Music History (BM)

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Music with Emphasis in Music History (BM)

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Music with Emphasis in Music History (MUSIBM MH)

Unit: Music

Program Information

The School of Music offers the Bachelor of Music and the Master of Music degrees in Music History.

The music history faculty at the University of Louisville represent a wide range of teaching and research disciplines. Part-time faculty bring expertise in cognate areas such as popular music, country music, history of rock and roll, world music, dance music, and music of the theater. 

Undergraduate music history majors complete a senior research project under faculty supervision, concluding with a formal presentation and discussion with the panel of music history faculty. Graduate students in music history undertake a series of seminars and complete a thesis under faculty supervision, as well as satisfy a foreign language requirement and a final oral examination.

Past graduates in music history from the University of Louisville have made careers as musicologists, music librarians, arts administrators, and music critics.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements47
Program/Major Requirements42
Minimum Total Hours120

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

Departmental Admission Requirements

Students in this unit are admitted directly into their degree program.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements 1,231
The following courses are required by this program and should be used to fulfill the respective General Education Requirement:
African-American Music - AH, D1
Music in World Cultures - D2, SB

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above). Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

School of Music Requirements
MUS 141Theory I 34
MUS 142Theory II 34
MUS 241Theory III4
MUS 242Theory IV4
MUS 361Music Literature I (1000-1750)3
MUS 362Music Literature II (Classical & Early Romantic Music)3
MUS 363Music Literature III (1860-present)3
MUS 109Major Ensembles (eight 1-hour courses) 48
MUS 97Recital Attendance (six semesters of “S”)0
MUS 131Piano Class 51
MUS 132Piano Class 51
MUS 231Piano Class III 5,61
MUS 347Analysis I2
MUS 111Principal Applied Study 72
MUS 112Principal Applied Study 72
MUS 211Principal Applied Study2
MUS 212Principal Applied Study2
MUS 100Introduction to Music Study1
MUS 297Piano Proficiency0
Minimum Total Hours47

Program/Major Requirements

Music History Requirements
MUS 370Seminar in Music History (three 3-hour courses)9
MUS 499Senior Research Paper/Project - CUE (CUE) 84
Supporting Courses
MUS 348Analysis II2
Advanced Theory
Select one of the following sequences: 4
Sequence One:
Secondary Composition
Secondary Composition
Sequence Two:
Orchestral Scoring
Band/Choral Scoring
Sequence Three:
Chromatic Harmony and Analysis
Post-Tonal Theory and Analysis
MUS 549Renaissance Counterpoint2
MUS 550Baroque Counterpoint2
MUS 359Conducting I2
MUS 311Principal Applied Study2
MUS 312Principal Applied Study2
MUS 411Principal Applied Study2
MUS 412Principal Applied Study2
GERM 121Basic German I4
General or Music Electives 95
Minimum Total Hours42

Upper Division Assessment

All students enrolled in a music degree program will be reviewed at the approximate midpoint of the selected program in order for students to achieve Upper Division status. Students must meet the standards of this review to register for 400-level courses in music. Both the elements and standards of the review are established by the faculty and include credit for MUS 242 Theory IV or Analysis (MUS 347 for BA General; MUS 349 for BA Jazz Studies, MUS 350 for BA Music & New Media); MUS 361 Music Literature I; 4 semesters of Applied Instrument at the course numbers required for the degree; Piano Proficiency Examination; MUS 97 Recital Attendance, with a grade of S for 4 semesters; Ensemble participation; cumulative 2.5 GPA (good standing); minimum of 48 credit hours completed; pass ENGL 101 or ENGL 105; and 3 additional Gen Ed courses.

Additional specific elements and standards appropriate to specific degree programs in jazz studies, music composition, music education, music history, instrumental and vocal performance, pedagogy, music theory, and music therapy are required of students in order to achieve Upper Division status and to continue in the degree program.  Specific degree requirements are determined by the concentration and area faculties and are outlined in the Undergraduate Student Handbook.

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Senior Research Paper/Project - CUE

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
MUS 100 Introduction to Music Study 1
MUS 111 Principal Applied Study 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 141 Theory I 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 131 Piano Class (or Music Elective) 1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
 Hours15
Spring
MUS 112 Principal Applied Study 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 142 Theory II 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 132 Piano Class (or Music Elective) 1
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
MUS 211 Principal Applied Study 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 241 Theory III 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 231 Piano Class III (or Music Elective) 1
MUS 297 Piano Proficiency 0
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General or Music Elective 1
 Hours15
Spring
MUS 212 Principal Applied Study 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 242 Theory IV 4
MUS 361 Music Literature I (1000-1750) 3
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 359 Conducting I 2
General or Music Electives 2
 Hours14
Year 3
Fall
MUS 311 Principal Applied Study 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 362 Music Literature II (Classical & Early Romantic Music) 3
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 347 Analysis I 2
MUS 549 Renaissance Counterpoint 2
MUS 370 Seminar in Music History 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
 Hours16
Spring
MUS 312 Principal Applied Study 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 363 Music Literature III (1860-present) 3
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 348 Analysis II 2
MUS 550 Baroque Counterpoint 2
GERM 121 Basic German I 4
General or Music Elective(s) 2
 Hours16
Year 4
Fall
MUS 411 Principal Applied Study 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 370 Seminar in Music History 3
Advanced Theory course from specific list 2
ANTH 205 Music in World Cultures - D2, SB 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
 Hours14
Spring
MUS 412 Principal Applied Study 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
Advanced Theory course from specific list 2
MUS 370 Seminar in Music History 3
MUS 499 Senior Research Paper/Project - CUE (CUE) 4
PAS 214 African-American Music - AH, D1 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours120

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