Music-Open Studies, BMUS

for the degree of Bachelor of Music Major in Music-Open Studies

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department faculty: Music Faculty

college catalog page: Fine & Applied Arts

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The Open Studies major allows students to focus on diverse fields such as music of other cultures, piano pedagogy, music technology, sound engineering, theatre, social or behavioral science, or any other areas of particular interest. Open Studies requires completion of the common requirements for all BMUS degrees and a minimum of 130 semester hours of credit for graduation.

Admission to Open Studies is initiated by petition to a committee of three faculty members, the open studies adviser, and the assistant dean of undergraduate affairs in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Additional information may be obtained from the:

Music Admissions Office
School of Music: 1114 W. Nevada Street, Room 2014
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 244-7899


for the degree of Bachelor of Music Major in Music - Open Studies

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 Culture(s) 3
Cultural Studies: US Minority Culture(s) 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences6
Quantitative Reasoning I and II6
Natural Sciences and Technology
Foreign Language 10-12
Total Hours 241-53

 Music Core and Open Studies 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 Theory6
MUS 110Introd Art Mus: Intl Perspect2
MUS 313The History of Music I 13
MUS 314The History of Music II3
Advanced Musicology6
Performance Studies
Applied Music Lessons12
Ensemble 28
MUS 172Grp Instr Pno for Mus Major I 32
MUS 173Grp Instr Pno for Mus Maj II 32
MUS 242Elements of Conducting2
Open Studies Coursework
Major Plan of Study 4
Music Electives 518
Professional Electives 69-34
Senior Project
Electives as needed to total 130 hours