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Bachelor of Music

Cornell offers two majors leading to the degree of Bachelor of Music: a major in Performance
and a major in Music Education. The first is designed to emphasize the study of music
performance within the framework of the liberal arts and is the first step in the extensive
professional preparation in performance that leads to a concert career or to teaching applied
music in a college, university, conservatory, or private studio. The second generally leads to the
profession of pre-collegiate school music teaching. For students interested in fields such as
music therapy, music ministry, or community music, a major in Music Education is strongly
recommended by some graduate schools and required by others. Students interested in
pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music will find these requirements listed under “Music,” in the
Courses of Study.

         General Requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree

         1. A minimum of 31 course credits. No more than two 100-level courses may be taken in
              the senior year without the permission of the Academic Standing Committee. No
              more than four All-College Independent Study course credits (280/380, 289/389,
              290/390, 297/397, 299/399) may be counted toward satisfying the minimum credit
              requirement for this degree. No more than two full credit in 500-level adjunct
              courses may be counted toward satisfying the minimum 31 credits.

         2. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
         3. A minimum of 10 courses from outside the music department, to include a writing-

              designated course (W) and three humanities courses (not counting the W course)
              from at least two of the following groupings: (1) English and Foreign Language; (2)
              History; (3) Philosophy; (4) Religion; (5) Art or Theatre; and (6) Education.
         4. Music Theory: MUS 110, 210, 310, and 343.
         5. Music History: MUS 321, 322, and 323.
         6. One elective course credit in music history or theory, selected from MUS 213-275,
              315, or 348-366 or 370.
         7. Receive a passing grade (P) in MUS 701 for a minimum of five semesters (see "Music
              Performance Seminar").
         8. A grade of "Pass" on all parts of the Piano Proficiency Requirement. All majors are
              required to pass the Piano Proficiency Requirement by the end of the sophomore
              year. Music Education majors must pass the Piano Proficiency Requirement before
              application for Student Teaching placement.
         9. A grade of “Pass” on all parts of the Aural Skills Proficiency Requirement (four
         10. At least one music ensemble each semester for eight semesters, as arranged by the
              student, the faculty advisor, and the ensemble conductor (see "Ensemble
         11. Completion of a senior capstone experience. There are three categories from which to
              choose: recital (MUS 798 or 799); student teaching; and paper/project (MUS 485).
              Students may choose more than one of these options. Students who plan to complete
              MUS 485 as their capstone must submit a description of the proposed project for
              departmental approval by October 1 of their senior year.

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