Department of Music

Student Learning Outcomes

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Music

  1. Students will demonstrate the skills requisite for artistic self-expression and the creation of high quality music.
  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the common elements and organizational patterns of music and their interaction through aural, verbal, and visual analyses.
  3. 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: 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 (Composition Concentration)

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    BIOS or Physical Science3  6
ENGL 1157 3  Humanities  
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  FORL 1001/1002  6
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  MUS 1005  3
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
FORL 1002 3  Social Science 2000+2  6
FORL 2001/1001 (3)8    
Literature 3    
    Total 12-15
Course Requirements for Major4
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
MUS 1111  1  MUS 2104  1
MUS 1101  6  Applied Composition  18
MUS 1102  6  Ensemble5  6
MUS 2101  3  MUS 3201  3
MUS 2102  3  MUS 3202  3
MUS 2103  1  MUS 1900  0
    Total 51
Composition Concentration
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
MUS 4101  2  MUS 39607  0
MUS 4102  2  MUS 3111  1
MUS 4105  3  MUS 3112  1
MUS Electives6  9 Applied Music9  6
    Total 24
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
  126
  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. All students must pass piano proficiency through MUS 1407. See music major requirements listed under Curricula in Music.
  5. 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. At least two hours of ensemble must be at the 4000-level. 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.
  6. Nine hours must be non-ensemble, seven of which must be at 3000+ level. Three hours must be in Jazz History, Jazz Theory, Jazz Composition/Arranging, or Jazz Improvisation.
  7. Satisfies College of Liberal Arts oral competency requirements.
  8. Must complete nine credit hours in one language or twelve credit hours in two languages.
  9. To be selected from Applied Keyboard, Voice, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, or Percussion. Students may choose 3 2-credit or 2 3-credit lessons in consultation with their major professor.

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Music (Composition Concentration)

Four Year Plan of Study1
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
MUS 1101  6  MUS 1102  6
MUS 1111  1  MUS 1900  0
MUS 1900  0  MUS 1005  3
Ensemble2  1  Ensemble  1
ENGL 1157  3  ENGL 1158 or 1159  3
MATH  3  MATH  3
UNIV 10014   1    
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 16
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
MUS 1900  0  MUS 1900  0
MUS 2101  3  MUS 2102  3
MUS 2103  1  MUS 2104  1
MUS 2201  3  MUS 2202  3
MUS 2800  3  MUS 2802  3
Ensemble 1  Ensemble  1
Foreign Language 3  Foreign Language  3
Science 3  Science  3
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 17
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
MUS 1900  0  MUS 1900  0
MUS 3111  1  MUS 3112  1
MUS 3801  3  MUS 3802  3
MUS 4101  2  MUS 4102  2
Ensemble  1  Ensemble  1
Music Elective3  3  MUS Elective  2
Foreign Language  3 Literature (2000+)  3
Social Science (1 or 2000)  3 Social Science (2 or 3000)  3
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 15
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
MUS 1900  0  MUS 1900  0
MUS 4105  3  MUS 3960  0
MUS 4111  1  MUS 4802  3
MUS 4801  3  Music Elective  3
Music Elective  3  Music Elective  3
Science  3  Social Science (3000+)  3
Social Science (3000+)  3  Literature (2000+)  3
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 15
Total Degree Hours 127
  1. All students must pass piano proficiency through MUS 1407. See music major requirements listed under Curricula in Music.
  2. 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.
  3. Nine hours must be non-ensemble, three of which must be at 4000. Three hours must be in Jazz History, Jazz Theory, Jazz Composition/Arranging, or Jazz Improvisation.
  4. Required for all first-time full-time students.

Degree Requirements

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS

B.A. in Music (Jazz Studies Concentration)

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    BIOS or Physical Science3  6
ENGL 1157 3  Humanities  
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  FORL 1001/1002  6
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  MUS 1005  3
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
FORL 1002 3  Social Science 3000+2  6
FORL 2001/1001 (3)6    
Literature 3    
    Total 12-15
Course Requirements for Major4
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
MUS 1111  1  MUS 26065  1
MUS 1101  6  Applied Music9  18
MUS 1102  6  Ensemble5  6
MUS 2109  3  MUS 1003 or 2006  3
MUS 2110  3  MUS 42078  3
MUS 2605  1  MUS 1900  0
    Total 51
Jazz Studies Concentration
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
MUS 3705  3  MUS 4110  3
MUS 3706  3  MUS 4705  3
MUS 3990  0  MUS 4706  3
MUS 4109  3  MUS 4807  3
MUS Electives7  3    
    Total 24
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
  126
  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. All students must pass piano proficiency through MUS 1407. See music major requirements listed under Curricula in Music.
  5. 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. At least two hours must be at the 3000+ level. 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.
  6. Must complete nine credit hours in one language or twelve credit hours in two languages.
  7. May not be used to fulfill ensemble requirements under Curricula in Music.
  8. Satisfies College oral competency requirement.
  9. Twelve hours must be at the 3000+ level.

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Music (Jazz Studies Concentration)

Four Year Plan of Study1
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
MUS 1101  6  MUS 1102  6
MUS 1900  0  MUS 1003 or 2006  3
MUS 19021  1  MUS 1900  0
Applied music  3  MUS 1902  1
ENGL 1157  3  MUS 1111  1
MATH  3  Applied Music  3
UNIV 10013   1  ENGL 1158 or 1159  3
Total Hours  17 Total Hours 17
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
MUS 1900  0  MUS 1005  3
MUS 1902  1  MUS 1900  0
MUS 2109  3  MUS 1902  1
MUS 2605  1  MUS 2110  3
MUS 3705  3  MUS 2606  1
MATH 1  MUS 3706  3
Science 3  Applied Music  3
Social Science (1 or 2000)2 3  Science  3
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 17
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
MUS 1900  0  MUS 1900  0
MUS 4109  3  MUS 4110  3
MUS 4705  3  MUS 4706  3
Science  3  MUS 4902  1
Social Science (2 or 3000)  3  Applied Music  3
Foreign Language  3  Foreign Language  3
     Social Science (3000)  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 16
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
MUS 1900  0  MUS 1900  0
MUS 4807  3  MUS 3990  0
MUS 4902  1  MUS 4207  3
Applied Music  3  Applied Music  3
Foreign Language  3  Music Elective  3
Literature (2000+)  3  Literature (2000+)  3
Social Science (3000)  3    
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 12
Total Degree Hours 127
  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. 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. Required for all first-time full-time students.

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.

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Music (Music Studies Concentration)

Four Year Plan of Study1
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
MUS 1101  6  MUS 1102  6
MUS 1111  1  MUS 1900  0
MUS 1900  0  MUS 10052  3
Ensemble1  1  Ensemble  1
ENGL 1157  3  ENGL 1158 or 1159  3
MATH 1031 or 1115  3  MATH 1032/1115 or 1116  3
UNIV 10014   1    
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 16
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
MUS 1900  0  MUS 1900  0
MUS 2101  3  MUS 2102  3
MUS 2103  1  MUS 2104  1
MUS 2201  3  MUS 2202 or 2006  3
Ensemble  1  Ensemble  1
Music Elective3  2  Music Elective  2
Social Science  3  Social Science  3
    Biology  3
Total Hours 13 Total Hours 16
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
MUS 1900  0  MUS 1900  0
Ensemble  1  Ensemble  1
MUS Elective  2  Music Elective  3
Fine Arts  3  Foreign Language  3
Foreign Language  3  Science  3
Science  3  Social Science (2000+)  3
General Elective  3  General Elective  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 16
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
MUS 1900  0  MUS 1900  0
Music Elective  6  MUS 4150 or 3950  0
Foreign Language  3  Music Elective  3
Literature (2000+)  3  Social Science (2000+)  3
3000+ Elective non-music  3  Literature (2000+)  3
    3000+ Elective non-music  3
    General Elective  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Total Degree Hours 120/1222
  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 Music 2201 and 2202 are both completed, Music 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.

Degree Requirements

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Music (Performance Concentration)

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    BIOS or Physical Science3  6
ENGL 1157 3  Humanities  
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  FORL 1001/1002  6
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  MUS 1005  3
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
FORL 1002 3  Social Science 2000+2  6
FORL 2001/1001 (3)7    
Literature 3    
    Total 12-15
Course Requirements for Major4
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
MUS 1111  1  MUS 2104  1
MUS 1101  6  Applied Music11  18
MUS 1102  6  Ensemble5  6
MUS 2101  3  MUS 3201  3
MUS 2102  3  MUS 3202  3
MUS 2103  1  MUS 1900  0
    Total 51
Performance Concentration
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
MUS 490110  2  MUS 4310, 4311, or 43129  2
MUS 3111  1  Applied Music  6
MUS 3112  1  Music Electives6  12
MUS 3950, 39908  0    
    Total 24
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
                                                                                                    126
  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. All students must pass piano proficiency through MUS 1407. See music major requirements listed under Curricula in Music.
  5. 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. At least 4 hours must be at the 4000-level. 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.
  6. For instrumentalists, nine hours must be non-ensemble, ten of which must be at 3000+ level. Three hours must be in Jazz History, Jazz Theory, Jazz Composition/Arranging, or Jazz Improvisation. For vocalists, nine hours must be non-ensemble, ten of which must be at 3000+ level. Four hours must be in diction and/or repertoire courses and three hours must be in Jazz History, Jazz Theory, Jazz Composition/Arranging, or Jazz Improvisation.
  7. Must complete nine credit hours in one language or six credit hours in two languages.
  8. Satisfies college oral competency requirement.
  9. For vocalists, MUS 4310 required. For instrumentalists, MUS 4312 required. For keyboardists, MUS 4311 required.
  10. Vocal majors may substitute two hours of music electives at the 3000+ level in place of chamber music.
  11. Twelve hours must be at the 3000+ level.

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Music (Performance Concentration)

Four Year Plan of Study1
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
MUS 1101  6  MUS 1102  6
MUS 1111  1  MUS 1900  0
MUS 1900  0  MUS 1005  3
Applied Music  3  Applied Music  3
Ensemble2  1  Ensemble  1
ENGL 1157  3  ENGL 1158  3
UNIV 10017   1    
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 16
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
MUS 1900  0  MUS 1900  0
MUS 2101  3  MUS 2102  3
MUS 2103  1  MUS 2104  1
MUS 2201  3  MUS 2202  3
Applied Music  3  Applied Music  3
Ensemble  1  Ensemble  1
Math  3  Foreign Language  3
Foreign Language  3  Math  3
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 17
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
MUS 1900  0  MUS 1900  0
MUS 3111  1  MUS 19015  1
Applied Music  3  MUS 3112  1
Ensemble  1  MUS 3950  0
Music Elective3, 4  3  Applied Music  3
Foreign Language  3  Ensemble  1
Science  3  Science  3
Social Science (1 or 2000)  3 Social Science (2 or 3000)  3
    Literature (2000+)  3
Total Hours  17 Total Hours 15
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
MUS 1900  0  MUS 1900  0
MUS 1901  1  MUS 3990  0
MUS 4310, 4311, or 43126  2  Applied Music  3
Applied Music  3  Music Elective  3
Music Elective  3  Music Elective  3
Science  3  Social Science (3000+)  3
Social Science (3000+)  3  Literature (2000+)  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Total Degree Hours 127
  1. All students must pass piano proficiency through MUS 1407. See music major requirements listed under Curricula in Music.
  2. 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.
  3. For instrumentalists, nine hours must be non-ensemble, three of which must be at 4000. Three hours must be in Jazz History, Jazz Theory, Jazz Composition/Arranging, or Jazz Improvisation.
  4. For vocalists, nine hours must be non-ensemble, three of which must be at 4000. Four hours must be in diction and/or repertoire courses and three hours must be in Jazz History, Jazz Theory, Jazz Composition/Arranging, or Jazz Improvisation.
  5. May not be used in to fulfill ensemble requirements under Curricula in Music. Vocal majors may substitute two hours of music electives in place of chamber ensemble.
  6. For vocalists, MUS 4310 is required. For instrumentalists, MUS 4312 is required. For key boardists, MUS 4311 is required.
  7. Required for all first-time full-time students.

Minor in Music

The Music Department offers two options for students who wish to pursue a Minor in music. Students electing Option 2 must audition on their instrument or voice to be accepted into that option.

Option 1
This option requires the completion of 20 credit hours in music with a grade of C or better in each course.

  1. Twelve hours of Theoretical Foundations (Music 1101, 1102).
  2. Six hours from the following: Music 1000, 1003, 2006, 2201, 2202 (Music 2201 and 2202 by consent of department).
  3. Two hours of Ensemble (Music 1900 series).

Option 2
This option requires the completion of 22-23 credit hours in music with a grade of C or better in each course.

  1. Twelve hours of Theoretical Foundations (Music 1101, 1102).
  2. Three hours from the following: Music 1000, 1003, 2006, 2201, 2202 (Music 2201 and 2201 by consent of department).*
  3. Six hours of Applied Music (to be chosen from Applied Music Major courses or class instruction based upon audition).**
  4. Two hours of Ensemble (Music 1900 series).

* For students whose applied area is Keyboard, three hours to be chosen from the Music Appreciation or History area will be substituted for the piano class component in Music 1101/1102.

** Lesson fees for non-majors will apply.

Honors in Music

The UNO Honors Program requires a minimum ACT composite score of 30 or a minimum SAT score of 1350 for admittance. The grade point minimum for transfer and continuing students is 3.50. Students wishing to graduate with honors in music must meet the following requirements:

  1. A cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 in all music courses taken and a cumulative grade-point average of 3.50.
  2. Completion of Music 3099 (Senior Honors Thesis) for six credits, in addition to the usual course requirements for the degree. These credits must be completed within three consecutive semesters.
  3. Satisfactory performance in an oral examination defending the thesis before a committee composed of the thesis director, a representative of the Honors Program, and one other faculty member of the Music Department.
    1. Jazz Studies Emphasis
      1. Student must perform or have a composition performed in at least two Music 1900 (Recital Hour) programs during each semester of thesis enrollment.
      2. In the senior year, student must present at least one approved off-campus performance.
    2. Music Studies Emphasis
      1. Student must present a lecture in at least two Music 1900 (Recital Hour) programs during each semester of the thesis enrollment.
      2. In the senior year, student must present at least one approved off-campus lecture.