BM in Music with Emphasis in Performance

Degree Program Description

The Bachelor of Music (BM) degree with an emphasis in Performance focuses on studio instruction, pedagogy, and literature for instrumental or vocal performance.  Students select brass, classical guitar, percussion, piano, strings, voice, or woodwinds as a primary instrument.  The program requires 123-143 hours, including courses in music theory, music history, studio instruction, and ensembles.  It is designed for the student who intends to pursue a career as a composer, performer, or college teacher, as well as the student who plans to enter graduate school to pursue further study in one of these areas.  Students must audition to be admitted into the emphasis area.

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Major Program Requirements

In addition to the list of required courses below for the emphasis in Performance for each track (piano, string performance, vocal performance, wind or percussion performance), students must complete the bachelor of music, college and university requirements, including Arts & Science Foundation Requirements.

Piano Track
MUS_GENL 1091Recital Attendance for Undergraduate Music Majors (7 satisfactory semesters)0
MUS_APMS 2455Studio Instruction (total of 16 credit hours)1-5
MUS_APMS 4455Studio Instruction (total of 14 credit hours)1-5
MUS_APMS 3970Junior Recital1
MUS_APMS 4970Senior Recital1
MUS_ENS 1841Instrumental Ensemble (total of 2 credit hours)0-1
or MUS_ENS 1842 Choral Ensemble
MUS_ENS 1846Chamber Music (total of 4 credit hours)1
MUS_THRY 1210Introduction to Computer Technology and Music2
MUS_THRY 1220Syntax, Structure and Style of Music I2
MUS_THRY 1221Syntax, Structure and Style of Music II2
MUS_THRY 1230Aural Training and Sight Singing I2
MUS_THRY 1231Aural Training and Sight Singing II2
MUS_THRY 2220Syntax, Structure and Style of Music III2
MUS_THRY 2221Syntax, Structure and Style of Music IV2
MUS_THRY 2230Aural Training and Sight Singing III2
MUS_THRY 2231Aural Training and Sight Singing IV2
MUS_THRY 422020th Century Composition Techniques2
MUS_THRY 4223Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint3
MUS_THRY 42xx Theory Elective2
MUS_H_LI 1322Introduction to Music in the United States2
MUS_H_LI 2307History of Western Music I2
MUS_H_LI 2308History of Western Music II2
MUS_H_LI 43xx History Elective3
MUS_I_VT 2631Basic Conducting and Score Reading2
MUS_I_VT 2661Keyboard Skills for Piano Majors I2
MUS_I_VT 2662Keyboard Skills for Piano Majors II2
MUS_I_VR 3753Piano Literature I2
MUS_I_VR 3754Piano Literature II2
MUS_I_VT 4661Piano Pedagogy Survey I2
MUS_I_VT 4662Piano Pedagogy Survey II2
Total Credits53-62
String Performance Track
MUS_GENL 1091Recital Attendance for Undergraduate Music Majors (7 satisfactory semesters)0
MUS_APMS 2455Studio Instruction (total of 16 credit hours)1-5
MUS_APMS 4455Studio Instruction (total of 14 credit hours)1-5
MUS_APMS 3970Junior Recital1
MUS_APMS 4970Senior Recital1
MUS_ENS 1841Instrumental Ensemble (University Philharmonic)1
MUS_ENS 1846Chamber Music (1+1)1
MUS_THRY 1210Introduction to Computer Technology and Music2
MUS_THRY 1220Syntax, Structure and Style of Music I2
MUS_THRY 1221Syntax, Structure and Style of Music II2
MUS_THRY 1230Aural Training and Sight Singing I2
MUS_THRY 1231Aural Training and Sight Singing II2
MUS_THRY 2220Syntax, Structure and Style of Music III2
MUS_THRY 2221Syntax, Structure and Style of Music IV2
MUS_THRY 2230Aural Training and Sight Singing III2
MUS_THRY 2231Aural Training and Sight Singing IV2
MUS_THRY 422020th Century Composition Techniques2
MUS_THRY 4223Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint3
MUS_THRY 42xx Theory Elective2
MUS_H_LI 1322Introduction to Music in the United States2
MUS_H_LI 2307History of Western Music I2
MUS_H_LI 2308History of Western Music II2
MUS_H_LI 43xx History Elective3
MUS_I_VT 1610Group Piano for Music Majors I1
MUS_I_VT 1611Group Piano for Music Majors II1
MUS_I_VT 2610Group Piano for Music Majors III1
MUS_I_VT 2611Group Piano for Music Majors IV1
MUS_I_VT 2631Basic Conducting and Score Reading2
Total Credits46-54
Vocal Performance Track
MUS_GENL 1091Recital Attendance for Undergraduate Music Majors (7 satisfactory semesters)0
MUS_APMS 2455Studio Instruction (total of 12 credit hours)1-5
MUS_APMS 3970Junior Recital1
MUS_APMS 4455Studio Instruction (total of 10 credit hours)1-5
MUS_APMS 4970Senior Recital1
MUS_ENS 1842Choral Ensemble (1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1)1
MUS_ENS 1865Opera Workshop (1+1)1
MUS_THRY 1210Introduction to Computer Technology and Music2
MUS_THRY 1220Syntax, Structure and Style of Music I2
MUS_THRY 1221Syntax, Structure and Style of Music II2
MUS_THRY 1230Aural Training and Sight Singing I2
MUS_THRY 1231Aural Training and Sight Singing II2
MUS_THRY 2220Syntax, Structure and Style of Music III2
MUS_THRY 2221Syntax, Structure and Style of Music IV2
MUS_THRY 2230Aural Training and Sight Singing III2
MUS_THRY 2231Aural Training and Sight Singing IV2
MUS_THRY 422020th Century Composition Techniques2
MUS_THRY 4223Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint3
MUS_THRY 42xx Theory Elective2
MUS_H_LI 1322Introduction to Music in the United States2
MUS_H_LI 2307History of Western Music I2
MUS_H_LI 2308History of Western Music II2
MUS_H_LI 43xx History Elective3
MUS_I_VT 1610Group Piano for Music Majors I1
MUS_I_VT 1611Group Piano for Music Majors II1
MUS_I_VT 2610Group Piano for Music Majors III1
MUS_I_VT 2611Group Piano for Music Majors IV1
MUS_I_VT 2631Basic Conducting and Score Reading2
MUS_I_VT 3670Diction in Singing: Italian1
MUS_I_VT 3671Diction in Singing: German1
MUS_I_VT 3672Diction in Singing: French1
MUS_I_VR 4767Vocal Literature I2
MUS_I_VR 4768Vocal Literature II2
Total Credits53-61
Wind or Percussion Performance Track
MUS_GENL 1091Recital Attendance for Undergraduate Music Majors (7 satisfactory semesters)0
MUS_APMS 2455Studio Instruction (total of 16 credit hours)1-5
MUS_APMS 3970Junior Recital1
MUS_APMS 4455Studio Instruction (total of 14 credit hours)1-5
MUS_APMS 4970Senior Recital1
MUS_ENS 1841Instrumental Ensemble (total of 8 credit hours)0-1
MUS_ENS 1846Chamber Music (1+1)1
MUS_THRY 1210Introduction to Computer Technology and Music2
MUS_THRY 1220Syntax, Structure and Style of Music I2
MUS_THRY 1221Syntax, Structure and Style of Music II2
MUS_THRY 1230Aural Training and Sight Singing I2
MUS_THRY 1231Aural Training and Sight Singing II2
MUS_THRY 2220Syntax, Structure and Style of Music III2
MUS_THRY 2221Syntax, Structure and Style of Music IV2
MUS_THRY 2230Aural Training and Sight Singing III2
MUS_THRY 2231Aural Training and Sight Singing IV2
MUS_THRY 422020th Century Composition Techniques2
MUS_THRY 4223Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint3
MUS_THRY 42xx Theory Elective2
MUS_H_LI 1322Introduction to Music in the United States2
MUS_H_LI 2307History of Western Music I2
MUS_H_LI 2308History of Western Music II2
MUS_H_LI 43xx History Elective3
MUS_I_VT 1610Group Piano for Music Majors I1
MUS_I_VT 1611Group Piano for Music Majors II1
MUS_I_VT 2610Group Piano for Music Majors III1
MUS_I_VT 2611Group Piano for Music Majors IV1
MUS_I_VT 2631Basic Conducting and Score Reading2
MUS_I_VT 2634Rehearsal Clinic: Band Conducting I1
Total Credits46-55

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester, for each track.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

Piano Performance Track

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS_GENL 1091 (Section 3)0MUS_GENL 10910
MUS_THRY 12102MUS_THRY 12212
MUS_THRY 12202MUS_THRY 12312
MUS_THRY 12302MUS_H_LI 13222
MUS_ENS 1841 or 18421MUS_ENS 1841 or 18421
MUS_APMS 24554MUS_APMS 24554
Non-Music Courses4-6Non-Music Courses4-6
 15-17 15-17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS_GENL 10910MUS_GENL 10910
MUS_THRY 22202MUS_THRY 22212
MUS_THRY 22302MUS_THRY 22312
MUS_I_VT 26612MUS_H_LI 23082
MUS_I_VT 46612MUS_APMS 24554
MUS_H_LI 23072MUS_I_VT 26622
MUS_APMS 24554MUS_I_VT 46622
Non-Music Courses2-4Non-Music Courses2-4
 16-18 16-18
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS_GENL 10910MUS_GENL 10910
MUS_ENS 18461MUS_ENS 18461
MUS_THRY 42202MUS_I_VT 26312
MUS_APMS 44554MUS_APMS 39701
Music History Elective3MUS_APMS 44553
Non-Music Courses5-7Music Theory Elective Course2
 Non-Music Courses3-5
 15-17 12-14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS_GENL 10910MUS_ENS 18461
MUS_ENS 18461MUS_I_VR 37542
MUS_I_VR 37532MUS_APMS 49701
MUS_THRY 42233MUS_APMS 44553
MUS_APMS 44554Non-Music Courses6-8
Non-Music Courses5-7 
 15-17 13-15
Total Credits: 117-133

String Instrument Performance Track

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS_GENL 1091 (Section 3)0MUS_GENL 10910
MUS_THRY 12102MUS_THRY 12212
MUS_THRY 12202MUS_THRY 12312
MUS_THRY 12302MUS_H_LI 13222
MUS_I_VT 16101MUS_I_VT 16111
MUS_ENS 18411MUS_ENS 18411
MUS_APMS 24554MUS_APMS 24554
undefined3-6Non-Music Courses3-6
 15-18 15-18
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS_GENL 10910MUS_GENL 10910
MUS_ENS 18411MUS_ENS 18411
MUS_THRY 22202MUS_THRY 22212
MUS_THRY 22302MUS_THRY 22312
MUS_H_LI 23072MUS_H_LI 23082
MUS_APMS 24554MUS_APMS 24554
MUS_I_VT 26101MUS_I_VT 26111
Non-Music Courses3-6Non-Music Courses3-6
 15-18 15-18
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS_GENL 10910MUS_GENL 10910
MUS_ENS 18411MUS_ENS 18411
MUS_THRY 42202MUS_I_VT 26312
MUS_APMS 44554MUS_APMS 39701
Music History Elective3MUS_APMS 44553
Non-Music Courses5-8Music Theory Elective2
 Non-Music Courses3-5
 15-18 12-14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS_GENL 10910MUS_ENS 18411
MUS_ENS 18411MUS_APMS 44553
MUS_APMS 44554MUS_ENS 18461
MUS_THRY 42233MUS_APMS 49701
MUS_ENS 18461Non-Music Courses8-10
Non-Music Courses7-9 
 16-18 14-16
Total Credits: 117-138

Vocal Performance Track

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS_GENL 10910MUS_GENL 10910
MUS_THRY 12102MUS_THRY 12212
MUS_THRY 12202MUS_THRY 12312
MUS_THRY 12302MUS_H_LI 13222
MUS_I_VT 16101MUS_I_VT 16111
MUS_ENS 18421MUS_ENS 18421
MUS_APMS 24553MUS_APMS 24553
Non-Music Courses5-7Non-Music Courses5-7
 16-18 16-18
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS_GENL 10910MUS_GENL 10910
MUS_ENS 18421MUS_ENS 18421
MUS_THRY 22202MUS_THRY 22212
MUS_THRY 22302MUS_THRY 22312
MUS_H_LI 23072MUS_H_LI 23082
MUS_APMS 24553MUS_APMS 24553
MUS_I_VT 26101MUS_I_VT 26111
MUS_I_VT 36701MUS_I_VT 36711
MUS_I_VT 36721Non-Music Courses5-7
Non-Music Courses5-7 
 18-20 17-19
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS_GENL 10910MUS_GENL 10910
MUS_ENS 18421MUS_ENS 18421
MUS_I_VT 36701MUS_I_VT 26312
MUS_THRY 42202MUS_APMS 39701
MUS_APMS 44553MUS_APMS 44552
Music History Elective3MUS_I_VR 47672
Non-Music Courses6-8Music Theory Elective2
 Non-Music Courses3-5
 16-18 13-15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS_GENL 10910MUS_ENS 18421
MUS_ENS 18421MUS_I_VR 47682
MUS_THRY 42233MUS_APMS 44552
MUS_APMS 44553MUS_APMS 49701
MUS_ENS 18651MUS_ENS 18651
Non-Music Courses6-8Non-Music Courses7-9
 14-16 14-16
Total Credits: 124-140

Wind or Percussion Performance Track

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS_GENL 10910MUS_GENL 10910
MUS_THRY 12102MUS_THRY 12212
MUS_THRY 12202MUS_THRY 12312
MUS_THRY 12302MUS_H_LI 13222
MUS_I_VT 16101MUS_I_VT 16111
MUS_ENS 18411MUS_ENS 18411
MUS_APMS 24554MUS_APMS 24554
Non-Music Courses4-6Non-Music Courses4-6
 16-18 16-18
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS_GENL 10910MUS_GENL 10910
MUS_ENS 18411MUS_ENS 18411
MUS_THRY 22202MUS_THRY 22212
MUS_THRY 22302MUS_THRY 22312
MUS_H_LI 23072MUS_H_LI 23082
MUS_APMS 24554MUS_APMS 24554
MUS_I_VT 26101MUS_I_VT 26111
Non-Music Courses4-6Non-Music Courses4-6
 16-18 16-18
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS_GENL 10910MUS_GENL 10910
MUS_ENS 18411MUS_ENS 18411
MUS_THRY 42202MUS_I_VT 26312
MUS_APMS 44554MUS_APMS 44553
Music History Elective Course3MUS_APMS 39701
Non-Music Courses6-8Music Theory Elective Course2
 Non-Music Courses3-5
 16-18 12-14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS_GENL 10910MUS_ENS 18411
MUS_ENS 18411MUS_I_VT 26341
MUS_APMS 44554MUS_APMS 44553
MUS_THRY 42233MUS_APMS 49701
MUS_ENS 18461MUS_ENS 18461
Non-Music Courses9-11Non-Music Courses6-8
 18-20 13-15
Total Credits: 123-139

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Degree Audit

 

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Major and Career Program

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For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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