School of Performing Arts: Music Degree Checklist



(Revised Fall 2010)

Music Core Requirements

Music Theory sequence

MUSC 1103 Theory of Music I  3 cr   & MUSC 1113 Aural Skills I  1 cr
MUSC 1104 Theory of Music II  3 cr   & MUSC 1114 Aural Skills II  1 cr
MUSC 2203 Theory of Music III  3 cr   & MUSC 2213 Aural Skills III  1 cr
MUSC 2204 Theory of Music IV  3 cr   & MUSC 2214 Aural Skills IV  1 cr
MUSC 3311 Form and Analysis  2 cr

Piano Proficiency sequence

Students must register concurrently for Class Piano with MUSC 1103-1104 and 2203-2204, or pass the Piano Proficiency Exam.

MUSC 1118 Class Piano I 1 cr
MUSC 1119 Class Piano II 1 cr
MUSC 2218 Class Piano III 1 cr
MUSC 2219 Class Piano IV 1 cr

Music History sequence

MUSC 1108 The World of Music 4 cr
MUSC 3304 History of Music I 3 cr
MUSC 3305 History of Music II 3 cr
MUSC 3306 History of Music III 3 cr

Applied Music sequence

MUSC 1107 Recital Attendance (7 semesters) 0 cr
MUSC 1100-level Applied Music (2 semesters) 2-6 cr
MUSC 2200-level Applied Music (2 semesters) 2-6 cr
MUSC 3300-level Applied Music (2 semesters) 2-6 cr
MUSC 4400-level Applied Music (1-2 semesters) 1-6 cr
MUSC 4495 Senior Recital 0-2 cr

Registration in MUSC 4495 is not required for BME degree, although a recital is required. Only students who perform a full-length recital are eligible to register for credit.

Large Ensembles

(8 semesters)(7 semesters for B.M.E. degree)

MUSP 1169 Orchestra
MUSP 1172 Women's Choir
MUSP 1173 Concert Choir
MUSP 1177 Symphonic Band (Wind Ensemble, Concert Band)
MUSP 1179 Bengal Marching Band (2 semesters required for wind & percussion B.M.E. students)

B.M. Required Music Courses (B.M. degree only)

MUSC 2217 Voice Diction (Voice majors only) 2 cr
MUSC 3317 Advanced Voice Diction (Voice majors only) 2 cr
MUSC 3319 or 3320 Conducting (Choral/Instrumental) 2 cr
MUSC 4411, 4413 or 4419 Literature (Instrumental/Piano/Voice) 2 cr
MUSC 4412, 4414, or 4420 Pedagogy (Instrumental/Piano/Voice) 2 cr
Upper Division Music Theory/History Elective 2-3 cr
Other Music Electives* 2 cr
Chamber Music
  • MUSC 1167 Opera Workshop (Voice majors - 2 semesters)
  • MUSC 1168 Keyboard Collaboration (Piano majors - 4 semesters)
  • MUSC 1168 Instrumental Ensemble (Instrumental majors - 4 semesters)

*Music Electives

Music electives must be chosen from Music Courses, not from Applied Music or Music Ensembles (Performing Organizations).

ISU requires that 36 of the credits counted toward graduation must be in upper division courses carrying 3000 or 4000 numbers. Sixteen of these credits must be earned in music courses. Therefore, some elective courses will usually need to be at the upper division level in order to satisfy ISU graduation requirements.

B.M.E. Required Music Courses (B.M.E. degree only)

MUSC 1127 Class Voice (or Choir) 1 cr
MUSC 2252 Introduction to Music Education 1 cr
MUSC 2255 Woodwinds Methods 2 cr
MUSC 2256 Brass Methods 2 cr
MUSC 2258 Percussion Methods 2 cr
MUSC 2259 Strings Methods 2 cr
MUSC 3312 Music Technology 2 cr
MUSC 3319 Choral Conducting 2 cr
MUSC 3320 Instrumental Conducting 2 cr
MUSC 3333 Elementary Music Methods 3 cr
MUSC 3334 Choral Music Methods 2 cr
MUSC 3335 Instrumental Music Methods 2 cr
MUSC 3338 Field Experience In Music Education2 cr
MUSC 4401 Orchestration 2 cr

B.A. or B.S. Required Music Courses (B.A. or B.S. degrees only)

Upper Division Music Theory/History Elective2-3 cr
Other Music Electives*2 cr

*Music Electives

Music electives must be chosen from Music Courses, not from Applied Music or Music Ensembles (Performing Organizations).