Music (B.Mus.)

 

The Bachelor of Music degree provides a program for talented students with prior musical experience and skills who seek professional training in music. A wide range of concentrations is available under the program to meet the specialized interests and career plans of serious music students. Depending on the student's qualifications, he or she may choose from seven professional areas of concentration: composition; instrumental music education; vocal music education; music business; music technology; jazz studies; or performance.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon

  1. satisfaction of the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University;
  2. a successful audition on a principal instrument or voice.

Audition dates are scheduled throughout the year and prospective students should contact the Music Office at 313-577-1795 for scheduling information. Entering students must consult a departmental advisor prior to their first registration.

Candidates for the Bachelor of Music must complete 120 to 127 credits iincluding satisfaction of the University General Education requirementsCollege degree requirements, as well as the specific course requirements for each concentration listed below. In addition, all Bachelor of Music students are required to successfully complete a junior-standing performance jury and, depending upon concentration, other junior-standing assessments during the fourth semester of enrollment.

Concentrations (B.Mus. Program)

Composition (120 Credits)

General Education Requirements
MUH 1345(VP) Music Cultures (to satisfy the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement)3
Other requirements32
Piano Competency, Applied Music, and Ensembles
MUA 1795Piano Skills I2
MUA 2795Piano Skills II2
Six terms of appropriate MUP courses (private instruction in principal instrument or voice, one credit per term - total six credits). See Principal and Secondary Private Instruction Courses for courses6
If Piano is not the principal instrument, two terms of MUP 1215, Secondary Piano and two terms of MUP 3215, Secondary Piano0-4
Select six terms of major ensemble (must be elected concurrently with MUP private instruction) of the following:6
University Bands
University Symphony Orchestra
Jazz Big Band
Jazz Guitar Ensemble
Choral Union
Concert Chorale
Select one term of chamber music of the following:1
Jazz Combos
Chamber Music and Special Ensembles
Electronic Music Ensemble
General Lectures and Concerts
MUA 0900General Lectures and Concerts (four terms)0
Music History, Music Theory, Conducting and Technogy
MUH 3310Music History and Literature I3
MUH 3320Music History and Literature II3
MUH 3330(WI) Music History and Literature III3
MUT 1140Theory I3
MUT 1150Ear Training I1
MUT 1160Theory II3
MUT 1170Ear Training II1
MUT 2030Keyboard Harmony I1
MUT 2040Keyboard Harmony II1
MUT 2100Counterpoint2
MUT 2120Jazz Theory and Harmony3
MUT 2140Theory III3
MUT 2150Ear Training III1
MUT 2160Theory IV3
MUT 2170Ear Training IV1
MUT 3000Orchestration2
Select one of the following:3
Advanced Orchestration
Special Topics in Theory
Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis
Analysis of Twentieth-Century Music
MUT 5997Analytical Techniques3
MUA 3670Conducting Techniques I2
MUA 5610Music Technology3
Composition
MUT 1200Beginning Composition I2
MUT 1210Beginning Composition II2
MUT 2200Beginning Composition III2
MUT 2210Beginning Composition IV2
MUT 3200Intermediate Composition I2
MUT 3210Intermediate Composition II2
MUT 4200Advanced Composition I2
MUT 4210Advanced Composition II2
MUT 5280Interactive Electronic Music Composition3
Music Electives
Selected in consultation with program advisor5-7
Philosophy of Art course to satisfy the Philosophy and Letters General Education distribution requirement
PHI 3700(PL) Philosophy of Art3
Senior Project
Presentation of a program of original compositions approved by the major advisor0
Total Credits124-130

Instrumental Music Education (127 Credits)

General Education Requirement
MUH 1345(VP) Music Cultures (to satisfy the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement)3
Other requirements32
Piano Competency, Applied Music, and Ensembles
MUA 1795Piano Skills I2
MUA 2795Piano Skills II2
Seven terms of appropriate MUP courses (private instruction in principal instrument, one credit per term - total seven credits). See Principal and Secondary Private Instruction Courses for courses7
Select six terms of major ensemble (must be elected concurrently with MUP private instruction) of the following:6
University Bands (6 req. for winds, brass, or percussion principals)
University Symphony Orchestra (6 req. for strings principals)
Select one secondary performance ensemble from the following:1
Jazz Big Band
Men's Glee Club
Choral Union
Women's Chorale
Electronic Music Ensemble (only open to students pursuing the Music Technology Minor for Instrumental Music Education Students)
General Lectures and Concerts
MUA 0900General Lectures and Concerts0
Music History, Theory, and Technology
MUH 3310Music History and Literature I3
MUH 3320Music History and Literature II3
MUH 3330(WI) Music History and Literature III3
MUT 1140Theory I3
MUT 1150Ear Training I1
MUT 1160Theory II3
MUT 1170Ear Training II1
MUT 2140Theory III3
MUT 2150Ear Training III1
MUT 2160Theory IV3
MUT 2170Ear Training IV1
MUT 3000Orchestration2
MUT 5997Analytical Techniques3
MED 5590Applications of Technology in Music Teaching2
Instrumental Techniques and Conducting
MUA 1720Voice Techniques and Pedagogy2
MUA 1730String Techniques and Pedagogy2
MUA 1740Woodwind Techniques and Pedagogy (4 credits req.)4
MUA 1750Brasswind Techniques and Pedagogy2
MUA 1760Percussion Techniques and Pedagogy2
MUA 3670Conducting Techniques I2
MUA 3680Conducting Techniques II2
Music Education
MED 3500Introduction to Music Education2
MED 3510Teaching General Music2
MED 4540Instrumental Music in the Schools I3
MED 4550Instrumental Music in the Schools II3
MED 4560Practicum in Music Education2
College of Education Required Courses
EDP 3310Educational Psychology3
RLL 6121Teaching Reading in the Content Areas: Grades 6-123
TED 5790Directed Teaching and Conference for Special Groups8
Total Credits127

NOTE: Music Education and the College of Education Joint Enrollment: All music education students must apply for admission to the College of Education (COE) at the end of their sophomore year. Students are then jointly enrolled in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts and the College of Education. Students should contact their music education advisor for information on applying to the COE. Students will not be allowed to register for the professional courses taught through the College of Education (EDP 3310, RLL 6121 and TED 5790) until they have been officially admitted to the COE.

Vocal Music Education (127 Credits)

General Education Requirement
MUH 1345(VP) Music Cultures3
Other requirements32
Piano Competency, Applied Music, and Ensembles
MUA 1795Piano Skills I2
MUA 2795Piano Skills II2
All Vocal Music Education students must declare either voice or piano as a principal applied music area.
Select one of the following:10
Voice principals
Six terms of MUP: Voice principal private instruction, one credit per term, AND four terms of MUP: Piano secondary private instruction, one credit per term (total ten credits). See MUP course table ( Principal and Secondary Private Instruction Courses) for course numbers.
Piano principals
Six terms of MUP (Piano principal private instruction, one credit per term, AND four terms of MUP: Voice secondary private instruction, one credit per term - (total ten credits). See MUP course table (Principal and Secondary Private Instruction Courses) for course numbers.
Select six terms of major ensemble (must be elected concurrently with MUP private instruction) of the following:6
Choral Union
Concert Chorale
Select one term of secondary ensemble of the following:1
Men's Glee Club
Opera Workshop
Women's Chorale
General Lectures and Concerts
MUA 0900General Lectures and Concerts0
Music History, Theory, and Technology
MUH 3310Music History and Literature I3
MUH 3320Music History and Literature II3
MUH 3330(WI) Music History and Literature III3
MUT 1140Theory I3
MUT 1150Ear Training I1
MUT 1160Theory II3
MUT 1170Ear Training II1
MUT 2140Theory III3
MUT 2150Ear Training III1
MUT 2160Theory IV3
MUT 2170Ear Training IV1
MUT 5997Analytical Techniques3
MED 5590Applications of Technology in Music Teaching2
Instrumental Techniques and Conducting
MUA 1700Guitar Class2
or MUA 1730 String Techniques and Pedagogy
Select two of the following:4
Woodwind Techniques and Pedagogy
Brasswind Techniques and Pedagogy
Percussion Techniques and Pedagogy
MUA 3670Conducting Techniques I2
MED 5550Choral Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques3
Music Education
MUA 1720Voice Techniques and Pedagogy2
MED 2500Piano Skills for the Music Classroom2
MED 3500Introduction to Music Education2
MED 3510Teaching General Music2
MED 4510Vocal Music in Schools I3
MED 4530Vocal Music in Schools II3
MED 4560Practicum in Music Education2
MED 4570Student Teaching and Seminar8
College of Education Required Courses
EDP 3310Educational Psychology3
RLL 6121Teaching Reading in the Content Areas: Grades 6-123
Total Credits127
1

Note: Vocal Music Education students intending to teach general music in elementary schools may substitute RLL 6120 for RLL 6121.

NOTE: Music Education and the College of Education Joint Enrollment: All music education students must apply for admission to the College of Education (COE) at the end of their sophomore year. Students are then jointly enrolled in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts and the College of Education. Students should contact their music education advisor for information on applying to the COE. Students will not be allowed to register for the professional courses taught through the College of Education (EDP 3310 and RLL 6120 or RLL 6121) until they have been officially admitted to the COE.

Music Business (123 - 124 Credits)

General Education Requirement
MUH 1345(VP) Music Cultures (to satisfy the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement)3
PSY 1010(LS) Introductory Psychology (to satisfy both the Life Science (LS) ddistribution requirement and the prerequisite for MGT 2530)3-4
or PSY 1020 (LS) Elements of Psychology
Other requirements29
Piano Competency, Applied Music, and Ensembles
MUA 1795Piano Skills I2
MUA 2795Piano Skills II2
Six terms of appropriate MUP courses (private instruction in principal instrument or voice, one credit per term. See Principal and Secondary Private Instruction Courses)6
Select six terms of major ensemble (must be elected concurrently with MUP private instruction) of the following:6
University Bands
University Symphony Orchestra
Jazz Big Band
Jazz Guitar Ensemble
Choral Union
Concert Chorale
General Lectures and Concerts
MUA 0900General Lectures and Concerts0
Music History, Theory, and Technology
MUH 3310Music History and Literature I3
MUH 3320Music History and Literature II3
MUH 3330(WI) Music History and Literature III3
MUT 1140Theory I3
MUT 1150Ear Training I1
MUT 1160Theory II3
MUT 1170Ear Training II1
MUT 2140Theory III3
MUT 2150Ear Training III1
MUT 2160Theory IV3
MUT 2170Ear Training IV1
MUT 5997Analytical Techniques3
MUA 5610Music Technology3
Music Business Requirements
MUA 2400Music Business I3
MUA 3670Conducting Techniques I2
MUA 5600Music Business II3
MUA 5630Recording Techniques I2
MUA 5700Music Business III3
MUA 5800Music Business IV3
MUA 4650Directed Study: Internships (two terms: 4 credits, typically one- and three-credit elections)4
Business Courses and Related Requirements
ACC 3010Introduction to Financial Accounting3
BA 2300Quantitative Methods I: Probability and Statistical Inference3
ECO 2010(SS) Principles of Microeconomics3-4
ECO 2020(SS) Principles of Macroeconomics3-4
MAT 1500College Algebra for the Social and Management Sciences3
MGT 2530Management of Organizational Behavior3
MKT 2300Marketing Management3
Total Credits123-126
NOTE: Music Business Majors (Minor Business Option)

Music business majors may obtain a Minor in Business Administration by electing FIN 3290 and one additional elective course in the Mike Ilitch School of Business. See Business Administration Minor for further information.

Music Technology (126 Credits)

General Education Requirement
MUH 1345(VP) Music Cultures (to satisfy the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement)3
Other requirements32
Piano Competency, Applied Music, and Ensembles
MUA 1795Piano Skills I2
MUA 2795Piano Skills II2
Six terms of appropriate MUP courses (private instruction in principal instrument or voice, 1 credit per term - total six credits). See Principal and Secondary Private Instruction Courses6
Select four terms of major ensemble (must be elected concurrently with MUP private instruction) of the following:4
University Bands
University Symphony Orchestra
Jazz Big Band
Jazz Guitar Ensemble
Choral Union
Concert Chorale
MUA 5641Electronic Music Ensemble (2 req. must be elected concurrently with MUP private instruction)2
General Lectures and Concerts
Music History, Theory, and Technology
MUH 3310Music History and Literature I3
MUH 3320Music History and Literature II3
MUH 3330(WI) Music History and Literature III3
MUT 1140Theory I3
MUT 1150Ear Training I1
MUT 1160Theory II3
MUT 1170Ear Training II1
MUT 2140Theory III3
MUT 2150Ear Training III1
MUT 2160Theory IV3
MUT 2170Ear Training IV1
MUT 5997Analytical Techniques3
MUA 5610Music Technology3
Music Technology Requirements
CSC 1050Introduction to C and Unix2
EET 2000Electrical Principles3
EET 2100Principles of Digital Design3
EET 2720Microprocessor Fundamentals3
EET 3100Advanced Digital Design3
EET 3720Micro and Programmable Controllers3
MAT 1800Elementary Functions4
MAT 3430Applied Differential and Integral Calculus4
MUA 4650Directed Study: Internships (two terms: 4 credits, typically one- and three-credit elections)4
MUA 5600Music Business II3
MUA 5630Recording Techniques I2
MUA 5640Electronic Music Synthesis I3
MUA 5650Electronic Music Synthesis II3
MUA 5660Recording Techniques II2
MUA 5661Recording Techniques III2
Total Credits126

Jazz Studies (121 Credits)

General Education Requirement
MUH 1345(VP) Music Cultures (to satisfy the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement)3
Other requirements32
Piano Competency, Applied Music, and Ensembles
MUA 1795Piano Skills I2
MUA 2795Piano Skills II2
MUA 3795Advanced Piano Skills2
Six terms of appropriate MUP courses (private instruction in principal instrument, one credit. per term - total six credits). See Principal and Secondary Private Instruction Courses for course numbers6
Two terms of appropriate MUP courses (private instruction in major instrument, three credits per term - total six credits). See MUP course table (Major Private Instruction Courses) for course numbers.6
Select eight terms of major ensemble (must be elected concurrently with MUP private instruction) of the following:8
Jazz Big Band
Jazz Guitar Ensemble
Select two terms of Jazz Combos of the following:2
Jazztet
Jazz Combos
General Lectures and Concerts
MUA 0900General Lectures and Concerts (four terms)0
Music History, Theory, and Technology
MUH 3310Music History and Literature I3
MUH 3320Music History and Literature II3
MUH 3330(WI) Music History and Literature III3
MUT 1140Theory I3
MUT 1150Ear Training I1
MUT 1160Theory II3
MUT 1170Ear Training II1
MUT 2140Theory III3
MUT 2150Ear Training III1
MUT 2160Theory IV3
MUT 2170Ear Training IV1
MUT 5997Analytical Techniques3
MUA 5610Music Technology3
Jazz Studies Requirements
MUH 3360Jazz History3
MUT 2120Jazz Theory and Harmony3
MUT 2885Jazz Improvisation I1
MUT 2887Jazz Improvisation II1
MUT 3200Intermediate Composition I2
MUT 5110Jazz Arranging and Composition I3
MUT 5120Jazz Arranging and Composition II3
MUT 5130Jazz Arranging and Orchestration3
MUA 3670Conducting Techniques I2
MUA 5600Music Business II3
MUA 5630Recording Techniques I2
MUA 5690Stage Band Direction1
MUP 4480Senior Recital (must be elected concurrently with MUP 43X4: Major Private Instruction)0
Total Credits121

Performance (120 credits)

General Education Requirement
MUH 1345(VP) Music Cultures (to satisfy the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement)3
Other requirements32
Piano Competency, Applied Music, and Ensembles
MUA 1795Piano Skills I2
MUA 2795Piano Skills II2
Eight terms of appropriate MUP courses (major instrument or voice, three credits per term - total twenty-four credits). See MUP course table (Major Private Instruction Courses) for course numbers.24
Select eight terms of major ensemble (must be elected concurrently with MUP private instruction) of the following:8
University Bands
University Symphony Orchestra
Choral Union
Concert Chorale
General Lectures and Concerts
MUA 0900General Lectures and Concerts0
Music History, Theory, and Technology
MUH 3310Music History and Literature I3
MUH 3320Music History and Literature II3
MUH 3330(WI) Music History and Literature III3
MUT 1140Theory I3
MUT 1150Ear Training I1
MUT 1160Theory II3
MUT 1170Ear Training II1
MUT 2140Theory III3
MUT 2150Ear Training III1
MUT 2160Theory IV3
MUT 2170Ear Training IV1
MUT 5997Analytical Techniques3
MUA 5610Music Technology3
Performance Major Requirements
MUT 2100Counterpoint2
MUH 5350Performance Literature and Pedagogy3
MUP 4470Junior Recital 10
MUP 4480Senior Recital 10
MUP (appropriate) secondary instrument2
Specific concentration requirements
Select from the following majors:6-8
Piano Majors
Keyboard Harmony I
Keyboard Harmony II
Orchestration
Chamber Music and Special Ensembles (4 req.)
Organ Majors
Keyboard Harmony I
Keyboard Harmony II
Harpsichord Class
Chamber Music and Special Ensembles
Brass, Classic Guitar, Percussion, Strings, and Woodwinds Majors
Conducting Techniques I
Orchestration
Chamber Music and Special Ensembles
Voice Majors
Diction and Song Literature I
Diction and Song Literature II
Demonstrate proficiency in two foreign languages selected in consultation with program advisor
Electives
Select 3-7 credits of music and non-music electives in consultation with the program advisor3-7
Total Credits118-124
1

Note: MUP 4470 and MUP 4480 must be elected concurrently with MUP Major Private Instruction.

Electives: Music and non-music electives selected in consultation with the program advisor (3-7 Credits)