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Bachelor of Music in Music Performance: Wind and Percussion

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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.

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Wind and Percussion

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.

Piano Proficiency

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

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B.M. Degree Requirements for the Wind and Percussion Major

A total of 124 hours is required for the degree in brass and percussion, and a total of 124 hours is required for the degree in woodwinds, distributed as follows:

Music Theory (23 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
Two upper-division theory courses 4

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

Wind and Percussion Major Courses

Applied music lessons 32
Piano (proficiency level of PIAN 284) 2
Ensembles (8 semesters) 8
Chamber music or ensemble (4 semesters of WENS 252 or WENS 652, PENS 252 or PENS 652, or CHAM 216 or CHAM 336, normally 2 semesters taken in the first 2 years and 2 semesters in the junior and senior years) 4
MEMT 116 Performance Media: Computers, Synthesizers, and Electronics 1
REC 100 Laboratory in Music Performance (4 semesters) 0
W&P 325 Wind and Percussion Pedagogy 1
COND 245 Conducting I 2
ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and ENGL 203, ENGL 209, ENGL 210, or ENGL 211 9
Foreign language (first 2 semesters of 1 language)
(Brass and Percussion majors must take French, German, or Italian)
Electives, including at least 12 hours in nonmusic courses 22


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