BM in Music with Emphasis in Music Theory
Degree Program Description
The Bachelor of Music (BM) degree with an emphasis in Music Theory is designed to provide students with a broad survey of approaches of how one might think about music. Following completion of this degree, the student might use this knowledge to tutor music theory, use it as the foundation for teaching AP music theory in high school, work in the larger music industry, or pursue further study at the graduate level.
Music majors that wish to pursue a BM in Music Theory are encouraged to apply for a BA in Music but follow the degree plan for a BM in Music Theory. At the end of their second year, students should apply to enter the music theory program no later than April 1 by contacting the coordinator of the music theory area and arranging an interview to review previous course work and discuss future interests.
Major Program Requirements
The program requires 125-142 hours, including courses in music theory, music history, studio instruction, and ensembles.
In addition to the list of required courses below for the emphasis in Music Theory, students must complete the Bachelor of Music, college and university requirements, including Arts & Science Foundation Requirements.
|MUS_GENL 1091||Recital Attendance for Undergraduate Music Majors (7 satisfactory semesters)||0|
|MUS_APMS 1435||Studio Instruction for Majors (secondary instr. total of 4 credit hours)||1|
|MUS_APMS 2455||Studio Instruction (Major instr. total of 8 credit hours)||1-5|
|MUS_APMS 3455||Studio Instruction (total of 8 credit hours)||1-3|
|MUS_ENS 1841||Instrumental Ensemble (total of 8 credit hours)||0-1|
|or MUS_ENS 1842||Choral Ensemble|
|MUS_THRY 1210||Introduction to Computer Technology and Music||2|
|MUS_THRY 1220||Tonal Music Theory I||2|
|MUS_THRY 1221||Tonal Music Theory II||2|
|MUS_THRY 1230||Aural Training and Sight Singing I||2|
|MUS_THRY 1231||Aural Training and Sight Singing II||2|
|MUS_THRY 2215||Composition I||2|
|MUS_THRY 2216||Composition II||2|
|MUS_THRY 2220||Tonal Music Theory III||2|
|MUS_THRY 2221||Tonal Music Theory IV||2|
|MUS_THRY 2230||Aural Training and Sight Singing III||2|
|MUS_THRY 2231||Aural Training and Sight Singing IV||2|
|MUS_THRY 4220||Post-Tonal Music Theory||2|
|MUS_THRY 3xxx/4xxx||Music Theory Elective 2+2+2||6|
|MUS_H_LI 1322||Introduction to Music in the United States||2|
|MUS_H_LI 2307||History of Western Music I||2|
|MUS_H_LI 2308||History of Western Music II||2|
|MUS_H_LI 43xx||Music History Elective 3+3||6|
|MUS_I_VT 1610||Group Piano for Music Majors I||1|
|MUS_I_VT 1611||Group Piano for Music Majors II||1|
|MUS_I_VT 2610||Group Piano for Music Majors III||1|
|MUS_I_VT 2611||Group Piano for Music Majors IV||1|
|MUS_I_VT 2631||Basic Conducting and Score Reading||2|
|MUS_GENL 3085||Problems in Music (Capstone Theory)||2|
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
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Major and Career Exploration
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