Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


Music Performance (MUS) with a concentration in Performance (MPF)

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: 48-61 Hours

Concentration Core Courses - 45 Hours

  • Music Theory (22 credit hours):
  • Music History (8 credit hours):
    • MUH 3300 Music History/Medieval and Renaissance
    • MUH 3301 Music History/Baroque and Classical
    • MUH 3302 Music History/Romantic and 20th Century
  • Conducting (2 credit hours):
  • Senior Seminar (1 credit hour):
  • Recital Attendance (0 credit hours):
  • Major Ensemble (12 credit hours):
    • Performance Majors – 8 credit hours
    • Composition – 4 credit hours
    • All students enrolled in Applied Music for three (3) or two (2) credit hours are required to enroll in a Major Ensemble appropriate to their performing medium. A list of approved major ensembles is provided on the Music advising website.

Concentration Elective Courses - 3-16 Hours

0-13 credit hours of music electives.

Music History Elective (3 credit hours):
  • Choose One:
    • MUH 4058 Intercultural Music in the Twentieth Century
    • MUH 4372 Representing the United States in Music
    • MUH 4801 History of Jazz

Additional Major Requirements

Major Requirements

JUNIOR RECITAL FOR BA AND BM DEGREES: A public recital (must be shared with another junior recital) will be given during the student's junior year. The student should have achieved junior classification as defined by the university and should be enrolled at the 3000 level in applied music, which would normally occur during a student's third year of study. Credit may be granted to transfer students for junior recitals completed at other institutions. This recital should have been completed during the student's junior year at that institution and a request for recognition of that recital should be made in writing to the applied division coordinator. No studio teacher is under any obligation to accept these transfer recitals.

SENIOR RECITAL FOR BM DEGREE: A public recital will be given during a student's senior year. The student should have achieved senior classification as defined by the university and should be enrolled at the 4000 level in applied music, which would normally occur during a student's fourth year of study. A senior recital performed at another institution will not satisfy graduation requirements for USF. The recital must be performed on the USF campus and the student must be enrolled in the studio of a USF faculty member during the term of said recital unless written permission to deviate from this policy is obtained from the School of Music Director.


Concentration Requirements

Performance Concentration

  • Voice performance majors must enroll in MUS 2201 for a total of 3 credits as part of their Music Electives.
  • Voice performance majors are required to be competent at the beginning level of French, German, and Italian languages in addition to taking foreign language diction classes offered in the School of Music. Proficiency tests are administered by the Department of World Language Education. If needed, courses 1120 (4 credit hours) and 1120L (lab for 1 credit hour) in each language may be taken in the College of Arts and Sciences for up to 15 credit hours to meet the foreign language proficiency requirement.
  • Upper division BM voice performance majors may take up to two semesters of opera as a major ensemble. Students who elect to take applied music beyond their minimal degree requirements will have the option of enrolling in either choral ensembles or in opera.
  • Performance majors in piano are required to enroll in MVK 4640 for 4 credits as a part of the Music Electives.
  • The following requirements for the piano pedagogy emphasis are to be taken as a part of the Music Electives:

Major Grade Requirement

All music majors and minors must earn at least a C- in every music course required for their degree program. Music education students must earn at least C- in all required music, music education, and education courses. Music courses resulting in grades of D or F must be repeated with subsequent registrations. Sequel courses may not be taken until prerequisites are satisfied with appropriate grades or waivers.

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.

Additional Major Information

Major Faculty

Interim Director: J. W. Knott; Associate Director: D.A. Williams; Professors Emeriti: A. Hawkins, J. Heller, V. Jennings, A. Monroe, J. Reynolds, A. Summer, R. Summer, D. Owen; Distinguished University Professor: C.R. Owen; Professors: K.T. Brantley, C.V. Fung, S.N. Kluksdahl, R.M. McCormick, J.O. Robison, A.J. Wilkins; Associate Professors: J.K. Bass, J. Carmichael, J.C. Coble, W.P. Hayden, S. Ivanov, W.W. Jaworski, S.H. Lee, K. McCormick, J.L.S. Moore, J.B. Moorhead, P. Reller, C.E. Stuart, W.W. Wiedrich, D.A. Williams; Assistant Professors: J.T. Brasky, J. Bugos, K. Cho, B. Diamond, Z. Lang, C. Randles, C. Scotto.

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