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Recommended Academic Plan for Bachelor of Music, Strings, Winds, Brass and Percussion Instruments Option (MUSBM at University Park only) (125 credits minimum)

Effective SPRING 2011 (last Senate update)

Semester 1

Credits

Semester 2

Credits

MUSIC 129S First-Year Performance Seminar

3

Applied:  Performance (18-J) 3
Secondary Instrument

1

MUSIC 122 Basic Musicianship II

1

MUSIC 121 Basic Musicianship I

1

MUSIC 132 Music Theory II

2

MUSIC 131 Music Theory I

2

MUSIC 162 (IL) Introduction to Music History

2

Music ensemble from approved list

1

Music ensemble from approved list

1

Social/Behavioral Sciences (GS)

3

Secondary Instrument

1

Natural Science (GN)

3

ENGL 015/030+ (GWS) Composition/Honors Composition

3

 

Social/Behavioral Sciences (GS)

3

Total Credits:

14

Total Credits:

 16

Semester 3

Credits

Semester 4

Credits

Applied:  Performance (23-J)

3

Applied:  Performance (28-J)

3

Secondary Instrument 1 Secondary Instrument 1

MUSIC 221 Basic Musicianship III

1

MUSIC 222 Basic Musicianship IV

1

MUSIC 231 Music Theory III

2

*MUSIC 262 (IL) Survey of Music History II

3

*MUSIC 261 (IL) Survey of Music History I

3

MUSIC 331 Tonal Analysis

2

Music ensemble from approved list

1

Music ensemble from approved list

1

 CAS 100 (GWS) Effective Speech

3

Health & Physical Activity (GHA)

1.5

INART 258A (3) or B (1)

1-3

 Quantification (GQ)

3

Total Credits:

15-17

Submit application for admission to BM       Total Credits:

15.5

Semester 5

Credits

Semester 6

Credits

Applied:  Performance (33-J) 3 Applied:  Performance (38-J) 3

MUSIC 332 Analysis of Twentieth  Century Music

2

++Music History or Literature Elective

3

++Music History or Literature Elective

3

Elective

2

Music ensemble from approved list

1

Music ensemble from approved list

1

Quantification (GQ)

3

Music Elective

4

Pedagogy

1

ENGL 202 (GWS) Effective Writing

3

MUSIC 266 Basic Conducting

1

Health & Physical Activity (GHA)

1.5

Total Credits:

14

Total Credits:

17.5

Semester 7

Credits

Semester 8

Credits

Applied:  Performance (43-J) 3 Applied:  Performance (48-J) 3

#Theory Elective

2

MUSIC 101 Music Common Hour

1

^^Supp./Rel. Course

2

^^Supp./Rel. Course

3

Music ensemble from approved list

1

Music ensemble from approved list

1

Electives

2

Electives

1-3

Humanities (GH) (US)

3

Humanities (GH) (US)

3

Natural Science (GN)

3

Natural Science (GN)

3

Total Credits:

16

Total Credits:

15-17

  • Bold type indicates courses requiring a quality grade of C or better.
  • Italics indicate courses that satisfy both major and General Education requirements.
  • Bold Italics indicate courses requiring a quality grade of C or better and that satisfy both major and General Education requirements.
  • GWS, GHA, GQ, GN, GA, GH, and GS are codes used to identify General Education requirements.
  • US, IL, and US;IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy University United States/International Cultures requirements.
  • W is the code used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

Program Notes:  

*General Education Arts credits by petition.  Counting these credits as GA does not reduce the minimum credits required for the degree.

Piano proficiency:  All students must enroll in appropriate piano courses (class piano or private instruction), beginning with the first semester and continuing until the piano proficiency is passed.

# Music 181 or 182, 267, 336, 422, 431, 438, 471, 472

Four credits of a secondary instrument are required, with a minimum of two credits on one instrument.  Class piano may count as a secondary instrument.

+Effective Fall 2012, all incoming Schreyer Honors College freshmen at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry GWS designation and replace both ENGL 030 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits. At the discretion of the college, ENGL/CAS 138T satisfies the first-year seminar requirement.

++ 461W-464W series or Special Topics course taught by music history or theory faculty.

^^ See the Degree Checklist for appropriate Supporting and Related Courses.

Change of Major Requirements:  A minimum grade point average of 2.0 and an audition are required. 

Audition Requirements:  www.music.psu.edu/prospective/ugapply.html.
Additional credits may be required in keyboarding until a student passes the required piano proficiency. For advising information, go to the School of Music Web site and download the handbook www.music.psu.edu/current/handbooks.html.