Music, BA (with Specialized Music Emphases)

With emphases in:

  • Music in the Liberal Arts (45)
  • Instrumental Performance (58)
  • Piano Performance & Pedagogy (58)
  • Theory/Composition (58)
  • Vocal Performance (58)
Core Music Requirements
MUS 110Public Performance Studies 10
MUS 170Foundations of Aural Theory2
MUS 172Music Theory I3
MUS 174Music Theory II2
MUS 174LMusic Theory Lab II1
MUS 272Music Theory III2
MUS 272LMusic Theory Lab III1
MUS 274Chromatic, Post-Tonal, & 20th Century Theory2
MUS 274LChromatic, Post-Tonal, & 20th Century Theory Lab1
MUS 366Conducting2
MUS 370Form and Analysis2
MUS 377Orchestration & Choral Arranging2
MUS 381Music History: Medieval through Baroque3
MUS 382Music History: Classic-20th Century3
Major Ensembles 2
MUS 333Jazz Band0-2
MUS 335Symphonic Chamber Winds0-2
MUS 337Southwest Minnesota Orchestra0-2
MUS 355Chorale0-2
Select one Emphasis:15-26
Emphasis in Music in the Liberal Arts
MUS 160Piano Competency, Minor Level0
Primary Lessons
Independent Study 3
Select two of the following Musical Cultural Electives: 4
Survey of World Music
American Music
Popular Music
One of Three Junior Proficiencies
Junior Proficiency Exam, Vocal
Junior Proficiency Exam, Instrumental
Junior Proficiency Exam, Keyboard
Emphasis in Instrumental Performance 5
Secondary Lessons
Primary Lessons
Piano Competency, Major Level
Junior Proficiency Exam, Instrumental
Applied Improvisation
Junior Instrumental Recital
Primary Lessons
Senior Instrumental Recital
Select one Instrumental Methods Elective associated with the primary instrument:
Applied Brass Methods
Applied Woodwind Methods
Applied Percussion Methods
Applied String Methods
Emphasis in Piano Performance and Pedagogy
Piano Competency, Major Level
Junior Proficiency Exam, Keyboard
Applied Improvisation
Applied Composition
Junior Keyboard Recital
Senior Keyboard Recital
Applied Piano, Lower Division
Applied Piano, Upper Division
Applied Harpsichord, Lower Division
Select 4 credits of the following Teaching Methods Courses:
Elementary School Music Methods and Materials
Applied Piano Teaching Methods
Piano Laboratory Methods
Applied Piano Literature
Piano Pedagogy Workshop
Emphasis in Theory/Composition
Secondary Lessons
Primary Lessons
Piano Competency, Major Level
Junior Proficiency Exam, Composition
Applied Counterpoint
Senior Composition Recital
Applied Composition
Applied Piano, Lower Division 6
Select one of the following Musical Cultural Electives: 7
Survey of World Music
American Music
Popular Music
Emphasis in Vocal Performance 8
Piano Competency, Major Level
Junior Proficiency Exam, Vocal
Junior Vocal Recital 9
Vocal Pedagogy
Vocal Diction for Singers
Choral and Vocal Literature
Senior Vocal Recital 9
Applied Voice, Lower Division
Applied Voice, Upper Division
Applied Piano, Lower Division
Total Credits41-60

Students are required to enroll and pass 7 semesters.


Degree candidates need 6 credits of major ensemble for graduation but are also required to be in a major ensemble every semester while at SMSU.


Project must draw relationships between music and an outside field.  Projects must be approved by the student's advisor.


Students are encouraged to take courses in various and/or specific disciplines in order to better recognize relationships between music and other disciplines. However, in order to graduate, students must complete 40 hours of upper-division course work (300 or higher). Music courses comprise 27 of these hours; therefore students must complete at least 13 hours of upper division courses in their secondary area(s).


Lessons must be taken concurrently with MUS 397 Junior Instrumental Recital (0 cr.)MUS 497 Senior Instrumental Recital (0-1 cr.).


If piano is the primary instrument, choose a different secondary instrument.


Majors with emphasis in Theory/Composition are encouraged to complete their minimum of 120 credit hours with courses that may be helpful in relation to composition (Ex. Business, Marketing, Aesthetics, Philosophy, Foreign Language, etc.) or with a series of electives covering diverse areas that may prove useful in a composition career (Ex. Art, Humanities, Literature, History, Speech Communications, etc.)


Voice students are encouraged to take Applied Opera Workshop (2 credits) up to two times in order to prepare for professional careers and graduate school. In addition, it is suggested that voice students take foreign language courses while at SMSU as vocalists are expected to sing in multiple languages. These can be elective courses within the 120 credit degree requirement.


Lessons must be taken concurrently with MUS 396 Junior Vocal Recital (0 cr.) and MUS 496 Senior Vocal Recital (0-1 cr.).

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