B.M. with Elective Studies

The B.M. with Elective Studies is a general degree in music that includes performance through lessons and ensembles, core academic background in music theory, history, aural skills, conducting and piano proficiency, along with WCU’s robust general education program. Additionally, students in this program earn the equivalent of a minor in a field of their choice selected from all WCU offerings, determined in consultation with academic advisors in the Wells School of Music and the department that houses the minor program.  

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Academic Foundations
First Year Experience requirement3
English Composition requirement6-7
Mathematics requirement3-4
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Global Soundscapes: Music, History, and Society 1
Ethics requirement3
Building Your Career in Music 2, 3
Distributed Disciplinary Foundations
Science requirement3
Behavior and Social Science requirement3
Humanities requirement 43
Arts requirement3
Global Soundscapes: Music, History, and Society 1
ADDITIONAL BACCALAUREATE REQUIREMENTS
University Requirements
Writing Emphasis requirement9
Western Art Music II
Speaking Emphasis requirement9
Western Art Music I 1
Creativity & Improvisation
Building Your Career in Music 2, 3
Degree Requirements
Capstone requirement1-15
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Required Music Theory and Musicianship Courses
MTC 112Theory of Music I 13
MTC 114Aural Activities I 12
MTC 113Theory of Music II 13
MTC 115Aural Activities II 12
MTC 212Theory of Music III3
MTC 214Aural Activities III2
MTC 213Theory of Music IV3
Required Music History Courses
MHL 180Global Soundscapes: Music, History, and Society 13
MHL 280Western Art Music I 13
MHL 380Western Art Music II3
Major Lessons
INM 111Applied Lesson1.5
or VOK 111 Applied Lesson
INM 112Applied Lesson1.5
or VOK 112 Applied Lesson
INM 211Applied Lesson1.5
or VOK 211 Applied Lesson
INM 212Applied Lesson1.5
or VOK 212 Applied Lesson
INM 311Applied Lesson1.5
or VOK 311 Applied Lesson
INM 312Applied Lesson1.5
or VOK 312 Applied Lesson
INM 411Applied Lesson1.5
or VOK 411 Applied Lesson
INM 412Applied Lesson1.5
or VOK 412 Applied Lesson
Conducting
CON 311Instrumental Conducting I1.5
or CON 321 Choral Conducting I
Concert Ensembles 5
8 consecutive semesters required (courses are repeatable). 8
Concert Band
Wind Symphony
Wind Ensemble
Orpheus Singers
Allegro Voices
Mastersingers
Oriana Chorale
Concert Choir
Symphony Orchestra
Statesmen Jazz Ensemble
String Ensemble 6
Keyboard Ensemble 7
Elective Ensembles 5
2 courses required below (courses are repeatable) (0.5 cr. unless noted).1
Basketball Band
Marching Band
Concert Band
Wind Symphony
Wind Ensemble
Chamber Winds
Orpheus Singers
Allegro Voices
Mastersingers
Oriana Chorale
Concert Choir
Chamber Choir
Vocal Jazz
Recital Choir
Symphony Orchestra
Chamber Orchestra
Criterions Jazz Ensemble
Statesmen Jazz Ensemble
Latin Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Combo
Collegium Musicum
Studio Music Ensemble
Brass Ensemble
Percussion Ensemble
Steel Drum Ensemble
String Ensemble 6
Woodwind Ensemble
Keyboard Ensemble 7
Opera Production
The Outside Field
These courses are taken under advisement of the outside field department chairperson. (In most cases, the curriculum for a minor will be used to determine the course work for the outside field.)21
Piano 8
PIA 150Piano Class I1
PIA 151Piano Class II1
Professional Development
MTC 160Musical Entrepreneurship3
Improvisation
INM 243Creativity & Improvisation3
Technology
Select 3 credits below. 3
Studio Production I
Computer Music
Any course with CSC, CST, or CSW prefix.
Music Electives
Complete 5.5 credits of music electives.5.5
Electives
Complete 6 credits of electives. 6
Capstone Requirement
INM 443Building Your Career in Music 2, 33
Recital Attendance
Total Minimum Credits Required120
1

Minimum grade of C- is required

2

This course fulfills the Capstone requirement.

3

There is no recital in applied performance required for students in this major.

4

CLS 165, LIT 165, or LNC 105 is recommended to fulfill this requirement.

5

The first ensemble each semester is 1 credit.  Additional ensembles are 0.5 credit each.

6

Guitar ensemble, guitar only.

7

Piano only. 

8

May complete via competency exam.

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via myWCU regularly. For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a sample suggested course sequence for this program; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
MTC 112 Theory of Music I 1 3
INM 111
Applied Lesson
or Applied Lesson
1.5
PIA 150 Piano Class I 1
FYE 100XFirst Year Experience 3
Concert Ensemble 1
General Education Course 3
General Education Course 3
Recital Attendance  
 Credits15.5
Semester Two
MTC 113 Theory of Music II 1 3
MTC 114 Aural Activities I 1 2
INM 112
Applied Lesson
or Applied Lesson
1.5
PIA 151 Piano Class II 1
Concert Ensemble 1
Technology Course 3
General Education Course 3
Recital Attendance  
 Credits14.5
Year Two
Semester Three
MTC 212 Theory of Music III 3
MTC 115 Aural Activities II 1 2
MHL 180 Global Soundscapes: Music, History, and Society 1 3
INM 211
Applied Lesson
or Applied Lesson
1.5
INM 243 Creativity & Improvisation 3
Concert Ensemble 1
General Education Course 3
Recital Attendance  
 Credits16.5
Semester Four
MTC 213 Theory of Music IV 3
MTC 214 Aural Activities III 2
MHL 280 Western Art Music I 1 3
INM 212
Applied Lesson
or Applied Lesson
1.5
Concert Ensemble 1
Outside Field Course 3
Music Elective (additional ensemble suggested) 0.5
Recital Attendance  
 Credits14
Year Three
Semester Five
MTC 160 Musical Entrepreneurship 3
MHL 380 Western Art Music II 3
INM 311
Applied Lesson
or Applied Lesson
1.5
CON 311
Instrumental Conducting I
or Choral Conducting I
1.5
Concert Ensemble 1
Outside Field Course 3
General Education Course 3
Recital Attendance  
 Credits16
Semester Six
INM 312
Applied Lesson
or Applied Lesson
1.5
Concert Ensemble 1
Outside Field Course 3
Outside Field Course 3
Music Elective 3
General Education Course 3
Recital Attendance  
 Credits14.5
Year Four
Semester Seven
INM 411
Applied Lesson
or Applied Lesson
1.5
INM 443 Building Your Career in Music 3
Concert Ensemble 1
Outside Field Course 3
Elective Ensemble 0.5
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
INM 412
Applied Lesson
or Applied Lesson
1.5
Concert Ensemble 1
Elective Ensemble 0.5
Outside Field Course 3
Outside Field Course 3
General Education Course 3
Music Elective 2
 Credits14
 Total Credits120
1

Grade of C- or higher required.