Applied Music, listed in the university catalog as MUS3122 and MUS3222, consists of private study of an instrument or voice with a member of the Department of Music faculty. With the exception of pre-music education students, all undergraduate music students enrolled in the Department of Music are required to take Applied Music each semester until graduation; usually, this comprises eight semesters of Applied Music. Music Education students, on the other hand, typically take seven semesters of Applied Music.
Students receive academic credit for Applied Music and the student’s major determines the number of credits of Applied Music taken each semester. Students taking MUS3122 have lower division performance status. Some undergraduate degrees require the student to progress to upper division performance status. Admission to upper division performance status is achieved by passing a promotional jury, typically taken at the end of the sophomore year. The specific requirements for each major are listed below.
Performance Majors register for three credits of Applied Music each semester and must take at least four semesters of MUS3222.
Music Theory Majors register for two credits of Applied Music each semester and must take at least one semester of MU3S222.
Bachelor of Arts Majors register for two credits of Applied Music each semester; MUS3222 is not required, but is an option.
Music Education Students register for two credits of Applied Music each semester and must have at least one semesterof MUS3222.
As with all lessons, the main emphasis is on performing. Lessons will address technical and musical skills in order to improve the student’s performance ability and understanding. Musical analysis, history, and other musical skills learned in the course of the student’s academic career may be applied during Applied Music, thereby elevating the student’s musical awareness.
For information concerning the graduate program, please consult the Handbook for Graduate Music Students.