Bachelor of Music in Music History

Admission to the program

In addition to audition on the major instrument or voice, approval of admission must be received from the music history faculty.

Music Requirements (70-79 credits)

  1. Applied Music (Studio Instruction), 12 credits
  2. Music History 23, credits
  3. Music Theory 25, credits
  4. Ensembles, 8 credits
    • Students must participate in one major ensemble each semester on their principal instrument, as assigned by the music faculty
  5. Other Music (Group Piano, Conducting, Recital Attendance, Capstone), 2-11 credits
    • Non-piano majors with piano skills may audition to test out of some or all of the sequence, or to take higher-level studio instruction.
    • Students will enroll in Music 3085, Problems in Music, and prepare a research paper and various other projects concerning the methods and materials of music history under the guidance of a music history professor.

Non-Music Requirements (39-43 credits)

see Graduation Plan

It may be possible to test out of certain non-music requirements or be excused on the basis of Advance Placement or Dual Enrollment credit (see “Advance Standing Options” in the Undergraduate Catalog). All non-music transfer credit is approved and evaluated by the Office of Admissions.

MU General Education Requirements

Electives (11 credits)

Generally academic music or non-music courses, although up to four may taken in Chamber Music (1846) or a large ensemble on a secondary instrument or voice.

Graduation Plan

A Graduation Plan must be submitted to College of Arts & Science during the semester in which the student passes the 60-credit-hour threshold (normally during the sophomore year) in order to register for subsequent semesters. The Plan must be signed by the student’s advisor and the Associate Director, and then presented, along with two photocopies, to the Arts & Science Advising Office (107 Lowry Hall). Completion of this form is intended to insure that the student has a clear plan of study, including all college and school requirements, before the beginning of the junior year.

Grade Requirements

Grades of D may not be used to fulfill music requirements without the approval of the advisor, Associate Director or Director, and the Dean; and the student must achieve an overall average of 2.0 in all courses taken.

In addition to, music history majors must earn a grade of B in all music history courses. Students failing to do so may continue on a probationary basis only. Reinstatement as a music history major can be accomplished only by approval of the music history faculty.