Additional Sample Course Plans


This is an example course plan based on the 2018-2019 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 - Piano


Applied Minor




Survey of Music History


Keyboard Harmony


Fundamentals of Conducting


Piano Pedagogy


Keyboard Literature


Upper Division Theory

choose one from:


Upper Division Music History

choose two from:

Ensembles (8 semesters)
Accompanying, ( MUS 31 ), or appropriate ensembles (at least 1 unit (4 semesters) must be Accompanying)
Music Electives 3
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. For pianists, R. Kent Cook.

** 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 course.

Year 2

Fall Semester

* 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.

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: Piano (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 - 6:00 PM and 6:00 - 9:00 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

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 034-2

7:00 - 8:15 PM

Chamber Singers MUS 031-6

T R 2:35 - 3:50 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.

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

  • Music majors pursuing the B.M. degree or the B.M.E. degree are allowed to take as many as 5.5 units per term, and music majors pursuing the B.A. degree are allowed to take as many as 4.75 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.
  • MUS 227 (0.5 unit) and MUS 309 (1 unit) are recommended as soon as a student’s schedule allows.
    Note: MUS 227 is restricted to BM/BME or consent of instructor. MUS 309 has a prerequisite: 103 or consent of the instructor. Offered in alternate years.
  • Music majors practice between 7 and up to 21 hours per week for this amount of credit. Therefore, the total number of units does not necessarily reflect the actual extent of the workloads. All music students, both majors and minors, must complete one semester of Colloquia in Music (MUS 14X) and a requisite number of semesters of Experiencing Live Performance of Concert Repertoire (Music 15X). Because first-year students are often unsure of which degree program they will ultimately pursue, every music major should be enrolled for this course. Additionally, attendance at School of Music Convocations is strongly encouraged of music majors. Convocations, which are weekly departmental meetings, are scheduled for Thursdays, from 4:00 – 5:00. Therefore, it is important that music students not be scheduled for a course or another activity during this time.
  • First-year students who are pursuing the B.A. degree with a major in music are required to meet the same requirements as first-year students who are pursuing the B.M. degree with the exception of 30-minute lessons in place of 60-minute lessons. Upon permission of the applied instructor, B.A. degree candidates may take 60-minute lessons beginning in the spring term. 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 B.M. 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 Jennings Scholarship Opportunities and Requirements and Recipients.)
  • 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).
  • All first-year music majors are assigned a faculty advisor, who is a full-time music faculty member. If you should have an advising question, please feel free to call your music mentor. To reach a music mentor, call the Music Office at ext. 3061.