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Bachelor of Music

CIP 50.0901

Download: Sample BM Degree Plan

University Studies Requirements 35 Hours

University Studies selections must include: 
  •  COM 181 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
    Required Music Courses - 81-83 Hours

    MUS 098 Recital Attendance and Assembly(2) 

    MUS 099 Transitions

    MUS 114-119 Applied Lesson (two semesters at two or three credits per semester)(3) 

    MUS 114-119 Applied Lesson (two semesters at one credit per semester)(4)

    MUS 170 Theory I

    MUS 171 Aural Skills I

    MUS 172 Functional Keyboard I(5) 

    MUS 173 Theory II

    MUS 174 Aural Skills II

    MUS 175 Functional Keyboard II 

    MUS 214-219Applied Lesson (two semesters at three credits per semester)(3) 

    MUS 270 Theory III

    MUS 271 Aural Skills III

    MUS 272 Functional Keyboard III(5) 

    MUS 273 Theory IV

    MUS 274 Aural Skills IV

    MUS 275 Functional Keyboard IV(5) 

    MUS 314-319 Applied Lesson

    (two semesters at three credits per semester)(3) 

    MUS 323 Basic Conducting

    MUS 381 Music History and Literature I

    MUS 382 Music History and Literature II

    MUS 383 Music History and Literature III

    MUS 392 Professional Engagement Experience 

    MUS 396 Repertoire/Pedagogy

    MUS 398 Junior Recital

    MUS 414-419 Applied Lesson

    (two semesters at three credits per semester)(3)

    MUS 496 Repertoire/Pedagogy

    MUS 498 Senior Recital

    MUS 499 Concerto Performance

    MUS 511 Analysis of Contemporary Music

    MUS 512 Counterpoint

    MUS 513 Form and Analysis

    MUS 530 Special Topics

    Electives from the following:

    MUS 225 English and German Diction for Singers 

    MUS 226 French and Italian Diction for Singers 

    MUS 241 Composition Level I

    MUS 313 Introduction to Music Synthesis

    MUS 327 Arranging Techniques

    MUS 328 Choral Arranging

    MUS 423 Instrumental Conducting

    MUS 424 Choral Conducting

    Ensembles: Students are required to participate in a major ensemble involving their primary instrument concurrent with every semester of applied music study. Major ensembles include Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, University Orchestra, Concert Band, University Chorale, and Concert Choir. Some performance areas have more specific requirements. Students should consult their advisors and applied lesson teachers for detailed requirements.

    Electives 6 ........................................................................2-4 hrs

    Total Curriculum Requirements .................................. 120 hrs

    (1)Admission to this degree program is conditional for first year. Continuation in the program is dependent upon advice of applied teacher and departmental chair after assessment of performance talent, achievement and general musicianship. The student in pursuit of the degree is advised to gain an academic minor or minors and/or a companion degree.

    (2)Six successful semesters of MUS 098 are required. To successfully complete the course each semester the student must gain credit for 13 approved recitals and have no more than one absence from required assembly programs.

    (3)Applied music is studied at two or three credits in the first two semesters and three credits in semesters three through eight. Periodic jury and proficiency examinations are required. A half-recital (MUS 398) is required in the junior year and a full recital (MUS 498) is required in the senior year. A solo appearance with a performing ensemble approved by the applied teacher and department chair is required (MUS 499).

    (4)Vocal majors must complete the additional two credit hours in applied piano. Instrumental majors may complete the additional two credit hours on a secondary instrument in any applied area. If piano or organ is chosen as the secondary instrument, study will begin after the completion of MUS 275.

    (5)All students in the performance Track of the B.M. degree must pass the Functional Keyboard IV competency exam followed by two credit hours of applied secondary study. Students are advised into the correct section of Functional Keyboard according to demonstrated ability and achievement.

    (6)At least one course must be an unrestricted elective outside the major.

    The requirements listed above are an example of what is applicable to most students entering Murray State University at the present time. Criteria as they may relate to individual students may vary. The primary source is the Undergraduate Bulletin applicable at the time of the student enrollment.

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