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Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music degree is given upon completion of a minimum of 133 semester hours (s.h.), as outlined below. Students must fulfill a minimum three-year residency, pass all required courses, and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in Musical Studies and Liberal Arts courses.

General requirements

Additional departmental requirements


General Requirements


Performance

51 s.h.

Major lesson 32 s.h.
Elements of Conducting 3 s.h.
Additional departmental requirements (listed below) 16 s.h.
   

Musical Studies

51 s.h.

Fundamentals 2 s.h.
Harmony I, II 7 s.h.
Harmony III 4 s.h.
Counterpoint I, II 6 s.h.
Form 2 s.h.
Analysis 4 s.h.
Solfège I, II 8 s.h.
Solfège III 4 s.h.
Music History I, II 10 s.h.
Music History Seminars 4 s.h.
(Some majors require additional performance and musical studies courses:
See Additional Departmental Requirements below.)
   

Career Studies

1 s.h.

 The Twenty-First-Century Musician 1 s.h.
   

Liberal Arts

30 s.h.

History of Western Civilization 6 s.h.
Language and Literature 6 s.h.
Literature 6 s.h.
Electives 12 s.h.
(Some majors require additional liberal arts courses: See Additional Departmental Requirements below.)

Additional Departmental Requirements


Composition Majors

Performance

16 s.h.

Composition Seminar 8 s.h.
Supplementary Piano 8 s.h.
Graduation Recital – Required  

Bachelor’s candidates: a Student Recital Series concert at least forty-five minutes long of their own music, the majority written while a Curtis student; recommended to occur in the fall of the student’s graduating year.

Diploma candidates: a concert at least one hour long of their own music, the majority written while a Curtis student; may take place in an alternate venue with the approval of the student’s major teacher and the dean; recommended to occur in the fall of the student’s graduating year.

Musical Studies

8 s.h.

Applied Orchestration 4 s.h.
Counterpoint III 2 s.h.
Score-Reading 2 s.h.

Private Instruction

Undergraduate composition majors (bachelor’s candidates) are expected to study with all composition faculty over the course of their four years at Curtis. Typically students work with their “intake” teacher for the first two years. During the third and fourth years, they are expected to study with other composition faculty members for a minimum of one semester apiece. Students are welcome to take additional semesters with the other faculty members (based on teacher availability), or they may return to their initial instructor.

Students consult with their intake teacher to determine when best to take a rotation semester; it is recommended that at least one be taken by the end of the third year.


Conducting Majors

Performance

24 s.h.

Lab Orchestra  8 s.h.
Score Analysis 8 s.h.
Supplementary Piano 8 s.h.
   

Musical Studies

8 s.h.

Applied Orchestration 4 s.h.
Counterpoint III 2 s.h.
Score-Reading 2 s.h.
   

Career Studies

8 s.h.

Conductors' Forum 8 s.h.

Keyboard Majors

(Major Requirements: P=Piano, H=Harpsichord, O=Organ)

Performance

16–24 s.h.

Chamber Music 8 s.h. (P, H) 
Piano Repertoire Seminar 8 s.h. (P)
Supplementary Piano 8 s.h. (O, H)
Graduation Recital - Required (P)
Organ Class 8 s.h. (O)
Early Music Performance 8 s.h. (H)
   

Musical Studies

8 s.h.

Keyboard Studies I, II 4 s.h.
Keyboard Studies III 2 s.h.
Counterpoint III 2 s.h.
   

Career Studies

4 s.h.

Sacred Music Seminar 4 s.h. (O)

GUITAR Majors

Performance

18 s.h.

Chamber Music 8 s.h.
Guitar Seminar 8 s.h.
Supplementary Piano 2 s.h.
Graduation Recital - Required  


Orchestral Instrument Majors

(Major Requirements: T=Timpani/Percussion, Va.=Viola, Clo.=Cello, Vn.=Violin)

Performance

42 s.h.

Chamber Music 8 s.h.
Orchestra 24 s.h. (age sixteen and older)
Orchestral Repertoire Class/Sectionals 8 s.h. (string, woodwind, brass, or percussion)
Supplementary Piano 2 s.h.
Performance - Required (T)
Graduation Recital - Required (Vn., Va., Clo., T)

Voice Majors

Performance

46 s.h.

Acting Seminar 8 s.h.
English, French, German, and Italian diction classes and coachings 16 s.h.
Supplementary Piano 2 s.h.
Voice Performance Seminar 8 s.h.
Voice Repertoire Coaching 12 s.h.
   

Musical Studies

8 s.h.

History of Singing 8 s.h.

 

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