Lower Division and Transfer Student Requirements
Incoming freshman music majors should be aware that, unlike certain disciplines, specialized music study begins in the first year. These courses are taken concurrently with the freshman and sophomore general education core courses.
In addition to meeting all general requirements for admission to the University, all incoming students intending to major in music must perform an entrance audition in their principal performing medium before a faculty committee, or submit a portfolio of compositions, as appropriate. Transfer students must also supply a complete list of repertoire previously studied. Unless approved for upper division instruction through audition, transfer students will enroll in lower division applied music. Audition dates must be arranged through the Music Department.
To ensure appropriate course placement, theory and keyboard assessments will be administered to all incoming music majors, whether freshmen or transfer students. Contact the music office for administration dates. Transfer students must complete the lower division Field of Study requirements in music with grades of "C" or better.
The music curriculum is designed to ensure reasonable scope and competence in all graduates. Any music degree is demanding in both academic studies and performance. Most students, especially those seeking teacher certification, will need to complete some of the coursework in summers or plan to allow five years to complete the program. Careful consultation with a faculty advisor is required throughout the program to ensure timely progress toward the degree.