Department of Music

BM in Performance

Fei Tian’s BM program in music performance offers pre-professional intensive conservatory-style training in Western and Chinese music to develop professional musicians who can perform competently and with sensitivity in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings.

A unique feature of the BM program is its teaching of both Western and Chinese musical traditions. Students study the theory and history of both musical traditions, acquire exposure to compositions of both musical traditions, and have many opportunities to harmoniously blend music of East and West in chamber, orchestral, and solo settings. Moreover, BM students majoring in a Western instrument are required to acquire basic competence in the performance of Chinese music through selection of a Chinese minor instrument, whereas BM students majoring in a Chinese instrument are required to acquire basic competence in the performance of Western music through selection of a Western minor instrument.

Goals of the program include:

  • Enable students to develop performance skills in order to be able to perform classical Western and Chinese music competently and with sensitivity and professionalism.
  • Foster in students an understanding and appreciation of both the Western and Chinese musical traditions.
  • Enable students to interpret and discuss music with respect to historical, cultural, and stylistic considerations.
  • Provide students opportunities to gain real-world experience in performance, in order to better prepare them for careers related to the field.

The major core consists of coursework in applied music, music theory, music history, musicianship, and performance. Major electives offer students an opportunity to take courses in areas that interest them.

In addition to the above credit requirements, students must pass a performance examination before a jury composed of faculty members at the end of each semester. The purpose of the jury examination is to make an objective evaluation of each music student’s ability and artistry in performance as the student progresses through the program.

All students in the BM program are required to give a half-hour junior recital near the end of the junior year and a one-hour senior recital near the end of the senior year. In addition, each student is expected to attend a variety of concerts and recitals, including departmental and faculty recitals.

The academic requirements for graduation are the successful completion of the degree requirements with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 and a minimum major GPA of 2.5.

Summary of Degree Requirements for the BM

Components Credits
Major Core 89
Major Electives 11
General Education 30
Total 130

Major Requirements for the BM (89 credits)

Course Code Course Title Cr.
MUS001R Concert Attendance I 0
MUS002R Concert Attendance II 0
MUS003R Concert Attendance III 0
MUS004R Concert Attendance IV 0
MUS101A Ear Training A 1
MUS101B Ear Training B 1
MUS201A Advanced Ear Training A 1
MUS201B Advanced Ear Training B 1
MUS102A Keyboard Skills A (Percussion majors take MUS125A and piano majors take MUS123R instead) 1
MUS102B Keyboard Skills B (Percussion majors take MUS125B and piano majors take MUS123R instead) 1
MUS202A Advanced Keyboard Skills A (Percussion majors take MUS225A and piano majors take MUS226A instead) 1
MUS202B Advanced Keyboard Skills B (Percussion majors take MUS225B and piano majors take MUS226B instead) 1
MUS111A Western Music Theory A 2
MUS111B Western Music Theory B 2
MUS211A Advanced Western Music Theory A 2
MUS211B Advanced Western Music Theory B 2
MUS123R Chamber Music I 1
MUS223R Chamber Music II 1
MUS323R Chamber Music III 1
MUS423R Chamber Music IV 1
MUS124R Concert Practice I 1
MUS224R Concert Practice II 1
MUS324R Concert Practice III 1
MUS424R Concert Practice IV 1
MUS141 History of Western Music (Overview) 1
MUS142 History of Western Music (Medieval – Early Baroque) 2
MUS241 History of Western Music (High Baroque – Classical) 2
MUS242 History of Western Music (Romantic – Contemporary) 2
MUS244 Chinese Music I 2
MUS245 Chinese Music II 2
MUS326A Chinese Instrument Class A (Western instrument majors) 2
MUS326B Chinese Instrument Class B (Western instrument majors) 2
MUS341 Orchestral Literature (Western non-piano majors) 2
MUS344 Piano Literature (piano majors) 2
MUS345 Interpretation and Performance of East-West Music (Chinese instrument majors) 2
MUS351 Junior Recital 0
MUS361 Chinese Music Seminar (Chinese instrument majors) 2
MUS451 Senior Recital 0
Select one from the following
MUS450 Research Paper 4
MUS455 Advanced Music Practicum IV 4
For Western and Chinese instrument majors
MUS120R Orchestra I 2
MUS220R Orchestra II 2
MUS320R Orchestra III 2
MUS420R Orchestra IV 2
MUS121R Major Instrument I (Western) 3
MUS221R Major Instrument II (Western) 3
MUS321R Major Instrument III (Western) 4
MUS421R Major Instrument IV (Western) 4
MUS122R Major Instrument I (Chinese) 3
MUS222R Major Instrument II (Chinese) 3
MUS322R Major Instrument III (Chinese) 4
MUS422R Major Instrument IV (Chinese) 4
MUS326A Chinese Instrument Class A (Western instrument majors) 2
MUS326B Chinese Instrument Class B (Western instrument majors) 2
For piano majors
MUS226A Piano Accompanying A 1
MUS226B Piano Accompanying B 1
MUS128R Instrumental Accompaniment I 1
MUS228R Instrumental Accompaniment II 1
MUS328R Instrumental Accompaniment III 1
MUS428R Instrumental Accompaniment IV 1
MUS129R Dance Class Accompaniment I 1
MUS229R Dance Class Accompaniment II 1
MUS329R Dance Class Accompaniment III 1
MUS429R Dance Class Accompaniment IV 1

Music Electives (11 credits required)

Course Code Course Title Cr.
MUS125A Studio Piano I-A 1
MUS125B Studio Piano I-B 1
MUS225A Studio Piano II-A 1
MUS225B Studio Piano II-B 1
MUS325 Studio Piano III 2
MUS425 Studio Piano IV 2
MUS311 Form and Analysis 2
MUS312 Orchestration 2
MUS326A Chinese Instrument Class A 2
MUS326B Chinese Instrument Class B 2
MUS155 Music Practicum I 3
MUS255 Music Practicum II 3
MUS355 Music Practicum III 3
MUS350 Independent Study in Music 1-4
MUS371 Internship 1-3