Music Composition (BM) Course Plan (first 3 semesters)
Additional Sample Course Plans
This is an example course plan based on the 2019-2020 University Catalog; your actual
schedule may deviate from this example. Your faculty advisor will work with you to
select appropriate courses.
As an IWU student, it is your responsibility to track your progress each semester
towards completing graduation requirements using the MyIWU degree evaluation tool.
For more information on course work, look over the Degree Checklist!
*Lessons: register for the CRN with the student's instrument/instructor. For pianists,
R. Kent Cook; for vocalists, J. Scott Ferguson.
** Keyboard Harmony (207/208) is offered in alternate years. In the year in which
it is not offered, students should be encouraged to take an additional Gen Ed or PE
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 BM: Composition (s)he
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
M 4:00 - 6:00 PM
W 4:00 - 5:00 PM and 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Wind Ensemble MUS 022
12:30 - 1:50 PM
Symphonic Winds MUS 024
T 4:05 - 5:35 PM
R 6:00 - 7:30 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
Students may also audition for these small ensembles listed below, as electives or
X-credit, in addition to the major
Jazz Ensemble MUS 034-1
T R 2:35 - 3:50 PM
Jazz Lab Band* MUS 034-2
M 7:00 - 8:15 PM
Chamber Singers MUS 031-6
T R 2:35 - 3:50 PM
Unlicensed Syncopation MUS 175
*The Jazz Lab Band is open to all students with NO audition.
- 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
- 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)
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).