A total of 120 credit hours is required and is designed to further the student's knowledge, practice, and experience on their major instrument.  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.

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.

1

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 the Brass and Percussion Major

A total of 120 hours is required for the degree in brass and percussion, distributed as follows:

Music Theory (25)
MTHC 105Theory I4
MTHC 115Theory II4
MTHC 205Theory III4
MTHC 315Theory IV4
MTHC 410Tonal Forms3
Two upper-division theory courses (MTHC numbered 300 or above)6
Musicology (12)
MUSC 320Music History I3
MUSC 340Music History II3
MUSC 440Music History III3
MUSC 480Music History IV3
Music Courses (50)
Applied music lessons: 8 semesters each for 3 credits, plus junior and senior recitals25
Piano (proficiency level of PIAN 284)3
Ensembles: 8 semesters each for credit8
Chamber music: 8 semesters each for credit8
REC 100Laboratory in Music Performance (4 semesters)0
W&P 325Wind and Percussion Pedagogy (2 semesters)2
COND 245Conducting I2
W&P 630Orchestral Repertoire (2 semesters)2
Electives (12)12
9 minimum of the 12 credits must be non-music
Basic Courses (21)
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
Natural Science: any course that fulfills GE3N3
Social Science: any course that fulfills GE3S3
Social/Ethics: any course that fulfills AE51 or AE523
Total Hours120
Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1013ENGL 1023
MTHC 1054MTHC 1154
PIAN 144 (considered remedial-does not count towards degree)1PIAN 1481
REC 1000REC 1000
MEMT 1161W&P 3251
121 Studio lessons3121 Studio lessons3
Ensemble1Ensemble1
252 or CHAM 2161252 or CHAM 2161
MATH 1013Natural Science: any course that fulfills GE3N3
 17 17
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
COMS 1303MTHC 3154
MTHC 2054MUSC 3403
MUSC 3203REC 1000
PIAN 2842W&P 6301
REC 1000221 Studio lessons3
221 Studio lessons3Ensemble1
Ensemble1252 or CHAM 2161
252 or CHAM 2161Social Science: any course that fulfills GE3S3
 17 16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
MTHC 4103MTHC upper division elective (300+)3
MUSC 4403MUSC 4803
COND 2452W&P 3251
622 Studio lessons3W&P 6301
Ensemble1622 Studio lessons3
652 or CHAM 3361Ensemble1
Social/Ethics: any course that fulfills AE51 or AE523652 or CHAM 3361
 Non-music elective3
 16 16
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
MTHC upper division elective (300+)3622 Studio lessons3
622 Studio lessons3623 Senior Recital1
Ensemble1Ensemble1
652 or CHAM 3361652 or CHAM 3361
Non-music elective3Non-music elective3
Elective (music or non-music)1Elective (music or non-music)3
 12 12
Total Hours: 123