Instrumental Music, BMUS

for the degree of Bachelor of Music Major in Instrumental Music


department website: https://music.illinois.edu

department faculty: Music Faculty


college catalog page: Fine & Applied Arts

college website: https://faa.illinois.edu/


Students may major in piano, organ, harpsichord, guitar, violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, electric violin, electric viola, flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, euphonium, trombone, tuba, or percussion.


for the degree of Bachelor of Music Major in Instrumental Music


Minimum required major and supporting course work: A student enrolled in this program takes applied lessons in at least one major area and also participates in a major ensemble each semester. Third- and fourth-year students must present satisfactory public junior and senior recitals as part of the requirements for the Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music.

General Education and College Orientation 

Orientation to Fine & Applied Arts and Music
FAA 101Arts at Illinois1
MUS 100First-year Seminar for Music Majors0
General Education and Graduation Requirements
Composition I4
Advanced Composition3
Humanities and the Arts - fulfilled by MUS 313 and MUS 314 16
Cultural Studies: Western/Comparative Culture(s)3
Cultural Studies: Non-Western Comparative Culture(s)3
Cultural Studies: US Minority Culture(s)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences6
Quantitative Reasoning I and II6
Natural Sciences and Technology6
Foreign Language 20-12
1

Six hours of general education requirements in the Humanities and the Arts are met by courses required in the BMUS degree (MUS 313 and MUS 314).

2

The Language Requirement may be satisfied by successfully completing a third-semester college-level course in a language other than English; successful completion, in high school, of the third year of a language other than English; or demonstrating proficiency at the third-semester level in a language proficiency examination approved by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the appropriate department.

 Music Core 

Music Theory and Musicianship
MUS 101Music Theory and Practice I2
MUS 102Music Theory and Practice II2
MUS 201Music Theory and Practice III2
MUS 202Music Theory and Practice IV2
MUS 107Musicianship I2
MUS 108Musicianship II2
MUS 207Musicianship III2
MUS 208Musicianship IV2
Musicology
MUS 110Introd Art Mus: Intl Perspect3
MUS 313The History of Music I 33
MUS 314The History of Music II3
Keyboard
MUS 172Grp Instr Pno for Mus Major I 42
MUS 173Grp Instr Pno for Mus Maj II2
3

Completion of both MUS 313 and MUS 314 meets the general education Humanities and the Arts requirement.

4

All students must demonstrate keyboard competency when they audition, by proficiency examination when they matriculate, or by enrolling in MUS 172 and/or MUS 173.  

 
 


Instrumental Music Studies

Applied Music Lessons, MUSC 100-level courses 512-16
Applied Music Lessons, MUSC 400-level courses 12-16
Ensemble, MUSC 400-level courses 68
MUS 242Elements of Conducting2
Advanced Musicology or Music Theory 73
MUSC 300 (Junior Recital) 0
MUSC 400 (Senior Recital) 0
Instrumental Music Options
Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, String, or Keyboard (See requirements below)
5

Woodwind, brass, percussion, and string majors register for three credit lessons each semester for a minimum of eight consecutive semesters, unless otherwise advised by the applied teacher (MUSC 110-117, 120-130, 410-417, 420-430). Keyboard majors register for four credit lessons each semester (MUSC 101-103, 401-403).

6

Instrumental Music majors are required to be in a major ensemble each semester of residence; a maximum of 10 hours of ensemble may be applied to the BMUS Instrumental Music degree.  Refer to the Undergraduate Music Handbook for a list of approved ensembles. Concurrent registration in one of the orchestras (MUSC 475 or MUSC 476) is required for all classical violin, viola, cello and double bass majors registered for lessons (MUSC 110-113 and MUSC 410-413). Keyboard performance majors take only four semesters of ensemble.

7

Students may choose from MUS 400, 405, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412, 413, 414, 415, 416, 418, 421, and 426.


Instrumental Music Options

Woodwind Requirements

Advanced Music Electives (MUS 300- or 400-level)5
Electives as needed to total 120 hours

 
Brass Requirements

MUSC 454Brass Ensemble8
MUS 199Undergraduate Open Seminar (Applied Instrument Literature, Brass Quintet Literature)2
MUS 430Applied Music Pedagogy2
Advanced Music Electives (MUS 300- or 400-level)3
Electives as needed to total 120 hours

 
Percussion Requirements

MUSC 455Percussion Ensemble4
MUSC 456Steel Band2
MUS 430Applied Music Pedagogy4
MUS 443Orchestral Repertory2
Advanced Music Electives (MUS 300- or 400-level)3
Electives as needed to total 120 hours


String Requirements

MUSC 450Chamber Music6
Advanced Music Electives (MUS 300- or 400-level)5
Electives as needed to total 120 hours


Keyboard Requirements

Applied Minor 86
MUS 317Intro to Piano Literature3
MUS 318Introduction to Piano Literature II3
MUS 431Piano Pedagogy I2
MUS 432Piano Pedagogy II2
MUS 454Advanced Keyboard Skills I2
Advanced Music Electives (MUS 300- or 400-level)3
Electives as needed to total 120 hours
8

Keyboard students take a minimum of three semesters (6 hours) of applied lessons on a minor keyboard instrument: two-credit lessons each semester on either piano, harpsichord, or organ depending on the major keyboard instrument.