Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science

CIP 50.0901

ACCREDITED BY: National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

Total Curriculum Requirements (120 Hours)

University Studies Requirements (32-37 Hours)

(See University Studies)

Music Courses Requirements (51-58 Hours)

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

  • Six successful semesters of MUS 101 are required. To successfully complete the course each semester the student must gain credit for 10 approved recitals and have no more than one absence from required assembly programs.

  • All BA/BS Music majors are expected to fulfill the Aural Skills, Theory, and Keyboard requirement. As well as the Music History requirement.

    Aural Skills MUS 170, MUS 173, MUS 270, MUS 273 and Theory MUS 171, MUS 174, MUS 271, MUS 274 must be taken in sequence, with a "C" or better to continue in the sequence. Keyboard MUS 172, MUS 175 must be taken in sequence, with a "C" or better to continue.

    Music History MUS 381 must be taken first in the Music History Sequence, and the grade of "C" or better is required to continue the sequence. MUS 382 and MUS 383 may be taken in any order.

  • 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 their 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.

  • 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.

Minor or Electives (22-37 Hours)

Additional information

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

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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