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Undergraduate Core Curriculum

Every undergraduate student enrolled in either a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) or Bachelor of Musical Arts (B.M.A.) degree must take a curriculum that is designed to provide a comprehensive foundation in basic musicianship skills. Typically, the coursework for the first two years in these degree programs is focused on completing this Core Curriculum, although some requirements may be met through proficiency examinations, while others may be taken out of sequence:

  • Twenty-four hours of private performance instruction in the principal instrument or voice or the equivalent by examination
  • Four terms of ensemble most commonly selected from the University Orchestras, University Bands, or University Choirs
  • Five terms of music theory including the study of the structure of primarily tonal music through ear-training and sight-singing, written work in construction and composition, and musical analysis
  • Four terms of musicology exploring European and American music history, as well as the sounds and concepts of many world music traditions
  • Two terms of elementary piano study
  • One music theory, musicology, or jazz improvisation elective course at the junior or senior level
  • English 124, 125 or equivalent, and English 225 (Argumentative Writing) or an upper level Sweetland Writing Center approved junior/senior writing course

Sample Bachelor of Music program*

With nearly thirty undergraduate degree programs, the individual paths that students follow are almost limitless. The following generalized design is offered only as a typical sequence of courses, and should not be understood as the only possible sequence of courses.

Fall Term   Winter Term
First Year   First Year
  • Private Lessons
  • Music Theory: Aural Skills
  • Music Theory: Written Skills
  • Musicology
  • Piano
  • Band, Choir, or Orchestra
  • Introductory English Composition
    (English writing requirement)
 
  • Private Lessons
  • Music Theory: Aural Skills
  • Music Theory: Written Skills
  • Musicology
  • Piano
  • Band, Choir, or Orchestra
  • Academic Elective
     
Second Year   Second Year
  • Private Lessons
  • Music Theory: Aural Skills
  • Music Theory: Written Skills
  • Musicology
  • Band, Choir, or Orchestra
  • Academic Elective
 
  • Private Lessons
  • Music Theory: Aural Skills
  • Music Theory: Written Skills
  • Musicology
  • Band, Choir, or Orchestra
  • Academic Elective
     
Third Year   Third Year
  • Private Lessons
  • Upper Level Music Theory
  • Upper Division Writing Course
  • (English writing requirement)
  • 2-3 Music courses as specified in the student's degree program
 
  • Private Lessons
  • Music Theory/Musicology/Jazz Improvisation Elective
  • 2-3 Music courses as specified in the student's degree program
  • Academic Elective
     
Fourth Year   Fourth Year
  • Private Lessons
  • 2-3 Music courses as specified in the student's degree program
  • Academic Elective
 
  • Private Lessons
  • 2-3 Music courses as specified in the student's degree program
  • Academic Elective
     

 

While there are similarities in all School of Music, Theatre & Dance curricula, students enrolled in other degree programs, such as the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), or Bachelor of Theatre Arts (B.T.A.) will follow a different course plan throughout their careers at Michigan. The B.T.A. degree is an interdisciplinary programs with a larger academic component.

 

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