BM Major in Performance

Bachelor of Music in Performance

The Bachelor of Music in Performance is a professional degree program designed to provide an academic program of study for students who wish to prepare for a professional career in the field of music performance. The degree program has as its primary focus the development of knowledge, skills, concepts, and sensitivities necessary to the life of the professional musician. Degree program emphases include Instrumental (woodwind, brass, percussion and string), Piano, and Vocal.

Students may prepare for careers in the field of music education by pursuing either the BAM/BSM Option 1: Vocal/Choral Music, or the BAM/BSM Option II: Instrumental Music and also enrolling in educator preparation with a major in Secondary Education (Choral Music P-12, or Instrumental Music P-12).

All applied music courses are numbered from the 100 to the 400 level with each successive level representing a higher level of competency. Syllabi are on file for each level of competency. Each applied level is a prerequisite for the next level.

Students pursuing a minor in music may only take a one-credit-hour lesson each semester unless they have obtained prior approval from their applied instructors to take additional hours. Music majors are expected to take a two-credit- hour lesson each semester until they have completed the requirements for Senior Recital (MU 419).

All music majors are expected to register for and participate in a large performing ensemble (University Band, Collegiate Singers, Shoals Symphony at UNA, or Chamber Choir plus Opera/Musical Theatre) per faculty approval in the students' areas of specialization each semester of enrollment at the University as full-time students. Near the end of the eighth semester of large-performing ensemble participation (with a grade of ‘C’ or higher), students may petition the faculty of the Department of Music to be exempt from the requirement to participate in a large performing ensemble due to extenuating circumstance (beginning with the ninth semester).  Students are not required to participate in ensembles during the term in which they are enrolled in educator preparation internship. Please refer to the Department of Music policy on the petition procedure for exemption from large-ensemble participation.
All music majors are required to take a Sophomore Barrier examination which includes performance proficiency in the student's major applied area. To satisfy this requirement, students must:

  1. have completed or be currently enrolled in their seventh or greater credit hour of applied music; and
  2. be currently enrolled in the 200-Ievel applied music course and, with the approval of their instructors, perform in their major applied music areas before the appropriate designated panel of music faculty.

The faculty will advise each student following the Sophomore Barrier examination concerning his/her continuation in the music program.

All music majors are required to demonstrate piano proficiency to music faculty. Piano proficiency may be demonstrated by earning a grade of "C" or higher in Class Piano I (MU 131), Class Piano II (MU 132), Class Piano III (MU 231), Class Piano IV (MU 232) or by successfully performing before a panel of designated music faculty all components of the Piano Proficiency Exam as listed in the Music Student Handbook.

All music majors are required to give a senior recital as a demonstration of proficiency in the student's chosen area or areas of music performance by one of the following means: an individual public recital or a joint public recital with another student. Students must be enrolled in applied music during the semester of their senior recitals. Students seeking teacher certification in music must complete their senior recital and piano proficiency requirements prior to their educator preparation Internship.

All music majors are required to take the MFT in music and the comprehensive Music Exam to fulfill university requirements for their exit examination.

Special fees are charged for work in applied music (individual instruction). For organ, piano, voice, and orchestral or band instruments, the fee is $75.00 per credit hour which provides for one half-hour lesson per week in a semester and one one-hour lesson per week in a summer term. Where such instruction may be approved for groups of four the fee is $30.00 per credit hour. Some special forms of financial aid are available for eligible students who perform in university ensembles or serve as accompanists (see "Expenses" and "Student Financial Services"). Special fees are charged for work in class instruction for piano, brass, strings, guitar, accompanying, and woodwinds.  The fee is $15 per credit hour.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Music in Performance Degree

Additional Graduation Requirements

General Education Component
Area I (Written Composition) 16
Area II (Humanities and Fine Arts)12
Area III (Natural Sciences and Mathematics)11
Area IV (History, Social and Behavioral Sciences)12
Area V
Major Core Requirements in Music
MU 011Performance Attendance (Si semesters)0
MU 101
MU 102
MU 201
MU 202
Music Theory I
and Music Theory II
and Music Theory III
and Music Theory IV 2,3
12
MU 190
MU 191
MU 290
MU 291
Sight Singing/Ear Training I
and Sight Singing /Ear Training II
and Sight Singing/Ear Training III
and Sight Singing/Ear Training IV 2
4
MU 233WMusic in World Cultures3
MU 361Orchestration and Arranging2
MU 363Form and Analysis3
MU 372Introduction to Music Technology3
MU 345
MU 346W
History of Music I
and History of Music II
6
MU 382Fundamentals of Conducting2
Emphasis
Select from the following emphases:44-47
Minor
A minor is not required
Total Hours120

All music majors must meet ensemble requirements by registering for and participating in band, chorus, or orchestra for large ensemble requirements; and chamber choir, jazz ensemble, string ensemble, opera/musical theatre and other small performing groups that may be organized on a permanent or ad hoc basis for small ensemble requirements.

Instrumental Emphasis

Select four hours at each level from one of the following:16
Brass
and Brass
and Brass
and Brass
Percussion
and Percussion
and Percussion
and Percussion
Strings
and Strings
and Strings
and Strings
Woodwinds
and Woodwinds
and Woodwinds
and Woodwinds
Harp
and Harp
and Harp
and Harp
University Band or Shoals Symphony at UNA with at least 1 hour at the 300- 400 level)
Select from the following:8
University Band
and University Band
and University Band
and University Band
Shoals Symphony at UNA
and Shoals Symphony at UNA
and Shoals Symphony at UNA
and Shoals Symphony at UNA
Small Ensemble6
MU 131
MU 132
MU 231
MU 232
Class Piano I
and Class Piano II
and Class Piano III
and Class Piano IV 1
4
MU 383Instrumental Conducting2
MU 392Instrumental Literature and Pedagogy2
Music Electives (300- 400 level)3
MU 319Junior Recital1
MU 419Senior Recital2
Total Hours44

Piano Emphasis

Select four hours at each level:16
Piano
and Piano
and Piano
and Piano
Select from the following with at least two hours at 300-400 level:8
University Band
and University Band
and University Band
and University Band
Shoals Symphony at UNA
and Shoals Symphony at UNA
and Shoals Symphony at UNA
and Shoals Symphony at UNA
Collegiate Singers
and Collegiate Singers
and Collegiate Singers
and Collegiate Singers
MU 137
MU 437
Keyboard Ensemble
and Keyboard Ensemble
4
MU 445Piano Literature and Materials3
MU 446Piano Pedogogy3
MU 135Class Accompanying1
MU 383Instrumental Conducting2
or MU 384 Choral Conducting
Music Electives (MU 300-400 level)4
MU 319Junior Recital1
MU 419Senior Recital2
Total Hours44

Vocal Emphasis

Select four hours at each level from the following:16
Voice
and Voice
and Voice
and Voice
Select at least two hours at the 300-400 level, one hour at each level:8
Collegiate Singers
and Collegiate Singers
and Collegiate Singers
and Collegiate Singers
MU 108
MU 208
MU 308
MU 408
Opera/Musical Theater
and Opera/Musical Theater
and Opera/Musical Theater
and Opera/Musical Theater
4
Select one sequence from the following:2
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
and Vocal Jazz Ensemble
and Vocal Jazz Ensemble
and Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Chamber Choir
and Chamber Choir
and Chamber Choir
and Chamber Choir
MU 195
MU 196
Vocal Diction I
and Vocal Diction II
4
MU 131
MU 132
MU 231
MU 232
Class Piano I
and Class Piano II
and Class Piano III
and Class Piano IV 1
4
MU 384Choral Conducting2
MU 397
MU 398
Vocal Pedagogy
and Vocal Literature
4
MU 319Junior Recital1
MU 419Senior Recital2
  • All or portions of the requirement for Class Piano may be satisfied through independent examination
Total Hours47