Music History (BM)


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
Music in World Cultures

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 (four 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 570Studies in Music History3
MUS 570Studies in Music History3
MUS 570Studies in Music History3
MUS 593Perspectives and Practices of Ethno/musicology1
MUS 593Perspectives and Practices of Ethno/musicology1
MUS 499Senior Research Paper/Project (CUE) 84
Minimum Total Hours15
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:
Jazz Analysis
Studies in Jazz
Sequence Four:
Contemporary Composition Techniques I
Contemporary Composition Techniques II
Sequence Five:
Chromatic Harmony and Analysis
Post-Tonal Theory and Analysis
Sequence Six:
Renaissance Counterpoint
Baroque Counterpoint
MUS 359Conducting I2
MUS 311Principal Applied Study1-2
or MUS 325 Arts Instrument
MUS 312Principal Applied Study1-2
or MUS 326 Arts Instrument
MUS 411Principal Applied Study1-2
or MUS 425 Arts Instrument
MUS 412Principal Applied Study1-2
or MUS 426 Arts Instrument
General or Music Electives 911
Foreign Language Requirement 104
Minimum Total Hours27-31

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 General Education/Cardinal Core courses.

Additional specific elements and standards appropriate to specific degree programs in jazz studies (including jazz performance, music education and music therapy with tracks in jazz studies, and the BA in jazz studies)s, 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

Students are required to take MUH 214 African-American Music  and MUH 205 Music in World Cultures  . 


MUH courses will not be accepted as music electives or cardinal core courses with the exception of ANTH 205/MUH 205 and PAS 214/MUH 214.


Students who do not pass the computer-based Fundamentals Test prior to the beginning of the fall semester are required to enroll in MUS 91 Fundamentals of Music I  for 0 credit concurrently with MUS 141 Theory I.  Students who do not pass MUS 141, and students who enter the School of Music in January and do not place into MUS 142 , must enroll in MUS 92 for the spring semester.  Credits for MUS 92 do not count toward the degree.


Strings take section 01, others solely dependent on the ensemble audition.


If the applied principal is piano, Piano Class is replaced with 3 hours of music electives. For students with a piano background, three semesters of Secondary Piano (MUS 121-MUS 221) may be substituted for Piano Class.


Students will take the Piano Proficiency Examination at the end of MUS 231.  Any student not completing the Piano Proficiency Examination will be required to take MUS 232 until the proficiency exam requirement is complete. Students must be enrolled continuously in Piano Class until their requirement has been completed.  Those who pass the Piano Proficiency Examination before the end of the third semester of Piano Class may replace the requirement with electives or with secondary piano if faculty load permits.  Entering students who have a background in piano may register for MUS 297 Piano Proficiency for one semester with approval of the Keyboard Area.


If the applied principal is voice, 2 hours of Diction (MUS 123-MUS 124) are required in addition to the 16 hours of voice.


 Students may enroll for either 2 semesters at 2 credits per semester or 1 semester at 4 credits.


 Electives to be determined in consultation with the program advisor. Students are strongly encouraged to include 1 credit hour of minor ensemble where appropriate. Music electives in any Bachelor of Music degree should be chosen from courses in Music History, Music Theory/Composition, Music Education, Music Literature, Music Pedagogy, Music Therapy, Jazz, a secondary applied area, or a non-required ensemble. Courses beyond the degree requirement in the student’s major applied area or in the required major ensemble(s) are not appropriate. The selection of music electives should be made in consultation with music history faculty and may include MUH courses, with the exception of MUH 204, 205, and 214.


Students are expected to choose their language course(s) in consultation with the Music History faculty.

NOTE: Students shall take either MUS 311 or MUS 325MUS 312 or MUS 326MUS 411 or MUS 425, and MUS 412 or MUS 426, for a total of at least 4 and up to 8 credit hours. Students may still take lessons for 2 credit hours per term beyond the degree requirements, should they choose to do so and/or if other circumstances require it (e.g., scholarships). 

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
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 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
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 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
Year 2
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
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
Year 3
MUS 311
Principal Applied Study
or Arts Instrument
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 362 Music Literature II (Classical & Early Romantic Music) 3
MUS 347 Analysis I 2
MUS 549 Renaissance Counterpoint 2
MUS 570 Studies in Music History 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
MUS 312
Principal Applied Study
or Arts Instrument
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 363 Music Literature III (1860-present) 3
MUS 348 Analysis II 2
MUS 550 Baroque Counterpoint (Advanced Theory Course) 2
General or Music Elective(s) 2
Foreign Language Requirement 4
Year 4
MUS 411
Principal Applied Study
or Arts Instrument
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 570 Studies in Music History 3
Advanced Theory course from specific list 2
MUH 205 Music in World Cultures 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
MUS 593 Perspectives and Practices of Ethno/musicology 1
MUS 412
Principal Applied Study
or Arts Instrument
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
Advanced Theory course from specific list 2
MUS 570 Studies in Music History 3
MUS 499 Senior Research Paper/Project (CUE) 4
MUH 214 African-American Music 3
 Minimum Total Hours120-121

Degree Audit Report
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Flight Planner
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