Missouri State University

Office of the Registrar

Undergraduate Catalog

2014-15 preliminary edition, April 2014



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


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.

General education program restriction

At most, two Music courses may count toward the General Education Program requirements.

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. Special fees will be assessed for all students except undergraduate music majors and minors (see "Costs and Fees" section of catalog). Applied music courses: MUS 149, 249, 349, 449; 151, 251, 351, 451; 152, 252, 352, 452; 153, 253, 353, 453; 155, 255, 355, 455; 156, 256, 356, 456; 157, 257, 357, 457; 158, 258, 358, 458; 159, 259, 359, 459; 160, 260, 360, 460.


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.