Bachelor of Music

Bachelor of Music in Applied Music

A Bachelor of Music in Applied Music degree is designed to prepare students for careers in musical performance and equip them for private teaching after graduation. Many students choose to pursue graduate study.

Applied music coursework enables students to become well-rounded musicians and performers. In addition to university core requirements, coursework includes applied lessons, music theory, music history, conducting, and performance pedagogy. Students gain performance experience in wind ensemble, jazz band, orchestra, choir and opera, in addition to small ensemble and various chamber music ensembles.

Available Areas of Study

  • Brass: trumpet, trombone, horn, euphonium, tuba
  • Keyboard: piano, organ
  • Percussion
  • Strings: violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, harp
  • Woodwinds: flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon
  • Voice

Requirements

  • Co-enrollment in applied music and ensemble is required even after degree requirements are satisfied.
  • Successful completion of the sophomore barrier examination is required to progress to the junior level of lessons.
  • Recital Attendance: Applied Music majors should attend at least 12 recitals each semester in residence, up to a total of 96 recitals. Students must attend at least 4 Tuesday recitals and 8 Tuesday OR other MSM recitals/concerts each semester to meet attendance requirements. Students who are deficient in recital attendance may not schedule a degree-required recital or qualify for graduation.
  • All UH degrees require at least 120 earned credits, 36 of which must be advanced. The last 30 credits of any UH degree must be completed at UH.
  • Music courses should be taken in the order shown, with deviations only as approved by an advisor.
  • ENGL 1303/1304 and MATH 1310 should be completed in the first year. All other core courses may be taken in any order as long as all prerequi-sites are met.

Fall 2015

Bachelor of Music—Applied Music—Voice
Bachelor of Music—Applied Music—Woodwind, Brass, Strings
Bachelor of Music—Applied Music—Percussion
Bachelor of Music—Applied Music—Piano
Bachelor of Music—Applied Music—Organ

Fall 2014 (New CORE)

Bachelor of Music—Applied Music—Voice
Bachelor of Music—Applied Music—Woodwind, Brass, Strings
Bachelor of Music—Applied Music—Percussion
Bachelor of Music—Applied Music—Piano
Bachelor of Music—Applied Music—Organ

Fall 2013 (Old CORE)

Bachelor of Music—Applied Music—Voice
Bachelor of Music—Applied Music—Woodwind, Brass, Strings
Bachelor of Music—Applied Music—Percussion
Bachelor of Music—Applied Music—Piano
Bachelor of Music—Applied Music—Organ

Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Teacher Certification

The Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Teacher Certification (Music Education) prepares students to become band, orchestra, choir directors or general music teachers.

Music educators find employment in public and private primary and secondary schools. They may direct large and small ensembles, teach general music courses, and provide private instruction as needed.

Music education coursework enables students to become successful musicians and certified music educators. Instruction includes applied lessons, music theory, music history, conducting, elementary and secondary methods, as well as professional development courses.

Students gain performance experience in marching band, wind ensemble, jazz band, orchestra, choir and opera, in addition to small ensemble and solo performance opportunities. A senior recital of at least 30 minutes is required during the final year of study.

Available Areas of Study

  • Brass: trumpet, trombone, horn, euphonium, tuba
  • Keyboard: piano
  • Percussion
  • Strings: violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, harp
  • Woodwinds: flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon
  • Voice

Requirements

  • Co-enrollment in applied music and ensemble is required even after degree requirements are satisfied.
  • The Moores School takes pride in giving our Music Education students the same quality of instruction that our performance majors receive. Music education majors are only required to take a 2-credit, half-hour lesson each semester, but may elect to take a full-hour, 3– or 4– credit lesson each semester if they wish to do so. Choosing full-hour lessons, however, will result in the need for additional summer coursework and/or delayed graduation. Please see an advisor for more information.
  • Recital Attendance: Music Education majors should attend at least 12 recitals each semester in residence, up to a total of 84 recitals. Students must attend at least 4 Tuesday recitals an 8 Tuesday OR other MSM recitals/concerts each semester to meet attendance requirements. Students who are deficient in recital attendance may not schedule a degree-required recital or qualify for graduation.
  • All UH degrees require at least 120 earned credits, 36 of which must be advanced. The last 30 credits of any UH degree must be completed at UH.
  • Music courses should be taken in the order shown, with deviations only as approved by an advisor.
  • ENGL 1303/1304 and MATH 1310 should be completed in the first year. All other core courses may be taken in any order as long as all prerequisites are met.
  • All music education instrumental majors must take two semesters of marching band (String students are excluded).
  • Co-enrollment in applied music and ensemble is required even after degree requirements are satisfied.
  • The Moores School takes pride in giving our Music Education students the same quality of instruction that our performance majors receive. Music education majors are only required to take a 2-credit, half-hour lesson each semester, but may elect to take a full-hour, 3– or 4– credit lesson each semes-ter if they wish to do so. Choosing full-hour lessons, however, will result in the need for additional summer coursework and/or delayed graduation. Please see an advisor for more information.

Fall 2015

Bachelor of Music—Teacher Certification—Instrumental Degree Plan
Bachelor of Music—Teacher Certification—Choral Degree Plan

Fall 2014 (New CORE)

Bachelor of Music—Teacher Certification—Instrumental Degree Plan
Bachelor of Music—Teacher Certification—Choral Degree Plan

Fall 2013 (Old CORE)

Bachelor of Music—Teacher Certification—Instrumental Degree Plan
Bachelor of Music—Teacher Certification—Choral Degree Plan

Bachelor of Music in Music Theory

The Bachelor of Music in Music Theory is designed to prepare students for graduate work in music theory, with the career goal of a becoming a university professor and theorist.

Music Theory coursework enables students to become well-rounded musicians, while placing special emphasis on musical form and structure and other technical and expressive elements of music. In addition to university core requirements, students take courses in music theory and music history, applied lessons on their major instrument, and composition lessons. Students gain performance experience in the university’s large instrumental or choral ensembles. The degree has a strong research component that culminates in a senior thesis project.

Available Areas of Study

  • Brass: trumpet, trombone, horn, euphonium, tuba
  • Keyboard: piano
  • Percussion
  • Strings: violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, harp
  • Woodwinds: flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon
  • Voice

Fall 2015

Bachelor of Music—Music Theory Degree Plan

Fall 2014 (New CORE)

Bachelor of Music—Music Theory Degree Plan

Fall 2013 (Old CORE)

Bachelor of Music—Music Theory Degree Plan

Bachelor of Music in Composition

The Bachelor of Music in Composition is designed for students who want to be professional composers. Composition students are also prepared for graduate studies that may lead to college-level teaching positions.

Composition coursework enables students to become well-rounded musicians and capable composers. In addition to university core requirements, coursework includes composition lessons, applied lessons on the student’s major instrument, music theory and music history. Students gain performance experience in large and small instrumental or choral ensembles, and are encouraged to participate in AURA, the Moores School of Music’s new music ensemble.

Available Areas of Study

  • Brass: trumpet, trombone, horn, euphonium, tuba
  • Keyboard: piano, organ
  • Percussion
  • Strings: violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, harp
  • Woodwinds: flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon
  • Voice

Fall 2015

Bachelor of Music—Music Composition Degree Plan

Fall 2014 (New CORE)

Bachelor of Music—Music Composition Degree Plan

Fall 2013 (Old CORE)

Bachelor of Music—Music Composition Degree Plan

Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Music Marketing

A Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Music Business is a four-year music degree with a minor in marketing. This degree is appropriate for students who wish to work in arts administration, or those who plan careers as musicians and also want to have a business background for the purposes of managing their own careers. The marketing minor included in the degree plan may also serve as the basis for employment while establishing oneself as a working musician.

Music business coursework enables students to be successful musicians. In addition to university core requirements, students take applied music and coursework in music history, theory and conducting. Students gain performance experience in marching band, wind ensemble, jazz band, orchestra, choir and opera, in addition to small ensemble and solo performance opportunities. Students must also complete a marketing minor as outlined by the Bauer College of Business.

Available Areas of Study

  • Brass: trumpet, trombone, horn, euphonium, tuba
  • Keyboard: piano, organ
  • Percussion
  • Strings: violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, harp
  • Woodwinds: flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon
  • Voice

Fall 2015

Bachelor of Music—Music Marketing Degree Plan

Fall 2014 (New CORE)

Bachelor of Music—Music Marketing Degree Plan

Fall 2013 (Old CORE)

Bachelor of Music—Music Marketing Degree Plan

Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Nonprofit Leadership

The Bachelor of Music degree with Elective Studies in Nonprofit Certification is a four-year music degree, paired with the Nonprofit Certification plan through the UH Graduate College of Social Work. This degree is appropriate for students seeking careers in Arts Administration (or any other Nonprofit work), who wish to gain the specific skills and knowledge needed in the Nonprofit sector. The Certification includes an internship with a Houston-area Arts organization, and courses in Marketing, Public Relations, Nonprofit Management, and Nonprofit Financial Management. Once the certification is complete, students will be a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP).


The Bachelor of Music degree coursework enables students to be successful musicians. In addition to the university CORE requirements, coursework includes applied lessons, music history, music theory, and conducting. Students gain performance experience in marching band, wind ensemble, jazz band, orchestra, choir, opera and various chamber music ensembles. Students must also complete the Nonprofit Leadership Certification plan with the UH Graduate College of Social Work.

Available Areas of Study

  • Brass: trumpet, trombone, horn, euphonium, tuba
  • Keyboard: piano, organ
  • Percussion
  • Strings: violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, harp
  • Woodwinds: flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon
  • Voice

Fall 2015

Bachelor of Music—Elective Studies Nonprofit Leadership

Fall 2014 (New CORE)

Bachelor of Music—Elective Studies Nonprofit Leadership

Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Religion

A Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Religion is a four-year music degree with a minor in religion. This degree is appropriate for students who plan careers as church musicians or music ministers.

Degree coursework enables students to be successful musicians. In addition to university core requirements, students take applied music, as well as coursework in music history, theory and conducting. Students gain performance experience in marching band, wind ensemble, jazz band, orchestra, choir and opera, in addition to small ensemble and solo performance opportunities. Students must also complete a religion minor as outlined by the Department of Religious Studies.

Available Areas of Study

  • Brass: trumpet, trombone, horn, euphonium, tuba
  • Keyboard: piano, organ
  • Percussion
  • Strings: violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, harp
  • Woodwinds: flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon
  • Voice

Fall 2015

Bachelor of Music—Elective Studies Religion Degree Plan

Fall 2014 (New CORE)

Bachelor of Music—Elective Studies Religion Degree Plan

Fall 2013 (Old CORE)

Bachelor of Music—Elective Studies Religion Degree Plan


*The Moores School of Music further defines a credit hour as representing at least 15 not more than 30 minutes of private music instruction per week per 15-week semester.