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Area/Progression Requirements

Area Requirements

Each area has a number of jury, proficiency, and other requirements specific to study in that area.  Please contact the appropriate Area Coordinator for a copy of the area requirements.

Progression Requirements

Some areas may have certain requirements that are to be completed before a student may progress to another level of study.   These requirements may take the form of scale or sight-reading juries, Board interviews for Music Education majors (see below) or admission reviews for Music Theory/Comp majors (see below).  Specific information regarding progression requirements should be obtained from Area Coordinators.

Music Education Majors

Admission to Teacher Education (Music Education Admissions Board): By the end of the second year, students normally will apply for admission to Teacher Education.  Admission requirements include:

  • successful completion of specified course work
  • a speech and hearing test
  • minimum scores on the ACT or PRAXIS I
  • a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 in music
  • an overall GPA of at least 2.75

(See the Music Education Handbook for details about admission requirements). 

Candidates are interviewed by an appointed Music Education Admissions Board. Upon receiving the positive recommendation from the Board, students are admitted to the Teacher Education Program and permitted to take required upper division education courses.

Students who pursue the music education curriculum are subject to all rules and regulations of the Teacher Education Program, which is housed in the College of Education, notwithstanding the fact that their degree will be awarded from the College of Arts and Sciences.  Each student in music education is assigned an advisor from the Music Education Faculty.  Further information about the Music Education Program may be obtained from the Coordinator of Music Education.  Meetings in which important information for music education majors is discussed are held each year.  It is important that students attend such meetings.

School of Music Honors Program Admission

The School of Music offers an honors program for exceptional undergraduate students. Students wanting to enter the music departmental honors program must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5, a music GPA of 3.5, and a recommendation from a faculty member. The recommendation is sent to the student’s major area (e.g., voice, jazz, education, musicology, theory) to be approved. Once the area approves the student for entrance to the honors program, a letter will be sent to the School of Music’s Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies admitting the student to the music departmental honors program.

Theory/Composition Admission

Entering freshmen (or transfer students) desiring to be theory/composition majors must interview with the theory/composition faculty on their audition day. They should declare either a theory track or a composition track interest.

All accepted composition students should attend composition solo class each semester, including their freshman year.

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