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Texas State School of Music undergraduate program offers degrees in the following:
 

Bachelor of Music in Performance


This program provides preparation for performance and studio teaching careers. It is available in voice, piano, classical guitar, jazz, and all standard instrumental and string instruments. Students interested in composition can add additional composition classes (see below) to the required voice/instrument studies.

 

Degree Requirements for 2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog.  Previous catalog requirements can be found here in the College of Fine Arts & Communications section.
 

Bachelor of Music in Music Studies (with all-level teacher certification)


This program leads to teacher certification for public schools, grades K-12. Areas of emphasis include:

  • Choral + Elementary Emphasis
  • Band + Elementary Emphasis
  • Orchestral + Elementary Emphasis

Interested students can add specializations in Jazz (16 hours) or Mariachi (15 hours) studies to their programs. Additional courses in the Jazz specialization include jazz theory and improvisation, jazz band participation, and jazz pedagogy. Additional courses in the Mariachi specialization include mariachi arranging, vihuela & guitarron techniques, mariachi history, and other mariachi techniques.  Full details on courses for each specialization can be found on the School of Music's website.
                                                                                                                                                   

Degree Requirements for 2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog. Previous catalog requirements can be found here in the College of Fine Arts & Communications section.
 

Bachelor of Science in Sound Recording Technology


The Sound Recording Technology (SRT) program is the only one of its kind in the Southwest. It trains students to enter into the recording industry in various capacities.  Potential careers include music producers, live sound technicians, movie music, and much more. Please visit the SRT website for complete information.


Degree Requirements for 2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog. Previous catalog requirements can be found here in the College of Fine Arts & Communications section.
 

Bachelor of Arts in Music


This program provides a general liberal arts overview of music studies. This degree is combined with a minor of the students choice to lead to careers in a variety of fields including music business, music therapy (transfer and/or additional certifications required), entertainment law, music ministry, and music journalism, just to name a few. Students interested in composition can pursue this program of study, but a bachelors degree specifically in composition is not offered at this institution (see below).

Degree Requirements for 2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog. Previous catalog requirements can be found here in the College of Fine Arts & Communications section.
 

Minor in Music


This program covers the main areas of music – basic music theory & literature, performance, and a choice of music electives. The music minor does not require an audition and is declared through the advising center of the student’s major.


Degree Requirements for 2008-2010 Undergraduate Catalog. Previous catalog requirements can be found here in the College of Fine Arts & Communications section.
 

General Notes about all music programs


In order to claim one of the music degrees described above as the student's major at Texas State University, students must first audition and be accepted by the performance faculty. Visit Becoming a Music Major for the audition dates and full details on perforamnce requirements and supporting materials required for the audition.

Transfer Studies – visit the university's admission website for transfer students to determine which music courses will transfer towards your degree.

In general, all 1000- & 2000-level courses are taken during the Freshman & Sophomore years. The 3000- & 4000-level courses, in most cases, can only be taken upon passing the upper level competency review in the student's chosen music degree program.

General education core curriculum components must be completed for all degrees. These requirements can be completed in any order, at any Texas institution, or through AP/CLEP exams. The course requirements can be found in the University College section of your catalog or at this website: http://statecore.its.txstate.edu

 

Special General Studies Requirements for music degree programs:

  • BS-Sound Recording Technology: Pre-Calculus (MATH 2417), General Physics I & II (PHYS 1410, 1420), Intro to Fine Arts (MU 2313)
  • BM-Music Studies: C or higher in College Writing I & II (ENG 1310, 1320), Philosophy (PHIL 1305 or 1320), MATH Component, History (HIST 1310, 1320), Political Science (POSI 2310, 2320). B or higher in Communications (COMM 1310)
  • One of the Physical Fitness and Wellness (PFW) requirements can be met with enrollment in MUSE 3120 Marching Band


All degrees have a minimum requirements to graduate:

  • Minimum Texas State GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum Major GPA: 2.25
  • Minimum Minor GPA (if applicable): 2.0
  • Minimum hours: 120 hours (most music degrees require more than 120 hours to complete course requirements)
  • Advanced hours (3000-, 4000-level): 36 hours
  • Foreign Language proficiency: Completion of at least 2 years of the same language in High School or at the university level
  • Computer proficiency: Completion of at least 1 year of a computer-based course in High School or at the university level

 

Texas State University does not offer an undergradute, Bachelor's degree, specifically in Composition.  If a student is interested in composition, they must choose either the BA or BM-Performance degree tracks and complete an audition on an instrument/voice.  All performance requirements for the degrees above must be fulfilled on an instrument/voice.  Introduction to Composition and composition lessons are available to interested students at the undergraduate level through a portfolio review, but the Bachelor's degree received will not be in composition.