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Bachelor of Music in Musicology

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B.M. Degree Requirements for Musicology Majors

Students must satisfy the piano proficiency requirement. Students who enter with little or no piano background enroll in PIAN 144-PIAN 284 Keyboard Skills plus sufficient private study to enable them to pass a proficiency examination. The examination consists of

  1. Demonstration of knowledge of all major and minor scales,
  2. A short work in contrapuntal style,
  3. A short work in harmonic style,
  4. A movement of a sonata,
  5. Demonstration of ability to read at sight accompaniments of moderate difficulty.

Ensemble Policy

In order to remain enrolled in studio instruction (lessons), all undergraduate (B.A. & B.M.) and M.M. students who enroll in any level of studio instruction (including nonmajor levels) in band and orchestral instruments must audition for and perform as assigned in a major instrumental ensemble* each semester in which they are enrolled. For music majors, 1 ensemble taken for credit each semester is required for graduation. Exceptions to this policy are allowed on a case-by-case basis and only by the ensemble conductor in consultation with the faculty member in the studio area or the faculty adviser in music therapy as appropriate.

*KU Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, or Jazz Ensemble I.

To graduate, the student must attain a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in 12 credit hours chosen from MUSC 320, MUSC 340, MUSC 440, MUSC 480, and MUSC courses numbered 602-778. A total of 127 hours is required, distributed as follows:

Musicology (28-30 hours)

MUSC 320 Music History I 2
MUSC 340 Music History II 3
MUSC 440 Music History III 3
MUSC 480 Music History IV 2
MUSC 499 Senior Thesis 2-4
Plus 12 hours selected from courses numbered 602-778 12
MUSC 654 Collegium Musicum, Vocal and/or MUSC 656 Collegium Musicum, Instrumental 4

Music Theory and Composition (25 hours)

MTHC 105 Theory I 4
MTHC 115 Theory II 4
MTHC 205 Theory III 4
MTHC 315 Theory IV 4
MTHC 410 Form and Analysis 3
MTHC 541 Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint 3
MTHC 542 Sixteenth-Century Counterpoint 3

Other (73-75 hours)

Ensembles (8 semesters)
Applied music lessons (8 semesters) 16
MEMT 116 Performance Media: Computers, Synthesizers, and Electronics 1
COND 245 Conducting I 2
REC 100 Laboratory in Music Performance (4 semesters) 0
ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and ENGL 203, ENGL 209, ENGL 210, or ENGL 211 9
History of art elective 3
German, French, Italian, or Spanish (16 hours in 1 language) 16
HIST 108, HIST 114, and HIST 115 9
Electives in musicology, music theory, liberal arts and sciences, business, or journalism courses 9-11
PIAN 284 (2). Piano proficiency not counted toward graduation, but must be met, 0

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