Eight-Semester Plan for B.A. in Music, Music Industry Option

Major Program Guide For: B.A. Degree in Music
Music Industry Option
Effective Fall 2012
Suggested Course Sequence

  • Total Hours for Degree:  120
  • Total Hours of Pre-requisites:  None, unless the musical aptitude placement exam requires the student to complete a leveling class in music theory (MUS 118, 3 hours) or aural skills (MUS 108, 1 hour). 
  • An audition is required for admission to the major.
  • Large Ensemble (371, 372, or 373) must reflect the applied study area; only one course will count per semester.
  • Students may finish earlier if they attend summer school at WCU or another approved institution

Freshman Year

Fall
Spring
Course Prefix or Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours Course Prefix or Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours
*MUS 107 Applied Major 2 MUS 107 Applied Major 2
*MUS 148 Piano I 1 MUS 149 Piano II 1
MUS 371, 372, or 373 Major Ensemble 1 MUS 371, 372, or 373 Major Ensemble 1
MUS 358 Performance Lab 0 MUS 358 Performance Lab 0
ART/MUS/THEA 191 Integral Arts (or other first-year seminar) 3 *MUS 208 Aural Skills II 1
COMM 201 Intro. Speech 3 *MUS 218 Music Theory II 3
MATH 101 or higher Mathematics 3 ENGL 101 Composition I 3
**MFL 101 Foreign Language 3 MFL 102 Foreign Language 3
        P5   Fine & Performing Arts 3
***Semester Hours:     16 Semester Hours:     17

Notes:
*PREQ: Audition or Placement Test
**One semester of MFL may be used to satisfy the Liberal Studies P6 category.
***An additional 1-4 hours may be needed if placed into MUS 108 (1) and/or 118 (3). If so, take one of the Liberal Studies courses in a later semester.

Sophomore Year

Fall
Spring
Course Prefix or Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours Course Prefix or Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours
*MUS 207 Applied Major 2 MUS 207 Applied Major 2
MUS 248 Piano III 1 MUS 249 Piano IV 1
MUS 371, 372, or 373 Major Ensemble 1 MUS 371, 372, or 373 Major Ensemble 1
MUS 358 Performance Lab 0 MUS 358 Performance Lab 0
MUS 308 Aural Skills III 1 MUS 309 Aural Skills IV 1
MUS 318 Music Theory III 3 MUS 319 Music Theory IV 3
ENGL 202 Composition II 3 MUS 378 Survey of Music Industry 3
P1   Social Science 3 C4   Wellness 3
C5   Physical & Biological Sciences 3 C5   Physical & Biological Sciences 3
Semester Hours:     17 Semester Hours:     17

Notes:
*PREQ: Freshman Exam

Junior Year

Fall
Spring
Course Prefix of Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours Course Prefix of Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours
MUS 371, 372, or 373 Major Ensemble 1 MUS 371, 372, or 373 Major Ensemble 1
MUS 358 Performance Lab 0 MUS 358 Performance Lab 0
MUS 418 Music History I 3 MUS 419 Music History II 3
*BA 133 Strategy First 3 MUS 329 Fundamentals of Conducting 2
**MIO Electives     3 MUS 383 Music & Audio in Media 3
*P1   Social Science 3 **MIO Electives     3
***P3   History 3 ***P4   Humanities 3
Semester Hours:     16 Semester Hours:     15
Notes:
*BA 133 may be used to satisfy the Liberal Studies P1 category.  If so, three hours of general electives may be taken in place of P1.
**Music Industry Option Electives; see program description for approved courses.
***Upper Level Perspective (ULP):  An approved (non-Music) Upper Level Liberal Studies Perspectives course is required in one of the Liberal Studies Perspectives categories (P1-P6).

Senior Year

Fall
Spring
Course Prefix or Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours Course Prefix of Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours
MUS 474 Entrepreneurship 1 ***MUS 489 Internship 9
*MIO Electives     6        
**P6   World Cultures 3        
General Electives     3        
Semester Hours:     13 Semester Hours:     9
Notes:
*Music Industry Option Electives; see program description for approved courses.
**Substitute three hours of general electives if MFL was used to satisfy the Liberal Studies P6 category.
***Most students elect to take the internship during the summer following the senior year; this allows for a lighter course load during the preceding semesters.
  • Total Hours for Degree:  120
  • Total Hours of Pre-requisites:  None, unless the musical aptitude placement exam requires the student to complete a leveling class in music theory (MUS 118, 3 hours) or aural skills (MUS 108, 1 hour). 
  • An audition is required for admission to the major.
  • Large Ensemble (371, 372, or 373) must reflect the applied study area; only one course will count per semester.
  • Students may finish earlier if they attend summer school at WCU or another approved institution
 

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