Music - Performance Concentration

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Music Major

The BA/BS in Music: Performance Concentration is designed to give students a liberal arts education with an emphasis in music performance. In addition to the core classes required of all music majors, students will take advanced study in applied music and associated courses. The capstone recital is the culminating project of this concentration. This degree will give students a well-rounded education with opportunities to develop as a music performer. The degree can prepare students for additional study in music, as well as serving as an effective pre-professional degree, serving as a gateway to graduate studies, law school, or medical school.

Practical Experience

There are many venues for students to share their performance abilities: Concert Choir, Concert Band, Orchestra, Athletic Band, Jazz Ensemble, University Singers, Quantum Brass, Woodwind Ensemble, and Opera Ensemble. Students will also have ample opportunity to perform in public recitals and performances.


General Education Requirements 

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
College Physics I
College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Cognition and Brain Science
Technology, Engineering, and Design
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

Major Requirement

Application required for entry into program: application form, audition, program plan. The student must achieve a grade of C or better in each of the specified courses.
Core Courses
MUS 109Music Theory I3
MUS 110Music Theory II3
MUS 121Aural Skills I1
MUS 122Aural Skills II1
MUS 200Music Convocation 10
MUS 201Music Theory III3
MUS 202Music Theory IV3
MUS 203Aural Skills III1
MUS 204Aural Skills IV1
MUS 205Basic Conducting2
MUS 301Scoring and Arranging2
MUS 331Music History & Literature I3
MUS 332Music History & Literature II3
Music Ensembles
Select 4 credits from the following:4
Concert Choir
University Singers
Opera Ensemble
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Jazz Ensemble
Garage Band
Percussion Ensemble
Brass Ensemble
Woodwind Ensemble
100 Level Applied Music (2 semesters) 24
200 Level Applied Music (2 semesters) 24
MUS 111Class Piano I 31
MUS 112Class Piano II 31
Total Credits40

Performance Concentration Requirements

300-level Applied Music (3 semesters)6
MUS 309The Business of Music3
MUS 378Applied Pedagogy3
MUS 491Music Recital Capstone1
Total Credits13

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 40 Hrs
Total Concentration Requirement 13 Hrs 
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.

Plan of Study

First Year
Applied Music2Applied Music2
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3ENGL 120 (Gen Ed)3
MUS 1093Speech Communication (Gen Ed)3
MUS 1111MUS 1103
MUS 1211MUS 1121
Technology (Gen Ed)3MUS 1221
UNIV 1501 
 15 14
Second Year
Applied Music2Applied Music2
Ensemble1HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2
MUS 2013MUS 2023
MUS 2031MUS 2041
MUS 2052MUS 3323
MUS 3313Electives2
 15 14
Third Year
Applied Music2Applied Music2
Ensemble1Ensemble (Gen Ed)1
Literacies (Gen Ed)3Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
MATH 104 (Gen Ed)3MUS 3012
MUS 3093 
 15 15
Fourth Year
Applied Music2Applied Music2
Ensemble (Gen Ed)1MUS 4911
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4Art and Music (Gen Ed)3
Social Science (Gen Ed)3Electives6
MUS 3783Social Science (Gen Ed)3
 16 16
Total Credits 120

Music Learning Outcomes

VCSU Music Majors will:

  1. Demonstrate competence in basic musicianship skills. (Musicianship)
  2. Develop requisite performance skills as a soloist and ensemble member, consistent with the objectives of their degree plan. (Performance)
  3. Interpret and analyze music from a variety of cultures and time periods. (Analysis)
  4. Demonstrate teaching skills consistent with the objectives of their degree plan. (Pedagogy)