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Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Performance, Specialization in Woodwind Specialist, B.M.


The Music Performance major provides the potential professional performer (musician) and/or teacher with the finest instrumental/vocal training within the context of a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum. Individual study with artist-teachers enables each student to achieve a high level of proficiency on the major instrument (strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, guitar, keyboard, voice), and a high level of participation in ensembles provides performance experience and a broad knowledge of the literature. Specialized coursework develops the expertise in reading, writing, analysis, musical styles, and performance practices, which marks the professional performer/teacher (musician). The department provides applied instruction and coursework in performance for music majors and minors, as well as for all qualified students of the University.

Admission as a Music Performance Major

A student is accepted for the bachelor of music degree program in music performance by successfully passing an audition with the appropriate area faculty. This audition may be held at the time of the initial College of Musical Arts audition or during the course of degree study. Continuance and/or acceptance as a music performance major is dependent on jury approval each semester. Acceptance as a performance major later than the freshman year may necessitate studies beyond the fourth year to meet repertoire and performance standards.

Jury Examinations

Information on jury examinations can be found in the College of Musical Arts Student Handbook.

Sophomore Performance Review

At the end of the fourth semester of applied lessons, students are evaluated during the jury exam for advancement to upper division applied study (4000 level). If a student does not pass this Sophomore Performance Review, the student may enroll again in 2000 level applied study the following semester and may take the Sophomore Performance Review again. Written comments describing issues that need to be addressed and a remediation plan will be provided to the student. A student who fails the Sophomore Performance Review a second time will be denied future registration in applied instruction. However, students may re-audition for entrance into applied study by submitting a request for audition during one of the scheduled College of Musical Arts audition days. Students should consult their applied instructor for any specific performance requirements for the Sophomore Performance Review.

Recital Requirement

At least one full recital is required of all performance majors. This is usually given in the senior year. Permission to perform a recital is granted by the appropriate performance studies faculty and is based upon the successful completion of a recital jury. A student must be registered for applied study during the semester the recital is presented. Students in the piano specialization must present at least a half-recital in either the sophomore or junior year.

Piano Proficiency

Applied piano instruction is required of all music performance majors. A prerequisite to individual applied instruction is class piano, MUED 1510 , or equivalent. (See coordinator of class piano for placement assessment.) In addition, majors in brass, guitar, harp, percussion, strings, voice, and woodwinds are required to demonstrate piano proficiency through examination. The examination, which is to be scheduled through the keyboard coordinator during the final semester of applied piano study, consists of satisfactory performance of one Baroque, one Classical, and one Romantic or contemporary composition. One work is to be memorized.

BG Perspective (BGP) Requirements


Must complete at least 1 course in each of the following:

   English Composition and Oral Communication
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   Quantitative Literacy
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Must Complete at least 2 courses in each of the following:

   Humanities and the Arts
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   _____________________________    ________    

   Natural Sciences - at least one Lab Science required
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   _____________________________    ________                                                                                      

   Social and Behavioral Sciences
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                        

Complete total required BGP credit hours by selecting courses from any of the above categories:

   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                                    

University Requirements

Designated courses in Humanities and the Arts and the Social and Behavioral Sciences domains may be used to fulfill both the BGP requirement and one of the following university requirements:

Cultural Diversity in the US    ____________
International Perspective       ____________

Composition Requirement:
WRIT 1120                              

Total BGP Credits: Must be at least 36                      

Woodwind Specialist Option


(70 Hours)

Total Hours: 98-99


*GSW 1110, GSW 1120, and MUCT 2610  may count for BGP credit

Students must successfully complete six semesters of MUS 99 - Recital Attendance . Students are also required to attend biweekly seminars according to major applied medium.

Information for Performance Studies Majors | Woodwind Specialist Specialization


Acceptance as a Performance Major requires written approval from the appropriate area coordinator.

Undergraduate Catalog

All degree requirements are stated in the UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG. You are responsible for knowing them, so please read the catalog carefully. Highlights from that document appear below.

Sophomore Performance Review

At the end of the fourth semester of applied lessons, students are evaluated during the jury exam for advancement to upper division applied study (4000 level). If a student does not pass this Sophomore Performance Review, the student may enroll again in 2000 level applied study the following semester and may take the Sophomore Performance Review again. Written comments describing issues that need to be addressed and a remediation plan will be provided to the student. A student who fails the Sophomore Performance Review a second time will be denied future registration in applied instruction. However, students may re-audition for entrance into applied study by submitting a request for audition during one of the scheduled College of Musical Arts audition days. Students should consult their applied instructor for any specific performance requirements for the Sophomore Performance Review.

Senior Recital

At least one full recital is required of all performance studies majors. This is usually given in the senior year. Permission to perform the recital is granted by the appropriate performance studies faculty, and is based upon the student’s performance at a recital jury. A student must be registered for applied study during the semester in which the recital is presented, and must register for MUSP 4950 - Senior Recital .

THEORY: Some students may be required to enroll in MUCT 1130  or MUCT 1150  pending results of Freshman Placement Examination

PIANO PROFICIENCY: Students are required to prepare one Baroque, one Classical, and one Romantic or contemporary composition, one of which is to be memorized. The exam is scheduled through the keyboard coordinator. This requirement does not apply to harpsichord, piano, or organ emphasis students. Some students may be placed in class piano (MUED 1500  or MUED 1510 ) prior to applied piano (MUSP 2610 /MUSP 4610 ).

WRITING PROFICIENCY: Please see the placement and/or prerequisites to GSW 1120.

SPECIAL SCHEDULING CONSIDERATIONS: A number of courses required for the various performance degree options are only offered every other year, and must be carefully scheduled by students in consultations with the advisor. The following courses fall into this category: MUSP 2100 -MUSP 2110 ; MUSP 2150-MUSP 2160; MUSP 2180, MUSP 3120 MUSP 3670 -MUSP 3680 ; MUSP 3960-MUSP 3970, MUSP 4020 MUCT 3080 -MUCT 3090 MUCT 4030 -MUCT 4040 MUCT 4070 -MUCT 4090 ; and MUCT 4120 .