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Available Options

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a major in music - Intended for students who wish to balance music training with other academic courses.
  • Bachelor of Music (B.M.) with majors in applied music for voice, piano, strings, or wind/brass/percussion.  Students also may pursue a B.M. degree with elective studies in business.
  • Bachelor of Music Education(B.M.E.) - Completion of this degree qualifies the student for a State of Iowa teaching certificate.  Music education students achieve specialization in one of the following two areas:
    • Choral/general music emphasis
    • Instrumental/general music emphasis
  • Music minor
  • Jazz Studies concentration

Music department web site


Program Overview

The Department of Music in the School of Fine Arts is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.  The requirements for entrance and for graduation are in accordance with the published regulations of this association.

For more information regarding specific policies, procedures, regulations, ensembles, recitals, competitions, student organizations, and other resources, consult the Music Department web site.


B.A. Degree Requirements

Candidates for the B.A. degree in music are prepared for graduate studies in music (particularly in musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology or music therapy) or interdisciplinary fields that emphasize musical knowledge or related skills (such as music criticism or library science). This degree is particularly well suited for students wishing to pursue a double major in music and another field, for those interested in pursuing academic research in music, or for those looking for a wide-ranging liberal arts curriculum that emphasizes studies in music.

The completion of a senior thesis on a topic in music of the candidate’s choice is required during the senior year.
 The B.A. degree is not intended to be a substitute for any of the professional degrees offered by the Department of Music.

Course Credit Hours
Applied Instrument (MUS courses numbered 170-180) 16
Materials of Music I, II, III, IV (MUS 001-002, 003-004, 051-052, 053-054) 16
Post-Tonal Theory 3
Music History and Literature (MUS 81, 85, 95, and 105) 12
Ensemble (MUS 148, 149 or 150) 8
Music literature/theory electives 5-6
Junior Research Seminar (MUS 167) 1
Senior Thesis (MUS 168) 2
Recital attendance (MUS 21, 8 semesters) CR
TOTAL 63-64

B.M. Degree Requirements

Candidates for the B.M. degree with a major in applied music are prepared for full-time or part-time work as performers, as leaders of community choral or instrumental groups, as studio teachers or as teachers of applied music in private schools or colleges. The candidate must complete a minimum of 124 credit hours.

An acceptable senior recital of approximately one hour’s duration in the student’s major applied music field is required.

Winds, Brass, and Percussion Track

The winds, brass, and percussion track takes 39 to 40 hours in the applied major and minor, 31 to 34 hours in music theory and history-literature and eight hours of ensemble, plus the Drake Curriculum and free electives. (Hours vary according to each instrument; students should consult with advisers for specific number of hours.)

Course Credit Hours
Applied Instrument 32
MUS 006, 007, 049, 050 (Class Piano), or equivalent private lessons in MUS 170 4
Materials of Music I, II, III, IV (MUS 001-002, 003-004, 051-052, 053-054) 16
Post-Tonal Theory 3
Music History and Literature (MUS 081, 085, 095, 105) 12
Ensemble (MUS 148 or 150) 8
Upper division music courses (MUS 106, 114, and 161) 6
Chamber music (MUS 181) 1
Senior recital CR
Recital attendance (MUS 21, 8 semesters) CR
TOTAL 82

Piano Track

The piano track takes 39 to 40 hours in the applied major and minor, 31 to 34 hours in music theory and history-literature and eight hours of ensemble, plus the Drake Curriculum and free electives. (Hours vary according to each instrument; students should consult with advisers for specific number of hours.)

Course Credit Hours
Applied keyboard 32
Applied minor instrument 4
Materials of Music I, II, III, IV (MUS 001-002, 003-004, 051-052, 053-054) 16
Post-Tonal Theory 3
Music History and Literature (MUS 081, 085, 095, 105) 12
Ensemble (MUS 148, 149, or 150) 8
Keyboard practica (MUS 092, 109, 110, and 113) 8
Conducting (MUS 161 or 163) 2
Senior recital CR
Recital attendance (MUS 21, 8 semesters) CR
TOTAL 85

Strings Track

The strings track takes 39 to 40 hours in the applied major and minor, 31 to 34 hours in music theory and history-literature and eight hours of ensemble, plus the Drake Curriculum and free electives. (Hours vary according to each instrument; students should consult with advisers for specific number of hours.)

Course Credit Hours
Applied instrument 32
Class Piano (MUS 006, 007, 049, 050), or equivalent private lessons in MUS 170 4
Materials of Music I, II, III, IV (MUS 001-002, 003-004, 051-052, 053-054) 16
Post-Tonal Theory 3
Music History and Literature (MUS 081, 085, 095, 105) 12
Ensemble (150) 8
Upper division music courses (MUS 106, 114, 116, and 161) 8
Chamber Music (MUS 181) 4
Orchestral Excerpts (MUS 059) 2
Senior recital CR
Recital attendance (MUS 21, 8 semesters) CR
TOTAL 89

Vocal Track

The vocal track takes 43 hours in applied music, 33 hours in music theory and history-literature, and eight hours of ensemble, plus the Drake Curriculum and free electives. [*Fulfillment of the foreign language requirement for the vocal major is to be approved by the student’s adviser.*]

Course Credit Hours
Applied voice 32
Class Piano (MUS 006, 007, 049, 050), or equivalent private lessons in MUS 170 4
Materials of Music I, II, III, IV (MUS 001-002, 003-004, 051-052, 053-054) 16
Post-Tonal Theory 3
Music History and Literature (MUS 081, 085, 095, 105) 12
Ensemble (MUS 149) 8
Diction (MUS 075 and MUS 076) 4
Upper division music courses (MUS 140, 154, and 163) 6
Foreign language 6
Senior recital CR
Recital attendance (MUS 21, 8 semesters) CR
TOTAL 91

Elective Studies in Business

Course Credit Hours
Applied instrument 16
Class Piano (MUS 006, 007, 049, 050), or equivalent private lessons in MUS 170 4
Materials of Music I, II, III, IV (MUS 001-002, 003-004, 051-052, 053-054) 16
Post-Tonal Theory 3
Music History and Literature (MUS 081, 085, 095, 105) 12
Ensemble (148, 149, or 150) 8
Other music courses (MUS 091 and 161 or 163) 5
Business courses (ECON 001-002, ACCT 041, IS 044, BLAW 060, FIN 095, MKTG 101, MGMT 110, ENTR 101) 27
Internship 3
Recital attendance (MUS 21, 8 semesters) CR
TOTAL 94

Music Minor

The minor in music is intended for students with musical skills who do not wish to pursue careers in music. This program does not satisfy the requirement for certification in a minor teaching area. The minimum requirement for the minor is 22 credit hours. Music history/literature and music electives must be chosen in consultation with a designated music faculty adviser. An audition is required in the applied music area.

Course Credit Hours
Applied instrument 4
Materials of Music I and II (MUS 001-002, 003-004) 8
Introduction to Western Music (MUS 080) 3
Music history/literature electives 2-3
Other music electives 5-6
TOTAL 22-24

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