Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Music Performance, Bachelor of Music (BM) - Liberal Studies

The Bachelor of Music in Music Performance prepares students to develop the highest level of performing skills. For more information on the BM in Music Performance, please contact Dr. Jason Kush.

For information regarding auditions for the Music Department, please click here.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • The student will be able to identify and analyze the basic elements of music both visually and aurally including analyzing musical compositions focusing on theoretical and historical aspects.
  • The student will be able to identify, explain and appreciate music of different historical periods, cultures, and composers.
  • The student will be able to use critical thinking skills and communicate effectively in oral, written, and electronic mode.
  • The student will be able to harmonize, transpose, compose, arrange, and orchestrate music utilizing concepts of the basic elements of music as well as instrumental and vocal characteristics.
  • The student will be able to demonstrate basic conducting patterns, techniques, expressions, and rehearsal techniques with vocal and instrumental ensembles.
  • The student will be able to understand and appreciate the creative process of the arts by exploring creative ways to express feelings, perform music, and select resources and procedures for instruction/therapy with their students/clients.
  • The student will be able to play scales, accompaniments, song repertoire, songs by ear, and transpose melodies with harmonization on the guitar.
  • The student will be able to explain and identify jazz concepts and styles and perform clinical instrumental improvisation techniques.
  • The student will be able to perform as a member of a musical ensemble demonstrating proper techniques of ensemble performance such as balance and blend, as well as musical and social interaction, and cooperation to achieve shared goals.
  • The student will be able to play scales, repertoire, hymns, music therapy literature, accompaniments, songs by ear, and transposed melodies with harmonization on the piano.
  • The student will be able to sing or play his/her primary instrument with appropriate techniques of posture, breathing, tone production, articulation/bowing, diction, intonation, expression, and style.
  • The student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of instrumental/vocal repertoire by performing music of different styles, periods, and composers.
  • The student will perform in a student recital or performance class every semester.
  • The student will be able to identify instrumental/vocal strengths and weaknesses.
  • The student will be able to use technology in composition, performance, analysis, teaching and research.

Related Links

Music Performance, BM Program Page

Music Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.5 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.5 or higher

Summary*

Liberal Studies Requirements40
Modern Language Proficiency0-6
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements79-80
Electives3

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Goal (This requirement is waived)0
Global Community
Goal–Non-US3
Goal–Non-US3
Goal–US3
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Goal3
Science, Technology & Math
Select ten credits:10
Challenges of the Modern Age
Goal3
Subtotal34
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from two of the following Enrichment Areas:6
Subtotal6
Total Hours40

Modern Language Proficiency: Voice Majors Only

Language proficiency at the 102 class level is required in French, German or Italian. Exemption by placement or examination is possible.

Complete 0-6 credits0-6
Total Hours0-6

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements

  • 39 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 39 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Required Music Courses
Students must earn a ‘C’ or better in each semester of Musicianship Skills and Music Theory
MUSI 151Music Theory and Analysis I 1,22
MUSI 154Musicianship Skills I 1,21
MUSI 204Art and Science of Performing1
MUSI 206Fundamentals of Conducting 11
MUSI 253Music Theory and Analysis II 1,22
MUSI 254Music Theory and Analysis III 1,22
MUSI 255Music Theory and Analysis IV 1,22
MUSI 256Musicianship Skills II 1,21
MUSI 257Musicianship Skills III 1,21
MUSI 258Musicianship Skills IV 1,21
MUSI 350Computer Technology in Music 12
MUSI 351Arranging & Orchestration 12
MUSI 359History of Music I 13
Select one of the following:1
Keyboard Improvisation 1
Instrumental Improvisation 1
MUSI 373History of Music II 13
MUSI 406Advanced Conducting2
MUSI 431Pedagogy 11
MUSI 473History of Music III 13
Subtotal31
Major Applied - Must all be in same instrument.
Students must earn a “C” or better in each semester of applied major study.
Select Four semesters at the 300+ level or higher (required):24
MUSI 165-465
Applied Performance Voice 1,2
MUSI 166-466
Applied Performance Piano 1,2
MUSI 167-467
Applied Performance Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass) 1,2
MUSI 168-468
Applied Performance Woodwinds (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon) 1,2
MUSI 169-469
Applied Performance Brass (Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba) 1,2
MUSI 170-470
Applied Performance Percussion 1,2
Subtotal24
Minor Applied - Instrumental and voice majors
Class Piano can be counted toward the minor applied. Students must earn a ‘C’ or better each semester to move on to the next level.
Select one of the following:4
Class Piano I
and Class Piano II
and Class Piano III
and Class Piano IV 1,2
MUSI 179-479
Applied Piano 1,2
Subtotal4
Minor Applied - Piano majors only
Class Piano cannot be counted toward the minor applied. Piano majors must select another instrument. Students must earn a ‘C’ or better each semester to move on to the next level.
Select four credits:0-4
MUSI 181-481
Applied Voice 2
MUSI 182-482
Applied Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass) 2
MUSI 183-483
Applied Brass (Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium) 2
MUSI 184-484
Applied Woodwinds (Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Flute, Saxophone) 2
MUSI 185-485
Applied Percussion 2
Subtotal0-4
Large Ensemble Participation
Four semesters must be at the 300+ level. The student must earn a “C” or better in each semester to satisfy this requirement.
Select eight credits: 38
MUSI 114-414Wind Ensemble BRXWP 1,2
MUSI 115-415Concert Choir VPG 1
MUSI 118-418Marching Pride BRXWGP 1
MUSI 119-419Concert Band BRXWP 1
MUSI 120-420Jazz Ensemble XGPBW 1
MUSI 121-421Orchestra BRPSW 1
Subtotal8
Required Music Electives - Voice majors only
Voice Majors - Select one of the following:0-2
Diction for Singers 1
Diction for Singers II 1
Subtotal0-2
Music Electives
All perfromance majors select twelve credits, Voice majors select nine credits; six credits must be at the 300 level or higher:9-12
MUSI 109-409
Jazz Combo 1
MUSI 113-413
Saxophone Quartet 1
MUSI 114-414
Wind Ensemble 1
MUSI 115-415
Concert Choir 1
MUSI 117-417
Chamber Singers 1
MUSI 118-418
Marching Pride 1
MUSI 119-419
Concert Band 1
MUSI 121-421
Orchestra 1
MUSI 122-422
Chamber Strings 1
MUSI 123-423
Brass Ensemble 1
MUSI 126-426
Flute Choir 1
Guitar and Bass Methods 1
Class Voice I (Instrumental majors only) 1
Voice Methods 1
Functional Guitar for Music Therapy I 1
Functional Guitar for Music Therapy II 1
Low Brass Methods 1
MUSI 179-479
Applied Piano 1,2
MUSI 181-481
Applied Voice 1
MUSI 182-482
Applied Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass) 1
MUSI 183-483
Applied Brass (Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba) 1
MUSI 184-484
Applied Woodwinds (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon) 1
MUSI 185-485
Applied Percussion 1
Chamber Music Performance 1
Opera Performance 1
Opera Performance
Percussion Methods 1
Women and Music 1
String Methods 1
Keyboard Improvisation 1
Instrumental Improvisation
Flute, Oboe, & Bassoon Methods 1
High Brass Methods 1
Subtotal9-12
Applied Recital
MUSI 499Applied Recital 11
Total Hours77-86

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

MUSIC PERFORMANCE - BM (5253)
This program is effective as of Fall 2018.
Revised 7/2018