Sample Degree Plan | Bachelor of Arts in Music

First Year: Semester 1
Course Title Credits
MUS 101 Theory of Music 3
MUS 140 Recital Attendance Requirement 0
MUS 142 Applied Music 2
MUS 151 Sightsinging and Dictation 1
-- Music Ensemble 1
ENG 1111 Composition and Rhetoric 3
-- Elective1 3
-- Elective1 3
MUS 160 Functional Piano (1)
-- Total 16
First Year: Semester II
Course Title Credits
MUS 102 Theory of Music 3
MUS 140 Recital Attendance Requirement 0
MUS 142 Applied Music 2
MUS 152 Sightsinging and Dictation 1
-- Music Ensemble 1
-- Elective1 3
-- Elective1 3
-- Elective1 3
MUS 161 Functional Piano (1)
-- Total 16
Second Year: Semester I
Course Title Credits
MUS 201 Theory of Music 3
MUS 140 Recital Attendance Requirement 0
-- Music Ensemble 1
-- Elective1 3
-- Elective1 3
-- Free Elective
6
-- Total 16
Second Year: Semester II
Course Title Credits
MUS 202 Theory of Music 3
MUS 140 Recital Attendance Requirement 0
-- Music Ensemble 1
MUS 1851

MUS 1861
The Diverse Worlds of Music
-OR-
Global Music for the iPod
3

3
-- Elective1 3
-- Free Elective 3
-- Free Elective 3
-- Total 16
Third Year: Semester I
Course Title Credits
MUS 2111 History of Western Music 3
MUS 140 Recital Attendance Requirement 0
-- Upper Level Music Elective4 3
-- Music Free Elective(s) 4
MP2 Thematic Sequence Elective 3
-- Foreign Language 4
-- Total 17
Third Year: Semester II
Course Title Credits
MUS 212 History of Western Music 3
MUS 140 Recital Attendance Requirement 0
-- Upper Level Music Elective4 3
-- Music Free Elective(s) 3
MP2 Thematic Sequence Elective 3
-- Foreign Language 4
-- Total 16
Fourth Year: Semester I
Course Title Credits
MUS 140 Recital Attendance Requirement 0
-- Free Electives 9
MP2 Thematic Sequence Elective 3
-- Foreign Language 3
-- Total 15
Fourth Year: Semester II
Course Title Credits
-- Free Electives 10
MP3 Capstone 3
-- Foreign Language 3
-- Total 16
-- Total Hours: 128

Additional hours may be required by thematic sequence prerequisites.

Functional Piano is listed for advising only. Requirement may be fulfilled by proficiency examination.


1Global Miami Plan Foundation Course/Advanced Writing Course/Intercultural Perspectives Requirement
2Global Miami Plan Thematic Sequence Course
3Global Miami Plan Capstone Course
4Complete at least six hours of upper division coursework, selected from the following:

MUS 204 Brazilian Culture Through Popular Music (cross-listed with LAS) (3)
MUS 221 Music Technologies (Miami Plan course) (3)
MUS 285 Introduction to African American Music (3)
MUS 287 Enter the Diva: Women in Music (Miami Plan course)(3)
MUS 301 Counterpoint(3)
MUS 302 Analysis(3)
MUS 303 Electronic Music(3)
MUS 371 Composition(3)
MUS 372 Composition(3)
MUS 385 The Roots of Black Music: Blues, Gospel and Soul(3)
MUS 386 The History and Development of Hip Hop Culture in America(3)
MUS 404 Wind Band Ensemble Literature(3)
MUS 405 Choral Literature(3)
MUS 427 Music of the Twentieth Century(3)
MUS 460 Methodologies in Ethnomusicology (proposed)
MUS 461 American Music(3)
MUS 490 Special Topics(3)

Complete seven hours of Music Free Electives. Elective hours may not include applied music.

Achievement of sophomore standing in major applied area. This proficiency is established through applied music jury examination. Typically this would entail taking two semesters of applied music at the 100 level.

Foreign language requirement: two years are required (Completion of 202 in any foreign language offered at Miami University). Requirement may be met by proficiency exam. Two years of the language in high school will usually fulfill one year of the requirement.

Functional piano requirement: Completion of MUS 161 or proficiency examination required.

Large ensemble requirement: All students in the Bachelor of Arts in Music are required to enroll in one of the large ensembles for four semesters in their primary performance medium. The large ensembles include University Symphony Orchestra, Marching Band, Symphony Band, Collegiate Chorale, Chamber Singers, Choraliers, Men’s Glee Club, and Wind Ensemble. Piano majors may fulfill the ensemble requirement through enrollment in a vocal ensemble, an instrumental ensemble, accompanying (MUS 110/120), or chamber music as a pianist. Guitar majors may fulfill the ensemble requirement through enrollment in a vocal ensemble, an instrumental ensemble, or chamber music as a guitarist.

Seven semesters of recital attendance (MUS 140).

One semester of chamber music experience (MUS 139).

Note: A student on a music scholarship is required to participate in a major ensemble every semester.

It is the responsibility of the student to see that all university requirements are fulfilled – please refer to the General Bulletin.