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Curriculum in Music

This curriculum leads to the degree bachelor of music and is an alternative to the curriculum in liberal arts and sciences with a major in music. To obtain a bachelor of music degree, a student must earn a minimum of 124.5 credits including a minimum of 32 credits in residence at Iowa State University and a minimum of 45 advanced credits (credits in courses numbered 300 or above) and must meet all of the requirements specified below.

Courses taken on a pass/not pass basis may be counted toward the required total of 124.5 credits, and may be used to meet the advanced credit requirement, if appropriate, but may not be used to satisfy any other graduation requirement. See Index, Music. Students interested in pursuing an emphasis in music theater should see Index, Theater and Performing Arts. A minor in music is available; the requirements appear under Music, Courses and Programs.

Cr. Degree Requirements
32 General Education Requirements
(Students choosing the music education option should consult their advisers regarding general education requirements)*
6 Social sciences
6 Humanities
6 Music 383, 384
3 Phys 198
6 Mathematical, physical, and biological sciences
5 Electives
6.5-14.5 Other Requirements
6 Engl 150, 250†
0.5 Library 160
0-8 Foreign language (one)††
47 Music core
22 Music 120, 221, 222, 231, 232, 331, 332, 337, 338, 361
12 Music 119, 219, 319, 419
3 One of the following: Music 471, 472, 473, 475, 476
3 One of the following: Music 430, 440, 448
7 Ensembles
31-49 Area of concentration
(select one of the following options)
48-49 Music education**
48 Vocal K-12 option
Music 248, 266, 366, 327, 358A, 360, 362A, 367, 465, 466 417K, 417L, 480K (2 cr.); one of the following: Music 301 (3 cr.), Thtre 354, 355, or 359; C I 204, 406, 415, 426; Sp Ed 450
48-49 Instrumental K-12 option
Music 248, 266, 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356, 358B, 366, 362B, 464, 466, 368 or 490A (String pedagogy), 417K, 417L, 480K (2 cr.); C I 204, 406, 415, 426
31 Voice
2 Music 327
2 Music 119B, 119C, or 119K
8 Music 319A, 419A
6 Music 324, 325, 360
3 Music theory
2 Music 415A
8 Second world language
31 Piano
12 Music 119, 219, 319, 419
5 Music 321
5 Music 415B
2 Music 327
3 Music theory
4 Electives
31 Organ
4 Music 119B, 219B
8 Music 319C, 419C
5 Music 415C
3 Music history
3 Music theory
8 Second world language
31 String instruments
12 Music 119, 219, 319, 419
6 Music 181, 321
3 Music theory
4 Music 415D
6 Electives
31 Wind or percussion instrument
12 Music 119, 219, 319, 419
1-3 Music 351-352 or 353-354 or 355
3 Music 321
3 Music theory
4 Music 415
6-8 Electives
31 Composition
4 Music 290C
12 Music 490C
2 Music 248B
4 Music 362A, 362B
6 From: Music 430, 440, 448, 490B
3 Electives
124.5-142.5 Total Credits

†A student must earn an average grade of C- or better in Engl 150 and 250.

††The requirement may be met by completion of three or more years of high school study in one World Language. Prospective students are encouraged to begin World Language training as early as possible in their academic careers. Students who have a strong world language preparation may attempt to acquire college credit by taking a test-out examination which is administered each semester by the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

*As described in the Teacher Education section of this catalog, music education students must meet additional specific course requirements. In many cases these courses can be used to satisfy general education requirements as well.

**K-12 options include 16 weeks of student teaching. All students will complete at least 50 hours of field experiences, of which at least 40 hours must occur after admission to teacher education but before student teaching. Music education students should refer to the Teacher Education section of this catalog for further information.