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Music, Bachelor of (B.M.) with a concentration in performance/jazz studies

The Bachelor of Music is the initial professional degree in music. Its primary emphasis is on development of the skills, concepts and sensitivities essential to the professional life of the musician. At the center of the instructional program for this degree is the music core curriculum, comprising 27 credits of instruction in aspects of musicianship fundamental to all music degree programs. Included are courses in music theory, aural skills, music history and conducting.

Degree requirements for Music, Bachelor of (B.M.) with performance/jazz studies concentration

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

Students will

  • Demonstrate professional performance skills
  • Demonstrate comprehensive musicianship
  • Acquire supporting competencies
  • Develop artistic/intellectual mission
General Education requirements Credits
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
Additional School of the Arts requirements (9 credits)  
HIST 101 or 102 Survey of European History or HIST 103 or 104 Survey of American History 3
General education courses from the College of Humanities and Sciences 6
Major requirements (84 credits)  
APPM 173-174, 273 Keyboard Skills 3
APPM 199 Recital/Convocation Attendance (four semesters) 0
APPM 251-252 Jazz Improvisation I-II 6
APPM 272 Jazz Piano for the Non-keyboard Player 0-1
APPM 299 Master Class (four semesters classical, four semesters jazz) 0
APPM 381 Conducting 2
APPM 394 Junior Recital 0
APPM 492 Senior Project: Portfolio Review (capstone) 1
APPM 494 Senior Recital 0
MHIS 120 Introduction to World Musical Styles 3
MHIS 145-146, 245-246 Theory and Aural Skills I-IV 16
MHIS 311-312 Jazz Arranging I- II 6
MHIS 322 Music History II 3
MHIS 380 Survey of the Music Industry 3
MHIS 405 Jazz Form and Analysis 3
Jazz ensemble requirement 9
APPM 360 Jazz Orchestra (4 credits)  
APPM 361 Small Jazz Ensemble (5 credits)  
Ensemble elective (audition may be required) 3
Select from the following options:  
APPM 355 Orchestra  
APPM 356 Symphonic Winds  
APPM 357 University Band  
APPM 358 Commonwealth Singers  
APPM 359 Choral Arts Society  
APPM 360 Jazz Orchestra  
APPM 361 Small Jazz Ensemble  
APPM 363 Flute Choir  
APPM 364 Guitar Ensemble  
APPM 367 Piano Ensemble  
APPM 368 Woodwind Ensemble  
APPM 369 Percussion Ensemble  
APPM 372 Brass Ensemble  
Open electives (3 credits) 3
Total minimum requirement 120-121

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Applied music achievement levels

Eight achievement levels have been established for applied instrumental and vocal study. These levels are explicit in terms of expected repertoire, musicianship/style, technique and sight-reading. While freshmen normally earn Level I at their first semester juries, transfer students may be awarded a higher level based on their entrance auditions. The table below indicates the achievement levels required for graduation with a Bachelor of Music.

Performance: VIII
Jazz: IV in classical studies,* VIII in jazz



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