Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


Music Studies (MSU)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 50.9999

College of The Arts


Major Description

The B.A. degree in Music Studies is part of the Provost's Scholars Program (PSP). This is a program in which qualified students who enter USF directly from high school with 18 or more credits will be offered the opportunity to complete their undergraduate education in 3 years. Each selected student will be provided preferred registration privileges so that critical courses are not closed when they register. They will be given summer scholarships if they need to take summer classes and will be given scholarships to help them participate in study abroad programs. PSP students will live in the Honors College Living/Learning Community year 1. Students will be offered the assistance of faculty or off campus mentors, depending upon career goals and will be encouraged to use the fourth year for graduate study here at USF. Participants will not need to take larger academic loads and can take advantage of all that USF has to offer.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • MUT X111 Music Theory or MUT X121, X122, X126, or X127
  • MUT X112 Music Theory or MUT X121, X122, X126, or X127
  • MUT X116 Music Theory or MUT X121, X122, X126, or X127
  • MUT X117 Music Theory or MUT X121, X122, X126, or X127
  • MUT X241 Aural Theory or MUT X221, X222, X226, X227, X261, X261, X266, X267, X271,X272, X276, or X277
  • MUT X242 Aural Theory or MUT X221, X222, X226, X227, X261, X261, X266, X267, X271,X272, X276, or X277
  • MUT X246 Advanced Aural Theory or MUT X221, X222, X226, X227, X261, X261, X266, X267, X271, X272, X276, or X277
  • MUT X247 Advanced Aural Theory or MUT X221, X222, X226, X227, X261, X261, X266, X267, X271, X272, X276, or X277
  • MUN XXXX 4 semester hours
  • MVX XX1X Secondary Applied Music Courses, 2-4 semester hours
  • MVX XX2X Secondary Applied Music Courses, 2-4 semester hours
  • Secondary Piano Proficiency by Examination or MVK X111, X112, and X122 or MVK X111r, X112r, X121r, and X121r or MVK X211 and X221

Required Supporting Courses for the Major: 0 Hours

The following courses are prerequisite and supporting courses for this major. They are required for the major, but are not counted in the total hours for this major. The degree will not be awarded if these courses have not been taken by the end of the student’s final semester.

MUS 2010 Recital Attendance (0 credit)

All B.A. students in Music Studies must register and pass MUS 2010 for four semesters. A minimum of seven attendances must be recorded at School of Music concert/recital events each semester.

Total Major Hours: 46 Hours

Major Core Courses - 38 Hours


  • ACADEMIC COURSES (20 credit hours):
  • APPLIED COURSES (12 credit hours):
    • Applied Major (Studio)
      • MVX 131X, 232X [2 terms--each level]
    • Major Ensemble
      • MUN 3XXX [concurrent registration with studio is required]
    • Recital Attendance

MUSIC EMPHASIS (6 credit hours):

Choose only one:

  1. ACADEMIC STUDIES [cannot share courses used for Music Electives]
  2. Choose two of the following:
    • Completion of Junior Level (MV? 333X) & Junior Recital
    • Two additional terms of major ensemble

Major Elective Courses - 8 Hours

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

MUSIC ELECTIVES (8 credit hours):

  • General Education Fine Arts & Exit recommended music courses also apply here.
  • Keyboard Skills [piano proficiency at Level 2 required by testing or course(s)]
  • Other music courses which are not used for Music Emphasis
  • MUT 3353/3354 and MUT 3663/3664 are recommended for jazz students.

Additional Major Information

Major Faculty

The music faculty is made up of outstanding musicians and scholars whose talents and achievements provide a unique educational resource for all music students. Faculty ensembles such as the Faculty Chamber Players and the Faculty Jazz Combo provide an important musical contribution to campus and Tampa area cultural life, and many music faculty perform in professional music ensembles across west central Florida. Faculty scholars are active researchers presenting and publishing their works nationally and internationally.

Director: K.M. Bryan; 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. Bugos, Y-H Cheng, K. Cho, E. Ko, C. Randles, B. Sekhon.

Major Other Information

Revocation of Awards

Scholarship awards may be revoked if students

  • Fail to maintain full-time status (12 credit hours)
  • Fail to maintain required GPA
  • Fail to participate in appropriate ensembles (as determined by applied teachers and ensemble directors)
  • Switch major area of study outside of music
  • Fail to perform satisfactorily in applied lessons or major ensemble(s)
  • Fail to maintain satisfactory progress in academic studies in music

Repayment of award will be sought from any student who drops out of school, drops out of ensemble/applied music participation, or fails to maintain 12 credit hours during a semester in which they have received an award.

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