Degree Requirements

B.A. in Fine Arts in Music Degree Requirements

The B.A. in Fine Arts in music is offered with a concentration in

  • Jazz studies,
  • Musicology,
  • Music theory,
  • Piano/organ/orchestral instruments,
  • Voice, or
  • Music with an outside minor.

A total of 125 to 131 credit hours is required. To graduate, a student must earn a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in all major courses and a minimum average of 2.0 in all course work.

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 advisor in music therapy as appropriate.

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

Basic Courses (40-44 hours)

ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and ENGL 203, ENGL 209, ENGL 210, or ENGL 211 9
Mathematics: MATH 101 and 3 hours beyond MATH 101 6
Oral communication 3
Western civilization 6
Foreign language (16 hours in one language)
Voice concentration: 10 hours of Italian and 10 hours of French or German
Musicology concentration: 16 hours of French or German
16-20

Distribution (31-35 credit hours)

Humanities (3 courses)
Music with an outside minor/concentration: MUSC 440 must be included in humanities hours
9
Social sciences (3 courses) 9
Natural sciences/mathematics (3 courses, to include a lab science) 10-11
Non-Western culture course 3
Electives
Voice concentration: 0 hours of College electives
Music with an outside minor/concentration: MUS 586 The Business of Music must be included in elective hours
0-3

Music Core (27 credit hours)

MTHC 105 Theory I 4
MTHC 115 Theory II 4
MTHC 205 Theory III 4
MTHC 315 Theory IV 4
MUSC 320 Music History I 2
MUSC 340 Music History II 3
MUSC 440 Music History III and as Humanities for Music with outside minor
3
MUSC 480 Music History IV 2
MEMT 116 Performance Media: Computers, Synthesizers, and Electronics 1
REC 100 Laboratory in Music Performance (2 to 4 semesters depending on your concentration) 0

Concentrations

Choose 1 of the following concentrations:

Jazz Studies Concentration (26 credit hours)

JAZZ 105/JAZZ 305 Jazz Theory 2
JAZZ 224/JAZZ 624 Jazz Improvisation I 2
JAZZ 225/JAZZ 625 Jazz Improvisation II 2
JAZZ 230/JAZZ 630 Introduction to Jazz Piano 2
JAZZ 459/JAZZ 659 Jazz Arranging 2
Applied music lessons (eight semesters) 8
Jazz ensembles 4
Jazz combo 4
(Total of 8 semesters for credit in ensembles and combos)  
REC 100 Laboratory in Music Performance (2 semesters) 0

Musicology Concentration (25 credit hours)

9 hours selected from courses numbered 602-778 9
Applied music lessons (4 semesters) 4
MUSC 499 Senior Thesis 2
Ensembles (2 hours of Collegium Musicum required) 4
REC 100 Laboratory in Music Performance (4 semesters) 0
Electives in music 6

Music Theory Concentration (25-27 credit hours)

Upper-division music theory courses 9
Applied music lessons (8 semesters) 8
MTHC 499 Senior Research Project 2
Ensembles, orchestral instruments (8 semesters)/piano, organ, voice (4 semesters)
4-8
REC 100 Laboratory in Music Performance (4 semesters) 0
Electives in music, orchestral instruments (0)/piano, organ, voice (2) 0-2

Note: See MTHC professional sequence and portfolio requirements under Music Theory and Composition.

Piano/Organ/Orchestral Instruments Concentration (25-27 credit hours)

Applied music lessons (8 semesters) 16
Senior recital 0
Ensembles (Major ensemble required each semester), Orchestral instruments (8 semesters)/piano, organ (4 semesters) 4-8
REC 100 Laboratory in Music Performance (4 semesters) 0
Electives in music, orchestral instruments (3) /piano,organ (5) 3-5

Voice Concentration (26 credit hours)

Applied music lessons (8 semesters) 16
Senior recital 0
Vocal diction 2
Vocal repertoire 2
Ensembles (4 semesters) 4
REC 100 Laboratory in Music Performance (4 semesters) 0
Piano (Proficiency level of PIAN 284) 2

Music with an Outside Minor/Concentration (30-32 credit hours)

Applied music lessons (8 semesters) 8
Ensembles (4 semesters) 4
Outside minor/concentration 18-20

Contact Info

School of Music

Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive, Room 446
Lawrence, KS 66045-3103
785-864-3436
785-864-5866
music@ku.edu
http://music.ku.edu/
Robert Walzel, Dean
785-864-3421
music@ku.edu
Martin Bergee, Associate Dean
785-864-3421
mbergee@ku.edu

School of Music

Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive, Room 450
Lawrence, KS 66045-3103
785-864-3421
785-864-5387
music@ku.edu
http://music.ku.edu/
Rita Riley, Undergraduate Studies
785-864-2954
rriley@ku.edu
Leslie Jabara, Recruitment Coordinator
785-864-9751
ljabara@ku.edu

School of Music

Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive, Room 450
Lawrence, KS 66045-3103
785-864-3436
785-864-5866
music@ku.edu
http://music.ku.edu/
Jane Gnojek, Graduate Studies
785-864-2862
jgnojek@ku.edu
Lois Elmer, Graduate Studies, Music Education and Music Therapy
785-864-4784
elmer@ku.edu
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