Keyboard Studies

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science

CIP 50.0999.02

Download: Keyboard Unit Policies

Sample BA Degree Plan

University Studies Requirements — 41-47 Hours

Required Music Courses — 67 Hours

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 — 6-12 Hours

Total Curriculum Requirements — 120 Hours

  1. 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.

  2. All keyboard studies majors are expected to fulfill the functional keyboard requirement of completing Keyboard Level IV.

  3. Research track. The student more interested in research than applied music has the Track of taking applied music instruction for two credit hours each semester for four semesters and then taking one credit hour of instruction on the major instrument for an additional four semesters. The student in the research track will take four credit hours of course work related to his/her area of research with the presentation of a final project (MUS 497) as the culmination of this study.

    Research project. In lieu of a recital, the student may propose a scholarly document. The proposal may be presented as early as the beginning of the fifth semester of study and no later than after the sixth semester of study. The proposal is prepared under the guidance of the student’s advisor and a three-member committee.

  4. Performance track. The student interested in performance has the Track of taking applied music instruction each semester for eight semesters. The culmination of study will be MUS 498.

    Recital. The student, in consultation with the applied teacher and the academic advisor, makes a preliminary decision at the end of the fourth semester of study toward either the performance or research track. The final decision must be made by the end of the sixth semester of study. If the performance track is chosen, a half-recital will be performed.

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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