School of Music

String Performance & Pedagogy (BM) Sample Course Plan

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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

Music Theory


Keyboard Basics

  • MUS 100A Keyboard Basics I
  • MUS 100B Keyboard Basics II

Music Theory


Survey of Music History


Functional Piano

  • MUS 205 Functional Piano I
  • MUS 206 Functional Piano II

Pedagogy Coursework

  • MUS 219 Introduction to Private Teaching
    MUS 316 String Pedagogy I
  • MUS 317 String Pedagogy II
  • MUS 318 String Pedagogy III
  • MUS 319 String Pedagogy IV
  • MUS 320 String Pedagogy Lab
  • MUS 343 String Literature

          choose from:


Applied Minor Study


Upper Division Theory

choose from:


Upper Division Music History

choose 2 from:



Ensemble 2.5
Music Electives 1.5
MUS 14X: Colloquia in Music  (1 semester) NC
MUS 15X: Experiencing the Live Performance of Concert Repertoire  (6 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: String Performance & Pedagogy (s)he must keep the following schedule times open:

MUS 021 Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra

M 4:00 - 6:00 PM

W 4:00 - 5:00 PM and 6:00 - 8:30 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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