School of Music

Music (BA) Sample Course Plan

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This is a sample course plan based on the 2020-2021 University Catalog; your actual schedule may deviate from this example. Your faculty advisor will work with you to select appropriate courses.

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Year 1

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

May Term

  • Optional

* Lessons: register for the CRN with the student’s instrument/instructor. For pianists, R. Kent Cook; for vocalists, William Hudson. Lessons are 30 minutes.

** Music majors with sufficient piano skills may proficiency out of Keyboard Basics (MUS 100 A/B). Proficiency exams will be scheduled during Turning Titan: New Student Orientation.

If the student tests out of MUS 100A and 100B, they will take MUS 205 (non-keyboard majors) or MUS 207 (keyboard majors) in the fall semester, and MUS 206 (non-keyboard majors) or MUS 208 (keyboard majors) in the Spring Semester.

Year 2

Fall Semester


Ensemble Information

Each student must enroll in one of the above ensembles for a minimum of 4 semesters during their college career.
Ensemble auditions are held during the first week of class. Depending on audition placement, students may need to
implement an alternate class schedule. If the student is a BA in Music they must keep the following schedule
times open until after ensemble assignments have been posted:

String Instrumentalists: Orchestra
Winds and Percussion: Orchestra, Symphonic Winds and Wind Ensemble
Vocalists: Collegiate Choir and University Choir

Pianists who also play an orchestral instrument may audition for placement in one of the instrumental ensembles.
Pianists may also audition for Collegiate Choir or University Choir. After the first year, pianists are
required to enroll in MUS 031 – Piano Accompanying, for at least 4 semesters. This course fulfills the ensemble
requirement for those semesters.

Orchestra MUS 021

T/R 6:00-8:00 PM

W 4:00 - 5:00 PM 

Wind Ensemble MUS 022 & Symphonic Winds MUS 024

MWF  12:30 - 1:50 PM

Collegiate Choir MUS 023

MWF 4:00 - 5:15 PM

R 5:30 - 6:30 PM

University Choir MUS 026

MWF 3:00 - 3:50 PM


Students may participate in a second large ensemble listed above, as an elective or for X-credit.

Students may also audition for these small ensembles listed below, as electives or X-credit, in addition to the major

Jazz Ensemble MUS 034

T R 2:35 - 3:50 PM

Jazz Lab Band and Combos* MUS 035

7:00 - 8:15 PM


Unlicensed Syncopation** MUS 175

T R   2 : 3 5 - 3 : 50 PM

*The Jazz Lab Band is open to all students with NO audition.

**Unlicensed Syncopation will not meet Fall 2020

Study Abroad

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