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Sample Curriculum – Music  Theory and Composition

Term Course Credit
Hours
Fall
Year 1
  MUS 121A – Class Piano (or Proficiency)   1
  MUS 125A – Theory (BFPA)   4
  MUS 139A – Diction (Voice Students Only)   (2)
  MUS 140 – Applied Lessons   2
  MUS Major Ensemble   1
  ENG 101 – Composition   3
  SPC 101 or 103   3
  MUS 100 - Convocation   0
  Total   14-17
Spring
Year 1
  MUS 121B – Class Piano (or Proficiency)   1
  MUS 125B – Theory (BFPA)   4
  MUS 139B – Diction (Voice Students Only)   (2)
  MUS 140 – Applied Lessons   2
  MUS 227  Intro to Composition   (1)
  MUS Major Ensemble   1
  ENG 102 – English Composition   3
  QR 101, MATH 125 or Higher   3
  MUS 100   0
  Total   14

Fall
Year 2
  MUS 221A – Class Piano (or Proficiency)   1
  MUS 225A – Theory (BFPA)   4
  MUS 240 – Applied Lessons   2
  MUS Major Ensemble   1
  RA 101  Reasoning & Argumentation   3
  Life Science (BLS) with a lab (EL)   4
  MUS 100   0
  Total   16-17
Spring
Year 2
  MUS 221B – Class Piano (or Proficiency)   1
  MUS 225B – Theory (BFPA)   4
  MUS 227  Intro to Composition   (2)
  MUS 240 – Applied Lessons   2
  MUS Major Ensemble   1
  Life Science (BLS)   3
  Lab Experience (EL)   3
  MUS 100   0
  Total   16-17

Fall
Year 3
  MUS 165A – Piano Practicum   1
  MUS 212A – Applied Composition   (2)
  MUS 309 – Orchestration (BFPA)   3
  MUS 357A – Music History (BHUM)   3
  MUS Major Ensemble   1
  Foreign Language 101 (BICS)   4
  Health Experience (EH)   3
  MUS 100   0
  Total   17
Spring
Year 3
  MUS 212B – Applied Composition   (2)
  MUS 357B – Music History   3
  MUS 426A – Adv Music Theory: Music Since 1900   (2)
  MUS 472 – Arranging   3
  MUS Major Ensemble   1
  Foreign Language 102 (same language as in Fall; EGC)   4
  MUS 100   0
  Total   15-16

Fall
Year 4
  MUS 326 – Analysis   3
  MUS 411G – Music Lit.: 20th Century   2
  MUS 481 –Readings in Music Theory   (3)
  Theory Students: Foreign Language 101 (second language)   (4)
  MUS Major Ensemble   (1)
  Humanities (BHUM)/United States Cultures (EUSC)   3
  MUS 100   0
  Total   14-16
Spring
Year 4
  MUS 481   (3)
  MUS 442 – Counterpoint   (3)
  Foreign Language 102 (same language as in Fall)   (4)
  Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)   3
  Elective (Non-Voice Students Only)   (2)
  MUS 100   0
  MUS 400  Senior Assignment   0
  Total   12 or 15


TRANSFER STUDENTS Transfer students should contact the department for a review of credentials and placement at least 30 days before the beginning of the term for which entry is desired. Transfer Credit Equivalency Guides are located at siue.edu/transfer.

* For a transfer student to declare a major or minor in the Music Department at SIUE, the student must pass a successful entrance audition by the appropriate area auditioning committee, including the director of the area’s large ensemble. The student will then be placed at the appropriate level of applied lessons.

Before any transfer credits are accepted, the student must test for proficiency in the following areas: Piano, Theory, and History. If the student does not successfully pass, the Music Department will decline the credit towards the major. However, these credits can transfer in as elective credits towards graduation.

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