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Applied Music Emphasis (Performance)

An emphasis in applied music prepares students for entrance into the performing arena or applied teaching, or for advanced study in the performance area of their choice. Students with an applied music emphasis must pass an examination at the end of their lower-division applied studies (after the second semester of 200-level applied music) to qualify for placement in upper-division applied music.


All students selecting an applied music emphasis for their music degree must complete the music major (B.A.) course requirements, and emphasis course and ensemble requirements (below).

Students also have additional requirements to complete within the School of Music, including recital attendance and performance.


Course Legend:
F = Offered every fall, S = Offered every spring
Fr = Freshman, So = Sophomore, Jr = Junior, Sr = Senior

Applied Music Emphasis10–12 units
Additional units of applied music (must be in the same instrument as listed in the music core.)8
Senior RecitalN/C^
MUS 224
Diction for Singers I (F) (So) (vocal performance only)
MUS 227
Diction for Singers II (F) (So) (vocal performance only)
MUS 440
Instrumental Pedagogy
- or -
MUS 443
Vocal Pedagogy

Performance Ensembles

Ensembles are listed by performance area. All ensembles require audition except Oratorio Choir.

  Required Ensemble Remaining Semesters’ Ensemble Choices
Guitar Oratorio Choir (1 yr.)
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Oratorio Choir
  • Guitar Ensemble
Piano and Organ Oratorio Choir (2 yrs.)
  • Chamber Singers
  • Ensemble Accompanist*
  • Opera Workshop
  • Oratorio Choir
Strings and Harp Symphony Orchestra (4 yrs.)
String Chamber Ensemble (1 yr.)
Voice Oratorio Choir (2 yrs.)
  • Chamber Singers
  • Opera Workshop
  • Oratorio Choir
Winds and Percussion Select 4 years from:
  • Symphonic Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Wind Ensemble
In addition to the above, select one year from:
  • Brass Chamber Ensemble
  • Woodwind Chamber Ensemble
  • Percussion Chamber Ensemble

*Ensemble accompanists are assigned by the director of piano studies.

^Bachelor of Arts students may elect to take 1 for 2 units rather than the noncredit senior recital requirement listed above.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.