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School of Music Degree Highlights

All students take courses in the University's BELL CORE and Music Common Core in addition to courses related to their major. For a complete course listing, please see the University Catalog

Music Common Core

For the BM degree. BFA and BA are similar but have fewer required hours in the music core.

Applied Study (private lessons and seminars)

Music Theory:
Theory I–IV
Aural Skills I–IV
Plus at least one additional course based on major

Music History:
Introduction to Music: History, Culture, and Style
History of Western Music: 1700–Present
Plus one additional course based on major

Piano Study (class or private study leading to proficiency)

Introduction to Digital Musicianship

Basic Conducting

At least one Ensemble each semester

Recital (Junior and/or Senior, based on major)

Electives (music or non-music)

BM or BFA in Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre Coaching

Musical Theatre Seminar

Ensemble (to prepare main stage
productions and showcases)

Stage Movement

Acting I–III

Play Analysis

Stage Voice and Diction

Theatre electives

Dance (Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Tap)

Students in the BM take two additional semesters of music theory, and history is not required for the BFA. Students in the BFA take one additional class in theatre and 3 additional hours of dance not required for the BM.

Principal Instruments and Applied Study

Every music major has a “principal instrument” which also includes voice. “Applied study” or “applied lessons” means private lessons on your principal instrument. Applied study is similar for all majors. Students meet once a week for one-on-one lessons with an instructor and also in a “seminar” with other students studying in the same area. Seminars provide a chance to perform for your colleagues and teachers, to hear your friends perform and to discuss common issues related to music performance. Students also take “support courses,” one-credit courses that focus on the music, technique and topics related to their specific instrument or musical style.