrumental Conducting2
MUSC 4411Instrument Literature2
MUSC 4412Instrument Pedagogy2
Applied Music (major instrument)24
Large Ensembles (band, orchestra, choir)8
Chamber Music (instrumental ensemble)4
Total Credits42

Piano Option

MUSC 3319Choral Conducting2
or MUSC 3320 Instrumental Conducting
MUSC 3395Junior Recital1
MUSC 4413Piano Literature2
MUSC 4414Piano Pedagogy2
Applied Music (piano)24
Large Ensembles (band, orchestra, choir)7
Chamber Music (keyboard collaboration)4
Total Credits42

Voice Option

MUSC 2225Voice Diction2
MUSC 3319Choral Conducting2
MUSC 3325Advanced Voice Diction2
MUSC 4419Voice Literature3
MUSC 4420Voice Pedagogy3
Foreign language requirement 18
Elementary French I
and Elementary French II (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 4)
Elementary German I
and Elementary German II (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 4)
Applied Music (voice)16
Large Ensembles (choir)8
Opera Workshop2
Total Credits46

Voice majors are required to take two semesters of foreign language study, either Elementary French I (FREN 1101) and Elementary French II (FREN 1102) OR Elementary German I (GERM 1101) and Elementary German II (GERM 1102). They are encouraged to elect a second year in a different language.

 ​Degree Totals

Program Admission Requirements0
General Education37
Major Requirements83-88
Upper Division Free Electives0
Free Electives0
Total Credits120-125