Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14


Music Performance (MUS) with a concentration in Acoustic & Electronic Composition (MUC)

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 50.0903

College of The Arts


Major Description

The Music Degree is a professional degree for students who wish to pursue a career in music. Students interested in a BM degree can choose between concentrations in performance, composition, jazz studies and electronic music. These programs require 120 credit hours of study that include private study on their principle instrument and participation in ensembles. Additionally, students complete the music theory, history and literature sequences, and take additional course work in their chosen concentration. Graduates from BM programs at USF find themselves in very competitive positions for graduate study and musical careers. Admission into the BM in music degree requires an audition on your major instrument.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Transfer students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida community or state college, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of "C-" is the minimum acceptable grade. If students are coming to the university from a community college, the following prerequisite courses will be accepted as meeting lower level requirements.

Electives: Music credits beyond those required may be used as program electives.

  • MUT 1111 Music Theory
  • MUT 1112 Music Theory
  • MUT 2116 Music Theory
  • MUT 2117 Music Theory
  • MUT 1241 Aural Theory
    • or MUT 1221, 1222, 2226, 2227, 1261, 1261,
      2266, 2267, 1271, 1272, 2276, or 2277
  • MUT 1242 Aural Theory
    • or MUT 1221, 1222, 2226, 2227, 1261, 1261,
      2266, 2267, 1271, 1272, 2276, or 2277
  • MUT 2246 Advanced Aural Theory
    • or MUT 1221, 1222, 2226, 2227, 1261, 1261,
      2266, 2267, 1271, 1272, 2276, or 2277
  • MUT 2247 Advanced Aural Theory
    • or MUT 1221, 1222, 2226, 2227, 1261, 1261,
      2266, 2267, 1271, 1272, 2276, or 2277
  • MUN XXXX Chamber Music Ensemble, 4 semester hours
  • MVX 1X1X Secondary Applied Music Courses
    • 2-4 semester hours
  • MVX 2X2X Secondary Applied Music Courses
    • 2-4 semester hours
  • Secondary Piano Proficiency by Examination
    • or MVK 1111, 1112, and 2122
    • or MVK 1111r, 1112r, 2121r, and 2121r
    • or MVK 1211 and 2221

Total Major Hours: 78 Hours

Concentration Core Courses - 76 Hours

  • ACADEMIC STUDIES (31 credit hours):
    • Music Theory [Diagnostic Test administered at first class meeting]
    • MUT 1111, 1112, 2116, 2117, 4421, 4571
    • Aural Theory (4 credit hours)
    • Music History
    • Senior Seminar
      • MUS 4935 Music Senior Seminar ("S/U" grade only)
  • APPLIED STUDIES (14 credit hours):
    • Basic Conducting MUG 3104 [PR: MUT 1112.] (2)
    • Applied Major (Studio) MV? 131X, 232X [2 terms-each level] (8)
    • Major Ensemble MUN 3XXX [concurrent registration with studio is required] (4)
    • Recital Attendance MUS 2010 ["S/U" grade only]
  • MUSIC COMPOSITION (31 credit hours):

Concentration Elective Courses - 2 Hours

MUSIC ELECTIVES (2 credit hours):
  • Keyboard Skills [piano proficiency at Level 4 required by testing or course(s)]
    • MVK 1111, 1121, 2111, 2121 and other music courses

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

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