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Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree

The music major on these degrees is designed for students preparing for careers as musicologists, composers, music librarians, performers, or church musicians who prefer to study music within a broad-based liberal arts degree program or for those students who wish to combine a music major with a second major in another discipline.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

Admission as a Music Major or Minor Admission to all music majors and minors requires a successful performance audition and passage of a basic musicianship examination. If a student does not pass the basic musicianship examination, passage of the examination at a later date will fulfill the requirement. A student who has not been accepted into the Music Program may be denied access to music core courses. Further information concerning admission as a music major or minor (including audition dates, appropriate repertoire, and study guides for the basic musicianship examination) is available in the School of Music office, or online at

Admission to Music Candidacy

Prior to enrolling in classes above 200 level, a student must apply to the School of Music Office for admission to Music Candidacy. Admission to this program will allow a student access to music study at the 300 level and above. Requirements for admission include declaring a major or minor appropriate to a student’s curriculum, passage of a 300 level performance examination on the appropriate instrument, and completion of MUS 101, MUS 102, MUS 103, MUS 104, MUS 147, MUS 148, MUS 201, MUS 202, MUS 203, MUS 204, MUS 211, MUS 212, MUS 247, and MUS 248 with a grade of “C” or better. Tentative admission will be granted if it is clear from the application that it is possible to remove all deficiencies within one academic year. Such tentative admission will be reviewed at the end of that period and access to courses 300 level and above will be revoked if requirements remain unfulfilled. It is the student’s responsibility to document the fulfillment of all admission requirements. Applications for admission to Music Candidacy are available in the School of Music office.

Additional Requirements for Music Majors and Minors

Music major and minors on all degree programs must receive a grade of “C” or better in each required MUS course. Credit/No Credit grades are not acceptable on music majors and minors.