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B.M. in Musical Studies

Contact Person:
Timothy Sullivan, Chair
A335 Schuette, (315) 267-2684,

121-123 credit hours required.

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

Required Courses for both Tracks
General Education Courses (Credits 18)

Basic Musicianship Sequence (Credits 29)
Students with a studio emphasis in piano are exempt from the two Keyboard Skills courses.
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 Music History I: Early Music
MUCB 203 Theory III
MUCB 204 Aural Skills III (1 credit)
MUCP 209 Conducting I (1 credit)
MUCB 202 Music History II: Common Practice Period
MUCB 205 Theory IV
MUCB 206 Aural Skills IV (1 credit)
MUCP 309 Conducting II (1 credit)
MUCB 323 Music History III: Music Since 1900

Upper Division Music Courses (Credits 21)
(depending on track, see below)

Plus one of the following Tracks (Credits 53-55)

Theory/History Track (54 credits)
MUCS 420 Performance Concentration (8 @ 2 credits)
Ensembles (8 @ 1 credit)

Research and Orchestration
MUCR 410 Music Bibliography (1 credit)
MUCR 488 Research Project in Musical Studies (2 credits)
MUCT 421 Orchestration

Non-Music Liberal Arts Electives (14 credits)

Free Electives (music or non-music courses; limit one ensemble per semester) (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 credits)

Composition Track (55 credits)
MUCS 420 Performance Concentration (6 @ 2 credits)
Ensembles (6 @ 1 credit)

Studio Lessons: 8 semesters @ 3 credits
  MUCT 430 Studio Composition (at least 2 semesters)
  MUCT 440 Studio Electronic Composition (at least 1 semester)
  MUCT 411 Computer Music Composition
MUCT 490 Composition Capstone Portfolio & Jury (1 credit)

Non-Music 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 History or Theory 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 the Level A 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 or thirty-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 Student Handbook and are dependent on the student’s instrument and track.
  6. For students in the Composition track, the Crane 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.