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B.M. in Musical Studies

Contact Person:
Nelly Case, Chair
C306 Bishop, (315) 267-2759,

123-124 credit hours required. (plus two Physical Education/Health and Wellness courses)

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Required Courses for both Tracks  
General Education Courses 19
Basic Musicianship Sequence 29
MUCB 101 Keyboard Skills I (1 credit)  
MUCB 103 Theory I  
MUCB 104 Aural Skills I (1 credit)  
MUCB 102 Keyboard Skills II (1 credit)  
MUCB 105 Theory II  
MUCB 106 Aural Skills II (1 credit)  
MUCB 201 Literature and Style I  
MUCB 203 Theory III  
MUCB 204 Aural Skills III (1 credit)  
MUCB 202 Literature and Style II  
MUCB 205 Theory IV  
MUCB 206 Aural Skills IV (1 credit)  
MUCB 323 Literature and Style III  
Upper Division Music Courses (depending on track) 21
Plus one of the following Tracks: 54-55
Theory/History Track (54 credits)  
MUCS 420 Performance Concentration (8 @ 2 credits)  
Ensembles (8 @ 1 credit)  
Research and Orchestration    
MUCR 410 Music Bibliography (2 credits)  
MUCR 488 Research Project in Musical Studies (2 credits)  
MUCT 421 Orchestration  
Liberal Arts Electives (14 credits)  
Free Electives (music or non-music courses) (9 credits)  
Upper Division Music Courses  
MUCT 414 or 415 Modal Counterpoint or Tonal Counterpoint
MUCT 417 or 420 Analytical Techniques or Theory and Analysis of 20th Century Music
Music History Electives (9 credits)
Upper Division Music History or Theory Electives (6 credis)
Composition Track (55 credits)  
MUCS 420 Performance Concentration (6 @ 2 credits)  
Ensembles (6 @ 1 credit)  
MUCT 430 Studio Composition (Electronic or Non-Electronic) (7 @ 3 credits)
Note: Must include at least 1 semester of Studio Composition (Electronic)
MUCT 411 Electronic Composition I  
MUCT 490 Composition Capstone Portfolio & Jury (1 credit)  
Liberal Arts Electives (12 credits)  
Upper Division Music Courses  
Instrumentation, Orchestration, or Arranging Elective (3 credits)*  
Counterpoint Elective (3 credits)  
Jazz, Pop, Ethnomusicology Elective (3 credits)  
Theory/Analysis Elective (3 credits)*  
Music History Elective (3 credits)**  
Free Upper Division Music Electives (6 credits)  

* Must be non-jazz/pop. MUCT 330 Jazz Theory & Arranging cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

** Any upper-level MUCH course except those that would satisfy the Jazz, Pop, Ethnomusicology category.

Special Notes
  1. Students are accepted for admission who demonstrate by audition the potential to accomplish Level A in area of applied study by the end of the fourth semester. If this audition is not satisfactorily completed by the end of the fourth semester, a change of applied area or curriculum may be recommended.
  2. The minimum performance requirement for the major in Musical Studies is satisfactory completion of Level A and the performance of a Ten-Minute Recital.
  3. Students who meet Level A requirements early may, with permission, study a second applied area. If a second applied area is chosen, the requirements for performance ensembles remain as stipulated for the first area of study.
  4. To transfer into this degree program from another major or from another institution, and to remain in the program beyond the sophomore year, it is necessary to have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 and an average of 3.0 in those subjects included in the Basic Musicianship Sequence.
  5. Details about specific ensemble requirements can be found in the Crane Undergraduate Student Handbook and are dependent on the student's instrument and track.
  6. For students in the Composition track, the Crane Undergraduate Student Handbook includes details about specific requirements in the degree, including:
    a. elective requirements,
    b. composition studio assignments,
    c. the genres of student works composed,
    d. the Composition Sophomore Evaluation, and
    e. the capstone portfolio and performance requirement.