Instrumental Music, BMUS

for the degree of Bachelor of Music Major in Instrumental Music

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department faculty: Music Faculty

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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 major normally takes two applied subjects, one a major (24-32 semester hours in the same applied area) and the other a minor (8 semester hours in the same applied area). Third- and fourth-year students must present satisfactory public junior and senior recitals as part of the requirements for the Instrumental Performance Major within the Bachelor of Music degree.

General Education and College Orientation 

Orientation to Arts at Illinois
FAA 101Arts at Illinois1
General Education Requirements
Composition I4
Advanced Composition3
Humanities and the Arts - fulfilled by MUS 313 and MUS 314 6
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 10-12
Total Hours 241-53

 Music Core and Instrumental Performance Coursework   

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 IV1
Advanced Music Theory 6
MUS 110Introd Art Mus: Intl Perspect2
MUS 313The History of Music I 13
MUS 314The History of Music II3
Advanced Musicology6
Performance Studies
Major Applied Music Lessons 2,324-32
Minor Applied Music Lessons 48
Ensemble 58
MUS 172Grp Instr Pno for Mus Major I 62
MUS 173Grp Instr Pno for Mus Maj II 62
MUS 242Elements of Conducting2
Junior Recital
Senior Recital
Keyboard Performance Majors only
MUS 317Intro to Piano Literature 3
MUS 431Piano Pedagogy I 2
MUS 432Piano Pedagogy II 2
Electives as needed to total 130 hours
Total Hours required for graduation130