Music Instrumental Performance (BM)

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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 Instrumental Performance (MUSIBM INS)

Unit: Music

Program Information

The Bachelor of Music in Performance degree is appropriate for students who wish to prepare for a career in music performance and related fields. Among the particular career emphases for which the BM in Performance is an appropriate preparation are professional performer, university teacher, private music studio teacher, or pre-professional preparation for music teacher certification study. Since it is unlikely that graduates of the program will have developed all the requisite skills to enter the professional ranks of performers or university teachers, most graduates will continue to develop their skills through further study. Students who have completed the BM in Performance at UofL typically do very well in gaining admission to strong graduate programs nationwide.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requriements47
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 5,61
MUS 132Piano Class 5,61
MUS 231Piano Class III 5,61
MUS 347Analysis I2
MUS 103Major Applied Study4
MUS 104Major Applied Study4
MUS 100Introduction to Music Study1
MUS 297Piano Proficiency0
Minimum Total Hours47

Program/Major Requirements

Instrumental Performance Requirements
MUS 203Major Applied Study 74
MUS 204Major Applied Study 74
MUS 303Major Applied Study 74
MUS 304Major Applied Study 74
MUS 403Major Applied Study 74
MUS 404Major Applied Study 74
MUS 119Minor Ensembles (eight 1/2-hour courses) 84
MUS 538Studies in Pedagogy (Instrument Specific)1
MUS 563Literature (Instrument Specific)1
MUS 397Junior Recital 90
MUS 497Senior Recital (CUE) 90
Supporting Courses
Advanced Theory
Select one of the following: 2
Analysis II
Secondary Composition
Secondary Composition
Orchestral Scoring
Band/Choral Scoring
Chromatic Harmony and Analysis
Post-Tonal Theory and Analysis
Renaissance Counterpoint
Baroque Counterpoint
MUS 359Conducting I2
Music Electives 3
General Electives3
General or Music Electives2
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; 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 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 Recital

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
MUS 100 Introduction to Music Study 1
MUS 103 Major Applied Study 4
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 141 Theory I 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 131 Piano Class 1
MUS 119 Minor Ensembles 0.5
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
 Hours14.5
Spring
MUS 104 Major Applied Study 4
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 142 Theory II 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 132 Piano Class 1
MUS 119 Minor Ensembles 0.5
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
 Hours16.5
Year 2
Fall
MUS 203 Major Applied Study 4
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 241 Theory III 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 231 Piano Class III 1
MUS 297 Piano Proficiency 0
MUS 119 Minor Ensembles 0.5
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Historical Perspective - SBH 3
 Hours16.5
Spring
MUS 204 Major Applied Study 4
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 242 Theory IV 4
MUS 361 Music Literature I (1000-1750) 3
MUS 359 Conducting I 2
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 119 Minor Ensembles 0.5
 Hours14.5
Year 3
Fall
MUS 303 Major Applied Study 4
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 347 Analysis I 2
MUS 362 Music Literature II (Classical & Early Romantic Music) 3
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 119 Minor Ensembles 0.5
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
 Hours14.5
Spring
MUS 304 Major Applied Study 4
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 363 Music Literature III (1860-present) 3
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 119 Minor Ensembles 0.5
PAS 214 African-American Music - AH, D1 3
MUS 397 Junior Recital 0
Music Elective 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
 Hours15.5
Year 4
Fall
MUS 403 Major Applied Study 4
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
Advanced Theory course from specific list 2
MUS 538 Studies in Pedagogy 1
MUS 563 Literature 1
MUS 119 Minor Ensembles 0.5
General Electives 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
 Hours15.5
Spring
MUS 404 Major Applied Study 4
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 119 Minor Ensembles 0.5
MUS 497 Senior Recital 0
Music Elective 1
ANTH 205 Music in World Cultures - D2, SB 3
General or Music Electives 2
Music Elective 1
 Hours12.5
 Minimum Total Hours120

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