The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree is intended for the Kentucky State University student who wishes to study music within a liberal studies framework and use the degree as a foundation for a wide range of career options and/or graduate study in music or other academic areas. Emphasis placed on electives in music and general studies provides the student with opportunities for distinctive educational experiences oriented to his or her specific needs and interests— music industry studies, jazz studies, music theory/composition, performance, and music history/literature.
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.
- Liberal Studies General Core Requirements
- Liberal Studies Requirements: Whitney Young School Honors Program
- BA – Music
The degree requires the successful completion of 128 semester credit hours, including: General Studies— 45–50 hours; Musicianship Studies—21 hours (MUS 103, 112, 113, 114, 115, 212, 213, 214, 215, 321, 322, and MUS 323 or 325 or 333, which also fulfills IGS elective requirement in the Fine Arts, Letters, History, and Integrative Studies component of the University Liberal Studies General Core Requirements—if the IGS elective substitution option is chosen, an additional 3 hours of electives (music, advised, or free) must be completed; Performance Studies—16 hours (MUA 161, 162, 261, 262; MUC 110, 111, 210, 211, or if keyboard is the student’s principal instrument, 4 hours of applied studies on a secondary instrument are substituted; MUP major ensemble, 4 hours; MUP ensemble electives, 4 hours chosen from ensembles appropriate to the major instrument or voice other than MUP 381, 382, or 386); Further Studies in Music—17 hours (electives that may be chosen from MUA, MUC, MUI, MUP, or MUS courses according to the interests and needs of the student); Advised Electives—18 hours and Free Electives—6 hours. At least 25 hours of elective courses completed must be at the 300-400 level.
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.