General Requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree
A Minimum of 31 Course Credits
No more than two 100-level courses may be taken in the senior year without the permission of the Academic Standing Committee. No more than four All-College Independent Study course credits may be counted toward satisfying the minimum credit requirement for this degree. No more than two full credit in 500-level adjunct courses may be counted toward satisfying the minimum 31 credits.
A Minimum of 10 Courses from Outside the Music Department
To include a writing-designated course (W) and three humanities courses (not counting the W course) from at least two of the following groupings: (1) English and Foreign Language; (2) History; (3) Philosophy; (4) Religion; (5) Art or Theatre; and (6) Education.
A Grade of “Pass” on All Parts of the Piano Proficiency Requirement
All majors are required to pass the Piano Proficiency Requirement by the end of the sophomore year. Music Education majors must pass the Piano Proficiency Requirement before application for Student Teaching placement.
A Grade of “Pass” on All Parts of the Aural Skills Proficiency Requirement
Music Education majors must pass the Aural Skills Proficiency requirement before application for Student Teaching Placement.
At least one music ensemble each semester for eight semesters, as arranged by the student, the faculty advisor, and the ensemble conductor (see “Ensemble Participation”).
Students may choose more than one of these options. Students who plan to complete MUS 485 as their capstone must submit a description of the proposed project for departmental approval by October 1 of their senior year.
Three Course Credits in a Primary Performance Medium
Either voice or a keyboard, string, percussion, or wind instrument.
One-and-One-Half Course Credits in Secondary Performance Media
Prospective teachers must also apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (preferably at the start of their sophomore year) and complete coursework for elementary certification and /or secondary certification as described under Education. Prospective teachers should request a current list of the specific course requirements from the Education Office.
Please note: Music Education Majors must pass the Piano Proficiency and Aural Skills Proficency Requirements before applying for Student Teaching placement.