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Bachelor of Music in Performance (Bass)

The Bass Performance bachelor’s degree program features a blend of intensive musical study and liberal arts, creating a strong foundation of music skills and hands-on performance/studio experience with critical thinking ability and a broad, real-world skill-set. The bachelor’s program is specially designed for aspiring music professionals who want to develop their musicianship to the highest level at the undergraduate level, while also building a broad skillset that includes music business and production.

By completing a curriculum focused on music theory, technique, aural skills, interpretation, and ensemble work, you’ll also be prepared to continue your studies in pursuit of a Master’s in Music Performance degree or Masters in Business degree.


Recommended Course Schedule
120 Credits (82 major area, 30 liberal arts, and 8 electives)

1st Semester 

  • APP 150B Applied Music (2)
  • MUS 113B Applied Theory I (2)
  • MUS 114B Technique I (1)
  • MUS 115B Contemporary Music Literature I (2)
  • MUS 104B Sight Reading & Repertoire I (1)
  • MUS 107 Music Theory I (2)
  • MUS 100K Keyboard Lab I (1)
  • MUS 140 Ear Training I (1)
  • ENS 150 Large Ensemble (1)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 13 + Liberal Arts credits


2nd Semester 

  • APP 150B Applied Music (2)
  • MUS 123B Applied Theory II (2)
  • MUS 124B Technique II (1)
  • MUS 125B Contemporary Music Literature II (2)
  • MUS 105B Sight Reading & Repertoire II (1)
  • MUS 121 Music Theory II (2)
  • MUS 102K Keyboard Lab II (1)
  • MUS 141 Ear Training II (1)
  • ENS 150 Large Ensemble (1)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 13 + Liberal Arts credits


3rd Semester 

  • APP 150B Applied Music (2)
  • MUS 238B Music Interpretation I (2)
  • MUS 224B Technique III (1)
  • MUS 106B Sight Reading & Repertoire III (1)
  • MUS 211 Music Theory III (2)
  • MUS 200K Keyboard Lab III (1)
  • MUS 208 Ear Training III (1)
  • ENS 100 Ensemble (1)
  • MUS 110 Artist and Industry Seminar I (1)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 12 + Liberal Arts credits


4th Semester 

  • APP 150B Applied Music (2)
  • MUS 248B Music Interpretation II (2)
  • MUS 221 Music Theory IV (2)
  • MUS 202K Keyboard Lab IV (1)
  • MUS 209 Ear Training IV (1)
  • ENS 100 Ensemble (1)
  • MUS 108B Sight Reading & Repertoire IV (1)
  • MUS 118 History of American Popular Music (3)
  • MUS 200 Sophomore Jury (0)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 13 + Liberal Arts credits


5th Semester 

  • APP 350B Applied Music (2)
  • MUS 345 Arranging I (2)
  • MUS 143 Desktop Music Publishing (1)
  • MUS 254 Improvisation Techniques (1)
  • ENS 300 Ensemble (1)
  • MUS *** Music Elective (MUS, ENS, APP) (2)
  • BUS118 Music Economics (3)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 12 + Liberal Arts credits


6th Semester 

  • APP 350B Applied Music (2)
  • MUS130 Artist and Industry Seminar II (1)
  • MUS 346 Arranging II (2)
  • MUS 316 Conducting (1)
  • ENS 300 Ensemble (1)
  • MUS 300 Junior Recital (1)
  • MUS *** Music Elective (MUS, ENS, APP) (1)
  • *** *** Upper division electives from any area (3)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 12 + Liberal Arts credits


7th Semester 

  • APP 350B Applied Music (2)
  • ENS 300 Ensemble (1)
  • MUS 416 Pedagogy (1)
  • MUS 416B Pedagogy Lab (1)
  • REC 111 Intro to Music Technology (1)
  • MUS *** Music Elective (MUS, ENS, APP) (2)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 8 + Liberal Arts credits


8th Semester 

  • APP 350B Applied Music (2)
  • MUS 400 Senior Recital (1)
  • MUS 401 Senior Jury (0)
  • ENS 300 Ensemble (1)
  • MUS 480 Creating a Life in Music (3)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 7 + Liberal Arts credits


Overall Credits: 120 – 90 major and elective, 30 liberal arts*

*Liberal arts requirements vary depending on degree program. Please refer to the course catalog for more information.

Please be aware that there may be adjustments to the semester-by-semester course sequence based upon: Start date, transfer credits, specific department requirements and advisor recommendations.

Bachelor of Music in Performance students are required to:

  • Participate in at least one ensemble each semester throughout their academic tenure. (In rare cases, exceptions are granted with Department Head Approval. Ensemble credit for professional ensemble experience is also a rare exception and only approved through the Dean of Academic Affairs).
  • Have a minimum of two semesters of a large ensemble experience.
  • Complete their “Concert Attendance” forms.

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