Four-Year Degree Plan

Instrumental performance track

Bachelor of Music

The five track options offered within the music degree can be completed in four years or a total of eight semesters. However, a four-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that you may bring upon admission to the University.

Degree options

The music department offers a comprehensive Bachelor of Music degree that can be taken with a focus in one of five areas, as well as a non-comprehensive Bachelor of Arts degree.

Below is the four-year degree plan for the Bachelor of Music instrumental performance track. Your path to graduation may vary slightly based on factors such as college credit you earned while in high school.

Check out the course rotation before scheduling your classes.

BM Four-Year Degree Plan: Instrumental Performance
(Comprehensive)

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 107 Recital Attendance I 0
MUS 103 Theory and Musicianship I 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 2
MUS 137 Piano Class I 1
Large Ensemble (Band or Orchestra) 1
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 Writing I 3
CIS/CSC 101 - Computers for Learning 2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Total hours17

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 108 Recital Attendance II 0
MUS 104 Theory and Musicianship II 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 2
MUS 138 Piano Class II 1
Large Ensemble (Band or Orchestra) 1
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches 3
SOC 150 Introduction to Society 3
BIO 102 Principles of Biological Science 4
Total hours16

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 207 Recital Attendance III 0
MUS 203 Theory and Musicianship III 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 2
MUS 237 Piano Class III 1
Large Ensemble (Band or Orchestra) 1
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
HST 121/122 - Survey of U.S. History 3
Total hours16

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 208 Recital Attendance IV 0
MUS 204 Theory and Musicianship IV 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 2
MUS 251 Piano 1-4
Large Ensemble (Band or Orchestra) 1
MUS 298 Upper Division Applied Status 0
MUS 239 Introduction to World Music 3
AST 114 Survey of Astronomy 4
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines 3
Total hours17

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 307 Recital Attendance V 0
Applied Music (Lesson) 3
Large Ensemble (Band or Orchestra) 1
MUS 345 Music in Western Culture and Society I 3
MUS 372 Small Ensemble 1
MUS 321 Conducting 2
Advanced Music Theory 2
Foreign Language (French or German) 3
Total hours15

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 308 Recital Attendance VI 0
MUS 398 Junior Recital 2-4
Large Ensemble (Band or Orchestra) 1
MUS 346 Music in Western Culture and Society II 3
MUS 372 Small Ensemble 1
Advanced Music Theory 2
Foreign Language (French or German) 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
Total hours17

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 407 Recital Attendance VII 0
Applied Music (Lesson) 3
Large Ensemble (Band or Orchestra) 1
MUS 472 Small Ensemble 1
Advanced Music Theory 2
Advanced Music History 3
MUS 538 Survey of Pedagogical Methods 2
Total hours12

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 498 Senior Recital 2-4
Large Ensemble (Band or Orchestra) 1
Advanced Music History 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theatre and Drama Arts 3
GEN 499 - Exit Exam 0
Total hours12