A total of 124 credit hours is required and is designed to further the student's knowledge, practice, and experience of organ and church music. 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.  In addition, performance majors will also complete a junior recital and music composition majors will also give a music composition recital.

With this degree, students can go on to pursue graduate studies in music, establish private studios, audition for music ensembles, or create their own paths in music or music-related endeavors.

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 the Organ and Church Music Major

A total of 122 hours is required for the degree in Organ and Church Music, distributed as follows:

Music Theory (22)
MTHC 105Theory I4
MTHC 115Theory II4
MTHC 205Theory III4
MTHC 315Theory IV4
MTHC 410Tonal Forms3
MTHC 541Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint3
Musicology (12)
MUSC 320Music History I3
MUSC 340Music History II3
MUSC 440Music History III3
MUSC 480Music History IV3
Music Courses (45)
Applied music lessons: 8 semesters each for 3 credits, plus junior and senior recitals24
COND 245Conducting I2
COND 345Conducting II2
Piano lessons PIAN100/300 (2 to 4 semesters)4
Voice lessons VOIC100/300 (1 to 2 semesters)2
REC 100Laboratory in Music Performance (4 semesters)0
Piano (proficiency level of PIAN 284)
Ensembles: 8 semesters each for credit and 4 of the 8 must be CHUR 222/6228
Music electives3
ORGN 320, ORGN 502 and CHUR 320 (8 semesters of each for 0 credit)0
Basic Courses (43)
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 GE22)3
MATH 101College Algebra (or any course that fulfills GE12)3
HUM 204Western Civilization I3
HUM 205Western Civilization II3
FREN or GERM (2 semesters of same language)10
Natural Science: any course that fulfills GE3N3
Social Science: any course that fulfills GE3S3
Social/Ethics: any course that fulfills AE51 or AE523
Non-music electives6
Total Hours122

Note: All B.M. organ and church music majors must enroll in ORGN 320 Studio Class in Organ — Lab and ORGN 502 Master Class in Organ — Lab and CHUR 320 Church Music Practicum— Lab each semester of residence.

 
Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1013ENGL 1023
MTHC 1054MTHC 1154
PIAN 100/300 lessons1PIAN 100/300 lessons1
REC 1000REC 1000
ORGN 1213ORGN 1213
ORGN 320, ORGN 502 & CHUR 3200ORGN 320, ORGN 502 & CHUR 3200
Ensemble (4 of 8 = CHUR 222/622)1Ensemble (4 of 8 = CHUR 222/622)1
FREN or GERM5FREN or GERM (continue same language)5
 17 17
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
COMS 1303MATH 1013
MTHC 2054MTHC 3154
MUSC 3203MUSC 3403
PIAN 100/300 lessons2REC 1000
REC 1000ORGN 2213
ORGN 2213ORGN 320, ORGN 502 & CHUR 3200
ORGN 320, ORGN 502 & CHUR 3200Ensemble (4 of 8 = CHUR 222/622)1
Ensemble (4 of 8 = CHUR 222/622)1MEMT 1161
 VOIC 300 lessons2
 16 17
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
MTHC 4103MUSC 4803
MUSC 4403ORGN 6223
ORGN 6223ORGN 320, ORGN 502 & CHUR 3200
ORGN 320, ORGN 502 & CHUR 3200Ensemble (4 of 8 = CHUR 222/622)1
Ensemble (4 of 8 = CHUR 222/622)1COND 3452
COND 2452HUM 2053
HUM 2043Non-music elective3
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
MTHC 5413ORGN 6223
ORGN 6223ORGN 320, ORGN 502 & CHUR 3200
ORGN 320, ORGN 502 & CHUR 3200Ensemble (4 of 8 = CHUR 222/622)1
Ensemble (4 of 8 = CHUR 222/622)1Social Science: any course that fulfills GE3S3
Natural Science: any course that fulfills GE3N3Social/Ethics: any course that fulfills AE51 or AE523
Music elective3Music elective3
Non-music elective3 
 16 13
Total Hours: 126