A total of 120 credit hours is required and is designed to further the student's knowledge, practice, and experience in musicology. To graduate, a student must earn a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in all major courses and a minimum average of 2.0 in all course work.

Students will be studying with faculty members who are nationally and internationally recognized.  Courses in music theory and musicology are part of the exploration of music as are private instruction, ensemble and chamber music opportunities.  All students pursuing the B.M. degree will perform a senior recital on their primary instrument/voice.

With this degree, students can go on to pursue graduate studies in music, or create their own paths in music or music-related endeavors. 

Ensemble Policy

In order to remain enrolled in studio instruction (lessons), all undergraduate (B.A. & B.M.) and M.M. students who enroll in any level of studio instruction (including nonmajor levels) in band and orchestral instruments must audition for and perform as assigned in a major instrumental ensemble1 each semester in which they are enrolled. For music majors, 1 ensemble taken for credit each semester is required for graduation. Exceptions to this policy are allowed on a case-by-case basis and only by the ensemble conductor in consultation with the faculty member in the studio area or the faculty advisor in music therapy as appropriate.

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KU Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, or Jazz Ensemble I.

Undergraduate Admission to the School of Music

First-year students should enter the school directly. Students may transfer to the school from other institutions or from other KU schools if they have at least a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and are eligible to return to the college or university last attended in addition to completing a successful audition. Other students can be admitted only with the permission of the dean. Send applications to the Office of Admissions. Visit the Office of International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions for information about international admissions.

Students who wish to major in music must audition. All music students academically approved for admission to the School of Music are admitted contingent upon demonstration by audition of satisfactory level proficiency in their areas of applied music. Music audition information and application forms are available online.  There is a limit of two times a prospective student may request an audition for entrance into one of the School's undergraduate degree programs.  The second request must be within 12 months of the first and may be as early as 1 month following the first audition.  The limitation also applies to students within the School auditioning from one program into another.

Transfer Students

Students may transfer to the school from other institutions or from other KU schools if they have at least a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), are eligible to return to the college or university last attended, and complete a successful audition. Only grades of C or higher are accepted in transfer credit toward degrees offered by the School of Music. Students who wish to transfer performance credit from another institution toward any music degree at KU must validate this credit by audition. Music audition information and application forms are available online.  There is a limit of two times a prospective student may request an audition for entrance into one of the School's undergraduate degree programs.  The second request must be within 12 months of the first and may be as early as 1 month following the first audition.  The limitation also applies to students within the School auditioning from one program into another.

Music Theory Placement

The music theory placement examination is required of all undergraduate transfer students who have not completed a 4-semester theory sequence with an accredited NASM school. It is administered as announced on the School of Music website each semester.

B.M. Degree Requirements for Musicology Majors

To graduate, the student must attain a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in 12 credit hours chosen from MUSC 320, MUSC 340, MUSC 440, MUSC 480 and MUSC courses numbered 602-778. A minimum of 120 hours is required, distributed as follows:

Musicology (30)
MUSC 320Music History I3
MUSC 340Music History II3
MUSC 440Music History III3
MUSC 480Music History IV3
MUSC 499Senior Thesis (2 credits/semester, 1 or 2 semesters)2
Plus 12 hours selected from courses numbered 602-77812
MUSC 654 Collegium Musicum, Vocal and/or MUSC 656 Collegium Musicum, Instrumental (4 semesters each for credit)4
Music Theory and Composition (25)
MTHC 105Theory I4
MTHC 115Theory II4
MTHC 205Theory III4
MTHC 315Theory IV4
MTHC 410Tonal Forms3
MTHC 541Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint3
MTHC 542Sixteenth-Century Counterpoint3
Music Courses (26)
Ensembles: 8 semesters each for credit8
Applied music lessons: 8 semesters for 2 credits each, plus senior recital16
COND 245Conducting I2
REC 100Laboratory in Music Performance (4 semesters)0
Basic Courses (39-40)
ENGL 101Composition (or any course that fulfills GE21)3
ENGL 102Critical Reading and Writing (or any course that fulfills GE21)3
COMS 130Speaker-Audience Communication (or any course that fulfills GE12)3
MATH 101College Algebra (or any course that fulfills GE12)3
Natural Science: any course that fulfills GE3N3
Social Science: any course that fulfills GE3S3
Social/Ethics: any course that fulfills AE51 or AE523
GERM, FREN, ITAL, or SPAN: 13 credits in same language13
Choose from the following for an additional 5-6 credits in non-music courses:5-6
4th semester of foreign lanuage (3)
History elective (3-6)
History of art elective (3-6)
PIAN 284 (2) Piano proficiency not counted toward graduation, but must be met.
Total Hours120-121
Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1013ENGL 1023
MTHC 1054MTHC 1154
PIAN 1441PIAN 1481
REC 1000REC 1000
MEMT 1161121 Studio lessons2
121 Studio lessons2Ensemble1
Ensemble1FREN, GERM, ITAL or SPAN: continue in same language5
FREN, GERM, ITAL or SPAN5 
 17 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
COMS 1303MTHC 3154
MTHC 2054MUSC 3403
MUSC 3203REC 1000
PIAN 2842221 Studio lessons2
REC 1000Ensemble1
221 Studio lessons2Non-music elective (continue same language or HIST or HA)3
Ensemble1MATH 1013
FREN, GERM, ITAL or SPAN: continue in same language3 
 18 16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
MTHC 4103MTHC 5423
MUSC 4403MUSC 4803
MUSC 654/656 Collegium1MUSC 654/656 Collegium1
COND 2452321 Studio lessons2
321 Studio lessons2Ensemble1
Ensemble1Natural Science: any course that fulfills GE3N3
Non-music elective (HIST or HA)3Social Science: any course that fulfills GE3S3
 15 16
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
MTHC 5413MUSC elective (300+)3
MUSC elective (300+)3MUSC elective (300+)3
MUSC elective (300+)3MUSC 499 (optional)2
MUSC 4992MUSC 654/656 Collegium1
MUSC 654/656 Collegium1422 Studio lessons/senior recital2
421 Studio lessons2Ensemble1
Ensemble1Social/Ethics: any course that fulfills AE51 or AE523
 15 15
Total Hours: 128