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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

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)


Commercial Music

Common Courses: 

History of Commercial Music, Commercial Music Analysis, Survey of Music Business, Survey of Recording Technology, performance courses in musical style or improvisation, and applied lessons in both classical and commercial styles.

In addition to the Common Courses, Commercial Music students have an area of emphasis: 
Music Technology emphasis

Digital Musicianship I and II

Adv. Computer Production I and II

Intro to Sound Synthesis

Computer Music Notation


Contemporary Arranging

Composing for Media

Composition & Arranging emphasis

Commercial Composition (6 sems.)

Composition Seminar


Contemporary Arranging

Advanced Contemporary Arranging

Computer Music Notation

Songwriting emphasis

Evolution of the Popular Song

Commercial Composition (3 sems.)

Songwriting I and II

Lyric Writing

Songwriting Practicum

Additional course in Digital Music

Performance emphasis


Commercial Styles 
(Jazz, Pop and Country)

Studio Instrumentalist

Improvisation I and II

Additional courses in Music Business. Current options include Public Relations, Entrepreneurship and Electronic Media.

Performance emphasis


Commercial Styles
(Jazz, Pop and Country)

Studio Singers

Singers Reading Lab

Additional courses in Music Business. Current options include Public Relations, Entrepreneurship and Electronic Media.

Music Business emphasis

Students in this emphasis take 15 additional credit hours of Music Business courses.

Options include topics like Music Publishing, Copyright Law, Artist Management and many more. A for-credit internship is also possible with the proper prerequisites.

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.