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Music Business

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Music Business (122 Credits)

To be admitted as a major pursuing any degree in music, students must meet the following criteria:

Completion of 24 credits; cumulative GPA of 2.0; completion of 10 credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a grade of C or better in those courses selected: MUS 151, 181, 182, 251, 252, 253, 254, and up to four credits of applied study; approval of the appropriate applied study area coordinator; [approval requires two semesters' study as specified by each area: Brass, Woodwind, Strings, Percussion, and Keyboard at 300 level with grade of B- or better, and Voice at 200 level with grade of B- or better]; completion of application available from department. Composition students must achieve a B or better in MUS 251 and 253.

In addition, for students advancing in any of the Bachelor of Music Education degrees, the College of Education requires 2.5 GPA and C or better in each course listed for the major, minor and professional core, plus a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

This major offers professional preparation in music with specialization in the music industry. The curriculum is designed to prepare students in entrepreneurship, arts management, fine arts marketing and promotion, recording studio management, music publishing and copyright, venue management, and retail operations.

Requirements include: senior qualifying exam; piano proficiency exam; achieve a cumulative 2.5 GPA and a grade of C or better in all music classes; a half senior recital. Students are expected to perform in an ensemble on their major instrument during each semester of applied lessons. Additional ensemble requirements are clarified below. Any exceptions must be arranged with the instructor of the applied lessons.

Only 9 credits of MUS courses can be used to fulfill UCORE requirements.
First Year
First TermCredits
Applied MUS 12
Equity and Justice [EQJS]3
MUS 18120 or 1
MUS 25133
MUS 25231
MUS Ensemble41
Foreign Language, if needed0-4
Second TermCredits
Applied MUS12
MUS 1641
MUS 18220 or 1
MUS 25353
MUS 25451
MUS Ensemble41
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3
Foreign Language, if needed0-4
Second Year
First TermCredits
Applied MUS12
Business minor course3
Communication [COMM] or Written Communication [WRTG]3
MUS 2413
MUS 28120 or 1
MUS 35133
MUS 35231
MUS Ensemble41
Second TermCredits
Applied MUS12
Business minor course3
MUS 2422
MUS 35353
MUS 35451
MUS 359 [HUM] [M]53
MUS 428, 433, or 4351
MUS Ensemble41
Complete Writing Portfolio
Pass Piano Proficiency
Third Year
First TermCredits
Applied MUS12
Biological Sciences [BSCI] with lab64
DTC 354 [ARTS]3
MUS 360 [M]33
MUS 48241
MUS Ensemble41
300-400-level MUS Electives2
Second TermCredits
Applied MUS12
Business minor course3
DTC 2013
MUS 461 [CAPS]53
MUS Ensemble41
Physical Sciences [PSCI] with lab64
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
Applied MUS12
Business minor courses6
MUS 4703
MUS Ensemble41
300-400-level MUS Electives4
Senior Half Recital
Second TermCredits
Business minor course3
Diversity [DIVR] (Non-MUS)3
MUS 47176
Social Sciences [SSCI]43

1Applied Music: 14 credits required with a minimum of 2 credits at the 400 level. Approved courses include MUS 304-318, 320, 404-418, and 420.
2Class piano credits not required.
3Fall only.
4Music Ensembles: 7 ensemble credits required on the student’s major instrument with at least 4 credits from MUS 429, 430, 431, 432, 434, 435 (guitar ensemble only), 436, 437, 438, or 441. 3 credits taken from ensemble courses designated as ARTS fulfill the [ARTS] UCORE requirement.
5Spring only.
6To meet University and College of Arts and Sciences requirements, students must take a [BSCI] course with lab and [PSCI] course with lab.
7MUS 471 may be taken in the final semester for 6 credits or split between the last two semesters for 3 credits each.

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