Music (BA) Sample Course Plan

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

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

  • Due to the sequential nature of the music major, study abroad is not recommended during the first two years. Students interested in studying abroad should consult with the Director of the School of Music to decide on a case-by-case basis which semester(s) would be most appropriate.

Additional Information for All Majors

    • Music majors pursuing the BM degree or the BME degree are allowed to take as many as 5.5 units per term, and music majors pursuing the BA degree are allowed to take as many as 4.5 units per term; however, first-year students should try to avoid taking the maximum number of units, particularly during their first term.
    • It is suggested that first-year students not take more than two general education courses, including a Gateway course during a given semester.
    • Music majors fulfill the CHC general education requirement through a course in the major.
    • Music majors practice an average of 15 hours per week, regardless of units earned.
    •  All music majors and minors must complete one semester of Colloquia in Music (MUS
      014x) in their first semester.
    •  All music majors should be registered for Experiencing Live Performance (MUS 015x) for
      each semester, according to their individual degree requirements.
    •  Music majors are strongly encouraged to attend Convocation hour every Thursday from
    • Upon permission of the applied instructor, B.A. degree candidates may take 60-minute lessons beginning in the second semester.  Fees are accessed for lessons that are beyond what is required of the degree (Refer to IWU Catalog, page 23, Financial Information).
    • First-year students who elect to minor in music are required to meet the same requirements as first-year students who are pursuing the BM degree with the exception of 100A and 100B (Keyboard Basics) and level of applied music (MUS 100 instead of MUS 181/183)
    • 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.
    • First-year students should look carefully at the ensemble schedule (refer to Ensemble Information) before scheduling a General Education course.
    • Non-music majors who are the recipients of a Jennings Scholarship must enroll each term in a major ensemble and applied minor lessons (MUS 100); these are the conditions of this scholarship (refer to  Scholarships & Aid Section).
    • Any student at the University may enroll for private instruction in music;  there is an additional fee for this instruction for non-music majors who do not have a Jennings Scholarship. Also, ensembles are open to any student at the University by audition. Audition information is available in the Music Office in the School of Music (ext. 3061).