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Music: Woodwind/Brass/Percussion Performance - BM


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  • For more information about Wind/Brass/Percussion Performance, see the department website.
  • Following is a sample four-year plan. Please note that student-specific plans may differ.
  • Admitted students must meet with an advisor. Current students should also meet with an advisor and log on to Degree Works  to check student-specific program progress.

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits 120

 

Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA
Credits of C- or better 100 Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above) 40
Total USU Credits 30 Upper-division USU Credits 20
USU Credits within the Major 10 Credits in Minor (if required) 12
Credits in Major see below Credits in American Institutions 3
General Education Requirements   see link University Studies Depth Requirements   see link
NOTES: The highest math requirement for this degree is the Quantitative Literacy (QL)  of the student’s choice.

All individual instruction courses must be passed with a grade of B- or better. All other music courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better. Music requires 3.0 GPA in music classes and 2.75 GPA overall for admission as transfer student, for scholarship eligibility, and to graduate.

 

Admissions Requirements for this Program

New freshmen

Admitted to USU in Good Standing

MUST PASS ENTRANCE AUDITION ON PRIMARY INSTRUMENT

 

Transfer students from other institutions or other programs at USU

MUST PASS ENTRANCE AUDITION ON PRIMARY INSTRUMENT

2.75 GPA

First Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ENGL 1010: Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose (CL1)   3   Communications Literacy (CL1)   MUSC 1110: Music Theory I (BCA)   3   Music Core Course

Breadth Creative Arts or Breadth Integrated Studies
MUSC 1105: Fundamentals for Music Majors (BCA) * or 3-credit art elective (ART 1010  and THEA 1013  recommended) 3  or 3 Music Core Course

Breadth Creative Arts
MUSC 1130: Aural Skills I   1   Music Core Course
MUSC 1170: Keyboard Harmony I   1   Music Core Course MUSC 1180: Keyboard Harmony II   1   Music Core Course
MUSC 2180: Computer Applications in Music Proficiency Exam ** 1   Music Core Course MUSC 1190: World Music   3  

Music Core Course

MUSC 3500: Symphony Orchestra (DHA)  or MUSC 3790: Symphonic Band (DHA)  or MUSC 4700: Wind Orchestra (DHA)   1  or 1  or 1   Emphasis Course

Students need 8 credits minimum to graduate.
MUSC 3500: Symphony Orchestra (DHA)  or MUSC 3790: Symphonic Band (DHA)  or MUSC 4700: Wind Orchestra (DHA)   1  or 1  or 1  

Emphasis Course

8 credits minimum

MUSC 17/18XX Individual Pre-Music Wind/Percussion Instruction   1

Emphasis Course

Students need 8 credits minimum to graduate, of which at least 3 must be upper division (3000 level).

Register for 1 credit.

MUSC 17/18XX Individual Pre-Music Wind/Percussion Instruction    1 Emphasis Course

Students need 8 credits minimum to graduate, of which at least 3 must be upper division (3000 level).

Register for 1 credit.

Music Electives 2

Emphasis Course

Should be taken in consultation with faculty mentor.

ENGL 2010: Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode (CL2)    3   Communications Literacy (CL2)  
Breadth Humanities (BHU)  or Breadth Life Sciences (BLS)  or Breadth Physical Sciences (BPS)  or Breadth Social Sciences (BSS)  or Breadth American Institutions (BAI)   3 General Education Breadth Course

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Quantitative Literacy (QL)   3 Math Placement  
Total 15   Total 16  
Comments

*In order to ensure that music students are sufficiently prepared for the music theory sequence required in all music degrees (education, performance, and therapy), MUSC 1105: Fundamentals for Music Majors (BCA)  was established as a prerequisite for MUSC 1110: Music Theory I (BCA) . As this course is considered remedial work, the 3 credits earned in MUSC 1105  are not required for degree completion, but must be made up to achieve the 120-credit minimum for all bachelor’s degrees. All incoming music students will have an opportunity to test out of MUSC 1105 . Because this test is administered in part through Canvas, all incoming pre-program music majors should register for MUSC 1105  regardless of whether they expect to remain in the class. Those who do not pass the test must pass MUSC 1105  with a grade of C- or better before taking MUSC 1110 . Those students who pass the test will need to take 3 credits of coursework, and will resume the music theory sequence with MUSC 1110  the following spring semester.

**MUSC 2180: Computer Applications in Music Proficiency Exam  consists of a series of three proficiency exams that all music majors must complete prior to completion of four semesters of study. 

Comments

Must pass Level 1 Jury and earn at least a grade of C- in Music Theory I, Aural Skills I and satisfy Basic Piano Proficiency requirement.

Students in this program must complete a jury or recital hearing, take private instruction, and participate in at least one large ensemble each semester they are in residence.

 

Second Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

MUSC 1120: Music Theory II   3   Music Core Course MUSC 2110: Music Theory III   3   Music Core Course
MUSC 1140: Aural Skills II   1   Music Core Course MUSC 2130: Aural Skills III   1   Music Core Course
MUSC 3110: Music History I: Antiquity through the Renaissance   3   Music Core Course MUSC 3120: Music History II: The Baroque and Classical Periods   3   Music Core Course
MUSC 3500: Symphony Orchestra (DHA)  or MUSC 3790: Symphonic Band (DHA)  or MUSC 4700: Wind Orchestra (DHA)   1  or 1  or 1   Emphasis Course

8 credits minimum
MUSC 3500: Symphony Orchestra (DHA)  or MUSC 3790: Symphonic Band (DHA)  or MUSC 4700: Wind Orchestra (DHA)   1  or 1  or 1   Emphasis Course

8 credits minimum
MUSC 27/28XX: Individual Pre-Barrier Wind/Brass/Percussion Instruction    1 Emphasis Course

Students need 8 credits minimum to graduate, of which at least 3 must be upper division (3000 level).

Register for 1 credit.

MUSC 2XXX: Private Instruction 2nd Instrument 1 Emphasis Course
MUSC 2XXX: Private Instruction 2nd Instrument 1 Emphasis Course MUSC 37/38XX:​ Individual Wind/Brass/Percussion Instruction    1 Emphasis Course

Students need 8 credits minimum to graduate, of which at least 3 must be upper division (3000 level).

Register for 1 credit.

Breadth Humanities (BHU)  or Breadth Life Sciences (BLS)  or Breadth Physical Sciences (BPS)  or Breadth Social Sciences (BSS)  or Breadth American Institutions (BAI)   3 General Education Breadth Course

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Breadth Humanities (BHU)  or Breadth Life Sciences (BLS)  or Breadth Physical Sciences (BPS)  or Breadth Social Sciences (BSS)  or Breadth American Institutions (BAI)   3

General Education Breadth Course

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Breadth Humanities (BHU)  or Breadth Life Sciences (BLS)  or Breadth Physical Sciences (BPS)  or Breadth Social Sciences (BSS)  or Breadth American Institutions (BAI)   3

General Education Breadth Course

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Quantitative Intensive (QI)   3 Quantitative Intensive (QI) 

Suggested DSC/QI Courses  
Total 16   Total 16  
Comments

Students in this program must complete a jury or recital hearing, take private instruction, and participate in at least one large ensemble each semester they are in residence.

Comments

Students in this program must complete a jury or recital hearing, take private instruction, and participate in at least one large ensemble each semester they are in residence.

Third Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

MUSC 3170: Special Topics in Music Theory  3   Music Core Course MUSC 3500: Symphony Orchestra (DHA)  or MUSC 3790: Symphonic Band (DHA)  or MUSC 4700: Wind Orchestra (DHA)     1  or 1  or 1  

Emphasis Course

8 credits minimum

MUSC 2350: Conducting   2  

Emphasis Course

MUSC 3900: Improvisation I   2   Emphasis Course
MUSC 3190: Music History III: Romanticism through the 21st Century (CI)   3   Music Core Course

Communications Intensive (CI)  
MUSC 3920: Junior Recital   1-2   Emphasis Course

Students should register for 1 credit of junior recital.
MUSC 3500: Symphony Orchestra (DHA)  or MUSC 3790: Symphonic Band (DHA)  or MUSC 4700: Wind Orchestra (DHA)   1  or 1  or 1  

Emphasis Course

8 credits minimum

MUSC 37/38XX: Small Ensemble      1 

Emphasis Course

MUSC 37/38XX: Small Ensemble      1

Emphasis Course

MUSC 37/38XX: Individual Wind/Brass/Percussion Instruction   1

Emphasis Course

Students need 8 credits minimum to graduate, of which at least 3 must be upper division (3000 level).

Register for 1 credit.

MUSC 37/38XX: Individual Wind/Brass/Percussion Instruction   1 Emphasis Course

Students need 8 credits minimum to graduate, of which at least 3 must be upper division (3000 level).

Register for 1 credit.

Electives 5  
Electives 3   MUSC 3240: Instrumental Methods and Materials  or MUSC 4730: Directed Project in Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature (CI)  or MUSC 4930: Readings and Conference   2  or  3  or 1-6  

Emphasis Course

See comment below

MUSC 4930  2 credit minimum

Breadth Humanities (BHU)  or Breadth Life Sciences (BLS)  or Breadth Physical Sciences (BPS)  or Breadth Social Sciences (BSS)  or Breadth American Institutions (BAI)   3

General Education Breadth Course

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Total 17   Total 13-14  
Comments

Students in this program must complete a jury or recital hearing, take private instruction, and participate in at least one large ensemble each semester they are in residence.

*A music theory elective course is offered every fall and spring semester. The music theory elective course may be taken any semester after completing MUSC 2110: Music Theory III  with a grade of C- or better. Music students should plan which option they wish to take and consult with the music department office regarding which semester that option will be offered.

Comments

Students in this program must complete a jury or recital hearing, take private instruction, and participate in at least one large ensemble each semester they are in residence.

Fourth Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

MUSC 3500: Symphony Orchestra (DHA)  or MUSC 3790: Symphonic Band (DHA)  or MUSC 4700: Wind Orchestra (DHA)   1  or 1  or 1  

Emphasis Course

8 credits minimum

MUSC 3180: Orchestration   2   Emphasis Course
MUSC 37/38XX: Small Ensemble   1 Emphasis Course MUSC 3500: Symphony Orchestra (DHA)  or MUSC 3790: Symphonic Band (DHA)  or MUSC 4700: Wind Orchestra (DHA)   1  or 1  or 1  

Emphasis Course

8 credits minimum

MUSC 37/38XX: Individual Wind/Brass/Percussion Instruction   1 Emphasis Course

Students need 8 credits minimum to graduate, of which at least 3 must be upper division (3000 level).

Register for 1 credit.

MUSC 4920: Senior Recital   1-2   Emphasis Course

Students should register for 2 credits for senior recital.
Depth Social Sciences (DSS)   3 Depth Course

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MUSC 37/38XX: Individual Wind/Brass/Percussion Instruction   1 Emphasis Course

Students need 8 credits minimum to graduate, of which at least 3 must be upper division (3000 level).

Register for 1 credit.

Music Elective  4

Emphasis Course

Should be taken in consultation with faculty mentor.

MUSC 37/38XX: Small Ensemble    1

Emphasis Course

General Elective (CI  if MUSC 4730  is not taken) 3 (CI  if MUSC 4730  is not taken)  Depth Life and Physical Sciences (DSC)   3

Depth Life and Physical Sciences (DSC) 

Suggested DSC/QI Courses 

 
      Electives 4  
Total 13   Total 14  
Comments

Students in this program must complete a jury or recital hearing, take private instruction, and participate in at least one large ensemble each semester they are in residence.

MUSC 4730: Directed Project in Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature (CI)  is an option to satisfy this requirement.

Comments

Students in this program must complete a jury or recital hearing, take private instruction, and participate in at least one large ensemble each semester they are in residence.

Wind/Brass/Percussion Performance Emphasis Courses


All individual instruction courses on major instrument must be passed with a grade of B- or better. All other music concentration courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better. Major requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis. Music requires a 3.0 GPA in music classes and a 2.75 GPA overall for graduation.

Recital and Concert Attendance Requirement


To graduate, students are required to attend a minimum of 80 concerts or recitals. Recital and concert attendance is monitored and recorded in the Music Student Services office. Students should turn in programs after attending concerts and recitals for documentation of attendance.

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