Recommended Academic Plan for Bachelor of Music, Composition Option (MUSBM at University Park only) (123 credits minimum)

Effective Fall 2011 (last Senate update)

Semester 1

Course DetailsCredits
MUSIC 121 Basic Musicianship INotes for: MUSIC 121

MUSIC 121

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
MUSIC 131 Music TheoryNotes for: MUSIC 131

MUSIC 131

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
2
MUSIC 173S First Year Composition SeminarNotes for: MUSIC 173S

MUSIC 173S

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
2
Music ensemble from approved listNotes for: Music ensemble

Music ensemble

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
Applied Music: Primary InstrumentNotes for: Applied Music

Applied Music

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
Quantification (GQ)

Quantification (GQ)

3
Natural Science (GN)

Natural Science (GN)

3
Total credits 13

Semester 2

Course DetailsCredits
MUSIC 122 Basic Musicianship IINotes for: MUSIC 122

MUSIC 122

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
MUSIC 132 Music Theory IINotes for: MUSIC 132

MUSIC 132

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
2
MUSIC 162 Intro to Music History (IL)Notes for: MUSIC 162

MUSIC 162

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
2
MUSIC 174J Composition IINotes for: MUSIC 174J

MUSIC 174J

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
2
Music ensemble from approved listNotes for: Music ensemble from approved list

Music ensemble from approved list

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
Applied Music Primary InstrumentNotes for: Applied Music Primary

Applied Music Primary

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
Humanities (GH)

Humanities (GH)

3
English 015 - Composition (GWS)

ENGL 015 (GWS)

or English 030* - Honors Composition (GWS)

ENGL 030 (GWS)

3
Total credits 15

Semester 3

Course DetailsCredits
MUSIC 221 Basic Musicianship IIINotes for: MUSIC 221

MUSIC 221

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
MUSIC 231 Music Theory IIINotes for: MUSIC 231

MUSIC 231

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
2
**MUSIC 261 Survey of Music History I (IL)Notes for: MUSIC 261

MUSIC 261

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
MUSIC 273J Composition IIINotes for: MUSIC 273J

MUSIC 273J

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
2
Music ensemble from approved listNotes for: Music ensemble from approved list

Music ensemble from approved list

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
Applied Music: Primary InstrumentNotes for: Applied Music Primary

Applied Music Primary

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
CAS 100 Effective Speech (GWS)

CAS 100 (GWS)

3
INART 258A Fundamentals of Digital Audio (GA)Notes for: INART 258A

INART 258A

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Total credits 16

Semester 4 +++

Course DetailsCredits
MUSIC 222 Basic Musicianship IVNotes for: MUSIC 222

MUSIC 222

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
**MUSIC 262 Survey of Music History IINotes for: MUSIC 262

MUSIC 262

**General Education Arts credits by petition
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
MUSIC 266 Basic ConductingNotes for: MUSIC 266

MUSIC 266

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
MUSIC 274J Composition IVNotes for: MUSIC 274J

MUSIC 274J

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
2
MUSIC 331 Tonal AnalysisNotes for: MUSIC 331

MUSIC 331

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
2
Music ensemble from approved listNotes for: Music ensemble

Music ensemble

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
Applied Music: Primary InstrumentNotes for: Primary Instrument

Primary Instrument

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
MUSIC 458 Electronic Music CompositionNotes for: MUSIC 458

MUSIC 458

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Applied Music: Secondary InstrumentNotes for: Secondary Instrument

Secondary Instrument

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
Total credits 15

Semester 5

Course DetailsCredits
MUSIC 332 Analysis of 20th Century MusicNotes for: MUSIC 332

MUSIC 332

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
2
MUSIC 373J Composition VNotes for: MUSIC 373J

MUSIC 373J

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
MUSIC 472 Eighteenth-Century CounterpointNotes for: MUSIC 472

MUSIC 472

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
2
Music ensemble from approved listNotes for: Music ensemble

Music ensemble

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
Applied Music: Primary InstrumentNotes for: Primary Instrument

Primary Instrument

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
ENGLISH 202 Effective Writing (GWS)

ENGL 202

3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)

Health and Physical Activity (GHA)

1.5
Elective

Elective

2
Applied Music: Secondary InstrumentNotes for: Secondary Instrument

Secondary Instrument

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
Total credits 16.5

Semester 6

Course DetailsCredits
MUSIC 336 OrchestrationNotes for: MUSIC 336

MUSIC 336

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
2
MUSIC 374J Composition VINotes for: MUSIC 374J

MUSIC 374J

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Music ensemble from approved listNotes for: Music ensemble

Music ensemble

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
Applied Music: Primary InstrumentNotes for: Primary Instrument

Primary Instrument

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
Social/Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (GS)

3
Natural Sciences (GN)

Natural Sciences (GN)

3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)

Health and Physical Activity (GHA)

1.5
Applied Music: Secondary InstrumentNotes for: Secondary Instrument

Secondary Instrument

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
Total credits 15.5

Semester 7

Course DetailsCredits
MUSIC 461W Studies in Music History: Antiquity to 1600Notes for: Music History Selection

Music History Selection

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or MUSIC 462W Studies in Music History: 1550-1750Notes for: Music History Selection

Music History Selection

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or MUSIC 463W Studies in Music History: 1700-1900Notes for: Music History Selection

Music History Selection

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or MUSIC 464W Studies in Music History: 1850-PresentNotes for: Music History Selection

Music History Selection

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
MUSIC 431 Advanced Tonal AnalysisNotes for: MUSIC 431

MUSIC 431

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
2
MUSIC 473J Composition VIINotes for: MUSIC 473J

MUSIC 473J

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Applied Music: Primary InstrumentNotes for: Primary Instrument

Primary Instrument

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
Natural Sciences (GN)

Natural Science (GN)

3
Quantification (GQ)

Quantification (GQ)

3
Total credits 15

Semester 8

Course DetailsCredits
MUSIC 101 Music Common HourNotes for: MUSIC 101

MUSIC 101

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
++MUSIC History/Literature ElectiveNotes for: MUSIC (W)

MUSIC (W)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
MUSIC 433 Advanced Analysis of Twentieth Century MusicNotes for: MUSIC 433

MUSIC 433

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
MUSIC 474J Composition VIIINotes for: MUSIC 474J

MUSIC 474J

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Humanities (GH) (US)

Humanities (GH) (US)

3
Social/Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (GS)

3
Applied Music: Primary InstrumentNotes for: Primary Instrument

Primary Instrument

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
Total credits 17

Additional Notes

Total minimum credits required: 123

  • GWS, GHA, GQ, GN, GA, GH, and GS are codes used to identify General Education requirements.
  • US, IL, and US;IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy University United States/International Cultures requirements.
  • W is the code used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

Program Notes:  

**General Education Arts credits by petition.  Counting these credits as GA does not reduce the minimum credits required for the degree.

Piano proficiency:  All students must enroll in appropriate piano courses (class piano or private instruction), beginning with the first semester and continuing until the piano proficiency is passed.

8 credits of applied music in a single instrument or voice plus 3 additional credits of applied music.

+Effective Fall 2012, all incoming Schreyer Honors College freshmen at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry GWS designation and replace both ENGL 030 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits. At the discretion of the college, ENGL/CAS 138T satisfies the first-year seminar requirement.

++ Special topics course taught by music history/theory faculty or an additional 461W-464W course.

+++ Submit mid-program review materials (Semester 4)

Change of Major Requirements:  A minimum grade point average of 2.0 and an audition are required. 

Audition Requirements:  www.music.psu.edu/prospective/ugapply.html.
Additional credits may be required in keyboarding until a student passes the required piano proficiency. For advising information, go to the School of Music Web site and download the handbook www.music.psu.edu/current/handbooks.html.

Legend

# Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.
* Course requires a grade of 'C' or better.
† Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.

Footnotes

MUSIC 262
**General Education Arts credits by petition