School of Music

Instrumental Performance (BM) Sample Course Plan

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.

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Course Course Units

Applied Major


Applied Minor




Survey of Music History


Keyboard Basics (or proficiency)


Functional Piano




Upper Division Theory

choose from:


Upper Division Music History

choose two from:

MUS 309 Orchestration 1
MUS 31/31X Chamber Music (2 semesters) .5
Ensembles (8 semesters) 2
Music Electives 5
MUS 15X: Experiencing the Live Performance of Concert Repertoire  (7 semesters) NC

Performance Requirements:

Junior Recital

Senior Recital



Year 1

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

May Term

  • Optional

* Private lessons: register for the CRN with the student’s instrument/instructor.

** Students can take a keyboard proficiency exam which is given during New Student Orientation, and if they test out of MUS 100A/B, then they 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

* Private lessons: register for the CRN with the student’s instrument/instructor.

Ensemble Information

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: Orchestral Instruments (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

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

MWF  12:30 - 1:50 PM

Symphonic Winds MUS 024

T 4:05 - 5:35 PM

R 6:00 - 7:30 PM


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

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

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

Chamber Singers MUS 031-6

T R 2:35 -3:50 PM

Jazz Ensemble MUS 034-1

T R 2:35 - 3:50 PM

Jazz Lab Band* MUS 034-2

7:00 – 8:15 PM

Unlicensed Syncopation MUS 175

T R 2:35 -3:50 PM

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

Study Abroad

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