2011-2012 Brenau University Catalog 
    Oct 03, 2023  
2011-2012 Brenau University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Education (B.M.)

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; and successful completion of piano proficiency exams. 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.

In addition to the requirements listed below, 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 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 student’s major or minor.

Students with an A.A., A.S. or a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution are exempt from Liberal Education requirements. This exemption does not does not extend to any other associate’s degree (ex. A.A.S., A.A.T). This exemption does not affect transfer credit. All college-level credit that conforms to Brenau’s transfer credit policy will be recorded on the student’s Brenau transcript. This exemption does not affect any major courses required or any major foundation courses required.

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.

Global and Civic Perspective - 3 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-Awareness

  • 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 communication.

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 - 0-3 hours

  • Students must have modern language competency through the 102 (or 115) level. It is possible for a student to place out of part or all of modern language via placement or CLEP. Please see the placement information section for specific guidelines. If the student takes 101, that course may be applied as the students communication elective, if needed.
  • International Students will exempt the Modern Language requirement with a TOEFL score of 500 or above.

Communication and Language Fluency Portal Elective - 3 hours

Choose from any course in the Communication and Language Fluency portal not already applied in the Liberal Education or choose from the courses below.

Note: Women’s College students may apply a 100 level language as a portal elective only for a language not used to meet the liberal education Modern Language requirement. Evening and Weekend and Online Studies students may use a 100 level language to satisfy the portal elective requirement.

Music Courses:

Note: Music Performance Majors must earn a grade of “C” or better in all major classes. See the program plan for courses that can be cross/dual used between the liberal education and the major.

Students must earn a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5 and major grade point averalge of 2.75.

Total Required Hours

A minimum of 129 hours is required to graduate with this major. It is possible that the student may graduate with more than 129 hours based on placement and transfer credit.

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