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Undergraduate Handbook 2010-11

Bachelor of Music

This degree helps students prepare for careers in performance or composition.

There are four Bachelor of Music options:

Studio instruction is offered in all orchestral instruments, piano, and voice. Entrance to this degree program requires a strong background of musical accomplishment.

Students are accepted to the Bachelor of Music in Composition program upon a successful audition consisting of submission of a portfolio of compositions and audition in the applicant's primary performance medium. Continuation in the program will be based on progress in compositional activity and performance in music theory, literature, and basic musicianship.

Students may apply for entrance to the Bachelor of Music in Performance program at the end of their fourth semester. During the first two years of study, students' progress in theory, basic musicianship, music literature, and performance track applied courses is monitored. Students must achieve a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 to be admitted to the degree program.

 


Suggested Course Sequence
BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN COMPOSITION
121 credits minimum

Semester I
Music 121
Music 131
Music 173S
Ensemble
*GQ
*GN
 
 
  1.0
  2.0
  2.0
  1.0
  3.0
  3.0
12.0
Semester II
Music 122
Music 132
Music 162 (IL)
Music 174
Ensemble
*GH
*Eng 15 or 30H
 
 
  1.0
  2.0
  2.0
  2.0
  1.0
  3.0
  3.0
14.0
Semester III
Music 221
Music 231
†Music 261 (IL)
Music 273
Ensemble
*CAS100
*INART 258A
 
 
  1.0
  2.0
  3.0
  2.0
  1.0
  3.0
  3.0
15.0
Semester IV
Music 222
†Music 262 (IL)
Music 266
Music 274
Music 331
Music 458
Ensemble
*GS

Submit mid-program review materials

 

 
  1.0
  3.0
  1.0
  2.0
  2.0
  3.0
  1.0
  3.0
16.0

Semester V
Music 332
Music 373
Music 472
Ensemble
Eng 202 A-D
*GHA
*GN
 
 
  2.0
  3.0
  2.0
  1.0
  3.0
  1.5
  3.0
15.5
Semester VI
Music 336
Music 374
Ensemble
Electives
*GN
*GHA
 
 
  2.0
  3.0
  1.0
  6.0
  3.0
  1.5
16.5
Semester VII
+Music Hist/Lit
Music 431
Music 473
Electives
*GQ
 
 
  3.0
  2.0
  3.0
  6.0
  3.0
17.0
Semester VIII
Music 101
Music Hist/Lit
Music 433
Music 474
*GH
*GS
 
 
  1.0
  3.0
  2.0
  3.0
  3.0
  3.0
15.0
* General Education Courses

† General Education Arts credits by petition. Counting these credits as GA does not reduce the minimum credits required for the degree.

+ 461W-464W series or Special Topics course taught by music history or theory faculty.

Piano Proficiency: All students must enroll in appropriate piano courses (class piano or private instruction), beginning with the first semester. After the piano proficiency is passed, two credits of Keyboard 100J are required. (If the piano proficiency is not passed in Music 270, the student must enroll in Keyboard 100J until the proficiency is passed. Two more credits of Keyboard 100J are required after the proficiency has been passed.)

 

 


Suggested Course Sequence
BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN PERFORMANCE
(Strings, Winds, Brass, Percussion)
125 credits minimum

Semester I
Music 129S
Secondary Instrument
Music 121
Music 131
Ensemble
*GS
*GN
 
 
  3.0
  1.0
  1.0
  2.0
  1.0
  3.0
  3.0
14.0
Semester II
Applied: Performance (18-J)
Music 122
Music 132
Music 162 (IL)
Ensemble
Secondary Instrument
*Eng 15 or 30H
*GS
 
 
  3.0
  1.0
  2.0
  2.0
  1.0
  1.0
  3.0
  3.0
16.0
Semester III
Applied: Performance (23-J)
Secondary Instrument
Music 221
Music 231
†Music 261 (IL)
Ensemble
*CAS100
*INART 258A (3) or B (1)
 
 
  3.0
  1.0
  1.0
  2.0
  3.0
  1.0
  3.0
  1-3
15-17
Semester IV
Applied: Performance (28-J)
Music 222
†Music 262 (IL)
Secondary Instrument
Music 331
Ensemble
*GHA
*GQ

Submit application for admission to B.M.

 

 
  3.0
  1.0
  3.0
  1.0
  2.0
  1.0
  1.5
  3.0
15.5

Semester V
Applied: Peformance (33-J)
Music 332
+ MusicHistory/Lit Elect.
Ensemble
*GQ
Pedagogy
Music Elective
 
 
  3.0
  2.0
  3.0
  1.0
  3.0
  1.0
  4.0
17.0
Semester VI
Applied: Performance (38-J)
+Music History/Lit Elect.
Ensemble
Music 266
Elective
*Eng 202A-D
*GHA
 
 
  3.0
  3.0
  1.0
  1.0
  2.0
  3.0
  1.5
14.5
Semester VII
Applied: Performance (43-J)
#Theory Elective
***Supp./Rel. Course
Ensemble
Electives
*GH
*GN
 
 
  3.0
  2.0
  2.0
  1.0
  2.0
  3.0
  3.0
16.0
Semester VIII
Applied: Performance (48-J)
Music 101
***Supp./Rel. Course
Ensemble
Electives
*GN
*GH
 
 
  3.0
  1.0
  3.0
  1.0
  1.0-3.0
  3.0
  3.0  
15.0-17.0
 

* General Education Courses

† General Education Arts credits by petition. Counting these credits as GA does not reduce the minimum credits required for the degree.

Piano proficiency: All students must enroll in appropriate piano courses (class piano or private instruction), beginning with the first semester and continuing until the piano proficiency is passed.

# Music 181 or 182, 267, 336, 422, 431, 433, 438, 471, 472

Four credits of a secondary instrument are required, with a minimum of two credits on one instrument. Class piano may count as a secondary instrument.

+ 461W-464W series or Special Topics course taught by music history or theory faculty.

*** See the Degree Checklist for appropriate Supporting and Related Courses.

 

 


Suggested Course Sequence
BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN PERFORMANCE
(Keyboard)
126 credits minimum

Semester I
Music 129S
Secondary Instrument
Music 121
Music 131
Ensemble
*GS
*GN
 
 
  3.0
  1.0
  1.0
  2.0
  1.0
  3.0
  3.0
14.0
Semester II
Applied: Performance (18-J)
Music 122
Music 132
Music 162 (IL)
Ensemble
Secondary Instrument
*Eng 15 or 30H
*GS
 
 
  3.0
  1.0
  2.0
  2.0
  1.0
  1.0
  3.0
  3.0
16.0
Semester III
Applied: Performance (23-J)
Secondary Instrument
Music 221
Music 231
†Music 261 (IL)
Ensemble
*CAS100
*INART 258A (3) or B (1)
 
 
  3.0
  1.0
  1.0
  2.0
  3.0
  1.0
  3.0
  1-3
15-17
Semester IV
Applied: Performance (28-J)
Music 222
†Music 262 (IL)
Secondary Instrument
Music 331
Ensemble
*GHA
*GQ

Submit application for admission to B.M.

 

 
  3.0
  1.0
  3.0
  1.0
  2.0
  1.0
  1.5
  3.0
15.5

Semester V
Applied: Peformance (33-J)
Music 332
Music 481
Ensemble
*GQ
Pedagogy
Music Elective
 
 
  3.0
  2.0
  3.0
  1.0
  3.0
  2.0
  4.0
18.0
 
Semester VI
Applied: Performance (38-J)
+Music History/Lit Elect.
Elective
Ensemble
Music 266
*Eng 202A-D
*GHA
 
 
  3.0
  3.0
  3.0
  1.0
  1.0
  3.0
  1.5
15.5
Semester VII
Applied: Performance (43-J)
#Theory Elective
+Music History/Lit Elect.
Ensemble
*GH
*GN
 
 
  3.0
  2.0
  3.0
  1.0
  3.0
  3.0
15.0
Semester VIII
Applied: Performance (48-J)
Music 101
Elective
Ensemble
*GH
*GN
 
 
  3.0
  1.0
  2.0-6.0
  1.0
  3.0
  3.0  
13.0-17.0
 

* General Education Courses

† General Education Arts credits by petition. Counting these credits as GA does not reduce the minimum credits required for the degree.

Piano proficiency: All students must enroll in appropriate piano courses (class piano or private instruction), beginning with the first semester and continuing until the piano proficiency is passed.

# Music 181 or 182, 267, 336, 422, 431, 433, 438, 471, 472

Four credits of a secondary instrument are required, with a minimum of two credits on one instrument. Class piano may count as a secondary instrument.

+ 461W-464W series or Special Topics course taught by music history or theory faculty.  

 


Suggested Course Sequence
BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN PERFORMANCE
(Voice)
129 credits minimum

Semester I
Music 129S
Secondary Instrument
Music 121
Music 131
Music 387
Ensemble
*GN
++Foreign Language
 
 
  3.0
  1.0
  1.0
  2.0
  1.0
  1.0
  3.0
  4.0
16.0
Semester II
Applied: Performance (18-J)
Music 122
Music 132
Music 162 (IL)
Ensemble
Secondary Instrument
*Eng 15 or 30H
++Foreign Language
 
 
  3.0
  1.0
  2.0
  2.0
  1.0
  1.0
  3.0
  4.0
17.0
Semester III
Applied: Performance (23-J)
Secondary Instrument
Music 221
Music 231
†Music 261 (IL)
Ensemble
Music 389
*INART 258A (3) or B (1)
 
 
  3.0
  1.0
  1.0
  2.0
  3.0
  1.0
  1.0
  1 or 3
13 or 15
Semester IV
Applied: Performance (28-J)
Music 222
†Music 262 (IL)
Secondary Instrument
Music 331
Music 388
Ensemble
*GQ

Submit application for admission to B.M.

 

 
  3.0
  1.0
  3.0
  1.0
  2.0
  1.0
  1.0
  3.0
15.0

Semester V
Applied: Peformance (33-J)
Music 332
+ MusicHistory/Lit Elect.
Ensemble
Music 418
*GQ
Electives
 
 
  3.0
  2.0
  3.0
  1.0
  2.0
  3.0
  3.0
17.0
Semester VI
Applied: Performance (38-J)
+Music History/Lit Elect.
Ensemble
Music 266
Electives
*Eng 202A-D
*GH
*GHA
 
 
  3.0
  3.0
  1.0
  1.0
  2.0
  3.0
  3.0
  1.5
17.5
Semester VII
Applied: Performance (43-J)
Music Elective
Ensemble
GS*
*GHA
*CAS 100
*GN
 
 
  3.0
  2.0
  1.0
  3.0
  1.0
  1.5
  3.0
  3.0
16.5
Semester VIII
Applied: Performance (48-J)
Music 101
Ensemble
Electives
*GS
*GH
*GN
 
 
  3.0
  1.0
  1.0
  1.0-3.0
  3.0
  3.0
  3.0
15.0-17.0
 

* General Education Courses

† General Education Arts credits by petition. Counting these credits as GA does not reduce the minimum credits required for the degree.

Piano proficiency: All students must enroll in appropriate piano courses (class piano or private instruction), beginning with the first semester and continuing until the piano proficiency is passed.

# Music 181 or 182, 267, 336, 422, 431, 433, 438, 471, 472

Four credits of a secondary instrument are required, with a minimum of two credits on one instrument. Class piano may count as a secondary instrument.

+ 461W-464W series or Special Topics course taught by music history or theory faculty.

++ French, German, or Italian.

 

 


Ensemble Requirements:
Bachelor of Music
Composition
(6 cr. minimum)

Students in the Bachelor of Music in Composition program are responsible for choosing ensembles which will nurture their professional growth as composers. Therefore, diversity is essential and a variety of ensembles (small and large, vocal and instrumental) should be selected. Advisers and applied instructors should be consulted regarding ensemble choices.

  1. The 6-credit minimum must be distributed among both instrumental and vocal ensembles, as listed below. Only 1 credit per semester may be applied toward the degree requirement.

  2. No more than 2 credits in any one ensemble may be applied toward the 6-credit minimum.

    Instrumental
    Accompanying (keyboard)
       Sonata Duos
       Studio/Recital Accompanying
    Brass Chamber Music
    Campus Band
    Chamber Orchestra
    Concert Band
    Jazz Ensemble I, II, III
    Mallet Ensemble
    Percussion Ensemble
    Philharmonic Orchestra
    String Chamber Music
    Symphonic Band
    Symphonic Wind Ensemble
    Woodwind Chamber Music
         Vocal
    Chamber Music for Voices
    Chamber Singers
    Concert Choir
    Essence of Joy
    Glee Club
    Opera Theatre
    Oriana Singers
    University Choir
    Women's Chorale

  3. In addition to these required credits, other ensembles may be elected throughout the program upon the advice and consent of the applied instructor and the adviser.

  4. A student in academic difficulty must obtain the adviser's consent to register in more than two ensembles per semester. Academic difficulty is defined as a GPA below 2.5 and/or any music course not passed (grade of D or F).

Ensemble Requirements:
Bachelor of Music
Strings, Winds, Brass, Percussion
Keyboard
Voice
(8 cr. minimum)

Students in the Bachelor of Music performance programs are responsible for choosing ensembles that will nurture their professional growth as performers. Therefore, a variety of ensembles, small and large, should be selected. Advisers and applied instructors should be consulted regarding ensemble choices.

  1. The student must be enrolled in an ensemble every semester he/she is in the program. This is true even if the 8-credit minimum has been met.

  2. The 8-credit minimum must be earned from participation in at least two different ensembles.

  3. All of the 8 required credits must be earned by participation with the major instrument/voice with the exception of keyboard majors. (See item 6.)

  4. Two credits from among these ensembles must be applied toward the B.M. degree requirements:

    Accompanying: Sonata Duos; Studio/Recital Accompanying
        (For piano majors only. Two credits are required. See Item 5 below.)
    Brass Chamber Music
        (Includes University Brass, Trumpet Ensemble, Horn Ensemble,
         Trombone Choir, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, Small Ensembles)
    Chamber Orchestra
    Jazz Ensemble I: Centre Dimensions
    Mallet Ensemble
    Opera Theatre
    Percussion Ensemble
    String Chamber Music
    Woodwind Chamber Music

  5. The remaining 6 credits (2-6 credits for keyboard majors) must be distributed among these ensembles.

    Chamber Singers
    Concert Choir
    Jazz Ensemble I: Centre Dimensions
    Oriana Singers
    Philharmonic Orchestra
    Symphonic Band
    Symphonic Wind Ensemble
    University Choir
    Glee Club

  6. Keyboard majors must earn 2 credits in Sonata Duos and/or Studio/Recital Accompanying. A maximum of 4 credits earned by accompanying any of the following ensembles may be applied toward the 8-credit degree requirement:

    Chamber Singers
    Concert Choir
    Essence of Joy
    Glee Club
          Opera Theatre
    Oriana Singers
    University Choir
    Women's Chorale

  7. In addition to these required credits, other ensembles may be elected throughout the program upon the advice and consent of the applied instructor and the adviser.

  8. A student in academic difficulty must obtain the adviser's consent to register in more than two ensembles per semester. Academic difficulty is defined as a GPA below 2.5 and/or any music course not passed (grade of D or F).


APPLIED MUSIC REQUIREMENTS

All Bachelor of Music students (except those in Composition) must complete eight semesters of applied study on an instrument at the PERFORMANCE (3-credit) level. The student's performance area is determined through the student's audition. The audition typically determines the level at which the student will study in his or her respective program. Successful completion of each level is prerequisite for enrollment in the next higher level. Juries are held every semester to ensure that students qualify for study at the next level.

Please note that students who have received a scholarship must earn grades of "B" or higher in their applied study each semester.

 

Applied Music Lesson Policy
Students are to contact applied professors before or at the beginning of each semester to schedule regular lesson times. Lessons cancelled by faculty will be rescheduled. Lessons missed by students may be made up (see applied syllabus for specifics).

Please be aware that unexcused absences may be a contributing factor in determining the final grade.

Private music lesson fees are required for individual instruction according to the following scale:
$175 for 1-credit courses; $250 for 2-credit, 3-credit, or 4-credit courses. Music fees should be Paid at the Bursar's Office, 103 Shields Building, upon receipt of your bill. See "Enrolling for Private Lessons" on the School's web site for more information about the music lesson fee.  

Re-audition Procedures
Students must study in the appropriate course in the applied sequence with continuous (every semester) enrollment until the required applied credits are completed. Students who do not enroll for required applied instruction for any reason other than an official leave of absence must re-audition. Students who earn grades of D or F in two of the first three semesters of enrollment in applied study must re-audition for admission to the applied studio. Beginning with the fourth semester of study, students earning a grade of D or F in any semester must re-audition for admission to the applied studio. At any stage in the degree program, students who fail to advance to the next course in two consecutive juries cannot continue their applied studies in the major studio without re-audition. Re-auditions will be adjudicated by the established faculty jury including the major applied instructor and other members of the applied area faculty.

An acceptance to the BM program following a successful audition is valid for one academic year. If a student delays entrance into the School of Music for more than this period, he/she must re-audition. Contact the auditions secretary, Irene Kohute, in 234 Music Building I concerning the re-audition.

 

Jury Examinations
Because performance ability is an essential part of all School of Music degree programs, all students are required to demonstrate performance ability in their major applied area before a faculty jury at the end of each semester of applied instruction. The purposes of these examinations are (1) to assess the student's progress in his or her major performance area, and (2) to serve as the prerequisite for advancing to the next level of applied instruction.

Juries typically comprise three faculty members (at least two from the applied division). The jurors will submit to the music office their written evaluations and a composite grade (which is advisory to the student's instructor). These items will be included with the student's records. Copies of the evaluations and the grade will be available to the student from the music office. Repertory sheets previously filled out by the student will also be included in the student's file.

 

Applied Music and Recital Requirements
All B.M. performance majors (Strings/Winds/Brass/Percussion, Keyboard, Voice) should have performed at least one major work on a recital by the end of the fourth semester, a major work being defined as a work or works of ten to fifteen minutes in length.

By the end of the sixth semester the B.M. performance major (Strings/Winds/Brass/Percussion, Keyboard, Voice) should have performed in recital a work or works of thirty minutes duration, equivalent to a half-recital.

A full-length recital is required of all B.M. performance majors (Strings/Winds/Brass/Percussion, Keyboard, Voice), normally presented during the student's fourth year.

A full-length recital of at least 45 minutes is required of all B.M. composition majors, normally presented during the student's last year of study.

For all full-length recitals, both from performance and composition majors, a written evaluation of the full-length recital shall be submitted by each member of a committee of at least three which shall include the performer's instructor and one faculty member from outside the performance area who is selected by the Undergraduate Committee. These evaluations will be placed in the student's file and will be available to the student. It is the responsibility of the student and instructor to notify the judges of a change in date. If the judge(s) have a conflict, a recording shall be submitted for adjudication.

 


PIANO PROFICIENCY EXAMINATIONS

All B.M. students must pass a piano proficiency examination at some point in their undergraduate careers. (Students who have piano as the primary instrument are assumed to have met this requirement.) The student must meet the following proficiencies:

  1. Be prepared to play all major and harmonic minor scales, three octaves, hands together with a consistent tempo.

  2. Given 48 hours, prepare an accompaniment for an assigned melody using I, IV, V7, V7/V, and V7/IV chords in original key and transposed to the following keys: C, D, E, F, G, A, B-flat, and E-flat. Accompaniment style in the original key must be representative of implied melodic style. Accompaniment style for transposed keys may use blocked chords in basic hand positions, but must use good voice leading.

  3. Musically prepare two contrasting pieces of the same difficulty as the Bach Little Preludes and/or Book III of Bartok's Mikrokosmos.

  4. Be prepared to play all major and minor white-key arpeggios, three octaves, hands together with a consistent tempo.

  5. Sight-read hymns and two-part contrapuntal musical examples comparable in difficulty to the second half of volume II of the Diller-Quaile piano method or Volume II of Mikrokosmos.

Piano proficiency exams will be offered at the end of each academic semester. It is the student's responsibility to register for the examination. Students are to enroll in piano courses until such proficiency is met.

 


COMMON HOUR, RECITAL, AND CONCERT ATTENDANCE

Developing familiarity with a broad repertory of music and acquiring skills of critical listening are important aspects in the training of a musician. Therefore, students are expected to take advantage of every opportunity to attend performances of music, both on and off campus. More than 300 performances are scheduled each year on the University Park campus. These include Center for the Performing Arts programs, faculty and student recitals, concerts by School of Music ensembles, and special School of Music-sponsored programs. In addition, there is a Common Hour each Friday (2:30-3:20 p.m.) in the Esber Recital Hall. These programs include student and faculty performances, as well as demonstrations and lectures by faculty and guests of the School of Music. Students are expected to attend Common Hour each week and a reasonable number of the many events sponsored by the School of Music each year. (See Attendance Requirement below.)

Attendance Requirement (Music 101: Common Hour)

Music 101: Common Hour is required of all students pursuing undergraduate degrees in music. This course is designed as a vehicle for monitoring student attendance at concerts, recitals, master classes, lectures, and Common Hours in the School of Music. Attendance at 150 events will constitute satisfactory completion of the course. At least 40 of these events must be Common Hours. Attendance at Common Hours will be monitored by Sigma Alpha Iota. Records of attendance are maintained by the School of Music office.

It is the student's responsibility to provide signed programs as verification of attendance at concerts, recitals, master classes, lectures, and Common Hours. Verification of attendance at all Common Hours and all School of Music-sponsored Esber Recital Hall events will be collected immediately at the conclusion of those events at the ticket counter outside the recital hall. All other program attendance verifications are to be deposited in the designated folder located in the mail room (235) on the second floor of Music Building I.

Students register for this course the semester in which their total attendance will reach 150 events.