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Music (MUSBM) - Archive

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Begin Date: Fall Semester 2002
End Date: Spring Semester 2004

Music (MUSBM) - Archive

University Park, College of Arts and Architecture

PROFESSOR RICHARD GREEN, in charge

The Bachelor of Music degree program is intended to prepare students for careers in composition or performance. Completion of this program requires that the student achieve a high level of competence in order to begin professional work or pursue further studies at the graduate level.

Entrance into this program will be determined by departmental evaluation.

For the B.Mus. degree in Music with an option in Composition, a minimum of 135 credits is required; with an option in Performance, 133-141 credits are required. All students are required to pass a piano proficiency examination.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

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

INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

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

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 88-96 credits

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 34 credits[1]

PRESCRIBED COURSES (24 credits)
MUSIC 121(1), MUSIC 122(1), MUSIC 131(2), MUSIC 132(2), MUSIC 161(1), MUSIC 162W(1) (Sem: 1-2)
MUSIC 221(1), MUSIC 222(1), MUSIC 231(2), MUSIC 261(3), MUSIC 262(3), MUSIC 266(1) (Sem: 3-4)
MUSIC 331(2), MUSIC 332(2) (Sem: 5-6)
MUSIC 101(1) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (10 credits)
Select 4 credits of approved ensembles (see School of Music Handbook for list of ensembles) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits from MUSIC 461W(3), MUSIC 462W(3), MUSIC 463W(3), or MUSIC 464W(3) (Sem: 5-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 54-62 credits

COMPOSITION OPTION: 56 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (42 credits)[1]
MUSIC 173S(2), MUSIC 174(2) (Sem: 1-2)
KEYBD 100J GA(6) (Sem: 1-8)
MUSIC 256(1), MUSIC 273(2), MUSIC 274(2) (Sem: 3-4)
MUSIC 336(2), MUSIC 366(2), MUSIC 373(3), MUSIC 374(3), MUSIC 458(3), MUSIC 465(2), MUSIC 471(2) (Sem: 5-6)
MUSIC 431(2), MUSIC 433(2), MUSIC 473(3), MUSIC 474(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (7 credits)[1]
Select 2 credits of approved ensembles (see School of Music Handbook for list of ensembles) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 5 credits of MUSIC courses (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (7 credits)
Select 7 credits in consultation with adviser (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 3-8)

PERFORMANCE OPTION: 54-62 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (3 credits)
MUSIC 129S(3) (Sem: 1-2)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)[1]
Select 4 credits of approved ensembles (see School of Music Handbook for list of ensembles) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 2 credits from MUSIC 181(2) or MUSIC 182(2), MUSIC 267(2), MUSIC 336(2), MUSIC 422(3), MUSIC 431(2), MUSIC 432(2), MUSIC 433(2-3), MUSIC 438(2), MUSIC 471(2), or MUSIC 472(2) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (45-53 credits)
Select 21 credits in applied music through Level VIII of performance[1] (Sem: 1-8)
Select 8-16 credits in foreign language: French, German, or Italian[4]; (Sem: 1-8)
Select 4 credits in a secondary instrument[1] (Sem: 1-8)
Select 9 credits in music in consultation with adviser[1] (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits in consultation with adviser (Sem: 1-8)

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

The School of Music offers a limited number of academically superior students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music the opportunity to enroll in an integrated program leading to both the B.M. in Performance and the Master of Arts in 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.

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.

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.M. in Performance - M.A. in Music Theory and History

The School of Music offers a limited number of academically superior students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music the opportunity to enroll in an integrated program leading to both the B.M. in Performance 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.

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.

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.M. in Performance - M.A. in Musicology

The School of Music offers a limited number of academically superior students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music the opportunity to enroll in an integrated program leading to both the B.M. in Performance 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.

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.

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).

 

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[4] All performance majors must achieve the eighth-credit level in one foreign language.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2002

Blue Sheet Item #: 30-07-037, 30-07-039, 30-07-041

Review Date: 4/9/02

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