The Area of Music offers the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree (128 semester credit hours required) and the Bachelor of Music degree with major specializations in Music Performance (133 semester credit hours required) and Music Education (142–143 semester credit hours required). Kentucky State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Curriculum Guides

Curriculum guides are designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation.  In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones.  Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA.

Following the sample academic plan and its milestones will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. Students will need to refer to and/or print both the appropriate Liberal Studies Requirements AND the appropriate major sheet in order to view the complete degree program requirements.

Program Requirements

The Music Performance Specialization with an instrumental emphasis  (brass, wind, or percussion principal instrument) requires the successful completion of MUA 181, 182, 281, 282, 381, 382, 481, 482; MUS 103, 112, 113, 114, 115, 212, 213, 214, 215, 321, 322, 352, 354, 403, 424, 426, 427, 430; six semesters of major ensemble: MUP 381 (3 semesters) and MUP 382 or 385 (3 semesters); four semesters of minor applied studies in piano with the level of entry determined by the Piano Placement Examination; instrumental ensemble electives (2 semester credit hours) chosen from MUP 355, 358, or 385; instrumental chamber music ensemble electives (4 semester credit hours) chosen from MUP 387, 388, 389, or   390   as   appropriate   to   the   major   performance instrument;  three  hours  of  advised  electives;  and  six hours of free electives.

The Music Performance Specialization with a keyboard emphasis (piano or organ) requires the successful completion of MUA 181, 182, 281, 282, 381, 382, 481, 482; MUC 349; MUS 103, 112, 113, 114, 115, 212, 213, 214, 215,  321, 322, 350, 352, 353 or 354, 403, 424,  426,  427,  428;  minor  applied  elective  studies  (2 semester credit hours); major ensemble (six semesters); chamber music ensemble electives (4 semester credit hours); and six hours of free electives. Students who select vocal major ensemble (MUP 386, six semesters) and  vocal  ensemble  elective  must  take  MUS  353. Students who select instrumental major ensemble (MUP 381, 3 semesters and MUP 382 or 385, 3 semesters) and instrumental ensemble elective must take MUS 354.

The Music Performance Specialization with a vocal emphasis requires the successful completion of MUA 181, 182, 281, 282, 381, 382, 481, 482; MUS 103, 112, 113, 114, 115, 212, 213, 214, 215, 236, 321, 322, 334, 335, 352, 353, 403, 424, 426, 427, 429; six semesters of major ensemble: MUP 386; four semesters of minor applied   studies   in   piano   with   the   level   of   entry determined by the Piano Placement Examination; vocal ensemble  electives  (6  semester  credit  hours)  chosen from MUP 311, 357, or 383; and six hours of free electives.

Music Placement Examinations

Placement examinations in music theory and piano and applied music auditions on the principal instrument or voice are given during registration week of the fall and spring semesters to all entering students intending to declare a major in Music. The Music Theory Placement Examination is administered to determine the student’s level of entry in the music theory sequence (MUS 099 or MUS 112). The Piano Placement Examination is administered to determine the student’s level of entry in piano studies (MUC 110, 111, 210 or 211; MUA 121, 122, 221, or 222, Minor Applied Piano; or MUE 310 as applicable).

Applied music auditions are heard by the music faculty to determine the student’s level of entry into the major or minor sequence of applied studies.

Applied Music Jury Examinations

All major applied students are required to perform a jury examination each semester of study. However, a student must have successfully completed at least 70- percent of repertoire assigned by the applied instructor during the semester to be eligible to perform the jury. If the student does not perform a jury, or is ineligible to perform a jury, then the applied music course is failed.

In order for an absence from a scheduled applied music jury to be excused, a student must submit an official excuse from the Office of Student Affairs at least one  day  prior  to  the  jury,  or  if  there  are  serious mitigating circumstances, no later than the end of the Final Examination Week. If the absence is excused, then the student may  receive an incomplete grade (“I”)  in accordance with University academic policy. If the absence is unexcused, then the jury is failed, resulting in failure of the course.

Sophomore Applied Music Proficiency Examination

The Sophomore Applied Music Proficiency Examination is the MUA 262 or MUA 282 jury heard by a  quorum  of  applied  music faculty  to  determine  the student’s  mastery  of   performance   skills  that   are prerequisite to matriculation through 300- and 400-level applied music courses. Based on the outcome of the jury examination (pass/fail) the Music Faculty will advise the student to continue in their Music degree program or elect another degree program in the University.

Removal from Major

Students may be removed from the Bachelor of Arts in Music and Bachelor of Music degree programs if they have  not  successfully  completed  (passed)  the Sophomore Applied Music Proficiency Examination on their major instrument or voice within two successive semesters. A student who fails the Examination on the first attempt will be allowed a second attempt in the following semester. A student who fails the Examination on the second attempt will be removed from the major and will be returned to undeclared status.

Piano Proficiency Examination

The Piano Proficiency Examination is administered to determine achievement of required keyboard skills competencies. For Music Education majors, a passing score on the examination must be achieved to successfully  complete  MUE  311.  For  Music Performance majors, a passing score on the examination must be achieved to successfully complete MUA 222 (piano).

Major Areas of Performance

Each music major is required to designate a principal performance area of major applied study and must enroll in the corresponding course sequence until performance requirements (Bachelor of Arts in Music) or recital requirements (Bachelor of Music) are completed. Changes in the principal performance area must be approved by a quorum of the Music Faculty.   If the change in the principal performance area is approved by the Music Faculty, the student is required to begin major applied in the new principal performance area at a level to be determined by Music Faculty.

Required Recital Performances

All  music  majors  enrolled  in  the  Bachelor  of Music degree program must perform a junior and/or senior recital on their major instrument or voice to demonstrate knowledge of applicable solo performance literature and competency in its preparation. Students enrolled in the Music Education Specialization must perform a recital of 30 minutes of music (Senior Recital) during the semester of enrollment in MUA 461. Students enrolled in the Music Performance Specialization must perform a recital of 30 minutes of music during the semester of enrollment in MUA 382 (Junior Recital), and a recital of 45 minutes of music during the semester of enrollment  in  MUA  482  (Senior  Recital).  All  recitals must be heard and approved by a quorum of the Music Faculty no later than three weeks prior to the scheduled performance. No recitals may be presented after the last official day of classes or during the Final Examination Week of the applicable semester.

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