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Degree Requirements | Music, Music Studies

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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: 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 Music 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).


Degree Requirements

College of Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Music (Music Studies Concentration)

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    Humanities  
ENGL 1157 3  FORL 1001  3
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  FORL 1002  3
Mathematics    ENGL Literature  3
MATH 1031, 1115, 1125 or higher 3  Social Sciences  
MATH 1032, 1116, 1126 or higher 3  Social Sciences Electives  6
Science    Arts  
BIOS3 3  Arts4  3
BIOS or Physical Science3 6 Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
Literature 3 FORL 2001/1001  3
Social Science 2000+2 6 FORL 1002  (3)
    General Electives  12-15
    Total 27
Course Requirements for Major5
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
MUS 1005  3  MUS 21038  1
MUS 1111  1  MUS 21048  1
MUS 1101  6  MUS 2201  3
MUS 21028  3  MUS 2202 or 2006  3
MUS 1102  6  MUS 1900  0
MUS 21018  3  Ensemble6  6
    Total 36
Music Studies Concentration
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
MUS 4150 or 3950  0  MUS Electives7  18
    Total 18
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
  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, thereby fulfilling two requirements at once. 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. 6 hour sequence in one science. Select from BIOS, CHEM, EES, PHYS. 3 hours must be BIOS.
  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 with an emphasis in piano or music studies should consult with their advisor to choose an ensemble.
  7. To include no more than 12 hours applied lessons and no more than 3 hours ensemble. Nine hours at the 3000+ level (not ensemble) must be taken at UNO. Elective hours must include 3 hours 4000+ which fulfills the oral competency requirement.
  8. Student may substitute the jazz theory sequence of MUS 2109, 2110, 2605, and 2606. Permission of jazz area required.