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Bachelor of Music in Music Performance: Strings and Harp

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Music Performance

Requirements for All Performance Majors

Majors in performance must give a solo public performance in the junior year and a full-length senior recital. A performance major must be within 2 semesters of graduation to present a senior recital. To graduate, majors must also attain a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in all major field courses.

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.

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Strings and Harp

Performance Requirement

Double bass, violin, viola, and cello students are required to play in the University Symphony Orchestra during the four years of the program, unless excused by the dean on recommendation of the conductor.

Piano Proficiency

Students majoring in stringed instruments must successfully complete PIAN 284 Intermediate Keyboard Skills I or its equivalent.

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B.M. Degree Requirements for the Strings Major

A minimum of 124 credit hours is required, as follows:

Music Theory (22 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
Advanced theory electives 3

Musicology (10 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

Strings Major Courses

Applied music lessons 36
COND 245 Conducting I 2
Piano (proficiency level of PIAN 284)
Orchestra (8 semesters)
Chamber music 4
REC 100 Laboratory in Music Performance (4 semesters) 0
ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and ENGL 203, ENGL 209, ENGL 210, or ENGL 211 9
Foreign language (first 2 semesters of 1 language) 10
Performance class 120/320 8
MEMT 116 Performance Media: Computers, Synthesizers, and Electronics 1
STRG 424 Pedagogy 1
General electives in nonmusic courses
(Violin majors substitute 2 hours of viola for 2 hours of general electives)
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Differences for Harp Majors

A minimum of 124 credit hours is required for the degree. No performance class, chamber music, or small ensemble courses are required.

No chamber music requirement
No performance class requirement 120/320
Piano (proficiency level of PIAN 284)
STRG 424 Pedagogy (2 semesters)
Electives, including at least 12 hours in nonmusic courses 21
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