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.
Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:
|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|
|Foreign language (Italian, French or German) 101-102||8|
|Major requirements (84 credits)|
|APPL 311-314, 415-418 Applied Lessons (principal performing medium)||16|
|APPL 320 Applied Lessons Secondary Instrument||3|
|APPM 161-162 Lyric Diction||6|
|APPM 173-174, 273 Keyboard Skills||3|
|APPM 199 Recital/Convocation Attendance (four semesters)||0|
|APPM 299 Master Class (eight semesters)||0|
|APPM 377 Vocal Chamber Ensemble||2|
|APPM 381 Conducting||2|
|APPM 385 Opera Theatre||2|
|APPM 394 Junior Recital||0|
|APPM 463 Pedagogy (vocal)||2|
|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 321, 322 Music History I, II||6|
|MHIS 465 Song Literature||2|
|Ensemble requirement (audition may be required)||7|
|Select from the options below:|
|APPM 358 Commonwealth Singers|
|APPM 359 Choral Arts Society|
|APPM 378 Women’s Chorus|
|Ensemble elective (audition may be required)||1|
|Select from the ensemble requirement list or APPM 377 Vocal Chamber Ensemble|
|Select from APPM 365, 366 Aural Skills V, VI and any MHIS or MUSC 300- and 400-level courses not otherwise required in the curriculum.|
|Open electives (9 credits)||9|
|Total minimum requirement||120|
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.
Last update: 7/25/2013
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