Music Organ Performance (BM)


This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2019–Spring 2020 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Music with Emphasis in Organ Performance

Unit: Music 
Academic Plan Code(s): MUSIBM_ORG

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.

The 560-seat Margaret Comstock Concert Hall at UofL houses three Steinway and a Bösendorfer “Imperial” concert grand pianos as well as a 64-rank Steiner-Reck organ, the largest of its kind in the Midwest. Also available to students are a number of practice organs. 

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements44
Program/Major Requirements45
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 347Analysis I2
MUS 103Major Applied Study4
MUS 104Major Applied Study4
MUS 100Introduction to Music Study1
MUS 297Piano Proficiency0
Minimum Total Hours44

Program/Major Requirements

Organ Performance Requirements
MUS 203Major Applied Study4
MUS 204Major Applied Study4
MUS 303Major Applied Study4
MUS 304Major Applied Study4
MUS 403Major Applied Study4
MUS 404Major Applied Study4
MUS 265Service Playing I2
MUS 266Service Playing II2
MUS 561Literature (Organ Literature I)2
MUS 562Literature (Organ Literature II)2
MUS 571Pedagogy (Organ Pedagogy)2
MUS 497Senior Recital - CUE (CUE) 50
Supporting Courses
Advanced Theory
Select two 2-hour courses from the following: 4
Analysis II
Chromatic Harmony and Analysis
Post-Tonal Theory and Analysis
Renaissance Counterpoint
Baroque Counterpoint
MUS 121Secondary Applied Study (Piano)1
MUS 122Secondary Applied Study (Piano)1
MUS 221Secondary Applied Study (Piano)1
MUS 359Conducting I2
Electives (General or Music) 62
Minimum Total Hours45

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  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/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), 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 - CUE

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
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 (MUS 97-01) 0
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
MUS 104 Major Applied Study 4
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 142 Theory II 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance (MUS 97-01) 0
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
Year 2
MUS 203 Major Applied Study 4
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 241 Theory III 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance (MUS 97-01) 0
MUS 121 Secondary Applied Study (Piano) 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
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 (MUS 97-01) 0
MUS 122 Secondary Applied Study (Piano) 1
MUS 297 Piano Proficiency 0
Year 3
MUS 303 Major Applied Study 4
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 347 Analysis I 2
MUS 97 Recital Attendance (MUS 97-01) 0
MUS 362 Music Literature II (Classical & Early Romantic Music) 3
MUS 265 Service Playing I 2
MUS 561 Literature (MUS 561-03) 2
MUS 221 Secondary Applied Study (Piano) 1
MUS 304 Major Applied Study 4
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 97 Recital Attendance (MUS 97-01) 0
MUS 363 Music Literature III (1860-present) 3
MUS 266 Service Playing II 2
MUS 562 Literature (MUS 562-03) 2
Elective (General or Music) 1
Year 4
MUS 403 Major Applied Study 4
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
Advanced Theory course from specific list 2
MUS 571 Pedagogy (Organ Pedagogy) 2
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
Elective (General or Music) 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
MUS 404 Major Applied Study 4
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
Advanced Theory course from specific list 2
PAS 214 African-American Music - AH, D1 3
ANTH 205 Music in World Cultures - D2, SB 3
MUS 497 Senior Recital - CUE (CUE) 0
 Minimum Total Hours120

Degree Audit Report
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