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Bachelor of Arts in Music

Requirements for a Music Major

DEGREE: Bachelor of Arts

Liberal Arts Core 43 credits
Music Major 54 credits
Open Electives 23 credits
Total 120 credits


Students Who Major In Music Must Complete:

MU 103 Theory I
MU 104 Theory II
MU 118 Sight-Singing and Ear Training I
MU 119 Sight-Singing and Ear Training II
MU 126 Keyboard Harmony I
MU 127 Keyboard Harmony II
MU 203 Theory III
MU 218 Sight-Singing and Ear Training III
MU 226 Keyboard Harmony III
MU 310 Conducting
MU 318 History and Literature of Music I
MU 319 History and Literature of Music II
MU 323 Arranging
MU 350 Introduction to Computers in Music
MU 425 Style, Form and Analysis
MU 495/496 Senior Recital or Research Project

Music elective courses totaling six credits: choose from MU 220, MU 221, MU 240 , MU 250, MU 255 or MU 304.

(As directed by the advisor or department chair)
Applied Music requirements:
(1 cr) MU 100E or 101E Voice Class – All Music Majors
(8 cr) MU 101– 402 Applied Music on individual instruments
(0 cr) MU 225 Performance Class – eight semesters
Vocal majors are required to take one semester of piano or guitar in addition to the above requirements.

Ensemble requirements:
Eight (8) credits from one or more of the following groups:
MU 125 College Choir
MU 130 Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop 
MU 135 Wind Ensemble
MU 140 Jazz Ensemble
All instrumentalists participate in chamber ensembles (MU 141) as required (see chamber ensemble requirement).


Sophomore Evaluation: Students will be evaluated at the end of their sophomore year and a recommendation will be made as to whether they may continue as a major. This recommendation will be based up:

  1. Satisfactory completion of Theory I, II, and III (Grade of C or higher)
  2. Satisfactory progress on their chosen instrument or voice, based upon a “Jury hearing” by at least two faculty including their private teacher, at the completion of their sophomore year or 4th semester of private study (whichever comes first).

Students who are not able to pass these requirements may use their credits for a minor, and are encouraged to continue to participate in ensembles and lessons, but will not continue as music majors.

Audition Requirement
Students are required to audition for the music faculty to be accepted into the program as a major or minor. Auditions are held during the spring semester and audition requirements are listed on the music department Web page. (Students may contact the department chair with questions or exceptional needs.)

Performance Class Requirement
All students registered in Applied Music courses MU 101-402 are required to register for and attend MU 225 Performance Classes. Students will perform in the class as required by their applied music instructor.

Ensemble Requirement
Performing as part of an ensemble is a major factor in learning to be a well-rounded, informed and competent musician. All music majors and students receiving a scholarship are required to participate in at least one ensemble each semester whether for one credit or zero credit. Current ensembles are choir, jazz ensemble, wind ensemble and opera/musical theatre workshop.

Chamber Ensemble Requirement
Performing in a chamber ensemble allows students to sharpen their musical and technical skills. There are solo opportunities and the challenge of playing in a group without the aid of a conductor. Participation in a chamber ensemble is required of all music majors and minors at the discretion of the applied music instructor. Current chamber ensembles are flute, brass, string and percussion.