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Degree Course Requirements

The Bachelor of Science with a Major in Music and an Outside Minor consists of 34 hours in Music Core, 23 hours in Music Performance Studies, 24 hours in Outside Field, 42 hours General Education, 2 hours Free Electives, and 1 hour University Experience (6 hours of Music History are humanities studies in General Education and should be subtracted from the 34 hours of Music Core) equal to 120 hours in total for the major.

Music Core
Music Theory I-IV – 3 (each) 
Sight Singing/Ear Training I-IV – 1 (each)  
Music History I-II – 3 (each)
Music Literature I-II – 3 (each)
Recording Techniques/Sound Reinforcement – 3

Recital Performance and Capstone Project – 3

Music Performance Studies
Applied Studies Primary
Applied Studies – 8  Recital Hour – 0
Applied Studies Secondary (non-keyboard concentrations)
Piano Class I-II - 2 (each)
Applied Studies Secondary (keyboard concentrations)
Keyboard Studies I, Accompaniment Skills – 2 credits each, 4 total
Techniques of Conducting – 3

Large Ensemble/Small Ensemble – 8

Free Electives – 2

Outside Minor Studies – 24

Admission to Major – Criteria

SAT – 1000  ACT – 21  GPA – 3.0  Class Rank – top 50%  Transfer Student GPA – 2.5  Change of Major GPA – 2.5

Audition for Major Standing

In order to be accepted into the Music degree program all students must also pass an audition in his/her performance area in front of a faculty committee. While many core music courses may be taken as electives for other university degree programs and therefore may be taken without official acceptance as a music major, all students considering the pursuit of a music degree must audition by the end of the first two semesters of study in core music courses. Students may be accepted to the university and meet the academic criteria listed above, but to be accepted in the Music degree program all students must meet the requirements for major standing on his or her performing instrument or voice.

Admission to MUS 113 Music Theory – I

Academic readiness for MUS 113 Music Theory I can be demonstrated by passing a Music Theory placement examination. This test can be taken on the day of the student's performance audition. If students are not prepared for the exam or fail to pass, equivalency can be met by taking MUS 013 Music Theory Introduction and earn a grade of "C" or above.

The Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Minor degree requires acceptance at the Major Level. This level of study leads to preparation of juries at the conclusion of each semester, the Upper Division Performance Examination at degree mid-point and the concentration recital and capstone project.

Performance Standards

An aural perception examination and written music theory placement test will be administered at the time of the audition. To gain unconditional acceptance into the music program, applicants must demonstrate the ability to: readily match pitch demonstrate a functional music reading level appropriate to the applied area demonstrate ability to read pitch notation, including percussion, guitar, and vocal students. meet performance standards appropriate for their degree area demonstrate appropriate abilities in tonal and rhythmic memory.

Audition Procedures

Specific audition dates will be set during the spring semester and summer months. For those who cannot attend auditions on these dates, auditions may be arranged by contacting the Music Office at 260.665.8096. A minimum of two faculty members will adjudicate all auditions. The coordinating areas are as follows: piano and organ strings, guitar and harp voice, woodwinds, brasswinds,and percussion.

Audition requirements

Students should be prepared to perform two selections in contrasting styles, from different historical areas if possible. These should display a variety of tempi, dynamics, and demonstrate musicianship and technique. Total performance time should not exceed fifteen minutes. If a student lives more than 300 miles from the Trine University main campus he or she may submit a recorded audition. Acceptance of the recorded audition will be provisional pending a performance after arrival at the Trine University campus.