Music (Bachelor of Music, B.M.)

This degree program is designed for those students who desire some kind of career within the broad designation of the music and entertainment industries. The degree has a strong core of musicianship study requirements. In addition, the student must also  complete a designated course of study in the area of Business or Music Technology.

The Business course of study requires the completion of the General Business Minor (foundational studies in accounting, economics, management, marketing, business law, and finance) or the Entrepreneurship Minor (the development of entrepreneurship and innovation skills, and the development of business plans in addition foundational studies in business).

The Music Technology course of study requires the completion of the Music Technology Concentration designed to provide the student with a broad base of studies and experiences in sound synthesis, audio and recording technology, music composition, sequencing, web applications, and research techniques and resources for this field.

All students have an applied learning Internship experience related to their career goals and a Senior Portfolio degree capstone requirement..

General Studies 1
Students must complete General Studies courses42-47
Major Requirements
MUS 100Concert/Recital Attendance 20
MUS 101Perspectives in Music3
MUS 117Theory and Analysis 12
MUS 118Aural Training 11
MUS 206Keyboard Proficiency I2
MUS 217Theory and Analysis 22
MUS 218Aural Training 21
MUS 304Form and Analysis2
MUS 310History of Music: Ancient to Baroque2
MUS 311History of Music: Classical to Modern2
MUS 323Music History III2
MUS 324Electronics for Music Applications3
MUS 327Commercial Music Seminar3
MUS 336Fundamentals of Conducting2
MUS 355Theory and Analysis 32
MUS 356Aural Training 31
MUS 357Theory and Analysis 42
MUS 358Aural Training 41
MUS 404Musical Techniques of the 20th/21st Centuries2
MUS 405Arranging2
MUS 440Commercial Music Practicum4
MUS 490/491Senior Recital1
MUS 495Senior Portfolio1
Select four credit hours of Music Ensemble courses 34
Select eight credit hours of Applied Music-Major Instrument 48
Select six credit hours of the following Music Electives6
Introduction to Computer Music Application
Chamber Music Performance: Brass
Chamber Music Performance: Keyboard
Chamber Music Performance: Percussion
Chamber Music Performance: Strings
Chamber Music Performance: Voice
Chamber Music Performance: Woodwinds
Entrepreneurship in Music
Topics in Music Literature: Chamber
Topics in Music Literature: Choral
Topics in Music Literature: Piano
Topics in Music Literature: Organ
Topics in Music Literature: Percussion
Topics in Music Literature: Solo Instrument
Topics in Music Literature: Solo Voice
Independent Research/Project
Course of Study
Select one of the following designated courses of study:17-18
Business Concentration
Music Technology Concentration

Courses of Study

Business Concentration

Select one of the following tracks:18
Total Credit Hours18

Music Technology Concentration 

Concentration Requirements
MUS 300Notation and Sequencing2
MUS 360Music Technology Research and Evaluation2
MUS 386Sound Synthesis3
MUS 400Audio Recording and Analysis 12
MUS 451Audio Recording and Analysis 23
MUS 486Multi-media and Internet Applications3
MUS 494Topics and Projects in Music Technology2
Total Credit Hours17

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  6. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.