Bachelor of Music

Candidates for the Bachelor of Music degree are required to complete a minimum of 127 credits for graduation. Bachelor of Music candidates must satisfactorily complete at least 28 credits in residence at the Conservatory during the junior and/or senior years. A maximum of six years is allowed between time of entrance and completion of the Bachelor of Music degree. Students who major in either performance or composition typically receive weekly 50-minute lessons. All students are allowed 14 lessons in the fall semester and 15 lessons in the spring semester.  Private instruction must be taken with a member of the Conservatory collegiate faculty.

Core Curriculum

All students must complete the core curriculum outlined in the table on this page. Students deficient in preparation for any of these requirements may be required to take remedial courses and pass qualifying examinations prior to enrolling in these courses.  The General Education requirement consists of eight credits in Introduction to Western Civilization GED 202/203; three credits in Literature, Poetry or Drama; three credits in History or Philosophy;and 18 additional credits in the GED 210-599 series (voice majors must take at least six credits each in Italian, French and German), for a total of 32 credits. Not more than 36 credits (including 32 credits of General Education in the core curriculum) of non-music courses will count toward the total credits required for graduation.  Transfer students may petition the Dean for permission to use more than 36 non-music credits as graduation requirements.  For more information regarding transfer students, please see the Academic Requirements for Admission under the General Information section of the course catalog.  All requirements for the major fields are listed by major on the following pages, with the core curriculum always shaded.

Recitals and Juries

At the conclusion of each academic year, students will be required to perform before faculty jurors. Students who enter in January will play their jury examinations in December of that calendar year. These examinations determine whether the student has satisfactorily completed yearly requirements in the major instrument and influence continuing eligibility for scholarship assistance.
Examination and recital requirements vary according to the major field. No required recitals or juries can be given unless the student is registered for PVL 100/110/112R at the time of the recital or jury. No required recitals or juries can be given outside of the regular collegiate sessions. Exceptions to this policy are only given in extreme cases. Students must petition the Academic Affairs Committee to request such an exception.

Ensemble Participation

Students must participate in ensembles to which they are assigned.  Students whose major instrument is an orchestral instrument must participate in the orchestra every semester they are enrolled in the Conservatory. All brass majors are also required to participate in Brass Choir every semester.