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 1: Summary of Degree Requirements for the BM in Performance

 

Degree Requirements
Credits
General Education
35
Major Core
92
Electives
8
Total Credits
135

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 2 for a list of the required core courses; see Table 3 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 2: Major Core Requirements for the BM (92 credits)

Course CodeCourse TitleCrPrerequisitesNotes
Applied Music Courses    
MUS120ROrchestra I2Non-piano majorsRepeat for a total of 4 credits, piano majors take MUS128R and MUS129R instead
MUS220ROrchestra II2Non-piano majorsRepeat for a total of 4 credits, piano majors take MUS228R and MUS229R instead
MUS320ROrchestra III2Non-piano majorsRepeat for a total of 4 credits, piano majors take MUS328R and MUS329R instead
MUS420ROrchestra IV2Non-piano majorsRepeat for a total of 4 credits, piano majors take MUS428R and MUS429R instead
MUS121RMajor Instrument I (Western)4Western instrument majorsRepeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS221RMajor Instrument II (Western)4Western instrument majorsRepeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS321RMajor Instrument III (Western)4Western instrument majorsRepeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS421RMajor Instrument IV (Western)4Western instrument majorsRepeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS122RMajor Instrument I (Chinese)4Chinese instrument majorsRepeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS222RMajor Instrument II (Chinese)4Chinese instrument majorsRepeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS322RMajor Instrument III (Chinese)4Chinese instrument majorsRepeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS422RMajor Instrument IV (Chinese)4Chinese instrument majorsRepeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS123RChamber Music I1 Piano majors are required to repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS223RChamber Music II1 Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS323RChamber Music III1 Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS423RChamber Music IV1 Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS124RConcert Practice I0.5 Repeat for a total of 1 credit
MUS224RConcert Practice II0.5 Repeat for a total of 1 credit
MUS324RConcert Practice III0.5 Repeat for a total of 1 credit
MUS125RStudio Piano I1Percussion majorsRepeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS225RStudio Piano II1Percussion majorsRepeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS325RStudio Piano III1Percussion majorsRepeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS226APiano Accompanying A1Piano majors 
MUS226BPiano Accompanying B1Piano majors 
MUS326AChinese Instrument Class A1Western, non-percussion instrument majorsPercussion majors take MUS325R instead
MUS326BChinese Instrument Class B1Western, non-percussion instrument majorsPercussion majors take MUS325R instead
MUS128RInstrumental Accompaniment I1Piano majorsRepeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS228RInstrumental Accompaniment II1Piano majorsRepeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS328RInstrumental Accompaniment III1Piano majorsRepeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS428RInstrumental Accompaniment IV1Piano majorsRepeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS129RDance Class Accompaniment I1Piano majorsRepeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS229RDance Class Accompaniment II1Piano majorsRepeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS329RDance Class Accompaniment III1Piano majorsRepeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS429RDance Class Accompaniment IV1Piano majorsRepeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS351Junior Recital0Junior class standing 
MUS451Senior Recital0Senior class standing 
Musicianship Courses    
MUS001RConcert Attendance I0 Complete twice
MUS002RConcert Attendance II0 Complete twice
MUS003RConcert Attendance III0 Complete twice
MUS004RConcert Attendance IV0 Complete twice
MUS101AEar Training A1Placement testStudents who are unprepared for MUS101A may take MUS005 first
MUS101BEar Training B1MUS101A 
MUS201AAdvanced Ear Training A1MUS101B 
MUS201BAdvanced Ear Training B1MUS201A 
MUS102AKeyboard Skills A1Non-percussion, non-piano majorsPercussion majors take MUS125R and piano majors take MUS123R instead
MUS102BKeyboard Skills B1MUS102A, non-percussion, non-piano majorsPercussion majors take MUS125R and piano majors take MUS123R instead
MUS202AAdvanced Keyboard Skills A1MUS102B, non-percussion, non-piano majorsPercussion majors take MUS225R and piano majors take MUS226A instead
MUS202BAdvanced Keyboard Skills B1MUS202A, non-percussion, non-piano majorsPercussion majors take MUS225R and piano majors take MUS226B instead
Music Theory and History Courses    
MUS111AWestern Music Theory A2Placement testStudents who are unprepared for MUS111A may take MUS011 first
MUS111BWestern Music Theory B2MUS111A 
MUS211AAdvanced Western Music Theory A2MUS111B 
MUS211BAdvanced Western Music Theory B2MUS211A 
MUS141History of Western Music (Overview)1  
MUS142History of Western Music (Medieval – Early Baroque)2MUS141 
MUS241History of Western Music (High Baroque – Classical)2MUS142 
MUS242History of Western Music (Romantic – Contemporary)2MUS241 
MUS244Chinese Music I2  
MUS245Chinese Music II2MUS244 
MUS341Orchestral Literature2Western non-piano instrument majorsPiano majors take MUS344 instead
MUS344Piano Literature2Piano majors 
MUS345Interpretation and Performance of East-West Music2Chinese instrument majors 
MUS361Chinese Music Seminar2Chinese instrument majors 
Senior Capstone Courses (select 1)    
MUS450Research Paper4Senior class standing 
MUS452Senior Project4Senior class standing 
MUS455Advanced Music Practicum IV4Senior class standing, instructor consent 

Table 3: 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
MUS424R Concert Practice IV 0.5
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.