Bachelor of Arts, Major in Music

Required Courses for Majors

Bachelor of Arts in Music - 120 Semester Credit Hours (SCH)

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Music
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 13
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science)8
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture)3
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (U.S. History)6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences)3
Component Area IX (Component Area Option)4
General Music Core for Bachelor of Arts in Music (23 SCH)
MUSI 1181Class Piano, Level 1 21
MUSI 1182Class Piano, Level 2 21
MUSI 1222Theory Of Music I2
MUSI 1223Theory Of Music II2
MUSI 1224Musicianship I2
MUSI 1225Musicianship II2
MUSI 1379Survey of World Music Cultures 33
MUSI 2222Theory Of Music III2
MUSI 2224Musicianship III2
MUSI 2348Survey of Music Literature (Writing Enhanced) 43
MUSI 3377Mus His: Classic to Present (Writing Enhanced )3
or MUSI 3376 Mus His: Antiq through Baroque
Ensembles (5 SCH), Applied Lessons (12 SCH), additional Advanced-level Music Courses (14 SCH)
Ensembles (with advisor and conductor/director/faculty approval):
Select five of the following (2 must be advanced-level):5
Keyboard Skills & Collab Techn
Mixed Chorus
Jazz Band
Opera Workshop
Wind Ensemble
Applied Lessons - Studio Instruction:
XXXX 3201 Ind Performances - APPLIED LESSONS: UPPER-LEVEL 54
Advanced-Level Performance & Music Electives - Select 14 advanced-level hours from the following:14
NOTE: No more than 4 additional ensemble hours can be counted toward the degree.
Collaborative Piano Chambr Mus
Mixed Chorus
Jazz Band
Chamber Music
Opera Workshop
Wind Ensemble
XXXX 3201 Ind Performances (SCH 2) - APPLIED LESSONS: ADVANCED-LEVEL - May be repeated once for degree credit 5
XXXX 3202 Applied Lessons w/ Junior Recital
SCH 2 5
Orchestration And Analysis
Structure And Analysis (Writing Enhanced)
Studies In Music For Children
Mus His: Classic to Present (Writing Enhanced)
Mus His: Antiq through Baroque
Opera Literature
Song History & Literature
Conducting II
Electronic Music
20th Century Musical Styles
Film Scoring
Foreign Language 614
Advanced-Level (3000 & 4000) Free Electives (not Music courses)19
Total Hours120


All BA Degrees require 14 semester hours of foreign language (four semesters of the same language)

Completion of six semesters of Concert Attendance is required for graduation.  See student handbook and/or contact the School of Music for details.

1000 & 2000 level courses are LOWER-LEVEL (Freshman/Sophomore) and 3000 & 4000 level courses are ADVANCED-LEVEL (Junior/Senior)

Free Electives — 19 hours

"Free Electives" are courses from the University’s catalog that can apply to the required number of hours required for the BA. These free electives (not Music courses) must include at least 19 hours of advanced-level (3000 and 4000-level) courses (or enough to meet the university's 42 advanced-hour minimum).

Advanced Electives: Students should use the advanced electives (3000- or 4000-level courses) to complete the 42-advanced hour requirement for graduation.  120 Hour Requirement:  120 is the minimum number of hours required for graduation.

Writing Enhanced Courses.  All undergraduate students are required to complete at least six hours of writing enhanced courses within the discipline, of which three hours must be advanced.


The following performance ensembles are open to all students of the university who qualify by audition:

Large Ensembles

Large Ensembles-
Marching/Concert Band-for Wind and Percussion Students
MUEN 1116/3116Band1
Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band-for Wind and Percussion Students
MUEN 2116/4116Wind Ensemble1
Orchestra-for String Students and Wind and Percussion Students
MUEN 1117/3117Orchestra1
Chorus-for Vocal Students
MUEN 1111/3111Mixed Chorus1

Small Ensembles

No more than eight hours earned in large ensembles may be counted toward a degree. Small ensembles may be counted if approved by the ensemble director, studio instructor and the Director, School of Music.

Additional small ensembles, such as Jazz Ensemble, Opera Workshop, and Chamber Music are strongly encouraged for those who qualify by audition:

Small Ensembles
Jazz Ensemble
MUEN 1115/3115Jazz Band1
Opera Workshop
MUEN 1119/3119Opera Workshop1
Chamber Music (smaller instrumental groups, including piano trios, string quartets, guitar ensemble, percussion ensemble, etc.)
MUEN 1118/3118Chamber Music1
Keyboard Skills and Collaborative Techniques-for Keyboard performance major students only
MUEN 1110/3110Keyboard Skills & Collab Techn1


  • Music majors should enroll in at least one ensemble each semester they are enrolled as full-time students (except the student teaching semester).
  • Students enrolled in studio instruction should be concurrently enrolled in an ensemble.
  • Jazz Ensemble will not normally be considered to be the major ensemble for graduation hours.
  • Students should not be enrolled in more than 2 ensembles per semester.
  • Music Therapy majors must participate in 6 semesters of ensemble.

NOTE: Modifications or exceptions may be made in rare or unusual circumstances, but require approval by the Director, School of Music in coordination with ensemble directors and studio instructors.

Marching Band (for Wind and Percussion students)

  • Students in the BM ALIN (instrumental) Teacher Certification program are required to be in Marching Band for 3 semesters.
  • Music Therapy Majors, music performance majors, music minors, and non-majors are encouraged to participate in Marching Band.

For information regarding Common Course numbers for Ensemble, please refer to the Common Course listing in this catalog.

Ind. Performances/Applied Music Instruction and Practicums (Music Therapy)

Applied Music Instruction (Instrument, Voice, Music Therapy Practicum)
BSSN 1201Ind Performances-Bassoon2
BSSN 3201Ind Performances-Bassoon2
BSSN 3202Applied Bassoon W/ Jr Recital2
VNCL 1201Ind Performances-Violncello2
VNCL 3201Ind Performances-Violncello2
VNCL 3202Applied Cello w/ Jr Recital2
CLAR 1201Ind Performances-Clarinet2
CLAR 3201Ind Performances-Clarinet2
CLAR 3202Applied Clarinet w/ Jr Recital2
COMP 1101Applied Composition I1
COMP 3301Applied Composition II3
EUPH 1201Ind Performances-Euphonium2
EUPH 3201Ind Performances-Euphonium2
EUPH 3202Applied Euphonium w/Jr Recital2
FLUT 1201Ind Performances-Flute2
FLUT 3201Ind Performances-Flute2
FLUT 3202Applied Flute w/ Jr Recital2
French Horn
HORN 1201Ind Performances-Frnch Horn2
HORN 3201Ind Performances-Frnch Horn2
HORN 3202Applied Horn w/ Jr Recital2
GUIT 1201Ind Performances-Guitar2
GUIT 3201Ind Performances-Guitar2
GUIT 3202Applied Guitar w/ Jr Recital2
HARP 1201Harp2
HARP 3201Harp2
HARP 3202Applied Harp w/ Jr Recital2
OBOE 1201Ind Performances-Oboe2
OBOE 3201Ind Performances-Oboe2
OBOE 3202Applied Oboe w/ Jr Recital2
ORGN 1201Ind Performances-Organ2
ORGN 3201Ind Performances-Organ I2
ORGN 3202Applied Organ w/ Jr Recital2
PERC 1201Ind Performances-Percussion2
PERC 3201Ind Performances-Percussion2
PERC 3202Applied Percussion w/ Jr Recital2
PIAN 1201Ind Performances-Piano2
PIAN 3201Ind Performances-Piano2
PIAN 3202Applied Piano w/ Jr Recital2
SAXO 1201Ind Performances-Saxophone2
SAXO 3201Ind Performances-Saxophone2
SAXO 3202Applied Saxophone w/Jr Recital2
String Bass
STBS 1201Ind Performances-Strg Bass2
STBS 3201Ind Performances-Strg Bass2
STBS 3202Applied String Bass w/ Jr Recital2
TRMT 1201Ind Performances-Trumpet2
TRMT 3201Ind Performances-Trumpet2
TRMT 3202Applied Trumpet w/ Jr Recital2
TUBA 1201Ind Performances-Tuba2
TUBA 3201Ind Performances-Tuba2
TUBA 3202Applied Tuba w/ Jr Recital2
TRMB 1201Ind Performances-Trombone2
TRMB 3201Ind Performances-Trombone2
TRMB 3202Applied Trombone w/ Jr Recital2
VIOL 1201Ind Performances-Viola2
VIOL 3201Ind Performances-Viola2
VIOL 3202Applied Viola w/ Jr Recital2
VILN 1201Individual Performances-Violin2
VILN 3201Individual Performances-Violin2
VILN 3202Applied Violin w/ Jr Recital2
VOIC 1201Ind Performances-Voice2
VOIC 3201Ind Performances-Voice2
VOIC 3202Applied Voice w/ Jr Recital2
Practicum – Early Childhood
MUSI 3117Practicum In Music Therapy I1
Practicum – Special Needs
MUSI 3118Practicum In Music Therapy II1
Practicum – Psychiatric/Geriatric
MUSI 4110Practicum In Music Therapy III1
Practicum – Medical
MUSI 4111Practicum In Music Therapy IV1

Applied Music Fees

Students enrolled in Applied Music Instruction are required to pay a fee at the time of registration on a per-course basis each semester:

Texas ResidentNonresident
Semester Hours Amount Semester Hours Amount
2-hour course $60.00 2-hour course $60.00
4-hour course $75.00 4-hour course $75.00

There is no additional charge for use of practice rooms.

First Year
Component Area I3Component Area I3
Component Area II13Component Area III4
Component Area IX1MUSI 118221
MUSI 118121MUSI 12232
MUSI 12222MUSI 12252
MUSI 12242MUEN XXXX Lower-level Ensemble31
MUEN XXXX Lower-Level Ensemble31XXXX 1201 Ind. Performances-Applied Lessons2
XXXX 1201 Ind. Performances-Applied Lessons2 
 15 15
Second Year
Component Area III4Component Area VI3
Component Area VI3Component Area VII3
MUSI 137943Component Area VIII3
MUSI 22222MUSI 2348 (Writing Enhanced)53
MUSI 22242MUEN XXXX Upper-Level Ensemble31
XXXX 1201 Ind. Performances-Applied Lessons2XXXX 1201 Ind. Performances-Applied Lessons2
 16 15
Third Year
Foreign Language64Component Area VII3
MUSI 3376 or 3377 (Writing Enhanced)3Foreign Language64
MUEN XXXX Upper-level Ensemble31MUEN XXXX Upper-level Ensemble31
Performance/Music Advanced Electives75Performance/Music Advanced Electives76
XXXX 3201 Ind. Performances-Applied Lessons82XXXX 3201 Ind. Performances-Applied Lessons82
 15 16
Fourth Year
Advanced Free Electives9Advanced Free Electives10
Foreign Language63Foreign Language63
Performance/Music Advanced Electives73 
 15 13
Total Hours: 120


Performance and Music Electives

MUEN 3110Collaborative Piano Chambr Mus 11
MUEN 3111Mixed Chorus 11
MUEN 3115Jazz Band 11
MUEN 3116Band 11
MUEN 3117Orchestra 11
MUEN 3118Chamber Music 11
MUEN 3119Opera Workshop 11
MUEN 4116Wind Ensemble 11
XXXX 3202 Applied Study w/ Jr Recital2
XXXX Applied Study (may be repeated once for degree credit)2
MUSI 3362Orchestration And Analysis3
MUSI 3363Structure And Analysis (Writing Enhanced)3
MUSI 3364Improvisation3
MUSI 3367Studies In Music For Children3
MUSI 3376Mus His: Antiq through Baroque3
or MUSI 3377 Mus His: Classic to Present
MUSI 3380Opera Literature3
MUSI 3381Song History & Literature3
MUSI 4224Conducting II2
MUSI 4373Electronic Music3
MUSI 437420th Century Musical Styles3
MUSI 4375Film Scoring3


Other courses may be recommended by an advisor and must be approved by the Director of the School of Music 

Completion of six semesters of Concert Attendance is required for graduation.  See student handbook and/or contact the School of Music for details.

Writing Enhanced Courses.  All undergraduate students are required to complete at least six hours of writing enhanced courses within the discipline, of which three hours must be advanced.