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The Bachelor of Music is a professional degree, and is the most concentrated curriculum of our degree offerings. It is focused on music skill development, history and analysis, with courses in your area of specialization taken in your latter semesters. This degree also requires passing a ten minute juried performance, called the Upper Divisional Exam, performed in front of the School of Music faculty, and usually taken at the end of the spring semester of your sophomore year. Passage of this exam permits you to continue in the degree program on schedule. Those failing are given the option of performing again the following semester, or selecting another area of specialization, such as Music Business or Open Studies.

Classes

Most Bachelor of Music students take similar courses their first two years. Below is an example.

FRESHMAN - FALL SEMESTER
UCC 101 English Composition 1 - (3)
UCC 1XX Any math except 107 or 114 - (3)
MUS 104a Aural Skills - (1)
MUS 102 Survey of Music Literature - (2)
MUS 105a Basic Harmony - (3)
MUS 030a Piano Class - (1)
MUS 140 Applied Music (Private Lessons) - (2)
MUS 0XX Major Ensemble (Choir, Band, or Orch) - (1)
TOTAL CREDITS 14

FRESHMAN - SPRING SEMESTER
UCC 102 English Composition 2 - (3)
SPC 101 Intro. To Oral Communication - (3)
MUS 104b Aural Skills - (1)
MUS 105b Basic Harmony - (3) 
MUS 140 Applied Music (Private Lessons)- (4)
MUS 0XX Major Ensemble (Choir, Band, or Orch) - (1) 
TOTAL CREDITS 15

SOPHOMORE - FALL SEMESTER
ENG 121 Western Literary Tradition - (3)
PSYC 102 Intro. to Psychology - (3)
MUS 204a Advanced Aural Skills - (1)
MUS 205a Advanced Harmony - (3)
MUS 240 Applied Music (Private Lessons) - (4)
MUS 0XX Major Ensemble (Choir, Band, or Orch) - (1) 
TOTAL CREDITS 15

SOPHOMORE - SPRING SEMESTER
HIST 110 20th Century America- (3)
POLS 114 Introduction to American Govt and Politicse - (3)
MUS 204b Advanced Aural Skills- (1)
MUS 205b Advanced Harmony- (3)
MUS 240 Applied Music (Private Lessons) - (4)
MUS 0XX Major Ensemble (Choir, Band, or Orch)- (1)
TOTAL CREDITS 15