Music Organ Performance (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 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) 50
Minimum Total Hours34
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 Study1
MUS 122Secondary Applied Study1
MUS 221Secondary Applied Study1
MUS 359Conducting I2
Electives (General or Music) 62
Minimum Total Hours11

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

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.  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.


Solely dependent on the ensemble audition.


Senior recital for all performance degrees is a public recital.


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. MUH courses will not be accepted as music electives. School of Music students may count up to two one-hour Physical Education courses toward the general elective requirement.

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 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 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 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 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
MUH 214 African-American Music 3
MUH 205 Music in World Cultures 3
MUS 497 Senior Recital (CUE) 0
 Minimum Total Hours120

Degree Audit Report
Degree Audit reports illustrate how your completed courses fulfill the requirements of your academic plan.  What-if reports allow you to compare the courses you have completed in your current academic plan to the courses required in another academic plan.  Should you have questions about either report, please consult with your academic advisor.

To create either report:

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  2. Click on the Academic Progress tile.
  3. Next, click on "View my Degree Audit" to run a Degree Audit report in the Undergraduate Advising area. 
  4. To create a What-if report, click on "Create a What-if Advisement Report."

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Flight Planner
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