USF 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog - Pages 191 - 197
Course Descriptions - Faculty - Printable Degree Requirements
The music curriculum is designed for students gifted in the performance and/or composition of music. Applicants for a major in music are required to pass an entrance audition in their respective performance areas. Composition applicants are required to submit appropriate scores and/or tapes of their compositions for faculty appraisal.
Academic programs offered in the Bachelor of Music degree include the areas of Performance (voice, piano, piano pedagogy, and orchestral instruments), Composition, and Jazz Studies (composition and performance).
The B.M. degree in Music Education is designed to serve students who wish to develop a high level of musical expertise and have a commitment to help develop musical potentials in other people.
The B.A. degree in Music Studies is a liberal arts degree with a greatly reduced number of credit hours in music. It allows students to pursue a double major and/or a minor in another field. The B.A. is offered with a choice of emphasis in performance, composition, music history, or music theory.
Students must apply for acceptance into the USF School of Music if they are an incoming freshman, transfer student, or part-time student and plan to (1) major in any undergraduate or graduate music degree program; (2) minor in music; or (3) take applied lessons as a non-major for more than one credit hour. Contact the Coordinator of Auditions.
Applying for acceptance by audition into the School of music is a separate procedure from the University admissions process, and is not contingent upon status of the University application process. If a student is accepted into the School of Music but is denied acceptance into the University, he or she may contact the School for assistance in appealing this decision.
Audition Procedure: All students must audition before a committee consisting of the appropriate music faculty members or must audition directly before a major ensemble conductor and the prospective studio instructor. Campus audition dates are scheduled each year during February and March for Fall admission to the School of Music. Auditions for Spring admission are scheduled during December juries. Taped auditions may be considered, but must be heard by the faculty committee or ensemble director as above. Composition students must submit a portfolio as well as arrange an audition. Note that scholarship consideration will be given for live auditions only.
All freshmen and transfer music students are required to take a Music Theory Placement Examination. For placement in the Written and/or Aural Theory sequence, placement tests are given on the first day of classes each semester from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in FAH 133. This test is evaluated by the Theory Coordinator and an appropriate score for placement is determined. The results of the exam will indicate the level of theory to which the student will be assigned.
An advanced placement into the second semester of the Theory sequence is available with a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Program conducted by the College Entrance Examination Board.
USF evaluates and transfers credits from other institutions the student has attended. To insure that transfer credits are properly applied toward the degree program, the issue should be discussed with the music advisor (CVPA advising office, FAH 120). Personal copies of transcripts (in addition to those sent to USF) of all past course work and a copy of a catalog from the institution(s) at which the credits were earned should be shown to the advisor. This will help to credit the maximum application of course work completed at other institutions to a USF degree. Credits applicable to the degree will be transferred only if they have grades of “C-” or better.
All incoming students must audition for acceptance into the School of Music and for placement in the applied music studio. Additionally, they must take placement tests in written theory, aural theory, and keyboard skills in order to receive advice for appropriate registration.
Theory courses taken in Florida public community colleges and the Florida State University System automatically transfer and substitute for the equivalent courses at USF.
Community college students are encouraged to complete the A.A. degree at the community college. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. Please be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university. This is a non-limited access program with the above courses recommended.
The following degree requirements must be completed in applied music:
B.M. in Performance (including Piano Pedagogy emphasis)
Minimum of 24 hours, including a minimum of two semesters (6 hours) at the 4000 level.
B.M. in Composition
Minimum of 8 hours of applied music principal, including a minimum of two semesters at the 2000 level or higher.
B.M. in Music Education
Minimum of 12 hours of applied music principal, including a minimum of two semesters at the 3000 level.
First-time-in-college (FTIC) students generally will be placed at the 1000 applied music level; transfer students will be evaluated by the faculty Audition Committee and placed at the appropriate level. All students will be promoted to their next level of instruction upon the recommendation of their applied music teacher and successful completion of a performance examination (jury) by area applied music faculty. This examination may be scheduled at the conclusion of any semester, but definitely will occur at the end of spring semester.
Where it is appropriate for the degree, the student is required to complete a minimum of one semester, but no more than three semesters at the 2000 or 3000 applied music levels. Failure to complete the 2000 or 3000 applied music level, by the recommendation of the applied teacher and jury members, within the three semester maximum brings automatic dismissal from the music program.
Music Education majors may repeat the 3000 applied music level until the junior recital is given, and performance majors may repeat the 4000 applied music level until the senior recital is given and the necessary amount of applied credits have been earned.
Performance majors may repeat the 4000 applied music level as necessary to fulfill the 24 credit hour degree requirement. No more than two semesters of study at the freshman, sophomore, or junior levels will be counted toward credit hour requirements for an undergraduate degree in performance.
Applied music courses consist of private lessons (time to be arranged between the student and faculty member) as well as scheduled studio meetings. All undergraduate students enrolled in applied music are required to be enrolled concurrently in at least one appropriate major ensemble corresponding to the applied major.
All Music Majors (other than Piano Performance and Jazz Studies majors) must demonstrate proficiency on the piano, as established by the syllabi for Keyboard Skills I-IV, in order to graduate. They may do this in one of three ways:
Jazz Studies majors must satisfy the Jazz Piano Proficiency requirement through a placement test administered by the jazz faculty after completing the Jazz Theory and Improvisation II.
All music majors and minors are expected to attend recitals throughout the duration of their degree program. Performance (jazz and traditional) majors and composition majors are required to attend a minimum of 80 recitals. Music education majors are required to attend a minimum of 60 recitals. Music minors are required to attend a minimum of 20 recitals. It is recommended that students attend an average or 10 to 15 recitals each term. Transfer students will have the attendance requirement pro-rated according to their studio level placement, allowing for 10 recitals to be credited for every term waived.
Students should sign programs they attend and turn them in to the upstairs music office with their name and student I.D. number on each program. The purpose of this requirement is to ensure that music students hear a variety of student, faculty and other professional-level performances. Students should register for MUS 2010, Recital Attendance, in the term in which they expect to complete the requirement. The course is graded S/U and is required for graduation.
To fulfill major ensemble requirements, music majors and minors may use the ensembles listed below:
All music majors and minors must earn at least a “C-” in every music course required for their degree program. Music education students must earn at least “C-” in all required music, music education, and education courses. Registration in required music courses resulting in grades of “D” or “F” must be repeated. Sequel courses may not be taken until prerequisites are satisfied with appropriate grades or waivers.
All music students must complete an appropriate standardized test as a part of their senior seminar experience. Presently, all composition, jazz studies, music education, and performance students take the ETS Major Field Test in Music.
Transfer Students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida community college, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of “C-” is the minimum acceptable grade. If students are coming to the university from a community college, the following prerequisite courses will be accepted as meeting lower level requirements.
Music Theory (22)
|MUT 1111 (3)||MUT 2116 (3)||MUT 4571 (3)|
|MUT 1112 (3)||MUT 2117 (3)||MUT 4411 (3)|
|MUT 1241 (1)||MUT 2246 (1)||or|
|MUT 1242 (1)||MUT 2247 (1)||MUT 4421 (3)|
Music Literature (3)
MUL 2111 (3)*
*This course also satisfies 3 hours of Historical Perspectives in the Liberal Arts Curriculum.
Music History (8)
|MUH 3301 (3)*||MUH 3302 (3)*|
|MUH 3300 (2) or||MUH 4058 (3)* or||MUH 4801 (3)|
Senior Seminar (1)
MUS 4935 (1)
MUS 2010 Recital Attendance (0)
Performance Majors (8), Composition (4)
All undergraduate students enrolled in applied music for 3 or 2 credit hours are required to be enrolled in a major ensemble appropriate to their performing medium.
Music Electives (12-13 hours)
Fine Arts Requirement (6 hours)
Music majors should take one 3-hour CVPA course certified in Historical Perspectives and one 3-hour CVPA course certified in the Fine Arts section of the Liberal Arts Requirements in order to graduate within 120 semester credit hours. These courses must be taken in the Schools of Art and Art History and/or Theatre and Dance, not in the School of Music.
Music Theory (26)
|MUT 1111 (3)||MUT 2116 (3)||MUT 2641 (2)|
|MUT 1112 (3)||MUT 2117 (3)||MUT 2642 (2)|
|MUT 1241 (1)||MUT 2246 (1)||MUT 3353 (3)|
|MUT 1242 (1)||MUT 2247 (1)||MUT 3354 (3)|
Music Literature (3)
MUL 2111 (3)*
* This course also satisfies 3 hours of Historical Perspectives in the Liberal Arts Curriculum.
Music History (9)
|MUH 3301 (3)*||MUH 3302 (3)*||MUH 4801 (3)|
Senior Seminar (1)
MUS 4935 (1)
MUS 2010 Recital Attendance (0)
Elective Hours in Music (10-12)
Performance (8), Composition (8)
All students enrolled in applied music for 3 or 2 hours are required to enroll in a major ensemble appropriate to their performing medium.
All performance majors are required to take a total of 24 credit hours of applied music major with a minimum of 6 hours to be completed at the 4000 level.
Voice performance majors must enroll in a USF choir (MUN) for six semesters and in USF opera (MUO) for two semesters, concurrent with enrollment in applied voice (MVV). They also must enroll in MUS 2201 for a total of 3 credits as part of their Music Electives.
Voice performance majors are required to be competent at the beginning level of French, German, and Italian languages in addition to taking foreign language diction classes offered in the School of Music. Proficiency tests are administered by the Department of World Language Education. If needed, courses 1120 (4 credit hours) and 1120L (lab for 1 credit hour) in each language may be taken in the College of Arts and Sciences for up to 15 credit hours to meet the foreign language proficiency requirement.
Performance majors in piano are required to enroll in MVK 4640 for 4 credits as a part of the Music Electives.
The following requirements for the piano pedagogy emphasis are to be taken as a part of the Music Electives:
MVK 4640 (4) MVK 4641 (4)
JUNIOR RECITAL/APPLIED MUSIC: A public recital, either solo or shared, will be given during the student’s junior year. The student should have achieved junior classification as defined by the university and should be enrolled at the 3000 level in applied music, which would normally occur during a student’s third year of study. Credit may be granted to transfer students for junior recitals completed at other institutions. This recital should have been completed during the student’s junior year at that institution and a request for recognition of that recital should be made in writing to the applied music coordinator. No studio teacher is under any obligation to accept these transfer recitals.
SENIOR RECITAL/APPLIED MUSIC: A public recital will be given during a student’s senior year. The student should have achieved senior classification as defined by the university and should be enrolled at the 4000 level in applied music, which would normally occur during a student’s fourth year of study. A senior recital performed at another institution will not satisfy graduate requirements for USF. The recital must be performed on the USF campus and the student must be enrolled in the studio of a USF faculty member during the term of said recital unless written permission to deviate from this policy is obtained from the School of Music Director.
GRADUATING RECITAL/MUSIC EDUCATION: A public recital will be given during the student’s last year of applied music study. The student should have achieved junior classification as defined by the university and should be enrolled at the 3000 or 4000 level in applied music. A recital performed at another institution will not satisfy graduation requirements for USF. The recital must be performed on the USF campus and the student must be enrolled in the studio of a USF faculty member during the term of said recital. Exceptions may be made by the Director of the School of Music when deemed appropriate.
A RECITAL APPROVAL FORM MUST BE COMPLETED FOLLOWING ALL RECITALS AND PLACED IN EACH MUSIC STUDENT’S ADVISING FOLDER IN ORDER FOR DEGREE CERTIFICATION PROCEDURES TO BE COMPLETED.
The following courses are required in addition to the core requirements:
MUT 3663 (2) MUT 3664 (2)
Applied music (major) through the 3000 level (min. of 18 hours).
The Basic Jazz Theory Exam must be successfully completed before a student is allowed to enroll in MUT 2641, Jazz Theory/Improvisation I class. The exam is offered on the first day of each Fall semester.
All Jazz Studies majors must successfully complete the Improvisational Competency Exam before they are permitted to present their Junior Recital or be admitted to MUT 3663, Advanced Jazz Improvisation. The exam is offered each semester during Final Exams (juries) and is adjudicated by the Jazz Studies faculty. Each student must demonstrate competency in the art of improvisation on repertoire drawn from the Jazz Chamber Ensemble Tune List and materials taught in MUT 2641-2642, Jazz Theory and Improvisation I-II.
(See Piano Proficiency Requirement Policies)
The following courses are required in addition to the core requirements:
|MUC 2221 (6)||MUC 4403 (3)||MUC 4404 (3)|
Elective Composition (6)
Applied music (principal) with a minimum of 4 hours at the 2000 level.
Jazz piano proficiency required.
All students seeking a degree in music with a composition concentration are required to fulfill the senior composition requirements (with the approval of the entire composition faculty) in one of the following ways: (a) a complete public performance of works by the student composer, (b) the public performance of several compositions in various concerts throughout the composer’s senior year, (c) the formal presentation to the composition faculty of an extensive portfolio of compositions plus the public performance of at least one of these works during the senior year, or (d) in other ways designated by the composition faculty.
Applied Music (Principal) (8)
A minimum of 8 credit hours of applied music is required with a minimum of 4 credit hours at the 2000 level.
Composition Courses (24)
|MUC 2301 (3)||MUC 2221 (3,3)||MUC 3231 (3)|
|MUC 3401 (3)||MUC 3402 (3)||MUC 4241 (3)|
|MUT 4311 (2)||MUT 4312 (2)|
For other degree requirements for all the above concentrations, see the College of Visual and Performing Arts requirements and the university’s General Education and graduation requirements.
This concentration for the B.M. degree requires 121 credit hours, including a full internship. It does not provide Florida teacher certification upon graduation. However, alternative certification (permanent) can be earned while working as a full-time teacher with provisional certification (up to three years). The growing requirements in the State of Florida for teacher preparation and certification are not applicable to this degree, thus eliminating the requirements for many courses to be taken outside the School of Music. Many supervisors of music in public school districts have expressed strong approval for this program and will readily employ our graduates.
Basic Conducting (MUG 3104) (2)
PR for MUE methods / conducting
Music Literature and History
*Waived for Florida community college transfer students who did an MUL Gordon (6A) course / ALAMEA course for the AA degree
Applied Principal (Studio)
Major Ensemble (MUN 3XXX) (6)
Concurrent registration with studio
Recital Attendance (MUS 2101) (0)
Attendance at minimum 60 programs
All music education students must demonstrate teaching proficiency upon completion of MUE 2090 in order to continue in the program. In order to graduate with the B.M. degree in music education, the GPA in music courses must be at least 2.5.
Liberal Arts Requirements: General Education and Exit (12 credits satisfied in music) 33 (+ 12)
Gordon Rule Communication (12) and Computation (6)
CLAST (College Level Academic Skills Tests) must be satisfied by exemption or by testing for USF degree.
GKT (General Knowledge Test) and FTCE (Florida Teacher Certification Exam: PEd and SAE subtests) must be successfully completed for Florida teacher certification.
Transfer students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida community college, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of “C-” is the minimum acceptable grade. If students are coming to the university from a community college, the following prerequisite courses will be accepted as meeting lower level requirements.
Applied Studies in Music
Academic Studies in Music
MUSIC ELECTIVES (4 –6 credit hours)
Excluding non-major music courses (4-6)
May be selected from applied music (including conducting, ensembles, keyboard skills, and studio), music composition, music education, music history, music literature, and music theory.
Students register for Recital Attendance (MUS 2010) only in the semester in which they will complete a minimum total of 60 to receive an “S” grade (0 credit hours). Students keep records with upstairs music office. 10-15 recitals per term.
Students seeking a minor in music may choose from three concentrations, each with a minimum of 19-23 semester hours required: (1) History-Theory-Literature, (2) Applied Medium and (3) Composition. Each of the concentrations will include the same core curriculum consisting of 11 hours. A minimum of 8 hours for the minor must be earned at USF.
Students seeking a minor in electronic music must be proficient in basic music theory. They may establish their proficiency either by taking the Theory Placement Test and placing in Music Theory I, MUT 1111, or by completing Rudiments of Music, MUT 1001, with a minimum grade of “C-”. A minimum of 8 hours for the minor must be earned at USF.
STUDIES IN ELECTRONIC MUSIC (in the following sequence)
ELECTIVES IN MUSIC (may be concurrent with EM courses)
Excluding non-major music courses (4-6)
Taken from applied music (including ensembles), music composition, music education, music history, music literature, and music theory.
The music faculty is made up of outstanding musicians and scholars whose talents and achievements provide a unique educational resource for all music students. Faculty ensembles such as the Faculty Chamber Players and the Faculty Jazz Combo provide an important musical contribution to campus and Tampa area cultural life, and many music faculty perform in professional music ensembles across west central Florida.
The Music organizations of Sigma Alpha Iota, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda, the honorary music organization, maintain active chapters in the School of Music. Additionally, chapters of the College Music Educators National Conference, American Choral Directors Association, Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity and the International Association of Jazz Educators provide an important liaison with other professional musicians and teachers.
The School of Music utilizes guest composers, conductors, and performing musicians to enhance its offerings in terms of teaching faculty, forum appearances, and the conducting of musical programs, symposia, and clinics. Some prominent musicians and scholars who have appeared in the past are: Norman Dello Joio, Olly Wilson, Randall Thompson, Guarneri String Quartet, Virgil Thompson, Beaux Arts Trio, Walter Trampler, Boris Goldovsky, Fred Hemke, Gregg Smith, Lukas Foss, Norman Luboff, Maurice Andre, Phil Woods, Jean Pierre Rampal, David Baker, Adele Adison, John Cage, Byron Janis, Karel Husa, Louis Bellson, Leslie Bassett, David Samuels, Samuel Adler, Julius Baker, Gunther Schuller, Ransom Wilson, Robert Merrill, T. J. Anderson, Doc Severinsen, Hale Smith, Bethany Beardslee, George Russell, Robert Shaw, Art Blakey, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Andre Watts, Christopher Hogwood, Howard Gardner, Edwin Gordon, Peter Webster, Bennett Reimer, David Elliott, Elliot Eisner, Doreen Rao, Jo-Michael Scheibe, La Camerata Romeu, Libby Larsen, John Faddis, Evan Chambers, Elliot Antokoletz, Benjamin Suchoff, Peter Bartok, and Richard Colwell.
Scholarship and Talent Award Guidelines
The School of Music offers a variety of financial aid programs to assist talented musicians in their musical studies. Two types of awards – Scholarships and Talent Awards – are in place, each with its own set of criteria. Scholarship awards will be automatically renewed every year (four years for entering Freshmen or until the anticipated graduation date of transfer students) upon the request of the student and maintenance of the standards (described below) established by the School of Music. Talent Awards must be renewed every semester via approval of the ensemble director. Awards typically are made on the basis of excellence in musicianship and/or personnel needs in a particular performance area. Financial assistance programs include up to four-year scholarship commitments and/or per-semester talent awards. All entering transfer, and returning students intending to participate in a major ensemble are eligible to apply and audition for a financial award.
The audition committees will make recommendations to the appropriate ensemble director. These recommendations may include a suggested award amount and/or simply a designation as to the eligibility level of the student.
Final recommendations on the amount of the award given will be made by the appropriate ensemble director to the Director of the School of Music. These decisions will be based upon a variety of factors including: available budget, proven ability of student, ensemble/school needs, potential to succeed, letters of recommendation, and all academic records.
The student must enroll for credit and perform satisfactorily in the ensemble awarding the money. The student is not required to study in an applied studio, to be enrolled for 12 credit hours, to meet minimum academic standards or to be pursuing a music major or minor. All talent award recipients must request renewal directly from the ensemble director granting the award each semester. The director may request the student to re-audition or may choose not to renew the award.
Continuing Students Scholarship: All scholarship students who wish to continue to receive their awards must fill out a Continuing Scholarship Application Form in the Spring semester. Failure to do so may result in the reallocation of the scholarship to other students. Each student must also submit a performance evaluation sheet from their applied teacher and major ensemble director along with their request for renewal.
Duration of Awards: Scholarship awards are given to incoming freshmen for eight semesters. Length of award to transfer students will be determined after an evaluation of their transcript has projected a graduation date. Students may not continue to renew their scholarship beyond this point. They may, however, apply to an ensemble director for a talent award after this time. Talent awards may be renewed as many times as are deemed appropriate by the ensemble director.
Revocation of Awards: Scholarship awards may be revoked if students
Repayment of award will be sought from any student who drops out of school, drops out of ensemble/applied music participation, or fails to maintain 12 credit hours during a semester in which they have received an award.
Interning Music Education Students: A student, during his/her interning semester, may continue to receive scholarship monies (even though they may be unable to comply with the ensemble requirement) upon approval by the Director of the School of Music. The Director will, as a matter of course, seek the recommendation of the applied instructor and the Coordinator of Music Education.
Please send questions or comments to:
Office of Undergraduate Studies
Effective Date: Semester I, 2004