All music majors must pass all common courses and courses specific to their respective concentration, a total of 87 hours, with a grade of “C” or better.
Students enrolled in a Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in instrumental music education or vocal music education are required to pass parts I and II of the Praxis examination as a prerequisite for student teaching. Students pursuing a concentration in Instrumental or Vocal Music Education should see specific requirements pertaining to teacher education and the Praxis exam in College of Education and Human Development section of this catalog.
To receive credit for performance courses, students are required to practice a minimum of four hours per week for each semester hour of credit carried; must perform before a faculty committee at each final examination period. Students completing their fourth semester in the major performance area must appear before the music faculty for examination purposes. Instrumental students must perform a “scale jury” in a semester decided by the studio teacher.
Students in concentrations that require credit hours in minor-level performance study must include 4 hours of piano if piano is not the student’s major instrument.
Courses in performance may be repeated for credit; however, the student must complete the senior year requirements in one major performance area for a degree in music or music education.
Students registered in major performance courses are required to perform at least once during each academic year in student recitals. Those pursuing a performance concentration must present at least a half recital during the junior year and a full recital during the senior year.
Students enrolled in a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a concentration in instrumental music education or vocal music education are not required to enroll in a performance course during the semester in which they student teach.
Students majoring in music with a concentration in music theory and composition must complete by the end of the junior year a composition for their major instrument, a vocal composition, and a fugue. By the end of the senior year they must complete a movement of a sonata for chamber group and a composition for full orchestra or band. Scores and parts of a selected number of these compositions must be permanently filed with the department. Students pursuing this concentration whose major performance area is in voice or an instrument other than a keyboard instrument are required to take their 6 hours of minor performance studies in piano.
Prior to graduation, and preferably during the junior or senior year, each student majoring in Music with a concentration in Music Theatre must successfully perform a significant role in an ULM music theatre production. Students will enroll in MUSC 4008 for three hours of credit during the semester in which they perform the role and obtain a final grade of no less than a “C” to meet this requirement.
All candidates for degrees with a major in music, regardless of the curriculum followed, will be required to pass proficiency examinations in piano and must enroll in piano until the proficiency level appropriate to the major program is passed. Students whose major performance medium is other than keyboard must pass Piano Proficiency VI. Except for those students pursuing a concentration in Piano Pedagogy and those students pursuing a concentration in Instrumental Performance whose major performance area is in a keyboard instrument, the piano sequence MUSC 1015, MUSC 1016, MUSC 2015, MUSC 2016 must be completed before enrolling in private instruction. Permission for exceptions to this may be granted by the Coordinator of the Division of Music.
All music majors must participate in at least one of the major music organizations, band, orchestra, or chorus, on a full time basis, for credit or non-credit, during every fall and spring semester enrolled. Participation in a particular organization must be directly appropriate to the student’s major performing medium. Membership in the various organizations shall be determined by the director concerned. Music majors must obtain a grade of no less than “C” in the course. Music majors with a concentration in music education are not required to perform in a major ensemble during the semester in which they student teach. Qualified non-music majors may participate in these organizations for credit or non-credit and must be approved by the respective director. Qualified students may enroll in more than one ensemble per semester. Students with a concentration in instrumental performance must enroll in four semesters of MUSC 4034 (Chamber Music) for one credit in addition to the major ensemble requirements detailed above.
All music majors must enroll in Recital Class (MUSC 1000/MUSC 2000/MUSC 3000/MUSC 4000) each semester of attendance and obtain a grade of no less than “CR” in the course. Music majors with a concentration in music education are not required to enroll in Recital Class during the semester in which they student teach.