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2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music (B.A.)

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Bulletin/Catalog Year 2018-2019

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Music

Location:  Music/Mass Communication Bldg, Room 139
Phone: 931-221-7818
Website: www.apsu.edu/music


Programs in the Department of Music are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.


Audition is required for admission to the Department of Music, as well as for a music scholarship. Specific audition requirements can be found at the following URL: http://www.apsu.edu/music/auditions.

Theory Placement - All entering music majors are required to take a theory placement exam at a designated time. An unsatisfactory score will result in students being required to successfully pass Introduction to Music Theory I and II before beginning the theory sequence.

Ensembles - A student majoring in music is required to particiate satisfactorily every semester in residence in the performing organization deemed appropriate to his or her major performing medium.


Appropriate Large Ensemble

Woodwind, Brass & Percussion

Determined by Audition

  • Wind Ensemble [or]
  • Symphonic Band

Orchestral Strings



Guitar Ensemble


Choose the performing organization that most closely matches career interests and/or previous ensemble experience


Determined by Audition

  • University Choir (Soprano / Alto)
  • Governor’s Singers (Tenor / Bass) [or]
  • Chamber Singers (SATB)

Recital Attendance - During the academic year, all music majors are required to attend a predetermined number of recitals and programs sponsored or approved by the department. Students who are deficient in this requirement at the end of the sophomore year will not be eligible to take their Junior Level Examination; those deficient at the end of their senior year will not graduate.

Junior Level Exam - Music majors must pass a Junior Level Examination, ordinarily scheduled at the end of the sophomore year, before enrolling in upper division (3xxx level) individual Instruction. All majors will have a maximum of three (3) attempts to pass the Junior Level Examination. A minimum of three (3) semesters of upper division (3xxx level) instruction are required prior to the Senior Recital. Students whose background in performance is deficient may be required to take more than the normal amount of credit at the lower division level. Upper division credit in performance is granted only after the student passes the Junior Level Examination. Each music major is required to appear at least once each year in a recital, either in solo or ensemble performance.

Piano Proficiency - The piano proficiency examination is required for majors whose primary Individual Instruction is not piano.

Transfer Students - Students transferring from another institution must take a proficiency examination in music theory. Placement in music theory will depend upon the results of this examination. The transfer student’s placement in applied music must be approved during the jury examination at the end of the first semester at APSU.

Music Minor - Students who minor in music must belong to one performing organization for two years. A music minor must also pass a proficiency examination in his/her applied area.

For information of careers available to students with degrees in music, see our Careers in Music web resource at the following URL:  http://www.apsu.edu/music/careers-music-home

General Education Core


  Credit Hours
see Common Core 41
University-Wide Freshman Seminar Requirement 1
Foreign Language 6


Liberal Studies in Music

Same requirements as Bachelor of Arts: Music (Liberal Studies) with the addition of 6 hours of Intermediate Foreign Language.  Study Abroad options are available during the summer to fulfill language requirements 

Specific General Education Requirements

  • Intermediate Foreign Language = 6 credit hours
Total Hours 9

Additional Major Requirements

  • Student must complete a minor in another department
  • Student must consult with individual department for specific requirements
Total Hours 23

Lower Division Courses

  • MUS 1xxx Applied music - Individual Instruction 4 (Four semesters of 1-credit lessons).

  • MUS 1xxx Appropriate Ensemble 4 (Four semesters of 1-credit major ensemble)

Total Hours 25

Upper Division Courses

  • MUS 3xxx - Applied Music - Individual Instruction 4 (four semesters of 1-credit lessons)
  • MUS 3xxx - Ensemble 4 (four semesters of 1-credit major ensemble as appropriate to the applied area of study)
Total Hours 30


Students must complete a minor in another department, and must consult with department advisor for specific requirements.

Total Program Hours 120

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