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Bachelor of Music in Performance (Brass and Woodwinds)

The Brass and Woodwinds 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.


Recommended Course Schedule
120 Credits (80 major area, 30 liberal arts, and 10 electives)

1st Semester

  • APP 150BW Applied Music (2)
  • MUS 113BW Applied Theory I (2)
  • MUS 114BW Technique I (1)
  • MUS 107 Music Theory I (2)
  • MUS 100K Keyboard Lab I (1)
  • MUS 140 Ear Training I (1)
  • MUS 110 Artist and Industry Seminar I (1)
  • ENS 150 Large Ensemble (1)
  • ENS 100 Ensemble (1)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 12 + Liberal Arts credits


2nd Semester 

  • APP 150BW Applied Music (2)
  • MUS 123BW Applied Theory II (2)
  • MUS 124BW Technique II (1)
  • MUS 125BW Contemporary Music Literature II (2)
  • MUS 121 Music Theory II (2)
  • MUS 102K Keyboard Lab II (1)
  • MUS 141 Ear Training II (1)
  • ENS 150 Large Ensemble (1)
  • ENS 100 Ensemble (1)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 13 + Liberal Arts credits


3rd Semester

  • APP 150BW Applied Music (2)
  • MUS 238BW Music Interpretation I (2)
  • 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)
  • BUS 118 Music Industry Economics (3)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 13 + Liberal Arts credits


4th Semester

  • APP 150BW Applied Music (2)
  • MUS 248BW 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)
  • REC 111 Intro to Music Technology (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 350BW Applied Music (2)
  • MUS 130 Artist and Industry Seminar II (1)
  • MUS 345 Arranging I (2)
  • MUS 143 Desktop Music Publishing (1)
  • MUS 254 Improvisation Techniques (1)
  • ENS 300 Ensemble (1)
  • *** *** Elective from any area (1)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 9 + Liberal Arts credits


6th Semester

  • APP 350BW Applied Music 2
  • MUS 346 Arranging II 2
  • MUS 363, 364 or 365 Performance Practices 2
  • ENS 300 Ensemble 1
  • MUS 300 Junior Recital 1
  • *** *** Upper Division Electives from any area 2
  • *** *** Electives from any area 2
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 12 + Liberal Arts credits


7th Semester

  • APP 350BW Applied Music (2)
  • ENS 300 Ensemble (1)
  • MUS 416 Pedagogy (1)
  • MUS 416BW Pedagogy Lab (1)
  • *** *** Upper Division Electives from any area (2)
  • MUS 316 Conducting (1)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 8 + Liberal Arts credits


8th Semester

  • APP 350S 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)
  • *** *** Electives from any area (3)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 10 + 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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