• Concert tours take MTSU musicians around the globe
  • Students focus on the instruments of their choice
  • Numerous ensembles give student musicians opportunities to perform
  • AT MTSU, students study with excellent professors and guest artists

Instrumental Performance

Instrumental Performance music majors at MTSU come from around the world and receive top-shelf teaching from high-performing faculty. Students focus on guitar; organ; piano; jazz studies; or brass, orchestral strings, woodwinds, and percussion. Programs are strong in all areas. Numerous student ensembles provide performances in styles from concert and marching band, orchestra and chamber music, to jazz, salsa, and steel drum. Groups have recently performed concert tours of China, Korea, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, and Italy. Instrumentalists also are close to Music City's recording studios, Nashville Symphony, and a thriving live music market. Students regularly have master classes with world-renowned artists and can even study on period instruments.

Guitar graduate grabs another international prize

MTSU School of Music graduate Silviu Ciulei (B.M.) recently took first place in one of the most preeminent competitions in the world, the Indiana International Guitar Festival and Competition at Indiana University’s esteemed Jacobs School of Music. It was Ciulei's eighth competition prize in 18 months, earning him $1,500 plus a handmade Kolya Panhuyzen guitar worth $12,000. When Romanian native Ciulei first arrived on campus, MTSU bought a concert guitar for him to play (now used by other students). Ciulei studied guitar performance with MTSU professor William Yelverton and has just completed his doctorate at Florida State University.

Alumni conduct on Broadway; tour with Queen tribute, The Who

MTSU graduate Stephen Malone is the associate musical director, associate conductor, and a keyboardist for 2012 Tony Award winner&nbsp;<em>Newsies the Musical</em>. Reggie Grisham, a trumpet performance alum, is touring with The Who. Recent grad Tyler Warren was chosen by international competition to be drummer for official Queen tribute band, Extravaganza. Malone graduated with a music degree in Instrumental Performance (Organ) after first studying voice. The Disney Theatrical Productions stage musical opened in 2011 and debuted on Broadway in 2012, with Jeremy Jordan starring until joining the TV show&nbsp;<em>Smash</em>. Music is by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and book by Harvey Fierstein. The show is based on the 1992 film&nbsp;<em>Newsies</em>.

The School of Music mentors students to become articulate musicians, successful as performers, composers, scholars, and music-business persons and in advanced degree programs. MTSU graduates are regularly accepted into prestigious schools of music such as Indiana, Manhattan School of Music, Michigan, Florida State, and Wisconsin. Possible career options in addition to performing professionally include

  • Arts manager
  • Band director/leader
  • Church musician/worship leader
  • Composer/arranger/orchestrator
  • Conductor
  • Instrument salesperson/repair technician
  • Instrumental performer
  • Marketer
  • Music critic/journalist
  • Music editor and publisher
  • Music educator
  • Music librarian
  • Musicologist
  • Songwriter
  • Studio/private teacher
  • Talent agent
  • University professor

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Nashville Symphony Orchestra
  • Regional orchestras in a number of states and metropolitan areas
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • The Kennedy Center
  • Major Command Army Band at Fort Bragg, N.C.
  • K-12 schools and colleges throughout the nation

MTSU’s School of Music offers an undergraduate major in Music leading to Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree in the following concentrations:

Undergraduate minors in Music, American Music Studies, and Music Industry are also available.

Graduate programs offered by the School of Music include the Master of Music (M.M.) degree with specializations in collaborative piano; conducting; jazz studies; music composition; music composition for contemporary media; music education; musicology; or performance.

There is a graduate minor in Music.

Instrumental Performance (Brass, Orchestral Strings, Woodwinds, and Percussion) Instrumental Performance (Guitar) Instrumental Performance (Jazz Studies) Instrumental Performance (Organ) Instrumental Performance (Piano)


Music, Instrumental Performance Concentration (Brass, Orchestral Strings, Woodwinds, and Percussion), B.M.

School of Music 
615-898-2474
David Loucky, program coordinator
David.Loucky@mtsu.edu

To be admitted into the Bachelor of Music degree program, all entering students must pass an audition before the faculty on their major instrument or voice. Students who do not pass the audition may be allowed, at the discretion of the faculty, to enroll in private music lessons or class instruction for one semester only. At the end of the semester the student must reaudition for admission into the program.

In addition, all prospective new or transfer undergraduate majors and minors are required to take the Music Theory and Aural Skills Diagnostic Exam to determine appropriate placement in the music theory program. For additional information and to schedule a time for the exam, contact the School of Music Office. Students may not enroll in any music theory course until the exam is taken.

Students seeking a Bachelor of Music degree should refer to The School of Music Undergraduate Student Handbook that serves as the official document of the school concerning specific additional degree requirements and school policies and procedures. It is essential that all music majors consult their advisors each semester.

Jury Examinations

All music majors and minors are required to participate in jury examinations in their primary performing areas. Non-music majors registered for private lessons may be required to perform a jury examination at the discretion of the instructor. Jury examinations are held to measure the student's progress at the conclusion of each semester. Those students who have presented and passed their senior recitals during the semester may be excused from jury examinations.

Undergraduate Music majors must pass a upper-division jury to qualify for applied music study at the MUAP 3000 level. A Music major must take his or her upper-division jury no later than the end of the sixth semester and if not passing must take an upper-division jury again the next semester. A third attempt must be accompanied by extraordinary circumstances and must carry the approval of the studio teacher and director of the School of Music.

Class Piano/Theory and Aural Skills

All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required, with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons.

Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550, Keyboard Skills for Pianists I, and MUS 2560, Keyboard Skills for Pianists II, in lieu of class piano.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Music, Instrumental Performance (Brass, Orchestral Strings, Woodwinds, and Percussion), B.M., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

Major Requirements (79 hours)

Music Core (26 hours)

All music majors must take class piano or private piano instruction until they pass the piano proficiency examination prescribed by their degree programs. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in MUTH 1110, MUTH 1120, MUTH 2110, MUTH 2120 (music theory sequence) and MUHL 1610, MUHL 3010, MUHL 3020 (music history sequence).

  • MUS 1010 - Recital Attendance  0 credit hours  (6 semesters)

    MUS 1010 - Recital Attendance

    0 credit hours

    Attendance at a minimum number of recitals and concerts given by students, faculty, and guest artists. Six semesters required for undergraduate music majors (see School of Music handbook for details). May be repeated multiple times. Pass/Fail.

  • MUS 3140 - Basic Conducting  2 credit hours  

    MUS 3140 - Basic Conducting

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUTH 2120. Interpretation of scores, fundamental diagrams with and without baton, terminology, and stage deportment.

  • MUHL 1610 - The World of Music

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1000 with a grade of C- or better or satisfactory score on theory diagnostic exam. The first required music history course for music majors. Surveys the basic elements of music, world music cultures, American vernacular music, and Western art music. Establishes foundation of further music study.

  • MUHL 3010 - History of Western Art Music I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUHL 1610 with grade of C- or better. Second required music history course for Music majors. A survey of Western art music from antiquity through the eighteenth century, including Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.

  • MUHL 3020 - History of Western Art Music II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUHL 1610 and MUTH 1110 with grade of C- or better. Third required music history course for music majors. A survey of Western art music of the eighteenth through twenty-first century, including Classical, Romantic, Modern, and Postmodern periods.

  • MUTH 4130 - Orchestration and Arranging

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2120. Compass and tonal qualities of band and orchestra instruments; transposition. Fundamentals of arranging for various instrumental groupings.

  • MUTH 1110 - Theory and Aural Skills I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1000 with grade of C- or higher or satisfactory score on theory diagnostic exam. Harmonic tonality and fixed-do solfège through chorale analysis and harmonizations of given bass lines. Major and minor scales and harmonizations through secondary function. Meets for five hours per week.

  • MUTH 1120 - Theory and Aural Skills II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1110. Harmonic tonality and fixed-do solfège through chorale analysis and harmonizations of given bass lines. Modal scales, harmonization, and analysis through the augmented sixth. Meets for five hours per week.

  • MUTH 2110 - Theory and Aural Skills III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1120. Harmonic tonality and twentieth-century vocabularies. Nineteenth-century chromaticism. Meets for four hours per week.

  • MUTH 2120 - Theory and Aural Skills IV

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2110. Continued study of harmonic tonality and twentieth-century vocabularies. Twentieth-century practices. Meets for four hours per week.

Instrumental Performance Concentration (53 hours)

  • MUS 1530 - Class Piano I  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUS 1530 - Class Piano I

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Acquaints beginning piano students with the keyboard. Includes such skills as note reading, basic chords for harmonization of melodies, improvisation, basic exercises for development of coordination and technique, transposition, repertory, and sight reading.

    NOTE: All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

    Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons. Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550 and MUS 2560 in lieu of class piano.

  • MUS 1540 - Class Piano II  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUS 1540 - Class Piano II

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 1530. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 1530. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

    NOTE: All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

    Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons. Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550 and MUS 2560 in lieu of class piano.

  • MUS 2530 - Class Piano III  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUS 2530 - Class Piano III

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 1540. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 1540. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

  • MUS 2540 - Class Piano IV  1 credit hour credit hours  (1 credit hour required)

    MUS 2540 - Class Piano IV

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 2530. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 2530. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

  • MUS 3150 - Advanced Instrumental Conducting

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUED 2320 and MUS 3140. Further development of techniques, especially those relevant to choral and instrumental conducting. Laboratory experiences with large musical groups; conducting with records to develop awareness of musical texture, form, and general musicianship in all areas as related to conducting.

  • MUAP 3800 - Junior Recital  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUAP 3800 - Junior Recital

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: One semester of upper-division private study. Corequisite: Private lesson in major area of performance. Required of all Bachelor of Music majors with a concentration in Vocal or Instrumental Performance. Constitutes approximately 30 minutes of music with appropriate repertoire as assigned by the private instructor; recital performance graded by a faculty committee; must be passed with a grade of C or better.

  • Music elective 3 credit hours
  • MUTH 4110 - Form and Analysis

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2120. Binary and tenary forms, simple rondos and sonatinas progressing to sonata form, large rondos, theme and variations, art song, and free forms. Stylistic analysis and study of devices and materials from early to contemporary periods.

  • MUPD 41- -  - Advanced Pedagogy 2 credit hours
  • MUEN 3- - -  - Ensembles 14 credit hours **
  • MUAP 2- - -  - Private Instruction 8 credit hours
  • MUAP 4- - -  - Private Instruction 12 credit hours
  • MUAP 4900 - Senior Recital  2 credit hours  

    MUAP 4900 - Senior Recital

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUAP 3800 with a grade of C or better (Vocal or Instrumental Performance); three semesters of upper-division private study. Required of all Bachelor of Music majors with a concentration in Vocal or Instrumental Performance, Jazz Studies, and Theory-Composition. Constitutes approximately 50 minutes of music with appropriate repertoire as assigned by the private instructor. Recital performance graded by a faculty committee; must be passed with a grade of C or better.

**Ensembles

NOTE: Sixteen (16) hours of ensemble participation are required, but only fourteen (14) of those hours may be counted toward degree requirements; the remaining hours may be taken for zero (0) credit.

Primary Instrument: Brass

 

6 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3110 - Symphonic Band  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3110 - Symphonic Band

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of concert and repertoire. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3120 - Wind Ensemble  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3120 - Wind Ensemble

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of concert band and wind band repertoire. Open by audition.

3 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3710 - Brass Chamber Ensembles  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3710 - Brass Chamber Ensembles

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music repertoire. Open by audition.

1 hour from:

 

  • MUEN 3260 - University Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3260 - University Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of varied choral repertoire. Open by audition.

2 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3300 - Symphony Orchestra  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3300 - Symphony Orchestra

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the orchestra, including rehearsals and appearances.

  • MUEN 3400 - Jazz Ensemble  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3400 - Jazz Ensemble

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    A performing organization providing instruction and experience in playing jazz.

  • MUEN 3700 - Mixed Chamber Ensemble  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3700 - Mixed Chamber Ensemble

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of music literature appropriate to the ensemble.

  • MUEN 3710 - Brass Chamber Ensembles  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3710 - Brass Chamber Ensembles

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music repertoire. Open by audition.

1 hour from:

 

  • MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of chorus, including rehearsals and appearances.

  • MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the group, including rehearsals and appearances. Reading of early English madrigals and traditional American music.

  • MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of treble clef choral repertoire.

  • MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of English madrigals and traditional American choral repertoire. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3260 - University Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3260 - University Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of varied choral repertoire. Open by audition.

3 hours from:

  • MUEN 3- - -  - (elective ensemble)

Primary Instrument: Orchestral Strings

 

8 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3300 - Symphony Orchestra  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3300 - Symphony Orchestra

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the orchestra, including rehearsals and appearances.

5 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3740 - String Chamber Ensemble  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3740 - String Chamber Ensemble

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.

1 hour from:

 

  • MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of chorus, including rehearsals and appearances.

  • MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the group, including rehearsals and appearances. Reading of early English madrigals and traditional American music.

  • MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of treble clef choral repertoire.

  • MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of English madrigals and traditional American choral repertoire. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation and public performances of a variety of popular and commercial music. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of opera. Technical and performing aspects of opera production as they pertain to light and grand opera.

  • MUEN 3260 - University Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3260 - University Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of varied choral repertoire. Open by audition.

2 hours from:

  •  MUEN 3- - -  - (elective ensembles)

Primary Instrument: Woodwinds

 Saxophone majors may substitute their 5 orchestra hours with any ensemble elective.

5 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3110 - Symphonic Band  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3110 - Symphonic Band

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of concert and repertoire. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3120 - Wind Ensemble  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3120 - Wind Ensemble

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of concert band and wind band repertoire. Open by audition.

5 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3300 - Symphony Orchestra  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3300 - Symphony Orchestra

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the orchestra, including rehearsals and appearances.

4 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3750 - Woodwind Chamber Ensemble  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3750 - Woodwind Chamber Ensemble

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.

1 hour from:

 

  • MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of chorus, including rehearsals and appearances.

  • MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the group, including rehearsals and appearances. Reading of early English madrigals and traditional American music.

  • MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of treble clef choral repertoire.

  • MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of English madrigals and traditional American choral repertoire. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation and public performances of a variety of popular and commercial music. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of opera. Technical and performing aspects of opera production as they pertain to light and grand opera.

  • MUEN 3260 - University Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3260 - University Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of varied choral repertoire. Open by audition.

1 hour from:

  • MUEN 3- - -  - (elective ensemble)

Primary Instrument: Percussion

 

6 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3110 - Symphonic Band  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3110 - Symphonic Band

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of concert and repertoire. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3120 - Wind Ensemble  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3120 - Wind Ensemble

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of concert band and wind band repertoire. Open by audition.

3 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3300 - Symphony Orchestra  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3300 - Symphony Orchestra

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the orchestra, including rehearsals and appearances.

4 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3500 - Percussion Ensemble  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3500 - Percussion Ensemble

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Performance of percussion ensemble literature. Programs are presented.

3 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3400 - Jazz Ensemble  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3400 - Jazz Ensemble

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    A performing organization providing instruction and experience in playing jazz.

  • MUEN 3410 - Salsa Band  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3410 - Salsa Band

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of appropriate repertoire. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3430 - Jazz Combo  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3430 - Jazz Combo

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of appropriate repertoire. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of chorus, including rehearsals and appearances.

  • MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the group, including rehearsals and appearances. Reading of early English madrigals and traditional American music.

  • MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of treble clef choral repertoire.

  • MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of English madrigals and traditional American choral repertoire. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation and public performances of a variety of popular and commercial music. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3260 - University Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3260 - University Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of varied choral repertoire. Open by audition.

Elective (1 hour)

Total hours in program: 120

 


Music, Instrumental Performance Concentration (Guitar), B.M.

School of Music 
615-898-5623
William Yelverton, program coordinator
William.Yelverton@mtsu.edu

To be admitted into the Bachelor of Music degree program, all entering students must pass an audition before the faculty on their major instrument or voice. Students who do not pass the audition may be allowed, at the discretion of the faculty, to enroll in private music lessons or class instruction for one semester only. At the end of the semester the student must reaudition for admission into the program.

In addition, all prospective new or transfer undergraduate majors and minors are required to take the Music Theory and Aural Skills Diagnostic Exam to determine appropriate placement in the music theory program. For additional information and to schedule a time for the exam, contact the School of Music Office. Students may not enroll in any music theory course until the exam is taken.

Students seeking a Bachelor of Music degree should refer to The School of Music Undergraduate Student Handbook that serves as the official document of the school concerning specific additional degree requirements and school policies and procedures. It is essential that all music majors consult their advisors each semester.

Jury Examinations

All music majors and minors are required to participate in jury examinations in their primary performing areas. Non-music majors registered for private lessons may be required to perform a jury examination at the discretion of the instructor. Jury examinations are held to measure the student's progress at the conclusion of each semester. Those students who have presented and passed their senior recitals during the semester may be excused from jury examinations.

Undergraduate Music majors must pass a upper-division jury to qualify for applied music study at the MUAP 3000 level. A Music major must take his or her upper-division jury no later than the end of the sixth semester and if not passing must take an upper-division jury again the next semester. A third attempt must be accompanied by extraordinary circumstances and must carry the approval of the studio teacher and director of the School of Music.

Class Piano/Theory and Aural Skills

All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required, with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons.

Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550, Keyboard Skills for Pianists I, and MUS 2560, Keyboard Skills for Pianists II, in lieu of class piano.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Music, Instrumental Performance (Guitar), B.M., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

Major Requirements (75 hours)

Music Core (26 hours)

All music majors must take class piano or private piano instruction until they pass the piano proficiency examination prescribed by their degree programs. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in MUTH 1110, MUTH 1120, MUTH 2110, MUTH 2120 (music theory sequence) and MUHL 1610, MUHL 3010, MUHL 3020 (music history sequence).

  • MUS 1010 - Recital Attendance  0 credit hours  (6 semesters)

    MUS 1010 - Recital Attendance

    0 credit hours

    Attendance at a minimum number of recitals and concerts given by students, faculty, and guest artists. Six semesters required for undergraduate music majors (see School of Music handbook for details). May be repeated multiple times. Pass/Fail.

  • MUS 3140 - Basic Conducting  2 credit hours  

    MUS 3140 - Basic Conducting

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUTH 2120. Interpretation of scores, fundamental diagrams with and without baton, terminology, and stage deportment.

  • MUHL 1610 - The World of Music

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1000 with a grade of C- or better or satisfactory score on theory diagnostic exam. The first required music history course for music majors. Surveys the basic elements of music, world music cultures, American vernacular music, and Western art music. Establishes foundation of further music study.

  • MUHL 3010 - History of Western Art Music I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUHL 1610 with grade of C- or better. Second required music history course for Music majors. A survey of Western art music from antiquity through the eighteenth century, including Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.

  • MUHL 3020 - History of Western Art Music II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUHL 1610 and MUTH 1110 with grade of C- or better. Third required music history course for music majors. A survey of Western art music of the eighteenth through twenty-first century, including Classical, Romantic, Modern, and Postmodern periods.

  • MUTH 1110 - Theory and Aural Skills I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1000 with grade of C- or higher or satisfactory score on theory diagnostic exam. Harmonic tonality and fixed-do solfège through chorale analysis and harmonizations of given bass lines. Major and minor scales and harmonizations through secondary function. Meets for five hours per week.

  • MUTH 1120 - Theory and Aural Skills II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1110. Harmonic tonality and fixed-do solfège through chorale analysis and harmonizations of given bass lines. Modal scales, harmonization, and analysis through the augmented sixth. Meets for five hours per week.

  • MUTH 2110 - Theory and Aural Skills III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1120. Harmonic tonality and twentieth-century vocabularies. Nineteenth-century chromaticism. Meets for four hours per week.

  • MUTH 2120 - Theory and Aural Skills IV

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2110. Continued study of harmonic tonality and twentieth-century vocabularies. Twentieth-century practices. Meets for four hours per week.

  • MUTH 4130 - Orchestration and Arranging

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2120. Compass and tonal qualities of band and orchestra instruments; transposition. Fundamentals of arranging for various instrumental groupings.

Instrumental Performance Concentration (49 hours)

  • MUS 1530 - Class Piano I  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUS 1530 - Class Piano I

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Acquaints beginning piano students with the keyboard. Includes such skills as note reading, basic chords for harmonization of melodies, improvisation, basic exercises for development of coordination and technique, transposition, repertory, and sight reading.

    NOTE: All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

    Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons. Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550 and MUS 2560 in lieu of class piano.

  • MUS 1540 - Class Piano II  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUS 1540 - Class Piano II

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 1530. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 1530. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

    NOTE: All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

    Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons. Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550 and MUS 2560 in lieu of class piano.

  • MUS 2530 - Class Piano III  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUS 2530 - Class Piano III

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 1540. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 1540. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

  • MUS 2540 - Class Piano IV  1 credit hour credit hours  (1 credit hour required)

    MUS 2540 - Class Piano IV

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 2530. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 2530. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

  • MUS 3170 - Guitar Skills I  2 credit hours  

    MUS 3170 - Guitar Skills I

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUTH 1110, MUTH 1120, and two semesters of private study. A skills course for improving reading skills and applying music theory concepts to the guitar. Topics will include arranging, harmonization of melody, reading from lead sheet format, improvisation, and standard repertoire suitable for a variety of performance situations.  

  • MUTH 3110 - Counterpoint  3 credit hours  

    MUTH 3110 - Counterpoint

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2120 with C- or better. Review and continuation of contrapuntal techniques. Canon, imitation, various contrapuntal devices, inventions, and beginning fugue. Analysis and some degree of original work.

  • MUAP 3800 - Junior Recital  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUAP 3800 - Junior Recital

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: One semester of upper-division private study. Corequisite: Private lesson in major area of performance. Required of all Bachelor of Music majors with a concentration in Vocal or Instrumental Performance. Constitutes approximately 30 minutes of music with appropriate repertoire as assigned by the private instructor; recital performance graded by a faculty committee; must be passed with a grade of C or better.

  • MUHL 4060 - Survey of Guitar Literature

    3 credit hours

    Basic literature for the guitar from the Renaissance to the present. Analysis, listening, research, and performance.

  • MUTH 4110 - Form and Analysis

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2120. Binary and tenary forms, simple rondos and sonatinas progressing to sonata form, large rondos, theme and variations, art song, and free forms. Stylistic analysis and study of devices and materials from early to contemporary periods.

  • MUPD 4350 - Guitar Pedagogy  2 credit hours  

    MUPD 4350 - Guitar Pedagogy

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Study of the theoretical and practical basis of teaching guitar.

  • MUEN 3- - -  - Ensembles 8 credit hours **
  • MUAP 2412 - Private Instruction-Guitar  2 credit hours  (8 credit hours required)

    MUAP 2412 - Private Instruction-Guitar

    2 credit hours

    Private instruction is available to qualified students on all orchestral and band instruments, voice, guitar, keyboards and composition. Those students enrolling in private instruction for the first time audition to determine if they are adequately prepared for college-level study. To arrange for an audition, students should contact the School of Music Office. One-credit private instruction courses require one-half hour lesson per week. Two-credit courses are for music majors only and require one hour-long lesson per week. A corequisite enrollment in an appropriate music ensemble is required for students registered for private instruction in voice, brass, woodwinds, orchestral strings, and percussion. Private instruction course numbers will be repeated for each semester of study. Students who are not prepared for such private instruction as stated above should register for class instruction, e.g., class piano, class guitar, or class voice. If class instruction is not available, students may be allowed to enroll in private instruction for one semester after which a faculty jury examination must be passed to continue private instruction. Private instruction course numbers will be repeated each semester of study. A maximum of four semesters of lower-division private instruction may be applied to a music degree. Fees per semester are $325 for a one-hour lesson and $175 for a half-hour lesson.

  • MUAP 4413 - Private Instruction-Guitar  3 credit hours  (12 credit hours required)

    MUAP 4413 - Private Instruction-Guitar

    3 credit hours

    Promotion to the upper division does not follow automatically after the completion of four semesters of courses in the lower division but is made only upon the successful completion of the upper-division jury. This jury, normally given at the end of the sophomore year to music majors, is conducted by the McLean School of Music. Recommendation to upper division is made only if the student's proficiency as a performer bears promise of future artistic qualities as a soloist. It is at this level that the music major normally begins preparation for his/her junior and/or senior recital. A student who fails to pass the upper-division jury must continue lower-division private instruction until the jury is passed. Private instruction course numbers will be repeated for each semester of study. A one-credit course requires one half-hour lesson per week. Two- and three-credit courses are for music majors only and require one hour-long lesson per week. A corequisite enrollment in an appropriate music ensemble is required for students registered for private instruction in voice, brass, woodwinds, orchestral strings, and percussion. After successful completion of the upper-division jury, a student must be enrolled for a minimum of three semesters before being allowed to give the senior recital. Students must pass the upper-division performance jury before being allowed to student teach. Three-credit private instruction courses are designed for only those students majoring in music with performance as their concentration. Students enrolled in these courses will receive one hour of instruction per week. Although three-credit courses meet for the same length of time as two-credit courses, students enrolled are expected to spend more time in preparation for their lessons and perform more repertoire during the course of the semester as assigned by the instructor.

  • MUAP 4900 - Senior Recital  2 credit hours  

    MUAP 4900 - Senior Recital

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUAP 3800 with a grade of C or better (Vocal or Instrumental Performance); three semesters of upper-division private study. Required of all Bachelor of Music majors with a concentration in Vocal or Instrumental Performance, Jazz Studies, and Theory-Composition. Constitutes approximately 50 minutes of music with appropriate repertoire as assigned by the private instructor. Recital performance graded by a faculty committee; must be passed with a grade of C or better.

  • Music upper-division elective 2 credit hours

**Ensembles

NOTE: Ten (10) hours of ensemble participation are required, but only eight (8) of those hours may be counted toward degree requirements; the remaining hours may be taken for zero (0) credit.

5 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3720 - Guitar Chamber Ensembles  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3720 - Guitar Chamber Ensembles

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.

1 hour from:

 

  • MUEN 3700 - Mixed Chamber Ensemble  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3700 - Mixed Chamber Ensemble

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of music literature appropriate to the ensemble.

1 hour from:

 

  • MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of chorus, including rehearsals and appearances.

  • MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the group, including rehearsals and appearances. Reading of early English madrigals and traditional American music.

  • MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of treble clef choral repertoire.

  • MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of English madrigals and traditional American choral repertoire. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation and public performances of a variety of popular and commercial music. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of opera. Technical and performing aspects of opera production as they pertain to light and grand opera.

  • MUEN 3260 - University Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3260 - University Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of varied choral repertoire. Open by audition.

3 hours from:

  •  MUEN 3- - -  - (elective ensemble)

Electives (4 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

 


Music, Instrumental Performance Concentration (Jazz Studies), B.M.

School of Music 
615-898-2724
Jamey Simmons, program coordinator
James.Simmons@mtsu.edu

To be admitted into the Bachelor of Music degree program, all entering students must pass an audition before the faculty on their major instrument or voice. Students who do not pass the audition may be allowed, at the discretion of the faculty, to enroll in private music lessons or class instruction for one semester only. At the end of the semester the student must reaudition for admission into the program.

In addition, all prospective new or transfer undergraduate majors and minors are required to take the Music Theory and Aural Skills Diagnostic Exam to determine appropriate placement in the music theory program. For additional information and to schedule a time for the exam, contact the School of Music Office. Students may not enroll in any music theory course until the exam is taken.

Students seeking a Bachelor of Music degree should refer to The School of Music Undergraduate Student Handbook that serves as the official document of the school concerning specific additional degree requirements and school policies and procedures. It is essential that all music majors consult their advisors each semester.

Jury Examinations

All music majors and minors are required to participate in jury examinations in their primary performing areas. Non-music majors registered for private lessons may be required to perform a jury examination at the discretion of the instructor. Jury examinations are held to measure the student's progress at the conclusion of each semester. Those students who have presented and passed their senior recitals during the semester may be excused from jury examinations.

Undergraduate Music majors must pass a upper-division jury to qualify for applied music study at the MUAP 3000 level. A Music major must take his or her upper-division jury no later than the end of the sixth semester and if not passing must take an upper-division jury again the next semester. A third attempt must be accompanied by extraordinary circumstances and must carry the approval of the studio teacher and director of the School of Music.

Class Piano/Theory and Aural Skills

All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required, with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons.

Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550, Keyboard Skills for Pianists I, and MUS 2560, Keyboard Skills for Pianists II, in lieu of class piano.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Music, Instrumental Performance (Jazz Studies), B.M., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

Major Requirements (79 hours)

Music Core (24 hours)

All music majors must take class piano or private piano instruction until they pass the piano proficiency examination prescribed by their degree programs. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in MUTH 1110, MUTH 1120, MUTH 2110, MUTH 2120 (music theory sequence) and MUHL 1610, MUHL 3010, MUHL 3020 (music history sequence).

  • MUS 1010 - Recital Attendance  0 credit hours  (6 semesters)

    MUS 1010 - Recital Attendance

    0 credit hours

    Attendance at a minimum number of recitals and concerts given by students, faculty, and guest artists. Six semesters required for undergraduate music majors (see School of Music handbook for details). May be repeated multiple times. Pass/Fail.

  • MUS 3140 - Basic Conducting  2 credit hours  

    MUS 3140 - Basic Conducting

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUTH 2120. Interpretation of scores, fundamental diagrams with and without baton, terminology, and stage deportment.

  • MUTH 1110 - Theory and Aural Skills I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1000 with grade of C- or higher or satisfactory score on theory diagnostic exam. Harmonic tonality and fixed-do solfège through chorale analysis and harmonizations of given bass lines. Major and minor scales and harmonizations through secondary function. Meets for five hours per week.

  • MUTH 1120 - Theory and Aural Skills II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1110. Harmonic tonality and fixed-do solfège through chorale analysis and harmonizations of given bass lines. Modal scales, harmonization, and analysis through the augmented sixth. Meets for five hours per week.

  • MUHL 1610 - The World of Music

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1000 with a grade of C- or better or satisfactory score on theory diagnostic exam. The first required music history course for music majors. Surveys the basic elements of music, world music cultures, American vernacular music, and Western art music. Establishes foundation of further music study.

  • MUTH 2110 - Theory and Aural Skills III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1120. Harmonic tonality and twentieth-century vocabularies. Nineteenth-century chromaticism. Meets for four hours per week.

  • MUTH 2120 - Theory and Aural Skills IV

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2110. Continued study of harmonic tonality and twentieth-century vocabularies. Twentieth-century practices. Meets for four hours per week.

  • MUHL 3010 - History of Western Art Music I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUHL 1610 with grade of C- or better. Second required music history course for Music majors. A survey of Western art music from antiquity through the eighteenth century, including Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.

  • MUHL 3020 - History of Western Art Music II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUHL 1610 and MUTH 1110 with grade of C- or better. Third required music history course for music majors. A survey of Western art music of the eighteenth through twenty-first century, including Classical, Romantic, Modern, and Postmodern periods.

Concentration Requirements (55 hours)

  • MUAP 2- - - - Private Instruction 4 credit hours
  • MUAP 2- - -  - Private Instruction (Jazz) 4 credit hours
  • MUAP 4- - -  - Private Instruction (Jazz) 8 credit hours
  • MUAP 4343 - Jazz Arranging, Applied Study  2 credit hours  (2 semesters)*

    MUAP 4343 - Jazz Arranging, Applied Study

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1120. Focuses on the art of writing a jazz arrangement. Various orchestration techniques (both linear and horizontal), writing for the rhythm section, ranges and transposition of instruments, form and historical approaches to arranging for jazz ensembles presented. Preparation of arrangements for several performances required during the semester.

  • MUEN 3431 - Jazz Improvisation Lab  1 credit hour credit hours  (2 semesters)

    MUEN 3431 - Jazz Improvisation Lab

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1120. Emphasizes basic jazz performance practices in an ensemble setting. Training in improvisation will include melodic paraphrase, ear-training, jazz scales and arpeggios, the study of transcriptions, and exposure to recorded examples of various jazz styles. Basic musicianship issues such as practicing, transposition, and common performance practices will be covered. Performances will showcase the concepts learned throughout the semester. May be repeated for two credits.  

  • MUEN 3- - -  - Ensembles 9 credit hours **
  • MUHL 4530 - History of Jazz  3 credit hours  

    MUHL 4530 - History of Jazz

    3 credit hours

    Study of the history and literature of jazz music including African roots, developments and aspects of style periods, and the contemporary state of jazz. Listening and analysis.

  • MUPD 3050 - Jazz Pedagogy  2 credit hours  

    MUPD 3050 - Jazz Pedagogy

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Techniques and methods of teaching jazz studies including the training of jazz ensembles and combos.

  • MUTH 3160 - Jazz Theory  3 credit hours  

    MUTH 3160 - Jazz Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1120. Exploration of the harmonic syntax, melodic construction, and song forms in jazz music. Analysis, listening, original composition, and practice hearing jazz chords and progressions.

  • MUTH 4180 - Improvisation  3 credit hours  

    MUTH 4180 - Improvisation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1120 or permission of instructor. Basic tools of jazz improvisation including chord/scale relationships, melodic construction, and practice techniques. In-class playing over blues, rhythm changes, and other standard jazz progressions. Elements of the bebop style. Preparation of playing exercises and several solo transcriptions.

  • MUAP 3800 - Junior Recital  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUAP 3800 - Junior Recital

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: One semester of upper-division private study. Corequisite: Private lesson in major area of performance. Required of all Bachelor of Music majors with a concentration in Vocal or Instrumental Performance. Constitutes approximately 30 minutes of music with appropriate repertoire as assigned by the private instructor; recital performance graded by a faculty committee; must be passed with a grade of C or better.

  • MUAP 4900 - Senior Recital  2 credit hours  

    MUAP 4900 - Senior Recital

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUAP 3800 with a grade of C or better (Vocal or Instrumental Performance); three semesters of upper-division private study. Required of all Bachelor of Music majors with a concentration in Vocal or Instrumental Performance, Jazz Studies, and Theory-Composition. Constitutes approximately 50 minutes of music with appropriate repertoire as assigned by the private instructor. Recital performance graded by a faculty committee; must be passed with a grade of C or better.

  • MUS 1530 - Class Piano I  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUS 1530 - Class Piano I

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Acquaints beginning piano students with the keyboard. Includes such skills as note reading, basic chords for harmonization of melodies, improvisation, basic exercises for development of coordination and technique, transposition, repertory, and sight reading.

    NOTE: All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

    Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons. Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550 and MUS 2560 in lieu of class piano.

  • MUS 1540 - Class Piano II  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUS 1540 - Class Piano II

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 1530. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 1530. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

    NOTE: All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

    Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons. Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550 and MUS 2560 in lieu of class piano.

  • MUAP 2351 - Private Instruction-Piano  1 credit hour credit hours  (2 semesters)

    MUAP 2351 - Private Instruction-Piano

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Private instruction is available to qualified students on all orchestral and band instruments, voice, guitar, keyboards and composition. Those students enrolling in private instruction for the first time audition to determine if they are adequately prepared for college-level study. To arrange for an audition, students should contact the School of Music Office. One-credit private instruction courses require one-half hour lesson per week. Two-credit courses are for music majors only and require one hour-long lesson per week. A corequisite enrollment in an appropriate music ensemble is required for students registered for private instruction in voice, brass, woodwinds, orchestral strings, and percussion. Private instruction course numbers will be repeated for each semester of study. Students who are not prepared for such private instruction as stated above should register for class instruction, e.g., class piano, class guitar, or class voice. If class instruction is not available, students may be allowed to enroll in private instruction for one semester after which a faculty jury examination must be passed to continue private instruction. Private instruction course numbers will be repeated each semester of study. A maximum of four semesters of lower-division private instruction may be applied to a music degree. (Fees per semester are $325 for a one-hour lesson and $175 for a half-hour lesson.)

  • MUHL 3910 - Styles and Analysis of Jazz

    3 credit hours

    Technical features of various styles from the inception of jazz to present. Introduction of jazz style periods, performance practices, stylistic features, and artists.

Music Electives (3 hours)

 

  • MUHL 3140 - History of Rock 'n' Roll

    3 credit hours

    A historical and cultural examination of rock 'n' roll music from its origins to the present.

  • MUHL 3670 - History of Popular Music in America

    3 credit hours

    Chronological study of American popular music from the colonial period to the present. Formulation of perspectives of the role of popular music in American culture.

  • MUHL 4130 - Survey of World Music

    3 credit hours

    Selected music cultures from around the world and here at home. Listening, watching, reading, and concert attendance.

  • MUHL 4540 - History of Black Gospel Music

    3 credit hours

    Historical and cultural survey of black gospel music from its West African and European American antecedents to the present.  

  • MUHL 4550 - Hip-Hop Music and Culture

    3 credit hours

    (Same as ANTH 4550 and RIM 4550.) Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020.  An ethnomusicological investigation of how hip-hop reacts to and informs mainstream culture through its primary art forms: music, visual art, and dance. Major themes and issues that cut across hip-hop's history, including issues of style and performance, gender, race, politics, and religion addressed.  

  • MUHL 4660 - American Music  3 credit hours  

    MUHL 4660 - American Music

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. A survey of American music from the colonial era to the present; added emphasis on topics selected by the instructor. Examines folk, popular, art, sacred, and secular traditions within their cultural and historical contexts.

  • MUTH 4190 - Principles and Practices of Electronic Music

    3 credit hours

    (Same as RIM 4190.) Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy and RIM 1230 or MUTH 1110; others-RIM 3010, RIM 1230, or MUTH 1110 or permission of instructor. An introduction to synthesizer programming and the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) with emphasis on history, theory, and application. Hands-on activities include synthesizer programming with virtual instruments and MIDI sequencing using a digital audio workstation. Laboratory required.

  • MUAP 2342 - Private Instruction-Composition

    2 credit hours

    Experience composing original works in numerous media and styles to develop technique and self-expression. Topics include melodic and harmonic practice, orchestration, analysis, music form, score preparation, and audience psychology. Musical styles may embrace jazz, rock, pop, and electronics in addition to traditional and contemporary art music.

**Ensembles

NOTE: Ten (10) hours of ensemble participation are required, but only nine (9) of those hours may be counted degree requirements; the remaining hour may be taken for zero (0) credit.

Primary Instrument: Saxophone, Trumpet, and Trombone

 

5 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3400 - Jazz Ensemble  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3400 - Jazz Ensemble

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    A performing organization providing instruction and experience in playing jazz.

5 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3430 - Jazz Combo  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3430 - Jazz Combo

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of appropriate repertoire. Open by audition.

Primary Instrument: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar

 

4 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3400 - Jazz Ensemble  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3400 - Jazz Ensemble

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    A performing organization providing instruction and experience in playing jazz.

5 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3430 - Jazz Combo  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3430 - Jazz Combo

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of appropriate repertoire. Open by audition.

1 hour from:

  • MUEN 3- - -  - (ensemble elective)

Primary Instrument: Voice

 

5 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of chorus, including rehearsals and appearances.

  • MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the group, including rehearsals and appearances. Reading of early English madrigals and traditional American music.

  • MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of treble clef choral repertoire.

  • MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of English madrigals and traditional American choral repertoire. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of opera. Technical and performing aspects of opera production as they pertain to light and grand opera.

  • MUEN 3260 - University Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3260 - University Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of varied choral repertoire. Open by audition.

5 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3430 - Jazz Combo  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3430 - Jazz Combo

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of appropriate repertoire. Open by audition.

Total hours in program: 120

 


Music, Instrumental Performance Concentration (Organ), B.M.

School of Music
615-898-5924
Arunesh Nadgir, program coordinator
Arunesh.Nadgir@mtsu.edu 
 

To be admitted into the Bachelor of Music degree program, all entering students must pass an audition before the faculty on their major instrument or voice. Students who do not pass the audition may be allowed, at the discretion of the faculty, to enroll in private music lessons or class instruction for one semester only. At the end of the semester the student must reaudition for admission into the program.

In addition, all prospective new or transfer undergraduate majors and minors are required to take the Music Theory and Aural Skills Diagnostic Exam to determine appropriate placement in the music theory program. For additional information and to schedule a time for the exam, contact the School of Music Office. Students may not enroll in any music theory course until the exam is taken.

Students seeking a Bachelor of Music degree should refer to The School of Music Undergraduate Student Handbook that serves as the official document of the school concerning specific additional degree requirements and school policies and procedures. It is essential that all music majors consult their advisors each semester.

Jury Examinations

All music majors and minors are required to participate in jury examinations in their primary performing areas. Non-music majors registered for private lessons may be required to perform a jury examination at the discretion of the instructor. Jury examinations are held to measure the student's progress at the conclusion of each semester. Those students who have presented and passed their senior recitals during the semester may be excused from jury examinations.

Undergraduate Music majors must pass a upper-division jury to qualify for applied music study at the MUAP 3000 level. A Music major must take his or her upper-division jury no later than the end of the sixth semester and if not passing must take an upper-division jury again the next semester. A third attempt must be accompanied by extraordinary circumstances and must carry the approval of the studio teacher and director of the School of Music.

Class Piano/Theory and Aural Skills

All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required, with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons.

Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550, Keyboard Skills for Pianists I, and MUS 2560, Keyboard Skills for Pianists II, in lieu of class piano.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Music, Instrumental Performance (Organ), B.M., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

Major Requirements (78 hours)

Music Core (26 hours)

All music majors must take class piano or private piano instruction until they pass the piano proficiency examination prescribed by their degree programs. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in MUTH 1110, MUTH 1120, MUTH 2110, MUTH 2120 (music theory sequence) and MUHL 1610, MUHL 3010, MUHL 3020 (music history sequence).

  • MUS 1010 - Recital Attendance  0 credit hours  (6 semesters)

    MUS 1010 - Recital Attendance

    0 credit hours

    Attendance at a minimum number of recitals and concerts given by students, faculty, and guest artists. Six semesters required for undergraduate music majors (see School of Music handbook for details). May be repeated multiple times. Pass/Fail.

  • MUS 3140 - Basic Conducting  2 credit hours  

    MUS 3140 - Basic Conducting

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUTH 2120. Interpretation of scores, fundamental diagrams with and without baton, terminology, and stage deportment.

  • MUHL 1610 - The World of Music

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1000 with a grade of C- or better or satisfactory score on theory diagnostic exam. The first required music history course for music majors. Surveys the basic elements of music, world music cultures, American vernacular music, and Western art music. Establishes foundation of further music study.

  • MUHL 3010 - History of Western Art Music I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUHL 1610 with grade of C- or better. Second required music history course for Music majors. A survey of Western art music from antiquity through the eighteenth century, including Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.

  • MUHL 3020 - History of Western Art Music II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUHL 1610 and MUTH 1110 with grade of C- or better. Third required music history course for music majors. A survey of Western art music of the eighteenth through twenty-first century, including Classical, Romantic, Modern, and Postmodern periods.

  • MUTH 1110 - Theory and Aural Skills I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1000 with grade of C- or higher or satisfactory score on theory diagnostic exam. Harmonic tonality and fixed-do solfège through chorale analysis and harmonizations of given bass lines. Major and minor scales and harmonizations through secondary function. Meets for five hours per week.

  • MUTH 1120 - Theory and Aural Skills II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1110. Harmonic tonality and fixed-do solfège through chorale analysis and harmonizations of given bass lines. Modal scales, harmonization, and analysis through the augmented sixth. Meets for five hours per week.

  • MUTH 2110 - Theory and Aural Skills III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1120. Harmonic tonality and twentieth-century vocabularies. Nineteenth-century chromaticism. Meets for four hours per week.

  • MUTH 2120 - Theory and Aural Skills IV

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2110. Continued study of harmonic tonality and twentieth-century vocabularies. Twentieth-century practices. Meets for four hours per week.

  • MUTH 4130 - Orchestration and Arranging

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2120. Compass and tonal qualities of band and orchestra instruments; transposition. Fundamentals of arranging for various instrumental groupings.

Instrumental Performance Concentration (52 hours)

  • MUTH 3110 - Counterpoint  3 credit hours  

    MUTH 3110 - Counterpoint

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2120 with C- or better. Review and continuation of contrapuntal techniques. Canon, imitation, various contrapuntal devices, inventions, and beginning fugue. Analysis and some degree of original work.

  • MUAP 3800 - Junior Recital  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUAP 3800 - Junior Recital

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: One semester of upper-division private study. Corequisite: Private lesson in major area of performance. Required of all Bachelor of Music majors with a concentration in Vocal or Instrumental Performance. Constitutes approximately 30 minutes of music with appropriate repertoire as assigned by the private instructor; recital performance graded by a faculty committee; must be passed with a grade of C or better.

  • MUTH 4110 - Form and Analysis

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2120. Binary and tenary forms, simple rondos and sonatinas progressing to sonata form, large rondos, theme and variations, art song, and free forms. Stylistic analysis and study of devices and materials from early to contemporary periods.

  • MUPD 4330 - Organ Pedagogy  2 credit hours  

    MUPD 4330 - Organ Pedagogy

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Instruction in the principles of teaching organ--(1) manual and pedal techniques, (2) organ methods, and (3) organ repertoire of varying degrees of difficulty and of all period styles from pre-Bach through twentieth century.

  • MUHL 4720 - Organ Literature  2 credit hours  

    MUHL 4720 - Organ Literature

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. A chronological study of organ literature from the Medieval period to the present. Objectives include knowledge of the repertoire and composers and historical perspective of styles and organ building.

  • MUEN 3- - -  - Ensembles 8 credit hours **
  • MUAP 2362 - Private Instruction-Organ  2 credit hours  (8 credit hours required)

    MUAP 2362 - Private Instruction-Organ

    2 credit hours

    Private instruction is available to qualified students on all orchestral and band instruments, voice, guitar, keyboards and composition. Those students enrolling in private instruction for the first time audition to determine if they are adequately prepared for college-level study. To arrange for an audition, students should contact the School of Music Office. One-credit private instruction courses require one-half hour lesson per week. Two-credit courses are for music majors only and require one hour-long lesson per week. A corequisite enrollment in an appropriate music ensemble is required for students registered for private instruction in voice, brass, woodwinds, orchestral strings, and percussion. Private instruction course numbers will be repeated for each semester of study. Students who are not prepared for such private instruction as stated above should register for class instruction, e.g., class piano, class guitar, or class voice. If class instruction is not available, students may be allowed to enroll in private instruction for one semester after which a faculty jury examination must be passed to continue private instruction. Private instruction course numbers will be repeated each semester of study. A maximum of four semesters of lower-division private instruction may be applied to a music degree. Fees per semester are $325 for a one-hour lesson and $175 for a half-hour lesson.

  • MUAP 4363 - Private Instruction-Organ  3 credit hours  (12 credit hours required)

    MUAP 4363 - Private Instruction-Organ

    3 credit hours

    Promotion to the upper division does not follow automatically after the completion of four semesters of courses in the lower division but is made only upon the successful completion of the upper-division jury. This jury, normally given at the end of the sophomore year to music majors, is conducted by the McLean School of Music. Recommendation to upper division is made only if the student's proficiency as a performer bears promise of future artistic qualities as a soloist. It is at this level that the music major normally begins preparation for his/her junior and/or senior recital. A student who fails to pass the upper-division jury must continue lower-division private instruction until the jury is passed. Private instruction course numbers will be repeated for each semester of study. A one-credit course requires one half-hour lesson per week. Two- and three-credit courses are for music majors only and require one hour-long lesson per week. A corequisite enrollment in an appropriate music ensemble is required for students registered for private instruction in voice, brass, woodwinds, orchestral strings, and percussion. After successful completion of the upper-division jury, a student must be enrolled for a minimum of three semesters before being allowed to give the senior recital. Students must pass the upper-division performance jury before being allowed to student teach. Three-credit private instruction courses are designed for only those students majoring in music with performance as their concentration. Students enrolled in these courses will receive one hour of instruction per week. Although three-credit courses meet for the same length of time as two-credit courses, students enrolled are expected to spend more time in preparation for their lessons and perform more repertoire during the course of the semester as assigned by the instructor.

  • Foreign language 6 credit hours
  • Music electives 6 credit hours
  • MUAP 4900 - Senior Recital  2 credit hours  

    MUAP 4900 - Senior Recital

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUAP 3800 with a grade of C or better (Vocal or Instrumental Performance); three semesters of upper-division private study. Required of all Bachelor of Music majors with a concentration in Vocal or Instrumental Performance, Jazz Studies, and Theory-Composition. Constitutes approximately 50 minutes of music with appropriate repertoire as assigned by the private instructor. Recital performance graded by a faculty committee; must be passed with a grade of C or better.

**Ensembles

NOTE: Ten (10) hours of ensemble participation are required, but only eight (8) of those hours may be counted toward degree requirements; the remaining hour may be taken for zero (0) credit.

4 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of chorus, including rehearsals and appearances.

  • MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the group, including rehearsals and appearances. Reading of early English madrigals and traditional American music.

  • MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of treble clef choral repertoire.

  • MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of English madrigals and traditional American choral repertoire. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation and public performances of a variety of popular and commercial music. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of opera. Technical and performing aspects of opera production as they pertain to light and grand opera.

  • MUEN 3260 - University Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3260 - University Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of varied choral repertoire. Open by audition.

3 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3000 - Accompanying  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3000 - Accompanying

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Both solo and ensemble vocal and instrumental repertory with emphasis on the role of the piano in these combinations. Performance required.

    NOTE: Non-piano majors must complete an audition and receive the permission of the instructor to enroll in the class. In the audition, the student will be required to perform two memorized solo piano pieces, play all major and minor scales, and sight read a short piece or excerpt that will be handed to them. The audition may take place one or two days before the beginning of each semester before the first day the class meets. If a student fails the audition, s/he will not be allowed to enroll in the class.

3 hours from:

  • MUEN 3- - -  - (elective ensembles)

Elective (1 hour)

Total hours in program: 120

 


Music, Instrumental Performance Concentration (Piano), B.M.

School of Music 
615-898-5924
Arunesh Nadgir, program coordinator
Arunesh.Nadgir@mtsu.edu

To be admitted into the Bachelor of Music degree program, all entering students must pass an audition before the faculty on their major instrument or voice. Students who do not pass the audition may be allowed, at the discretion of the faculty, to enroll in private music lessons or class instruction for one semester only. At the end of the semester the student must reaudition for admission into the program.

In addition, all prospective new or transfer undergraduate majors and minors are required to take the Music Theory and Aural Skills Diagnostic Exam to determine appropriate placement in the music theory program. For additional information and to schedule a time for the exam, contact the School of Music Office. Students may not enroll in any music theory course until the exam is taken.

Students seeking a Bachelor of Music degree should refer to The School of Music Undergraduate Student Handbook that serves as the official document of the school concerning specific additional degree requirements and school policies and procedures. It is essential that all music majors consult their advisors each semester.

Jury Examinations

All music majors and minors are required to participate in jury examinations in their primary performing areas. Non-music majors registered for private lessons may be required to perform a jury examination at the discretion of the instructor. Jury examinations are held to measure the student's progress at the conclusion of each semester. Those students who have presented and passed their senior recitals during the semester may be excused from jury examinations.

Undergraduate Music majors must pass a upper-division jury to qualify for applied music study at the MUAP 3000 level. A Music major must take his or her upper-division jury no later than the end of the sixth semester and if not passing must take an upper-division jury again the next semester. A third attempt must be accompanied by extraordinary circumstances and must carry the approval of the studio teacher and director of the School of Music.

Class Piano/Theory and Aural Skills

All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required, with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons.

Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550, Keyboard Skills for Pianists I, and MUS 2560, Keyboard Skills for Pianists II, in lieu of class piano.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Music, Instrumental Performance (Piano), B.M., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

Major Requirements (79 hours)

Music Core (26 hours)

All music majors must take class piano or private piano instruction until they pass the piano proficiency examination prescribed by their degree programs. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in MUTH 1110, MUTH 1120, MUTH 2110, MUTH 2120 (music theory sequence) and MUHL 1610, MUHL 3010, MUHL 3020 (music history sequence).

  • MUS 1010 - Recital Attendance  0 credit hours  (6 semesters)

    MUS 1010 - Recital Attendance

    0 credit hours

    Attendance at a minimum number of recitals and concerts given by students, faculty, and guest artists. Six semesters required for undergraduate music majors (see School of Music handbook for details). May be repeated multiple times. Pass/Fail.

  • MUS 3140 - Basic Conducting  2 credit hours  

    MUS 3140 - Basic Conducting

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUTH 2120. Interpretation of scores, fundamental diagrams with and without baton, terminology, and stage deportment.

  • MUHL 1610 - The World of Music

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1000 with a grade of C- or better or satisfactory score on theory diagnostic exam. The first required music history course for music majors. Surveys the basic elements of music, world music cultures, American vernacular music, and Western art music. Establishes foundation of further music study.

  • MUHL 3010 - History of Western Art Music I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUHL 1610 with grade of C- or better. Second required music history course for Music majors. A survey of Western art music from antiquity through the eighteenth century, including Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.

  • MUHL 3020 - History of Western Art Music II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUHL 1610 and MUTH 1110 with grade of C- or better. Third required music history course for music majors. A survey of Western art music of the eighteenth through twenty-first century, including Classical, Romantic, Modern, and Postmodern periods.

  • MUTH 1110 - Theory and Aural Skills I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1000 with grade of C- or higher or satisfactory score on theory diagnostic exam. Harmonic tonality and fixed-do solfège through chorale analysis and harmonizations of given bass lines. Major and minor scales and harmonizations through secondary function. Meets for five hours per week.

  • MUTH 1120 - Theory and Aural Skills II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1110. Harmonic tonality and fixed-do solfège through chorale analysis and harmonizations of given bass lines. Modal scales, harmonization, and analysis through the augmented sixth. Meets for five hours per week.

  • MUTH 2110 - Theory and Aural Skills III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1120. Harmonic tonality and twentieth-century vocabularies. Nineteenth-century chromaticism. Meets for four hours per week.

  • MUTH 2120 - Theory and Aural Skills IV

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2110. Continued study of harmonic tonality and twentieth-century vocabularies. Twentieth-century practices. Meets for four hours per week.

  • MUTH 4130 - Orchestration and Arranging

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2120. Compass and tonal qualities of band and orchestra instruments; transposition. Fundamentals of arranging for various instrumental groupings.

Instrumental Performance Concentration (53 hours)

  • MUS 2550 - Keyboard Skills for Pianists I  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUS 2550 - Keyboard Skills for Pianists I

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Elementary-level sight-playing; three-voice, open-score reading; improvisation; harmonization using primary chords; transposition; and common patterns in two-octave range (scales, arpeggios, progressions).

  • MUS 2560 - Keyboard Skills for Pianists II  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUS 2560 - Keyboard Skills for Pianists II

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Intermediate-level ensemble and solo sight-playing; harmonization using primary and secondary chords; improvisation; transposition; four-voice, open-score reading; and common patterns in four-octave range (scales, arpeggios, progressions).

  • MUTH 3110 - Counterpoint  3 credit hours  

    MUTH 3110 - Counterpoint

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2120 with C- or better. Review and continuation of contrapuntal techniques. Canon, imitation, various contrapuntal devices, inventions, and beginning fugue. Analysis and some degree of original work.

  • MUAP 3800 - Junior Recital  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUAP 3800 - Junior Recital

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: One semester of upper-division private study. Corequisite: Private lesson in major area of performance. Required of all Bachelor of Music majors with a concentration in Vocal or Instrumental Performance. Constitutes approximately 30 minutes of music with appropriate repertoire as assigned by the private instructor; recital performance graded by a faculty committee; must be passed with a grade of C or better.

  • MUTH 4110 - Form and Analysis

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2120. Binary and tenary forms, simple rondos and sonatinas progressing to sonata form, large rondos, theme and variations, art song, and free forms. Stylistic analysis and study of devices and materials from early to contemporary periods.

  • MUPD 4320 - Piano Pedagogy  2 credit hours  

    MUPD 4320 - Piano Pedagogy

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. The various technical and philosophical approaches in teaching piano. Examination of teaching repertory through intermediate level. Supervised teaching through intermediate level.

  • MUHL 4690 - Piano Literature  3 credit hours  

    MUHL 4690 - Piano Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Survey of the basic literature of the harpsichord and the piano from the eighteenth century to the present. Live performance, analysis, and research.

  • MUEN 3- - -  - Ensembles 8 credit hours **
  • MUAP 2352 - Private Instruction-Piano  2 credit hours  (8 credit hours required)

    MUAP 2352 - Private Instruction-Piano

    2 credit hours

    Private instruction is available to qualified students on all orchestral and band instruments, voice, guitar, keyboards and composition. Those students enrolling in private instruction for the first time audition to determine if they are adequately prepared for college-level study. To arrange for an audition, students should contact the School of Music Office. One-credit private instruction courses require one-half hour lesson per week. Two-credit courses are for music majors only and require one hour-long lesson per week. A corequisite enrollment in an appropriate music ensemble is required for students registered for private instruction in voice, brass, woodwinds, orchestral strings, and percussion. Private instruction course numbers will be repeated for each semester of study. Students who are not prepared for such private instruction as stated above should register for class instruction, e.g., class piano, class guitar, or class voice. If class instruction is not available, students may be allowed to enroll in private instruction for one semester after which a faculty jury examination must be passed to continue private instruction. Private instruction course numbers will be repeated each semester of study. A maximum of four semesters of lower-division private instruction may be applied to a music degree. Fees per semester are $325 for a one-hour lesson and $175 for a half-hour lesson.

  • MUAP 4353 - Private Instruction-Piano  3 credit hours  (12 credit hours required)

    MUAP 4353 - Private Instruction-Piano

    3 credit hours

    Promotion to the upper division does not follow automatically after the completion of four semesters of courses in the lower division but is made only upon the successful completion of the upper-division jury. This jury, normally given at the end of the sophomore year to music majors, is conducted by the McLean School of Music. Recommendation to upper division is made only if the student's proficiency as a performer bears promise of future artistic qualities as a soloist. It is at this level that the music major normally begins preparation for his/her junior and/or senior recital. A student who fails to pass the upper-division jury must continue lower-division private instruction until the jury is passed. Private instruction course numbers will be repeated for each semester of study. A one-credit course requires one half-hour lesson per week. Two- and three-credit courses are for music majors only and require one hour-long lesson per week. A corequisite enrollment in an appropriate music ensemble is required for students registered for private instruction in voice, brass, woodwinds, orchestral strings, and percussion. After successful completion of the upper-division jury, a student must be enrolled for a minimum of three semesters before being allowed to give the senior recital. Students must pass the upper-division performance jury before being allowed to student teach. Three-credit private instruction courses are designed for only those students majoring in music with performance as their concentration. Students enrolled in these courses will receive one hour of instruction per week. Although three-credit courses meet for the same length of time as two-credit courses, students enrolled are expected to spend more time in preparation for their lessons and perform more repertoire during the course of the semester as assigned by the instructor.

  • Foreign language 6 credit hours
  • Music electives 4 credit hours
  • MUAP 4900 - Senior Recital  2 credit hours  

    MUAP 4900 - Senior Recital

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUAP 3800 with a grade of C or better (Vocal or Instrumental Performance); three semesters of upper-division private study. Required of all Bachelor of Music majors with a concentration in Vocal or Instrumental Performance, Jazz Studies, and Theory-Composition. Constitutes approximately 50 minutes of music with appropriate repertoire as assigned by the private instructor. Recital performance graded by a faculty committee; must be passed with a grade of C or better.

**Ensembles

NOTE: Ten (10) hours of ensemble participation are required, but only eight (8) of those hours may be counted toward degree requirements; the remaining two hours may be taken for zero (0) credit.

4 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3000 - Accompanying  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3000 - Accompanying

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Both solo and ensemble vocal and instrumental repertory with emphasis on the role of the piano in these combinations. Performance required.

    NOTE: Non-piano majors must complete an audition and receive the permission of the instructor to enroll in the class. In the audition, the student will be required to perform two memorized solo piano pieces, play all major and minor scales, and sight read a short piece or excerpt that will be handed to them. The audition may take place one or two days before the beginning of each semester before the first day the class meets. If a student fails the audition, s/he will not be allowed to enroll in the class.

2 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3730 - Piano Chamber Ensembles  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3730 - Piano Chamber Ensembles

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.

1 hour from:

 

  • MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of chorus, including rehearsals and appearances.

  • MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the group, including rehearsals and appearances. Reading of early English madrigals and traditional American music.

  • MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of treble clef choral repertoire.

  • MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of English madrigals and traditional American choral repertoire. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation and public performances of a variety of popular and commercial music. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of opera. Technical and performing aspects of opera production as they pertain to light and grand opera.

  • MUEN 3260 - University Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3260 - University Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of varied choral repertoire. Open by audition.

3 hours from:

  • MUEN 3- - -  - (elective ensembles)

Total hours in program: 120

 

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Music

MUS 1010 - Recital Attendance
0 credit hours

Attendance at a minimum number of recitals and concerts given by students, faculty, and guest artists. Six semesters required for undergraduate music majors (see School of Music handbook for details). May be repeated multiple times. Pass/Fail.

MUS 1020 - Music Enrichment Instrumental
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Governor's School for the Arts. A component of the Governor's School for the Arts. Provides an opportunity for qualified high school students to get first-hand musical experience in an intense, academic, collegiate environment.

MUS 1021 - Music Enrichment Vocal
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Governor's School for the Arts. A component of the Governor's School for the Arts. Provides an opportunity for qualified high school students to get first-hand musical experience in an intense, academic, collegiate environment. Combines traditional large ensemble and opera workshop rehearsals and performances and voice master classes.

MUS 1022 - Music Enrichment Piano
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Governor's School for the Arts. A component of the Governor's School for the Arts. Provides an opportunity for qualified high school students to get first-hand experience in an intense, academic, collegiate environment. Combines traditional applied studio instruction, supervised practice sessions, chamber ensemble rehearsals and performances, master classes, and solo performances.

MUS 1030 - Introduction to Music
3 credit hours

Meets part of the General Education Humanities and/or Fine Arts requirement. Perceptive listening to music of various styles and cultures including popular and world musics and Western classical concert music.

MUS 1500 - Introduction to Piano
1 credit hour credit

A beginning group piano class for non-music majors. Prior knowledge of the piano not assumed. Skills covered by the class include reading and playing of pieces, basic exercises for the development of technique, a variety of short examples based on five-finger positions, and basic music theory. Students work at a digital Roland keyboard in class; includes weighted keys and individual headphones.

MUS 1510 - Class Voice I
1 credit hour credit

Basic vocal techniques including posture, breath control, tone quality, and diction. Italian and English diction, Vaccai studies, and moderately easy song repertory.

MUS 1520 - Class Voice II
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: MUS 1510. A continuation of the vocal techniques in Class Voice I with addition of vocal flexibility, uniform tone quality in extending the voice range, interpretation of songs, and stage deportment in public performance. Further study of Vaccai, Italian art songs, and English songs.

MUS 1530 - Class Piano I
1 credit hour credit

Acquaints beginning piano students with the keyboard. Includes such skills as note reading, basic chords for harmonization of melodies, improvisation, basic exercises for development of coordination and technique, transposition, repertory, and sight reading.

NOTE: All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons. Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550 and MUS 2560 in lieu of class piano.

MUS 1540 - Class Piano II
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: MUS 1530. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 1530. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

NOTE: All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons. Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550 and MUS 2560 in lieu of class piano.

MUS 1550 - Class Guitar I
1 credit hour credit

Beginning guitar playing, teaching basic techniques through chording and melodic elements.

MUS 1560 - Class Guitar II
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: MUS 1550 . Continuation of skills and concepts sought in Class Guitar I with emphasis on more advanced playing and repertory study.

MUS 2530 - Class Piano III
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: MUS 1540. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 1540. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

MUS 2540 - Class Piano IV
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: MUS 2530. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 2530. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

MUS 2550 - Keyboard Skills for Pianists I
1 credit hour credit

Elementary-level sight-playing; three-voice, open-score reading; improvisation; harmonization using primary chords; transposition; and common patterns in two-octave range (scales, arpeggios, progressions).

MUS 2560 - Keyboard Skills for Pianists II
1 credit hour credit

Intermediate-level ensemble and solo sight-playing; harmonization using primary and secondary chords; improvisation; transposition; four-voice, open-score reading; and common patterns in four-octave range (scales, arpeggios, progressions).

MUS 2660 - Jazz Guitar Lab
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisites: MUTH 1110, basic proficiency in reading music, and consent of instructor. Recommended: Class Guitar I or one semester of private instruction. Provides minimum background in performing popular guitar styles in an ensemble or studio situation. Course may be taken more than one semester for credit.

MUS 2670 - Jazz Piano Lab
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUS 1540. For beginning jazz keyboard students. Study of the harmonic language of jazz, chord voicing, keyboard techniques, interpretation of melodies, and improvisation.

MUS 3140 - Basic Conducting
2 credit hours

Prerequisites: MUTH 2120. Interpretation of scores, fundamental diagrams with and without baton, terminology, and stage deportment.

MUS 3150 - Advanced Instrumental Conducting
2 credit hours

Prerequisites: MUED 2320 and MUS 3140. Further development of techniques, especially those relevant to choral and instrumental conducting. Laboratory experiences with large musical groups; conducting with records to develop awareness of musical texture, form, and general musicianship in all areas as related to conducting.

MUS 3160 - Advanced Choral Conducting
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Two semesters of MUED 2310; MUS 3140. Further development of conducting techniques relative to the choral area. Emphasis on choral style and literature, scope and sequence of the historical perspective, and major developments in the choral art.

MUS 3170 - Guitar Skills I
2 credit hours

Prerequisites: MUTH 1110, MUTH 1120, and two semesters of private study. A skills course for improving reading skills and applying music theory concepts to the guitar. Topics will include arranging, harmonization of melody, reading from lead sheet format, improvisation, and standard repertoire suitable for a variety of performance situations.  

MUS 4000 - Special Topics in Music
1 to 3 credit hours

Study of a topic in music. Topic and prerequisites to be announced.

MUS 4100 - Independent Study in Music
1 to 3 credit hours

Intensive study of a chosen subject. An indication of reasonable skill and knowledge of research techniques, writing, and creativity expected. Requires permission of the instructor and director of the music school.

MUS 4270 - Music Internship
3 to 6 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Examination and experiences in music industry, music education, or instrumental or choral conducting. Music industry may include songwriting and the creative aspects of music, studio production, music publishing, and music merchandising. Music education may include public and private school settings, state board of education arts consulting, and music textbook consulting. Conducting may include school and church conducting, music publishing, and private or public orchestras and/or choirs. Pass/Fail.

MUS 4360 - The Music Industry Professional
3 credit hours

Creation, examination, and experience in developing and implementing a business plan in the selected areas of the music business. Areas include studio teaching, freelance musicianship, contracting, performing, producing, nonprofit organizations, and similar areas of music specialization.

MUS 4570 - The Body Intelligent: A Study of the Alexander Techniqu
3 credit hours

(Same as DANC 4570/THEA 4570.) For those interested in improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support, flexibility, and coordination in daily activities.

Music Ensembles

MUEN 3000 - Accompanying
1 credit hour credit

Both solo and ensemble vocal and instrumental repertory with emphasis on the role of the piano in these combinations. Performance required.

NOTE: Non-piano majors must complete an audition and receive the permission of the instructor to enroll in the class. In the audition, the student will be required to perform two memorized solo piano pieces, play all major and minor scales, and sight read a short piece or excerpt that will be handed to them. The audition may take place one or two days before the beginning of each semester before the first day the class meets. If a student fails the audition, s/he will not be allowed to enroll in the class.

MUEN 3000 - Accompanying
1 credit hour credit

Both solo and ensemble vocal and instrumental repertory with emphasis on the role of the piano in these combinations. Performance required.

NOTE: Non-piano majors must complete an audition and receive the permission of the instructor to enroll in the class. In the audition, the student will be required to perform two memorized solo piano pieces, play all major and minor scales, and sight read a short piece or excerpt that will be handed to them. The audition may take place one or two days before the beginning of each semester before the first day the class meets. If a student fails the audition, s/he will not be allowed to enroll in the class.

MUEN 3100 - The Band of Blue Marching Band
0 to 1 credit hour c

Participation in all phases of the band, including rehearsals and appearances.

MUEN 3100 - The Band of Blue Marching Band
0 to 1 credit hour c

Participation in all phases of the band, including rehearsals and appearances.

MUEN 3110 - Symphonic Band
0 to 1 credit hour c

Preparation and public performance of concert and repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3110 - Symphonic Band
0 to 1 credit hour c

Preparation and public performance of concert and repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3120 - Wind Ensemble
0 to 1 credit hour c

Preparation and public performance of concert band and wind band repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3120 - Wind Ensemble
0 to 1 credit hour c

Preparation and public performance of concert band and wind band repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3120 - Wind Ensemble
0 to 1 credit hour c

Preparation and public performance of concert band and wind band repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3140 - Concert Band
0 to 1 credit hour c

Preparation and public performance of concert and repertoire.

MUEN 3140 - Concert Band
0 to 1 credit hour c

Preparation and public performance of concert and repertoire.

MUEN 3140 - Concert Band
0 to 1 credit hour c

Preparation and public performance of concert and repertoire.

MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale
0 to 1 credit hour c

Participation in all phases of chorus, including rehearsals and appearances.

MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale
0 to 1 credit hour c

Participation in all phases of chorus, including rehearsals and appearances.

MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale
0 to 1 credit hour c

Participation in all phases of chorus, including rehearsals and appearances.

MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers
1 credit hour credit

Participation in all phases of the group, including rehearsals and appearances. Reading of early English madrigals and traditional American music.

MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers
1 credit hour credit

Participation in all phases of the group, including rehearsals and appearances. Reading of early English madrigals and traditional American music.

MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers
1 credit hour credit

Participation in all phases of the group, including rehearsals and appearances. Reading of early English madrigals and traditional American music.

MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus
0 to 1 credit hour c

Preparation and public performance of treble clef choral repertoire.

MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus
0 to 1 credit hour c

Preparation and public performance of treble clef choral repertoire.

MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus
0 to 1 credit hour c

Preparation and public performance of treble clef choral repertoire.

MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of English madrigals and traditional American choral repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of English madrigals and traditional American choral repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of English madrigals and traditional American choral repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers
1 credit hour credit

Participation and public performances of a variety of popular and commercial music. Open by audition.

MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers
1 credit hour credit

Participation and public performances of a variety of popular and commercial music. Open by audition.

MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers
1 credit hour credit

Participation and public performances of a variety of popular and commercial music. Open by audition.

MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of opera. Technical and performing aspects of opera production as they pertain to light and grand opera.

MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of opera. Technical and performing aspects of opera production as they pertain to light and grand opera.

MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of opera. Technical and performing aspects of opera production as they pertain to light and grand opera.

MUEN 3260 - University Chorus
0 to 1 credit hour c

Preparation and public performance of varied choral repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3260 - University Chorus
0 to 1 credit hour c

Preparation and public performance of varied choral repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3260 - University Chorus
0 to 1 credit hour c

Preparation and public performance of varied choral repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3300 - Symphony Orchestra
0 to 1 credit hour c

Participation in all phases of the orchestra, including rehearsals and appearances.

MUEN 3300 - Symphony Orchestra
0 to 1 credit hour c

Participation in all phases of the orchestra, including rehearsals and appearances.

MUEN 3300 - Symphony Orchestra
0 to 1 credit hour c

Participation in all phases of the orchestra, including rehearsals and appearances.

MUEN 3360 - Concert Orchestra
0 to 1 credit hour c

Preparation and performance of outstanding symphonic literature. (No audition required.)

MUEN 3360 - Concert Orchestra
0 to 1 credit hour c

Preparation and performance of outstanding symphonic literature. (No audition required.)

MUEN 3360 - Concert Orchestra
0 to 1 credit hour c

Preparation and performance of outstanding symphonic literature. (No audition required.)

MUEN 3400 - Jazz Ensemble
0 to 1 credit hour c

A performing organization providing instruction and experience in playing jazz.

MUEN 3400 - Jazz Ensemble
0 to 1 credit hour c

A performing organization providing instruction and experience in playing jazz.

MUEN 3400 - Jazz Ensemble
0 to 1 credit hour c

A performing organization providing instruction and experience in playing jazz.

MUEN 3410 - Salsa Band
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of appropriate repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3410 - Salsa Band
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of appropriate repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3410 - Salsa Band
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of appropriate repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3420 - Commercial Music Ensemble
1 credit hour credit

Acquaints the student with the rehearsal and performance of commercial music.

MUEN 3420 - Commercial Music Ensemble
1 credit hour credit

Acquaints the student with the rehearsal and performance of commercial music.

MUEN 3420 - Commercial Music Ensemble
1 credit hour credit

Acquaints the student with the rehearsal and performance of commercial music.

MUEN 3430 - Jazz Combo
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of appropriate repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3430 - Jazz Combo
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of appropriate repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3430 - Jazz Combo
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of appropriate repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3431 - Jazz Improvisation Lab
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: MUTH 1120. Emphasizes basic jazz performance practices in an ensemble setting. Training in improvisation will include melodic paraphrase, ear-training, jazz scales and arpeggios, the study of transcriptions, and exposure to recorded examples of various jazz styles. Basic musicianship issues such as practicing, transposition, and common performance practices will be covered. Performances will showcase the concepts learned throughout the semester. May be repeated for two credits.  

MUEN 3431 - Jazz Improvisation Lab
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: MUTH 1120. Emphasizes basic jazz performance practices in an ensemble setting. Training in improvisation will include melodic paraphrase, ear-training, jazz scales and arpeggios, the study of transcriptions, and exposure to recorded examples of various jazz styles. Basic musicianship issues such as practicing, transposition, and common performance practices will be covered. Performances will showcase the concepts learned throughout the semester. May be repeated for two credits.  

MUEN 3431 - Jazz Improvisation Lab
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: MUTH 1120. Emphasizes basic jazz performance practices in an ensemble setting. Training in improvisation will include melodic paraphrase, ear-training, jazz scales and arpeggios, the study of transcriptions, and exposure to recorded examples of various jazz styles. Basic musicianship issues such as practicing, transposition, and common performance practices will be covered. Performances will showcase the concepts learned throughout the semester. May be repeated for two credits.  

MUEN 3500 - Percussion Ensemble
1 credit hour credit

Performance of percussion ensemble literature. Programs are presented.

MUEN 3500 - Percussion Ensemble
1 credit hour credit

Performance of percussion ensemble literature. Programs are presented.

MUEN 3500 - Percussion Ensemble
1 credit hour credit

Performance of percussion ensemble literature. Programs are presented.

MUEN 3700 - Mixed Chamber Ensemble
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of music literature appropriate to the ensemble.

MUEN 3700 - Mixed Chamber Ensemble
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of music literature appropriate to the ensemble.

MUEN 3700 - Mixed Chamber Ensemble
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of music literature appropriate to the ensemble.

MUEN 3710 - Brass Chamber Ensembles
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3710 - Brass Chamber Ensembles
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3710 - Brass Chamber Ensembles
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3720 - Guitar Chamber Ensembles
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.

MUEN 3720 - Guitar Chamber Ensembles
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.

MUEN 3720 - Guitar Chamber Ensembles
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.

MUEN 3730 - Piano Chamber Ensembles
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.

MUEN 3730 - Piano Chamber Ensembles
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.

MUEN 3730 - Piano Chamber Ensembles
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.

MUEN 3740 - String Chamber Ensemble
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.

MUEN 3740 - String Chamber Ensemble
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.

MUEN 3740 - String Chamber Ensemble
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.

MUEN 3750 - Woodwind Chamber Ensemble
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.

MUEN 3750 - Woodwind Chamber Ensemble
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.

MUEN 3750 - Woodwind Chamber Ensemble
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.

Contact and Student Information

Connie Bowrey
bowrey@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2469

Brad Baumgardner
Brad.Baumgardner@mtsu.edu
615-494-7649 | JH 113

School of Music
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 47
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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