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2023-2024 University Catalog 
  
2023-2024 University Catalog

Music, B.A., Music Studies Concentration


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Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for BA Music

Students will demonstrate the skills requisite for artistic self-expression and the creation of high quality music. 

Students will demonstrate knowledge of the common elements and organizational patterns of music and their interaction through aural, verbal, and visual analysis. 

Students will be able to place music in the appropriate historical, cultural, and stylistic contexts. 

Curricula in Music

Students working toward the Bachelor of Arts in Music may elect one of four concentrations offered through the College of Liberal Arts, Education and Human Development: Composition, Jazz Studies, Music Studies, or Performance. Students are admitted to the Music Major Program through an audition and upon recommendation of the faculty in the chosen concentration. Each concentration is tailored to a specific set of skills and knowledge, so students should follow the appropriate listing of courses.

The University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Students majoring in music must meet the following requirements:

  1. Piano through MUS 1407  or equivalent as determined by placement examination, except where piano is the major instrument. Students must also pass a juried proficiency exam in order to graduate. MUS 1407  may not be used for music elective credit.
  2. Full-time students must enroll in one ensemble appropriate to their concentration each semester even though the six-hour requirement may have been fulfilled. Part-time students are strongly encouraged to participate in an ensemble every semester. Any student, whether full-time or part-time, who is enrolled in an applied music course, must enroll in an ensemble. Students who are not sure about ensemble placement, including those whose primary instrument is piano or guitar, or whose concentrations are Composition or Music Studies, should consult with their advisor before selecting an ensemble.
  3. All full-time Music majors are required to register for Student Recital Hour (MUS 1900 ) each semester and must meet attendance requirements. All Music majors are required to perform in at least one Recital Hour each academic year (with the approval of the Applied Music Lesson instructor).

General Education Requirements


Mathematics Credits: 6 *


* See General Education Requirements and Approved Electives in the Liberal Arts Section.

Science


  • BIOS Credits: 3 3
  • BIOS or Physical Science Credits: 6 3

Humanities


  • FORL 1001 Credits: 3
  • FORL 1002 Credits: 3
  • ENGL Literature Credits: 3

Social Sciences


  • Social Sciences Electives Credits: 6

Arts


  • Arts Credits: 3 4

Total Credit Hours: 39


Other Requirements


  • Literature Credits: 3
  • Social Science 2000+ Credits: 6 2
     
  • FORL 2001 Credits: 3
    OR
  • FORL 1001 Credits: 3
     
  • FORL 1002 Credits: 3 11
  • General Electives Credits: 12-15

Total Credit Hours: 27


Total Credit Hours: 36


Music Studies Concentration


Total Credit Hours: 18


Total Credit Hours Required: 120


  1. “C” or better required
  2. Must include courses from two different fields (ANTH, ECON, GEOG, POLI, PSYC, SOC, or URBN) and at least 6 hours at 2000-level or higher. See General Course Requirements and Approved Electives in Liberal Arts Section. NOTE: Students must earn six hours of 3000+ course work in non-music studies. The most efficient way to fulfill this requirement is to take at least six of the nine hours of required social sciences at the 3000+ level. Students may choose to fulfill the 3000+ requirement by tak­ing courses in other areas of concentration (i.e., humanities, business administration, sciences) but doing so will not reduce the number of social sciences hours required.
  3. Six-hour sequence in one science. Select from BIOS, CHEM, EES. PHYS. Three hours must be biology.
  4.  Fine Arts or Drama
  5.  All students must pass piano proficiency through MUS 1407. See music major requirements listed under Curricula in Music.
  6.  Full-time students must enroll in one ensemble appropriate to their emphasis area each semester even though the six-hour requirement may have been fulfilled. Part-time students are strongly encouraged to participate in an ensemble every semester. Any student, whether full-time or part-time, who is enrolled in an applied music course, must enroll in an ensemble. Students should consult with their advisor to choose an ensemble.
  7. To include no more than twelve hours applied lessons and no more than three hours ensemble beyond the requirements for the degree. Eleven-fourteen hours at the 3000+ level must be taken at UNO. Elective hours must include three hours 4000+.
  8.  Student may substitute the jazz theory sequence of MUS 2109, 2110, 2605 and 2606. Permission of jazz area required.
  9. Students may use MUS 1003 or MUS 2006 to meet the music history requirement, but not both.
  10. Students registered for Recital must be concurrently enrolled in an applied lesson. Satisfies oral competency requirements.
  11. Must complete nine credit hours in one language or twelve credit hours in two languages.

Four Year Plan of Study


1

First Year of Enrollment


Second Year of Enrollment


First Term


Total Credit Hours: 13

Second Term


Total Credit Hours: 16

Third Year of Enrollment


First Term


  • - Credits: 0
  • Ensemble Credits: 1
  • MUS Elective Credits: 2
  • Fine Arts Credits: 3
  • Foreign Language Credits: 3
  • Science Credits: 3
  • General Elective Credits: 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

Second Term


  • - Credits: 0
  • Ensemble Credits: 1
  • Music Elective Credits: 3
  • Foreign Language Credits: 3
  • Science Credits: 3
  • Social Science (2000+) Credits: 3
  • General Elective Credits: 3
Total Credit Hours: 16

Fourth Year of Enrollment


First Term


  • - Credits: 0
  • Music Elective Credits: 6
  • Foreign Language Credits: 3
  • Literature (2000+) Credits: 3
  • 3000+ Elective non-music Credits: 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

Second Term


Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours Required: 120/122


2

  1. Full-time students must enroll in one ensemble appropriate to their emphasis area each semester even though the six-hour requirement may have been fulfilled. Part-time students are strongly encouraged to participate in an ensemble every semester.
    Any student, whether full-time or part-time, who is enrolled in an applied music course, must enroll in an ensemble. Students with an emphasis in piano or music studies should consult with their advisor to choose an ensemble.
  2. If MUS 2201  and MUS 2202  are both completed, MUS 1005  requirement is waived and student may add 3 music elective credits.
  3. May include up to four semesters applied lessons, by audition only. Only three additional hours of ensemble may be applied to the degree. Nine hours must be 3000+, not ensemble. The 18/21 hours must include minimum 3 hours 4000+.
  4. Required for all first-time full-time students.

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