Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Music Information  ♦  Bachelor of Music  ♦  Minors  ♦  Master of Music


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Bachelor of Music

CORE REQUIREMENTS

APPLIED MUSIC
All music majors must complete a minimum of seven semesters of applied lessons with at least three of the semesters at the upper division levels (numbered 300 or 400). Applied students must complete a jury examination at the end of each semester. Each major is required to enroll in applied music every semester of full-time  enrollment.

► Solo Recital Performance
Each major is expected to perform the equivalent of a half recital (MUS 399: Joint Recital) during the course of study, either separately or as the result of at least four (4)  appearances on student recitals (Fridays).

► Ensemble Requirements
Each major is expected to enroll in a major ensemble reflecting the major applied area of study every semester of fulltime enrollment.
♦  Wind and percussion majors will enroll in MUS 256: Marching Band  (for more details see EKUbands.eku.edu); MUS 255A: Symphonic Band OR MUS255B: Concert Band (MUS 455A or B Symphonic or Concert Band for upper division) (for more details see Strings.eku.edu ); OR MUS 235: Symphony Orchestra (MUS 435 for upper division) . With permission of the Department Chair, MUS 254/454: Jazz Ensemble may be submitted for the major ensemble requirement for wind and percussion majors.
♦  Orchestral string majors will enroll in MUS 235/435: Symphony Orchestra OR MUS 236/436: String Orchestra.
♦  Some string bass majors may be assigned to MUS 255A/455A: Symphonic Band pending auditions.
♦  Guitar majors will enroll in MUS 257/457 Guitar Ensemble
♦  Vocal majors will enroll in MUS 225/425: Concert Choir OR MUS 226/426: University Singers
♦  Keyboard majors may substitute MUS 313: Accompanying OR MUS 513: Techniques of Accompanying for ensemble credits. Even if the student plans to study in two or more applied areas, one of them must be declared the major.

► Recital Attendance
All majors are expected to attend 16 recitals including the Friday recitals and other departmental concerts held throughout the semester (MUS 101A) for at least six  semesters. Performances off campus must receive approval by department chair.

MUSIC EDUCATION

All wind and percussion majors must complete at least three semesters of MUS 256: Marching Band. All Music Education majors must elect MUS 383: Orchestration. Students enrolling in more than three ensembles should receive permission for such participation from their applied teacher, ensemble director, and advisor. All wind and percussion majors have required corequisite small and large ensembles with their applied lessons. Voice/string majors have a corequisite large ensemble required with applied lessons and must demonstrate experience in small choral/string ensembles.

MUSIC PERFORMANCE
All performance majors must pass an audition beyond the entrance audition. They will be on probationary status for one to four semesters. At the end of the  probationary period, the student may re-audition for full candidacy. The Audition Committee will consist of at least three members of the music faculty including  the applied teacher. All performance majors must give a full recital (MUS 499) in addition to the half recital required of all majors. Vocal performance majors must  elect foreign language as part of their Gen. Ed. studies.

MUSIC INDUSTRY
All music industry majors must complete six credits of Co-op (MUS 349). All Co-op projects must be approved by the Co-op office, department chair, and Co-op  coordinator.

MUSIC THEORY AND COMPOSITION
Theory and composition majors must complete two credits of beginning composition (MUS 283) and eight credits of advanced composition (MUS 483). Composition students will include the performance of their compositions as part of the recital requirement. All theory and  composition majors must elect additional piano studies. Theory students will complete a senior thesis or project (MUS 499) as part of this degree program.


Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

UNIVERSITY GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS       40 hours

 

  • General Education Requirements:      36 hours
    Refer to the University Catalog for details on the General Education requirements.
  • ASO 100:  Student Success Seminar      1 hour
  • Wellness       3 hours
  • Writing Intensive Course (Hours incorporated into Major/Supporting/Gen. Ed./Free Elective Category)
  • ACCT - Music majors will fulfill ACCT with MUS 349, 482, 499, 550, or 551, or EMS 499. (Credit hours are incorporated into program requirements below.)

CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS       44 Hours

       PLUS

  • a minimum of SEVEN (7) HOURS of ensemble over seven semesters;
  • a minimum of SEVEN (7) HOURS of applied instrument or voice over seven semesters which includes:
    •  2 credits at 100 level
    •  2 credits at 200 level
    •  2 credits at 300 level
    •  1 credit at 400 level

       PLUS SIX (6) SEMESTERS of Mus 101: Performance Class (0)

(Music Ensemble: wind and percussion teaching majors must select three hours of MUS 256: Marching Band)

CONCENTRATIONS

    ♦  PEFORMANCE/INSTRUMENTAL     31 Hours

   PLUS ALL of the following:

  • SEVENTEEN (17) HOURS (additional) of lower and upper division applied music courses:
    •  2 hours of 100 level applied in major instrument
    •  2 hours of 200 level applied in major instrument
    •  6 hours of 300 level applied in major instrument
    •  7 hours of 400 level applied in major instrument
  • ONE (1) HOUR (additional) of ensemble
  • THREE (3) HOURS of upper division music theory electives
  • THREE (3) HOURS of upper division music history electives
     

   ♦  PEFORMANCE/VOCAL     31 Hours

       PLUS

  • SEVENTEEN (17) HOURS (additional) of lower and upper division applied music
    •  2 hours of MUS 122: Voice I (2)
    •  2 hours of MUS 222: Voice II (2)
    •  6 hours of MUS 322: Voice III (6) 
    •  7 hours of MUS 422: Voice IV (7)
  • ONE (1) HOUR (additional) of ensemble
  • THREE (3) HOURS of upper division music theory electives
  • THREE (3) HOURS of upper division music history electives

♦  EMPHASIS IN MUSIC INDUSTRY       35 HOURS

PLUS NINE (9) HOURS selected from:

  • ACC 201: Introduction to Financial Accounting (3)
  • MGT 301: Principles of Management (3)
  • PUB 375: Public Relations Principles (3) OR PUB 385: PR Event Planning & Management (3)

PLUS EIGHT (8) HOURS in MUS/MUH course electives
 

♦  EMPHASIS IN MUSIC INDUSTRY - RECORDING ARTS    35 HOURS

PLUS NINE (9) HOURS selected from:

  • ACC 201: Introduction to Financial Accounting (3)
  • MGT 301: Principles of Management (3)
  • PUB 375: Public Relations Principles (3)
  • PUB 385: PR Event Planning & Management (3)
  • PUB 415S: Public Relations in the Perfroming Arts (3)

♦  MUSIC THEORY AND COMPOSITION       25 HOURS

PLUS

  • ONE (1) HOUR (additional) 400-level applied music;
  • THREE (3) HOURS of upper division theory electives;
  • THREE (3) HOURS of music electives

♦  MUSIC EDUCATION/INSTRUMENTAL       11 HOURS

(Instrumental students will be excused from taking the methods course that includes their major applied instrument).
 

♦  MUSIC EDUCATION/VOCAL       11 HOURS

SUPPORTING COURSE REQUIREMENTS

♦  PERFORMANCE       6 HOURS

♦  MUSIC INDUSTRY       6 HOURS

♦  THEORY AND COMPOSITION       6 HOURS

♦  MUSIC EDUCATION      6 HOURS

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS   31 hours

  • EDF 204: Emerging Instructional Technologies (3) OR CIS 212: Introduction to Computer Information Systems (3) OR CSC 104: Computer Literacy with Software Applications (3)
  • EDF 103: Introduction to Education (1)
  • EDF 203: Schools and Our Society (3)
  • EDF 319: Human Development and Learning (3) OR EDF 319W: Human Development and Learning (Writing Intensive) (3)
  • EDF 413: Assessment in Education (3)
  • SED 401: Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Classrooms (3) OR SED 401S: Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Classrooms (3) (Service Learning Component)
  • ESE 490: Secondary Curriculum, Classroom Organization, and Management (3)
  • ESE 561: Teaching Science in the Secondary School (3)
  • ESE 579: Music Education: Principles and Practices (3)
  • EMS 499: Supervised Student Teaching P-12 (12)

PLUS THREE (3) HOURS of Applied Learning Field Experience which includes the following:

  • EDF 349Q: Applied Learning in Education I (0.5)
  • EDF 349R: Applied Learning in Education II (0.5)
  • EMS 349Q: Applied Learning I: Educational Assessment (0.5)
  • EMS 349R: Applied Learning II: Educational Curriculum (0.5)
  • ESE 349: Applied Learning: Secondary Teaching (1)

FREE ELECTIVES       0-4

TOTAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS      120-141 hours


Minor in Music

Requirements       20 hours

  • PLUS four hours of electives in music

Master in Music (M.M.)


Performance  ♦  Theory/Composition  ♦  Choral Conducting  ♦   Instrumental Conducting  ♦  Music Education


CORE COURSES       12 HOURS
required for ALL options

OPTIONS
Options are available in performance, theory/composition, choral conducting, instrumental conducting and music education.

ELECTIVES       9-10 HOURS

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

  • GRD 857i: M.M. Music Written Comprehensive Exam OR GRD 858i: M.M. Music Oral Comprehensive Exam

TOTAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS       32 Hours

♦  OPTION IN PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS

CORE COURSES       12 HOURS
All Core Courses are required. 

OPTION REQUIREMENTS       10 HOURS

  • Applied Music Courses to total TEN (10) HOURS

ELECTIVES       10 HOURS

  • Electives will include FOUR (4) HOURS of pedagogy or literature courses (MUS 750/751) based upon advising and previous coursework.

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

  • GRD 857i: M.M. Music Written Comprehensive Exam OR GRD 858i: M.M. Music Oral Comprehensive Exam

TOTAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS       32 Hours

 

♦  OPTION IN THEORY/COMPOSITION REQUIREMENTS

CORE COURSES       12 HOURS
All Core Courses are required. If you choose the emphasis in theory, you must elect MUS 899 under Project, Recital, or Thesis.  If you choose the emphasis in composition , you must select MUS 896 under Project, Recital, or Thesis.

►OPTION with emphasis in THEORY REQUIREMENTS       13 HOURS

►OPTION with emphasis in COMPOSITION REQUIREMENTS       12 HOURS

ELECTIVES       7-8 HOURS

  • Electives will include FOUR (4) HOURS in performance, pedagogy or musicology.  THREE (3) to FOUR (4) HOURS are free electives.

†  Electives are determined by the student's primary emphasis in either theory or composition.

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

  • GRD 857i: M.M. Music Written Comprehensive Exam OR GRD 858i: M.M. Music Oral Comprehensive Exam

TOTAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS       32 Hours

 

♦  OPTION IN CHORAL CONDUCTING REQUIREMENTS

CORE COURSES       12 HOURS
All Core Courses are required. Choral Conducting option must select MUS 756 under Music Literature.

OPTION REQUIREMENTS       11 HOURS

ELECTIVES       9 HOURS

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

  • GRD 857i: M.M. Music Written Comprehensive Exam OR GRD 858i: M.M. Music Oral Comprehensive Exam

TOTAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS       32 Hours

 

♦  OPTION IN INSTRUMENTAL CONDUCTING REQUIREMENTS

CORE COURSES       12 HOURS
All Core Courses are required.  Instrumental Conducting option must select MUS 755 under Music Literature and MUS 896 under Project, Recital, or Thesis.

OPTION REQUIREMENTS       11 HOURS

ELECTIVES       9 HOURS

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

  • GRD 857i: M.M. Music Written Comprehensive Exam OR GRD 858i: M.M. Music Oral Comprehensive Exam

TOTAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS       32 Hours

 

♦  OPTION IN MUSIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

CORE COURSES       12 HOURS
All Core Courses are required.

OPTION REQUIREMENTS       10 HOURS

ELECTIVES       10 HOURS

  • Electives must include a minimum of FOUR (4) HOURS of Applied Music courses.

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

  • GRD 857i: M.M. Music Written Comprehensive Exam OR GRD 858i: M.M. Music Oral Comprehensive Exam

TOTAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS       32 Hours

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