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Music Major - B.Mus


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Music Major - Bachelor in Music (B.Mus)

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Accreditation

Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities www.nwccu.org

Program - National Association of Schools of Music nasm.arts-accredit.org/

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the UNLV School of Music with a Bachelor of Arts degree will:

  1. perform in one primary performance medium, at a level appropriate for the area of specialization, with sufficient technical and musical skills requisite for artistic self-expression;
  2. demonstrate broad working knowledge of the solo repertoire for their primary performance medium, at a level appropriate for the area of specialization, and display essential skills to interpret a range of styles within that repertoire;
  3. perform in solo and ensemble (large and small) settings at a level appropriate for the area of specialization, with sufficient technical and musical skills requisite for artistic self-expression;
  4. read solo and ensemble (large and small) literature at sight with fluency demonstrating both general musicianship and, in the primary performance medium, a skill level relevant to professional standards appropriate for the area of concentration;
  5. demonstrate in written, verbal, aural, and visual methods knowledge of styles, composers, genres, forms and processes of Western European art music through present time, including contributions to this tradition made by composers of both genders and multicultural societies;
  6. demonstrate knowledge of the principles of harmony, musical form, and compositional process, and the ability to use this knowledge in written, verbal, aural, and visual analyses;
  7. demonstrate fluency in written fundamentals and aural comprehension of music theory (including aural dictation);
  8. utilize the piano for personal music study and instruction;
  9. synthesize performance, historical, stylistic, analytical, and technological information to solve artistic problems and form musical interpretations, and convincingly communicate these solutions and interpretations in written, verbal, aural, and visual methods.
  10. develop and plan for instruction in P-12 settings (Music Education Only)
  11. facilitate the technical development and artistic growth of students’ musical skills through appropriate pedagogical techniques and methodologies (Music Education Only).

University Graduation Requirements

Music Major - Bachelor of Music


Music Degree Requirements - Total: 120 Credits


General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 37-40


First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3


English Composition - Credits: 6


Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3


Mathematics - Credits: 3


Distribution Requirement: Credits: 19


 Please see Distribution Requirements for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirement
  • Social Science: 9 Credits 
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking: 10 Credits

Multicultural and International


Multicultural and International for Musical Education/Instrumental Concentration


Major Requirement - B.Mus in Music -Composition/Instrumental - Subtotal: 80 Credits


Music History or Theory Elective - Credits: 5


Total Credits: 120


Notes:


  1. Students must complete  ,  ,  , and   or show proficiency.
  2. Optional Jazz Emphasis — MUS 251 MUS 257 , MUS 258 ,   , MUSA Jazz Lessons (6 credits). May use three credits of  ,   to fulfill ensemble requirement of 3 credits. 20 credits.
  3. Composition majors must fulfill Theory/Musicianship courses ( ) with a minimum grade of B-.

Composition/Piano Concentration


Major Requirement - B.Mus in Music - Composition/Piano - Subtotal: 80 Credits


Music Applied for non-majors Elective - Credits: 6


Music History or Theory Elective - Credits: 5


Total Credits: 120


Notes:


  1. Students must complete    , and   or show proficiency.
  2. Optional Jazz Emphasis - MUS 251 , MUS 257 MUS 258 ,  , MUS 359 . MUSA Jazz Lessons (6 credits). May use three credits of  ,   to fulfill ensemble requirement. 20 credits.
  3. Composition majors must fulfill Theory/Musicianship courses ( ,  ,   ) with a minimum grade of B-.

 

Music Major - Composition/Vocal Concentration


Major Requirements - B.Mus in Music -Composition/Vocal - Subtotal: 77 Credits


Music History or Theory Elective - Credits: 5


Total Credits: 120


Notes:


  1.  Students must complete  ,     or show proficiency.
  2.  Optional Jazz Emphasis —  , MUS 257 , MUS 258 ,   , MUSA Vocal Jazz Lessons (6 credits). May use three credits of  , MUSE 431 , to fulfill ensemble requirement. 20 credits.
  3. Composition majors must fulfill Theory/Musicianship courses with a minimum grade of B-.

Music Major - Jazz Studies/Composition


Major Requirements - B.Mus in Music - Jazz Studies/Composition - Subtotal: 83 Credits


Total Credits: 120-123


Jazz Studies/Performance


Major Requirement - B.Mus in Music - Jazz Studies/Performance Concentration - Subtotal: 83 Credits


Total Credits: 120


Major Requirement - B.Mus in Music - Education/Instrumental Concentration - Subtotal: 107 Credits


Students whose primary instrument is guitar or piano must choose either the vocal or instrumental music education track.
The following curriculum applies for Instrumental Music Education:

Total Credits: 143-146


Notes:


  1. Every student must pass MUS 167  Piano Proficiency before registering for MUS 399  and student teaching.
  2. In order to teach, students must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher and no grade below C, passing scores on the PPST, completion of all professional course requirements and complete the required fingerprinting.
  3. It is highly recommended that students take and pass PRAXIS II tests in order to complete the Nevada Department of Education requirements for licensure and qualify for employment in the state.
  4. Drum-Set and Jazz Guitar majors seeking a Music Education Degree are required to take 6 semesters of 1 credit applied lessons in their primary instruments and 6 semesters of 1 credit classical applied lessons, and attend classical repertoire and jazz repertoire classes during their course of study.

Music Major - Music Education/Vocal Concentration


Major Requirement - B.Mus in Music - Music Education/Vocal Concentration Subtotal: 110 Credits


Total Credits: 147


Notes:


  1.  Every student must pass MUS 167  Piano Proficiency before registering for MUS 399  and student teaching.
  2.  In order to teach, students must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher and no grade below C, passing scores on the PPST, completion of all professional course requirements and complete the  required fingerprinting.
  3. It is highly recommended that students take and pass PRAXIS II tests in order to complete the Nevada Department of Education requirements for licensure and qualify for employment in the state.
  4. Drum-Set and Jazz Guitar majors seeking a Music Education Degree are required to take 6 semesters of 1 credit applied lessons in their primary instruments and 6 semesters of 1 credit classical applied lessons, and attend classical repertoire and jazz repertoire classes during their course of study.

Performance/Instrumental


Multicultural and International


Major Requirements - B.Mus in Music Performance/Instrumental Concentration - Subtotal: 68 Credits


Music History Elective - Credits: 3


Music Business Elective - Credits: 2-3


Music Electives - Credits: 6


Other Electives - Credits: 3


Total Credits: 120-123


Notes:


  1. Students must complete  ,  ,   and   or show proficiency.
  2. Optional Jazz Emphasis MUS 251 , MUS 257 ,   MUS 258 MUS 345 ,   , MUSA____Jazz Lesson (6 credits). May use three credits of  /  to fulfill ensemble requirement. 13 credits.

Performance/Piano


Multicultural and International


Major Requirement - B.Mus in Music Performance/Piano Concentration - Subtotal: 67 Credits


Music History Elective - Credits: 3


Music Business Elective - Credits: 2-3


Other Electives - Credits: 10


Total Credits: 120


Notes:


  1. Students must complete  ,  ,   and  , or show proficiency.
  2. Optional Jazz Emphasis -  , MUS 257  ,   . May use three credits of  /  to fulfill ensemble requirement. 20 credits.

Performance/Vocal


Music History Elective - Credits: 3


FREN 113, GER 113, or ITAL 113 - Credits: 3


(1 semester of a different foreign language than above)

Electives - Credits: 5


Total Credits: 120


Notes:


  1. Students must complete  ,  ,   and   or show proficiency.
  2. Optional Jazz Emphasis MUS 251 , MUS 257 MUS 258   , MUSA____Jazz Lessons. May use three credits of  /  to fulfill ensemble requirement. 20 credits.

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