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  Nov 23, 2017
2010-2011 Brenau University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Performance (B.M.)

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Career Opportunities  Professional careers in music performance; private teaching; graduate studies.

Course of Study  A degree in music performance shall consist of 75 hours in music courses, including 16 hours in the concentration (applied music courses in one’s major instrument that is to be selected from voice, piano, or accompanying); 4 hours in a minor instrument; successful completion of piano proficiency exams; successful completion (earning C or better) in all major courses. Students will present recitals during their junior and senior years. Full time students must register for a performing ensemble each semester they are enrolled, as assigned by the director of music. No overload fees will be charged when the total semester credits exceed 17 as the result of ensemble participation. All music majors are required to attend a designated number of concerts and recitals each semester.

Students are reminded that all majors will demonstrate oral and written communication competency within the context of specified writing and/or speech intensive courses in the major.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Music majors shall demonstrate mastery of an applied musical instrument.
  2. Music majors shall demonstrate proficiency in basic piano skills.
  3. Music majors shall demonstrate competency in the skills related to music theory and sightsinging.
  4. Music majors shall possess the conducting technique and musicianship skills necessary to lead an ensemble.
  5. Music majors shall be qualified for entrance to graduate programs of study, and to entry-level positions in the field of music.
B.M. Outcomes Theory History Diction Choir Conduct Voice Piano Methods
Performing Skill X X X X   X X  
Piano Skills X       X X X X
Analysis/Sightsing X X   X X   X  
Conducting Skill X X X X X X X X
Grad and/or Job X X X X X X X X

Liberal Education Requirements

Brenau University and its faculty are dedicated to the goal of providing students with a thorough background in the liberal arts, as well as academic and professional skills which will help them become enlightened and productive members of society. To that end, the faculty have developed a liberal education curriculum based on expectations and learning outcomes.

This liberal education curriculum is divided into four learning portals: World Understanding, Scientific and Analytic Curiosity, Artistic and Creative Imagination, and Communication and Language Fluency.

  • World Understanding Learning
  • Scientific and Analytic Curiosity
  • Artistic and Creative Imagination
  • Communication and Language Fluency

Courses applied in one portal may not be applied in another portal. However, courses applied in the Liberal Education may be applied toward a students major or minor.

World Understanding Learning Portal

Historical Perspective

  • Demonstrate knowledge of major events and movements in history and use this knowledge to generate a more sophisticated understanding of current events.

Global and Civic Perspective

  • Demonstrate a global and civic perspective by applying ethical and social justice principles in decision making.

World Understanding Learning Portal Electives - 6 hours

Scientific & Analytic Curiosity Portal


  • Demonstrate quantitative reasoning through numeric, symbolic, or geometric means.


  • Demonstrate competency in a specific science curriculum and appraise the impact of that science in one’s life


  • Be able to think critically and solve problems effectively

Mathematics - 3 hours

Course taken will depend upon math placement of the student.

Artistic & Creative Imagination Portal

Fine Arts

  • Understand artistic concepts and traditions through the experience of artistic endeavors


  • Read and understand literature in its historical context.

Spirituality or Self-Awaremenss

  • Recognize spiritual traditions around the world or improve personal and social awareness.

Lifetime Fitness

  • Appraise one’s health status and implement a plan for health and fitness.

Communication & Language Fluency Portal


  • Compose effective and logical written communication.


  • Demonstrate effective oral communi-cation.

Modern Language

  • Communicate in a non-native language.

Interpersonal Dynamics

  • Engage in the transfer of under-standing between people.

Information and Technology

  • Literacy
  • Demonstrate knowledge of information technology.

Modern Language - 3-6 hours

  • Women’s College Students must have six hours of a new modern language (not studied in high school) -or- three hours of a continued modern language through the 201 level -or- three hours of an applied modern language. Please see the placement information section for specific guidelines.
  • Evening and Weekend Studies and Online Studies students must have three hours of modern language at any level.
  • International Students will exempt the Moder Language requirement with a TOEFL score of 500 or above.

Major Requirements

Note: Students who choose voice as the major instrument must have the equivalent of two full years of a modern language. The language courses beyond the Liberal Education requirement may be applied toward the Music/Performance Courses section of the major.

Total Required Hours

A minimum of 120 hours is required to graduate with this major. It is possible that the student may graduate with more than 120 hours based on placement and transfer credit.

Note: Courses marked with an * are Liberal Education courses.

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