BM in PerformancE

Bachelor of Music in Performance

Fei Tian’s BM program in music performance offers pre-professional intensive conservatory-style training in Western and Chinese music to develop professional musicians who can perform competently and with sensitivity in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings.

A unique feature of the BM program is its teaching of both Western and Chinese musical traditions. Students study the theory and history of both musical traditions, acquire exposure to compositions of both musical traditions, and have many opportunities to harmoniously blend music of East and West in chamber, orchestral, and solo settings. Moreover, BM students majoring in a Western instrument are required to acquire basic competence in the performance of Chinese music through selection of a Chinese minor instrument, whereas BM students majoring in a Chinese instrument are required to acquire basic competence in the performance of Western music through developing keyboard proficiency.

Goals of the program include:

  • Enable students to develop performance skills in order to be able to perform classical Western and Chinese music competently and with sensitivity and professionalism.
  • Foster in students an understanding and appreciation of both the Western and Chinese musical traditions.
  • Enable students to interpret and discuss music with respect to historical, cultural, and stylistic considerations.
  • Provide students opportunities to gain real-world experience in performance, in order to better prepare them for careers related to the field.

The student learning outcomes of the BM program are:

  • To be able to perform as a soloist or an ensemble member at levels appropriate for entry-
    level professional musicians or for entering graduate music study.
  • To be able to demonstrate competency in musicianship through analyzing, arranging, creating, and orchestrating music.
  • To be able to be able to interpret and discuss music with respect to its historical, cultural, and stylistic considerations.

Table 11.11 Summary of Degree Requirements for the BM in Performance

Degree Requirements
Credits
Major Core
92
Major Electives
8
General Education
30
Total Credits
130

The major core consists of coursework in applied music, music theory, music history, musicianship, and performance. Major electives offer students an opportunity to take courses in areas that interest them. See Table 11.12 for a list of the required core courses; see Table 11.13 for a list of approved music elective courses.

In addition to the above credit requirements, students must pass a performance examination before a jury composed of faculty members at the end of each semester. The purpose of the jury examination is to make an objective evaluation of each music student’s ability and artistry in performance as the student progresses through the program.

All students in the BM program are required to give a half-hour junior recital near the end of the junior year and a one-hour senior recital near the end of the senior year. In addition, each student is expected to attend a variety of concerts and recitals, including departmental and faculty recitals.

The academic requirements for graduation are the successful completion of the degree requirements with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 and a minimum major GPA of 2.5.

Table 11.12 Major Core Requirements for the BM (92 credits)

Course Code Course Title Cr Prerequisites Notes
Applied Music Courses



MUS120R Orchestra I 2 Non-piano majors Repeat for a total of 4 credits, piano majors take MUS128R and MUS129R instead
MUS220R Orchestra II 2 Non-piano majors Repeat for a total of 4 credits, piano majors take MUS228R and MUS229R instead
MUS320R Orchestra III 2 Non-piano majors Repeat for a total of 4 credits, piano majors take MUS328R and MUS329R instead
MUS420R Orchestra IV 2 Non-piano majors Repeat for a total of 4 credits, piano majors take MUS428R and MUS429R instead
MUS121R Major Instrument I (Western) 4 Western instrument majors Repeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS221R Major Instrument II (Western) 4 Western instrument majors Repeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS321R Major Instrument III (Western) 4 Western instrument majors Repeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS421R Major Instrument IV (Western) 4 Western instrument majors Repeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS122R Major Instrument I (Chinese) 4 Chinese instrument majors Repeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS222R Major Instrument II (Chinese) 4 Chinese instrument majors Repeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS322R Major Instrument III (Chinese) 4 Chinese instrument majors Repeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS422R Major Instrument IV (Chinese) 4 Chinese instrument majors Repeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS123R Chamber Music I 1
Piano majors are required to repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS223R Chamber Music II 1
Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS323R Chamber Music III 1
Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS423R Chamber Music IV 1
Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS124R Concert Practice I 0.5
Repeat for a total of 1 credit
MUS224R Concert Practice II 0.5
Repeat for a total of 1 credit
MUS324R Concert Practice III 0.5
Repeat for a total of 1 credit
MUS125R Studio Piano I 1 Percussion majors Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS225R Studio Piano II 1 Percussion majors Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS325R Studio Piano III 1 Percussion majors Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS226A Piano Accompanying A 1 Piano majors
MUS226B Piano Accompanying B 1 Piano majors
MUS326A Chinese Instrument Class A 1 Western, non-percussion instrument majors Percussion majors take MUS325R instead
MUS326B Chinese Instrument Class B 1 Western, non-percussion instrument majors Percussion majors take MUS325R instead
MUS128R Instrumental Accompaniment I 1 Piano majors Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS228R Instrumental Accompaniment II 1 Piano majors Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS328R Instrumental Accompaniment III 1 Piano majors Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS428R Instrumental Accompaniment IV 1 Piano majors Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS129R Dance Class Accompaniment I 1 Piano majors Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS229R Dance Class Accompaniment II 1 Piano majors Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS329R Dance Class Accompaniment III 1 Piano majors Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS429R Dance Class Accompaniment IV 1 Piano majors Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS351 Junior Recital 0 Junior class standing
MUS451 Senior Recital 0 Senior class standing
Musicianship Courses



MUS001R Concert Attendance I 0
Complete twice
MUS002R Concert Attendance II 0
Complete twice
MUS003R Concert Attendance III 0
Complete twice
MUS004R Concert Attendance IV 0
Complete twice
MUS101A Ear Training A 1 Placement test Students who are unprepared for MUS101A may take MUS005 first
MUS101B Ear Training B 1 MUS101A
MUS201A Advanced Ear Training A 1 MUS101B
MUS201B Advanced Ear Training B 1 MUS201A
MUS102A Keyboard Skills A 1 Non-percussion, non-piano majors Percussion majors take MUS125R and piano majors take MUS123R instead
MUS102B Keyboard Skills B 1 MUS102A, non-percussion, non-piano majors Percussion majors take MUS125R and piano majors take MUS123R instead
MUS202A Advanced Keyboard Skills A 1 MUS102B, non-percussion, non-piano majors Percussion majors take MUS225R and piano majors take MUS226A instead
MUS202B Advanced Keyboard Skills B 1 MUS202A, non-percussion, non-piano majors Percussion majors take MUS225R and piano majors take MUS226B instead
Music Theory and History Courses



MUS111A Western Music Theory A 2 Placement test Students who are unprepared for MUS111A may take MUS011 first
MUS111B Western Music Theory B 2 MUS111A
MUS211A Advanced Western Music Theory A 2 MUS111B
MUS211B Advanced Western Music Theory B 2 MUS211A
MUS141 History of Western Music (Overview) 1

MUS142 History of Western Music (Medieval – Early Baroque) 2 MUS141
MUS241 History of Western Music (High Baroque – Classical) 2 MUS142
MUS242 History of Western Music (Romantic – Contemporary) 2 MUS241
MUS244 Chinese Music I 2

MUS245 Chinese Music II 2 MUS244
MUS341 Orchestral Literature 2 Western non-piano instrument majors Piano majors take MUS344 instead
MUS344 Piano Literature 2 Piano majors
MUS345 Interpretation and Performance of East-West Music 2 Chinese instrument majors
MUS361 Chinese Music Seminar 2 Chinese instrument majors
Senior Capstone Courses (select 1)



MUS450 Research Paper 4 Senior class standing
MUS452 Senior Project 4 Senior class standing
MUS455Advanced Music Practicum IV4Senior class standing, instructor consent

Table 11.13 Elective Requirements for the BM (Select 8 credits)

Course Code Course Title Cr Prerequisites Notes
MUS123R Chamber Music I 1
Non-piano majors may repeat for credit
MUS125R Studio Piano I 1

MUS225R Studio Piano II 1 Instructor consent
MUS325R Studio Piano III 1 Instructor consent
MUS425R Studio Piano IV 2 Instructor consent
MUS311 Form and Analysis 2 MUS211B
MUS312 Orchestration 2

MUS326A Chinese Instrument Class A 1
May be repeated for credit for different instrument
MUS326B Chinese Instrument Class B 1
May be repeated for credit for different instrument
MUS155 Music Practicum I 3 Instructor consent
MUS255 Music Practicum II 3 Instructor consent
MUS355 Music Practicum III 3 Instructor consent
MUS350 Independent Study in Music 1–4 Instructor consent May be repeated for credit
MUS371 Internship 1–3 Instructor consent May be repeated for credit
MUS424RConcert Practice IV0.5
Repeat for a total of 1 credit

Sample BM graduation plans are available at the Office of Academic Services. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors for individualized graduation planning.