MSU Billings Catalog

Music Bachelor of Arts Degree *Program placed on moratorium*

Required Courses

General Education Requirements31
The credits may be counted only once. Students should consult with an academic advisor before registering for General Education courses in order to minimize the number of credits required for graduation. 1
Select four credits of Applied Study from one of the following4
Applied Music I:Guitar
Applied Music I:Voice
Applied Music I:Piano
Applied Music I:Flute
Applied Music I:Oboe
Applied Music I:Clarinet
Applied Music I:Saxophone
Applied Music I:Bassoon
Applied Music I:Horn
Applied Music I:Trumpet
Applied Music I:Trombone
Applied Music I:Euphonium
Applied Music I:Tuba
Applied Music I:Violin/Viola
Applied Music I:Cello/Bass
Applied Music I:Percussion
MUSI 135Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 136Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 105Music Theory I3
MUSI 140Aural Perception I1
MUSI 106Music Theory II3
MUSI 141Aural Perception II1
MUSI 207World Music *3
Select four credits from the following performance ensembles:4
Band: MSUB Symphonic *
Orchestra: MSUB
Choral Ensemble: Univ Chorus *
MUSI 205Music Theory III3
MUSI 240Aural Perception III1
MUSI 206Music Theory IV3
MUSI 241Aural Perception IV1
Upper Divisional Juries (see below)
Select four credits of Advanced Study from one of the following:4
Applied Music III:Guitar
Applied Music III:Voice
Applied Music III:Piano
Applied Music III:Flute
Applied Music III:Oboe
Applied Music III:Clarinet
Applied Music III:Saxophone
Applied Music III:Bassoon
Applied Music III:Horn
Applied Music III:Trumpet
Applied Music III:Trombone
Applied Music III:Euphonium
Applied Music III:Tuba
Applied Music III:Violin/Viola
Applied Music III:Cello/Bass
Applied Music III:Percussion
MUSI 301Music History I3
MUSI 302Music History II3
Select four credits from the following performance ensembles:4
Symphonic Band
Symphony Orchestra
Choir III: University Chorus
MUSI 443Music Form & Style3
MUSI 440Orchestration3
MUSI 499Senior Recital1
Subtotal50
MinorV
Language Requirement14
Restricted electives selected with advisor approval6
ElectivesV 0-3
The total number of elective credits required for the degree will be determined by the number of courses a student elects to take which fulfill both the General Education requirements and the major requirements. Electives should be chosen in consultation with an academic advisor.
Total Minimum Credits120
1

The following General Education course also satisfies requirements in the major: MUSI 207 (3 cr.).

*

May satisfy General Education requirements. 

Certain courses in this program have prerequisites; students should check the course descriptions for required prerequisites.

Upper Divisional Juries

Music majors must pass an upper divisional jury before registering for 300 Level Advanced Music courses.  Students must apply for upper divisional with the chairperson at least two weeks prior to the proposed jury date.  Following are the upper divisional requirements:

  1. A closed audition before a faculty committee.  This audition may be performed during the semester, or during the semester-end juries.  It must consist of at least two solo works of varying styles that demonstrate appropriate technical and musical ability, as well as scales, and other performance requirements specified by the student’s applied teacher.
  2. A working copy of the student’s transcript to verify satisfactory progress in MUSI 206 and MUSI 241.

Suggested Plan of Study

This sample schedule is a suggested plan for students to follow in completing the Bachelor of Arts Degree Major in Music.  Due to course schedule changes and staff assignments, students may not be able to follow the plan exactly.  Students should consult with their advisors to plan classes before registering each term.

First Year
Fall
WRIT 101College Writing I3
MUSI 135Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 105Music Theory I3
MUSI 140Aural Perception I1
MUSI 207World Music3
Performance Ensemble1
Applied Study1
General Education3
Total16
Spring
MUSI 136Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 106Music Theory II3
MUSI 141Aural Perception II1
Performance Ensemble1
Applied Study1
General Education3
Electives4
Total14
Second Year
Fall
MUSI 205Music Theory III3
MUSI 240Aural Perception III1
Performance Ensemble1
Applied Study1
Foreign Language4
General Education w/Lab4
Total14
Spring
MUSI 206Music Theory IV3
MUSI 241Aural Perception IV1
Performance Ensemble1
Applied Study1
Foreign Language4
General Education6
Total16
Third Year
Fall
MUSI 301Music History I3
Performance Ensemble1
Advanced Study1
Foreign Language3
General Education6
Total14
Spring
MUSI 302Music History II3
Performance Ensemble1
Advanced Study1
Foreign Language3
General Education3
Minor3
Total14
Fourth Year
Fall
MUSI 443Music Form & Style3
Performance Ensemble1
Advanced Study1
Minor9
Elective3
Total17
Spring
MUSI 440Orchestration3
MUSI 499Senior Recital1
Performance Ensemble1
Advanced Study1
Minor8
Elective1
Total15