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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Arts and Architecture

Music

University Park, College of Arts and Architecture (MUSBA)

PROFESSOR SUE HAUG, Director, School of Music

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music combines a broad liberal education with a selection of courses in Music. The degree is designed to develop basic musicianship, the ability to perform, and a set of principles that leads to a fuller intellectual grasp of the art.

The B.A. in Music degree program includes a General Music Studies Option and an additional option in Music Technology.

Students are required to pass a piano proficiency examination, enroll in a core ensemble for two semesters, and satisfactorily complete a senior project. Application for admittance into the program requires completion of a two-year core of music and General Education courses.

For the B.A. degree in Music, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(1-21 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES :
(Included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, ELECTIVE, or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 0-1 credit

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 51-74 credits[1]
(This includes 1-21 credits of General Education courses - General Music Studies Option: 1-3 credits of GA courses; Music Technology Option: 6 credits of GA courses, 6 credits of GQ courses, 9 credits of GN courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 38 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (28 credits)
MUSIC 119S(2), MUSIC 121(1), MUSIC 122(1), MUSIC 131(2), MUSIC 132(2), MUSIC 162 IL(2) (Sem: 1-2)
MUSIC 221(1), MUSIC 222(1), MUSIC 231(2), MUSIC 261 GA;IL(3), MUSIC 262 GA;IL(3), MUSIC 331(2) (Sem: 3-4)
MUSIC 332(2) (Sem: 5-6)
MUSIC 101(1), MUSIC 476W(3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (10 credits)
Select 6 credits in applied music through Level IV of Primary (Sem: 1-8)
Select 4 credits of ensembles (see School of Music Handbook for list of ensembles) (Sem: 1-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 13-36 credits

GENERAL MUSIC STUDIES OPTION: (13-15 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (1-3 credits)
INART 258A GA(3) or INART 258B GA(1) (Sem: 3-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 12 credits of 400-level music courses (see School of Music Handbook for specific requirements) (Sem: 5-8)

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY OPTION (34-36 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (28 credits)
INART 258A GA(3), INART 050 GN(3), INART 055 GA(3), MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 220 GQ(2) (Sem: 1-6)
MUSIC 453(1) (Sem: 3-4)
MUSIC 452(3), MUSIC 458(3), THEA 484(3) (Sem: 5-6)
MUSIC 451(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6-8 credits)
PHYS 250 GN(4) or PHYS 211 GN(3), PHYS 251 GN(4) or PHYS 212 GN(3) (Sem: 1-2)

Integrated B.A. in Music - M.A. in Music Theory

The School of Music offers a limited number of academically superior students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Music the opportunity to enroll in an integrated program leading to both the B.A. in Music and the Master of Arts in Music Theory in a continuous program of study culminating in both degrees. The ability to coordinate as well as concurrently pursue the two degree programs enables the student to achieve greater depth and comprehensiveness than if the degrees are pursued sequentially and to earn the two degrees in five years. In particular, the program encourages the student to integrate the undergraduate thesis with the master's thesis thereby achieving a greater depth of inquiry.

Application Process

To initiate the application process, students must submit a transcript, faculty recommendation, writing sample, and statement of goals. A faculty adviser will help undergraduate candidates determine a sequence of courses that will prepare them for acceptance into the IUG program. Normally a student would apply after the fourth semester and before the end of the sixth semester. For acceptance into the program students must successfully complete the following courses or their equivalent with a minimum average of 3.5 in their music courses, and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

4 semesters of music theory (MUSIC 131, MUSIC 132, MUSIC 231, MUSIC 331)
4 semesters of musicianship (MUSIC 121, MUSIC 122, MUSIC 221, MUSIC 222)
3 semesters of music history (MUSIC 162, MUSIC 261, MUSIC 262)

Reduced Course Load
As many as twelve of the credits required for the master's degree may be applied to both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. A minimum of 50% of the courses proposed to count for both degrees must be at the 500 level. Thesis credits may not be double counted.

B.A. Senior Project (Music 476W) / M.A. Thesis (Music 600)
Students will be encouraged to select a B.A. Senior Project topic (Music 476W) that will later develop into the M.A. Thesis. It is expected that the Master's Thesis consist of greater depth and specialization than the Senior Project.

Eligibility for a Graduate Assistantship
Students in the IUG program will be eligible for a graduate assistantship starting in the beginning of the fifth year.

Tuition Charges
Undergraduate tuition rates will apply as long as the student is an undergraduate, unless the student received financial support, for example, an assistantship requiring the payment of graduate tuition (from "Information and Guidelines for Establishing Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate Degree Programs" - approved by the Graduate Council, May 8, 1996).

Integrated B.A. in Music - M.A. in Music Theory and History

The School of Music offers a limited number of academically superior students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Music the opportunity to enroll in an integrated program leading to both the B. A. in Music and the Master of Arts in Music Theory and History in a continuous program of study culminating in both degrees. The ability to coordinate as well as concurrently pursue the two degree programs enables the student to achieve greater depth and comprehensiveness than if the degrees are pursued sequentially and to earn the two degrees in five years. In particular, the program encourages the student to integrate the undergraduate thesis with the master's thesis thereby achieving a greater depth of inquiry.

Application Process

To initiate the application process, students must submit a transcript, faculty recommendation, writing sample, and statement of goals. A faculty adviser will help undergraduate candidates determine a sequence of courses that will prepare them for acceptance into the IUG program. Normally a student would apply after the fourth semester and before the end of the sixth semester. For acceptance into the program students must successfully complete the following courses or their equivalent with a minimum average of 3.5 in their music courses, and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

4 semesters of music theory (MUSIC 131, MUSIC 132, MUSIC 231, MUSIC 331)
4 semesters of musicianship (MUSIC 121, MUSIC 122, MUSIC 221, MUSIC 222)
3 semesters of music history (MUSIC 162, MUSIC 261, MUSIC 262)

Reduced Course Load
As many as twelve of the credits required for the master's degree may be applied to both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. A minimum of 50% of the courses proposed to count for both degrees must be at the 500 level. Thesis credits may not be double counted.

B.A. Senior Project (Music 476W) / M.A. Thesis (Music 600)
Students will be encouraged to select a B.A. Senior Project topic (Music 476W) that will later develop into the M.A. Thesis. It is expected that the Master's Thesis consist of greater depth and specialization than the Senior Project.

Eligibility for a Graduate Assistantship
Students in the IUG program will be eligible for a graduate assistantship starting in the beginning of the fifth year.

Tuition Charges
Undergraduate tuition rates will apply as long as the student is an undergraduate, unless the student received financial support, for example, an assistantship requiring the payment of graduate tuition (from "Information and Guidelines for Establishing Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate Degree Programs" - approved by the Graduate Council, May 8, 1996).

Integrated B.A. in Music - M.A. in Musicology

The School of Music offers a limited number of academically superior students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Music the opportunity to enroll in an integrated program leading to both the B.A. in Music and the Master of Arts in Musicology in a continuous program of study culminating in both degrees. The ability to coordinate as well as concurrently pursue the two degree programs enables the student to achieve greater depth and comprehensiveness than if the degrees are pursued sequentially and to earn the two degrees in five years. In particular, the program encourages the student to integrate the undergraduate thesis with the master's thesis thereby achieving a greater depth of inquiry.

Application Process

To initiate the application process, students must submit a transcript, faculty recommendation, writing sample, and statement of goals. A faculty adviser will help undergraduate candidates determine a sequence of courses that will prepare them for acceptance into the IUG program. Normally a student would apply after the fourth semester and before the end of the sixth semester. For acceptance into the program students must successfully complete the following courses or their equivalent with a minimum average of 3.5 in their music courses, and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

4 semesters of music theory (MUSIC 131, MUSIC 132, MUSIC 231, MUSIC 331)
4 semesters of musicianship (MUSIC 121, MUSIC 122, MUSIC 221, MUSIC 222)
3 semesters of music history (MUSIC 162, MUSIC 261, MUSIC 262)

Reduced Course Load
As many as twelve of the credits required for the master's degree may be applied to both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. A minimum of 50% of the courses proposed to count for both degrees must be at the 500 level. Thesis credits may not be double counted.

B.A. Senior Project (Music 476W) / M.A. Thesis (Music 600)
Students will be encouraged to select a B.A. Senior Project topic (Music 476W) that will later develop into the M.A. Thesis. It is expected that the Master's Thesis consist of greater depth and specialization than the Senior Project.

Tuition Charges
Undergraduate tuition rates will apply as long as the student is an undergraduate, unless the student received financial support, for example, an assistantship requiring the payment of graduate tuition (from "Information and Guidelines for Establishing Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate Degree Programs" - approved by the Graduate Council, May 8, 1996).

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.


Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2013(MUSBA); Fall Semester 2002 (Integrated Programs)

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-03-003 (MUSBA); 30-07-036, 30-07-038, 30-07-040 (Integrated Programs)

Review Date: 11/19/2013

Director name last updated: 01/13/06

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