Program Requirements

If you are pursuing a degree in music, you must meet the below requirements to be eligible for graduation. Also, you must complete the general education program, fulfill the general baccalaureate degree requirements and complete at least 125 hours of coursework.

The music program can be non-comprehensive – therefore requiring the completion of a minor – or comprehensive, so that no minor is needed. Consult your advisor to determine which program is best for you.

Music (Non-Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Arts

Admission and audition requirements

Music degrees are designed to develop the student’s abilities for performance, public school certification for teaching, private teaching, or composition. These degrees also prepare students for graduate study in music.

Students desiring to pursue a BA, BMus, or BME music major or minor must first audition for a committee of applied faculty in that student’s desired performance area. This audition should take place during the semester prior to or during the first week of enrollment in applied lessons. See Music Department web site for dates. All students will be required to demonstrate, through successful completion of a Music Theory Entrance Exam, a rudimentary ability to relate musical sound to notation and terminology before beginning the theory and ear-training sequence. 

All music majors must apply for formal admission to the degree program. This typically will occur at the end of the sophomore year, and must be completed before the student has finished 75 hours. In order to be admitted to the degree program, students must pass MUS 298, the piano proficiency exam, and have a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of at least 2.75 and a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of at least 3.00 in Music courses. Students who have not been formally admitted to the degree program will be unable to enroll in 300-level and above applied study.

Program requirements

  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog
  2. Major Requirements (38 hours). Note: A grade of "C" or better is required in all Music courses counted toward the major.
    1. Basic Theory (9 hours): MUS 103(3), 104(3), 203(3)
    2. Music History/Literature (9 hours): MUS 239(3), 345(3), 346(3)
    3. Applied Music (6 hours) to be selected from class and/or private instruction. At least four hours must be in private instruction in the major performance area.
    4. Performing Ensemble electives (4 hours)
    5. Additional electives (10 hours) select from: MUS 204(3), 313(2), 314(2), 315(2), 321(2), 327(2), 328(2), 512(3), 518(2), 523(2), 524(2), 529(3), 543(3), 544(3), 545(3), 546(3), 547(3), 548(2)
    6. Recital Attendance: MUS 107(0), 108(0), 207(0), 208(0), 307(0), 308(0), and 407(0)
    7. Pass Piano Proficiency Examination
    8. Upper Division Applied Status: MUS 298(0)
    9. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of MUS 346(3).

  3. GPA Graduation Requirement: A grade of "C" or better is required in all Music courses counted toward the major.
  4. Minor Required (or second major)
  5. Specific Requirements for Bachelor of Arts Degree - see Specific Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements section of catalog
  6. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog

Assessment

All undergraduate majors in all degrees will be required to take an assessment test in music prior to graduation. This test will be administered at no cost to the student and will not be used for any purpose other than that of assessing departmental programs and courses.

Applied music courses

Amount of credit for each course is determined by the Music Department at registration. All applied music courses may be repeated for credit. Applied music courses: 149, 151, 152, 153, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 249, 251, 252, 253, 255, 256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 349, 351, 352, 353, 355, 356, 357, 358, 359, 360, 398, 449, 451, 452, 453, 455, 456, 457, 458, 459, 460, 498, 649, 651, 652, 653, 655, 656, 657, 660, 749, 751, 752, 753, 755, 756, 757, 760, 798

Ensembles

All ensemble courses may be repeated for credit. Only eight hours of ensembles can be counted toward a degree. Ensembles courses: MUS 162, 262, 362, 462; 165, 265, 365, 465; 168, 268, 368, 468; 172, 272, 372, 472; 173, 273, 373, 473; 174, 274, 374, 474; 175, 275, 375, 475; 176, 276, 376, 476; 178, 278, 378, 478; 192, 292, 392, 492; 193, 293, 393, 493; 280, 380, 480.

Diploma in Applied Music

A diploma recital may be given by Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music Education majors. Based on excellence in performance, this departmental diploma is granted upon recommendation of the Department of Music. It is not granted to those receiving the Bachelor of Music degree since excellence in performance is evident in the awarding of this degree. Contact the department for more information.

Music (Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Music

Admission and audition requirements

Music degrees are designed to develop the student’s abilities for performance, public school certification for teaching, private teaching, or composition. These degrees also prepare students for graduate study in music.

Students desiring to pursue a BA, BMus, or BME music major or minor must first audition for a committee of applied faculty in that student’s desired performance area. This audition should take place during the semester prior to or during the first week of enrollment in applied lessons. See Music Department web site for dates. All students will be required to demonstrate, through successful completion of a Music Theory Entrance Exam, a rudimentary ability to relate musical sound to notation and terminology before beginning the theory and ear-training sequence. 

All music majors must apply for formal admission to the degree program. This typically will occur at the end of the sophomore year, and must be completed before the student has finished 75 hours. In order to be admitted to the degree program, students must pass MUS 298, the piano proficiency exam, and have a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of at least 2.75 and a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of at least 3.00 in Music courses. Students who have not been formally admitted to the degree program will be unable to enroll in 300-level and above applied study.

Program requirements

  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog
  2. Major Requirements (80-89 hours). Note: A grade of "C" or better is required in all Music courses counted toward the major.
    1. Music Core Requirements (35 hours)
      1. Foreign Language (6 hours) select from: French, German, or Italian
      2. Basic Theory (12 hours): MUS 103(3), 104(3), 203(3), 204(3)
      3. Music History/Literature (9 hours): MUS 239(3), 345(3), 346(3)
      4. Piano (6 hours-may be waived by examination): MUS 137(1), 138(1), 237(1), 238(1), 337(1), 338(1)
      5. Conducting (2 hours): MUS 321(2)
      6. Recital Attendance: MUS 107(0), 108(0), 207(0), 208(0), 307(0), 308(0), and 407(0)
      7. Upper Division Applied Status: MUS 298(0)
    2. Choose one of the following options:
      1. Composition (52-53 hours)
        1. Composition (15 hours): MUS 498(2) and 13 additional hours selected from: MUS 327(2), 516(2-4), 517(2-4), 520(2-4), 521(2-4)
        2. Advanced Music History/Literature (5-6 hours) select from: MUS 523(2), 524(2), 543(3), 544(3), 545(3), 546(3), 547(3), 548(2)
        3. Advanced Music Theory (11 hours): MUS 313(2), 314(2), 315(2), 328(2), 512(3)
        4. Large Ensembles (8 hours) as determined by audition; full-time students shall be in a large ensemble each semester until graduation. Select from: MUS 162(1), 262(1), 362(1), 462(1); MUS 165(1), 265(1), 365(1), 465(1); MUS 168(1), 268(1), 368(1), 468(1); MUS 175(1), 275(1), 375(1), 475(1); MUS 176(1), 276(1), 376(1), 476(1); MUS 192(1), 292(1), 392(1), 492(1)
        5. Small Ensemble (1 hour) select from: MUS 172(1), 272(1), 372(1), 472(1); MUS 173(1), 273(1), 373(1), 473(1); MUS 174(1), 274(1), 374(1), 474(1)
        6. Applied Music (12 hours)
          1. Keyboard (4 hours) select from: MUS 151(1), 251(1), 351(1), 451(1)
          2. Remaining hours in a single applied area (8 hours)
        7. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of MUS 498(2) and MUS 520(2) or 521(2).

      2. Instrumental Performance (46-47 hours)
        1. Advanced Music History/Literature (5-6 hours) select from: MUS 523(2), 524(2), 543(3), 544(3), 545(3), 546(3), 547(3), 548(2)
        2. Advanced Music Theory (6 hours) select from: MUS 313(2), 314(2), 315(2), 327(2), 328(2)
        3. Large Ensembles (8 hours) as determined by audition; full-time students shall be in an instrumental ensemble each semester until graduation. Select from: MUS 175(1), 275(1), 375(1), 475(1); MUS 176(1), 276(1), 376(1), 476(1)
        4. Small Ensembles (4 hours) select from: MUS 172(1), 272(1), 372(1), 472(1); MUS 173(1), 273(1), 373(1), 473(1); MUS 174(1), 274(1), 374(1), 474(1)
        5. Pedagogy (2 hours): MUS 538(2)
        6. Applied Music (21 hours), must include MUS 398(2-4) and MUS 498(2-4)
        7. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of MUS 498(2) and 2 hours from MUS 449455, 456, 457, 458, 459, 460.
      3. Jazz Performance (46-47 hours)
        1. Jazz Studies (14 hours)
          1. Jazz Theory/Jazz Keyboard Skills (2 hours): MUS 119(2)
          2. Jazz Improvisation (6 hours): MUS 219(2), 220(2), 319(2)
          3. Jazz History (3 hours): MUS 347(3)
          4. Jazz Arranging (3 hours): MUS 526(3) Jazz section only
        2. Advanced Music History (6 hours) select from: MUS 543(3), 544(3), 545(3), 546(3), 547(3)
        3. Advanced Music Theory (6-7 hours) select from: MUS 313(2), 314(2), 315(2), 327(2), 328(2), 529(3)
        4. Large Ensemble-Jazz (4 hours) as determined by audition: Select from: MUS 174(1), 274(1), 374(1), 474(1)
        5. Small Ensemble-Jazz Symposium (6 hours) as determined by audition: Select from: MUS 172(1), 272(1), 372(1), 472(1)-Jazz section only
        6. Applied Music (10 hours), must include MUS 398(2-4) and MUS 498(2-4)
        7. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of MUS 498(2) and 2 hours from MUS 449, 451455, 456, 457, 458.
      4. Keyboard Performance(46-47 hours)
        1. Advanced Music History/Literature (5-6 hours) select from: MUS 523(2), 524(2), 543(3), 544(3), 545(3), 546(3), 547(3), 548(2)
        2. Advanced Music Theory (6 hours) select from: MUS 313(2), 314(2), 315(2), 327(2), 328(2)
        3. Large Ensembles (8 hours) as determined by audition; full-time students shall be in a large ensemble each semester until graduation. Select from: MUS 162(1), 262(1), 362(1), 462(1); MUS 165(1), 265(1), 365(1), 465(1); MUS 168(1), 268(1), 368(1), 468(1); MUS 175(1), 275(1), 375(1), 475(1); MUS 176(1), 276(1), 376(1), 476(1); MUS 192(1), 292(1), 392(1), 492(1)
        4. Small Ensembles (4 hours) select from: MUS 172(1), 272(1), 372(1), 472(1); MUS 173(1), 273(1), 373(1), 473(1); MUS 174(1), 274(1), 374(1), 474(1). Keyboard majors may substitute up to three hours of Accompanying.
        5. Pedagogy (2 hours): MUS 538(2)
        6. Applied Music (21 hours), must include MUS 398(2-4) and MUS 498(2-4)
        7. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of MUS 498(2) and 2 hours from MUS 451 or 452 or 460.
      5. Vocal Performance (52-53 hours)
        1. Advanced Music History/Literature (5-6 hours) select from: MUS 523(2), 524(2), 543(3), 544(3), 545(3), 546(3), 547(3), 548(2)
        2. Advanced Music Theory (6 hours) select from: MUS 313(2), 314(2), 315(2), 327(2), 328(2)
        3. Large Ensembles (8 hours) as determined by audition, full-time students shall be in one of the following choral ensembles each semester until graduation. Select from: MUS 162(1), 262(1), 362(1), 462(1); MUS 165(1), 265(1), 365(1), 465(1); MUS 168(1), 268(1), 368(1), 468(1)
        4. Small Ensembles (4 hours): MUS 172(1), 193(1), 272(1), 293(1), 372(1), 393(1), 472(1), 493(1)
        5. Pedagogy (2 hours): MUS 530(2)
        6. Applied Music (21 hours), must include MUS 398(2-4) and MUS 498(2-4)
        7. Foreign Language (6 additional hours in a language other than that used in the Music Core) select from: French, German, Italian
        8. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of MUS 498(2) and 2 hours of MUS 453.
  3. GPA Graduation Requirement: A grade of "C" or better is required in all Music courses counted toward the major.
  4. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog

Assessment

All undergraduate majors in all degrees will be required to take an assessment test in music prior to graduation. This test will be administered at no cost to the student and will not be used for any purpose other than that of assessing departmental programs and courses.

Applied music courses

Amount of credit for each course is determined by the Music Department at registration. All applied music courses may be repeated for credit. Applied music courses: 149, 151, 152, 153, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 249, 251, 252, 253, 255, 256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 349, 351, 352, 353, 355, 356, 357, 358, 359, 360, 398, 449, 451, 452, 453, 455, 456, 457, 458, 459, 460, 498, 649, 651, 652, 653, 655, 656, 657, 660, 749, 751, 752, 753, 755, 756, 757, 760, 798

Ensembles

All ensemble courses may be repeated for credit. Only eight hours of ensembles can be counted toward a degree. Ensembles courses: MUS 162, 262, 362, 462; 165, 265, 365, 465; 168, 268, 368, 468; 172, 272, 372, 472; 173, 273, 373, 473; 174, 274, 374, 474; 175, 275, 375, 475; 176, 276, 376, 476; 178, 278, 378, 478; 192, 292, 392, 492; 193, 293, 393, 493; 280, 380, 480.

The admission process

To gain full admittance into the music performance program, follow the steps below:

  1. Declare or change your major to music performance by visiting the Academic Advisement Center, University Hall 109
  2. Meet with your assigned advisor to discuss admission requirements and to develop a plan of study
  3. Complete the program’s admission requirements
  4. Work with the music performance department to complete the Application to a Degree Program form to update your record

When you declare your major, you will be listed as a pre-major until you satisfy all admission requirements.