Entrance Requirements for all Music Degree Programs:
In addition to meeting the University’s admission standards, applicants must demonstrate musical ability in performance on their major instruments or voice before a jury of the music faculty. Before the University can review your application for admission, applicants must pass an audition. Music Education majors must also submit an essay one week prior to their audition. (Consult the Music Division Undergraduate Handbook for details.) Space is limited in these majors and students need to apply and audition early. To ensure full consideration, please audition and apply no later than February 1st for Fall admission. Auditions are arranged through the Music Division office, where a listing of audition requirements for the various disciplines may be obtained. A student is considered a music major upon:
- acceptance based upon audition and interview;
- maintenance of grade point average consistent with college requirements, and;
- enrollment for credit in courses appropriate to his/her level within music
Because of the sequence of music courses and because of the extent of requirements for majors, it is necessary that in order for a student to “remain a music major in good standing,” a student must be enrolled in all required courses, in consultation with their advisor. The expectation is that students “stay on track” and show consistency in preparation as well as attendance. Any student requesting “Special Student” status will warrant the fees associated with non-majors.
Applied Music Fees:
For music majors as well as non-majors a fee will be charged for private instruction. Private instruction for the non-music major is contingent on the student’s level of performance as determined by audition, and on the availability of studio time of the instructor. Arrangements for such instruction and assignment of a teacher must be made through the office of the Music Division, School of Performing Arts. Practice facilities are provided in the Class of 1944 Hall. The University provides, so far as possible, practice opportunities for students who take applied music for credit.
Courses in Applied Music
The Division of Music provides private instruction in instruments and voice:
- MUS 201 For Bachelor of Arts in Music and music minors, individual applied instrumental lessons or voice lessons after completing Principles of Singing. May be repeated for credit. Section number designates instrument or voice.
- MUS 210 For Music Education or Music Performance majors. Individual applied instrumental music lessons for the first four semesters. Repeated for credit until Junior Standing examination is passed. Section number designates instrument or voice.
- MUS 350 For Music Education majors. Individual applied instrumental or voice music lessons after having passed the Junior Standing examination. May be repeated for credit. Section number designates instrument or voice.
- MUS 450 For Music Performance majors. Individual applied instrumental or voice music lessons after having passed the Junior Standing examination. May be repeated for credit. Section number designated instrument or voice.
All music majors enrolled in applied music are required to enroll in MUS 100 (Recital Laboratory) each semester of study.
Bachelor of Arts in Music
This program is designed for the study of music within a strong liberal arts curriculum. It offers broad coverage of the field of music with emphasis on the study of the history and theory of music. It furnishes an appropriate background for prospective candidates for advanced degrees who are preparing for non-performance centered careers (e.g. musicology, composition, music librarianship, radio and television, etc.). It does not qualify the graduate for certification as a public school music teacher.
Candidates for the degree must, before graduation, attain a level of performing ability equivalent to that required for the Junior Standing exam in the BM degree program. Requirements for this exam are set by each instrumental area. A senior project will be accomplished under the guidance of an assigned faculty member during the final semester of the senior year. This project (3 credits) will be chosen from one of the following areas: a research paper, an original composition, or a lecture/recital by special permission.