Apr 12, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Music Performance Major BM, Vocal Specialization


Student advancement through performance levels (164-464) is determined by jury examination. Prior to completion of the bachelor’s degree, vocal performance majors must:

Demonstrate competency in French, German, Italian or Spanish. Competency in French, German or Spanish should equal the successful completion of French 153, German 153, or Spanish 153. The student must provide a transcript with proof of earning a grade of C or higher in high school or university level courses. Two years of high school language study is normally equivalent to three quarters (1 year) of university level language study.

Program Requirements
All music majors must earn a grade of C or higher in each music course required for their respective degree.

Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • MUS1 (Music Theory) demonstrate music theory knowledge and aural skills sufficient to analyze and interpret a substantial body of music literature.
  • MUS2 (Music History, Culture, and Literature)  demonstrate historical and contemporary knowledge of genres, styles, artists, and works within Western and non-Western music, and the research skills to enhance that knowledge.
  • MUS3 (Individual Applied Music) interpret, prepare, and perform a variety of musical works on a primary instrument or voice sufficient to the requirements of their major.
  • MUS4 (Collaborative Applied Music) interpret, prepare, and perform a variety of musical works through collaboration in musical ensembles sufficient to the requirements of their major.
  • MUS5 (Specialized Music Study) exhibit competencies specific to their major, including advanced performance skills, pedagogical skills, composition and improvisation skills, and/or the competencies for teacher certification.
  • MUS6 (Musical Disposition) engage as active participants in the musical community of the university and region through event attendance, performance, teaching, creative and/or service activity.

Music Program Learner Outcomes


Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • MUS1 (Music Theory) apply music theory knowledge and aural skills to the analysis and interpretation of music literature.
  • MUS2 (Music History, Culture, and Literature) acquire and apply historical and contemporary knowledge of genres, styles, artists, and works within Western and non-Western music, and utilize research skills to enhance that knowledge.
  • MUS3 (Individual Applied Music) develop foundational technique in order to interpret, prepare, and perform a variety of musical works on a primary instrument or voice sufficient to the requirements of their major.
  • MUS4 (Collaborative Applied Music) interpret, prepare, and perform a variety of musical works through collaboration in musical ensembles sufficient to the requirements of their major.
  • MUS5 (Specialized Music Study) exhibit competencies specific to their major, including advanced performance skills, pedagogical skills, composition and improvisation skills, and/or the competencies for teacher certification.
  • MUS6 (Musical Disposition) engage as active participants in the musical community of the university and region through event attendance, performance, teaching, creative and/or service activity.

BM Performance Core Requirements


Music Theory - Credits: 21


Students must pass an online fundamental exam with 75% ($10 fee) or take and pass (75%) an online fundamental course ($99 fee) to enroll in MUS144. Students must take a placement exam to waive any of the following courses. Concurrent enrollment of the following is required: (MUS 144, 144A, 152A), (MUS 145, 145A, 153A), and (MUS 146, 146A, 154A). A grade of C or better is required in both the written and aural components to continue in the theory sequence.

Class Piano - Credits: 3


A waiver of this requirement can be obtained by demonstrating sufficient keyboard skills to designated piano faculty members.

Applied Music - Credits: 29


  • Individual Instruction - (MUS 164, 264, and 364) Credits: (18)

Upper-division Music Theory - Credits: 3


Conducting - Credits: 6


Total Core Credits: 73


Required Courses


Ensemble - Credits: 30


Primary Ensembles - Credits: (20-24)


Primary Ensembles must correspond to the student’s primary applied area.

Chamber Ensembles Credits: (6-10)


Secondary Ensembles - Credits: (0-4)


Total Credits: 116-120


College and Department Information


Music Department  
College of Arts and Humanities  

Program Codes
Major plan codes: MUSIBM, MUSIBMP
Specialization plan code: VOCA

Online Availability
The program does not have a designated online only option.