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Undergraduate Program

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Texas State School of Music Piano Department offers the following Undergraduate Degrees:
 

Grand PianoBachelor of Music in Piano Performance


This program provides preparation for performance and studio teaching careers. It is also available for voice, classical guitar, piano and all standard orchestral instruments. Students interested in composition can combine piano studies with composition to complete degree requirements.
Degree Requirements for 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog.  Previous catalog requirements can be found here in the College of Fine Arts & Communications section.

 

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies


This program provides preparation for jazz pianists for performance careers. Please visit the Jazz Studies website for complete information.
Degree Requirements for 2017-2018 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 SRT program is the only one of its kind in the Southwest. It trains students to enter into the recording industry.
Please visit the SRT website for complete information.
Degree Requirements for 2017-2018 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, entertainment law, music ministry, and music journalism, just to name a few. Students interested in composition may choose this program of study.

Degree Requirements for 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog. Previous catalog requirements can be found here in the College of Fine Arts & Communications section.
 

Minor in Music


This program is covers the main areas of music – music theory & history, 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 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog. Previous catalog requirements can be found here in the College of Fine Arts & Communications section.
 

General notes about all music programs


Admission to the School of Music requires an audition. Visit this website for details: Becoming a Music Major

Transfer Studies – visit the transfer website to determine which music courses will transfer towards your degree.

Composition majors can choose either the BA or BM-Performance degree tracks. An audition on an instrument/voice and portfolio review are required for admission.

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 that area of study.

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:
  • 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 better in College Writing I & II (ENG 1310, 1320)
  • 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
  • Computer proficiency: Completion of at least 1 year of a computer-based course in High School