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Academic Program Guide

Music (Commercial)

College: Music
Degree: BA
Limited Access: Yes

Contact: Dr. Joanna Hunt
Address: 204-D Housewright Music Bldg, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1180
Phone: (850) 644-4833

Description of Major
Course requirements for this degree program are quite flexible , but include a strong core of music. Graduates of this program receive the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. Placement auditions for all undergraduate students are given prior to registration. Jury examinations are given at the end of each Applied Music series.

Prerequisite Coursework

Students should complete the following courses in preparation for placement in upper division status:
MUT X111, X112 (3, 3) Basic Theory I, II
MUT X116, X117 (3, 3) Basic Theory III, IV
MUT X241, X242 (1, 1) Sight singing and Ear Training I, II
MUT X246, X247 (1, 1) Sight singing and Ear Training III, IV
MUN XXXX (4) Courses in Ensemble
MVX XX1X (2-4) Applied Music
MVX XX2X (2-4) Applied Music

Additional courses may be required. Contact the department for details.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Students in this program must complete: a modern or classical foreign language through the 2200 or equivalent level. This requirement may be satisfied through coursework or examination.

Admission Requirements to the Major:
All entering students must meet appropriate minimum standards through a placement audition (heard by a faculty jury) in applied music before being granted admission to the College of Music. Submission of a portfolio is also required.

For details see:


Major Program of Studies at FSU: (50 hours)

Applied Music Principal (MV_ = MVK, MVV, MVW, MVB, MVS, MVP, MVJ): (8 hours)
MV_ 1311-1316 (2, 2) Applied Music Principal
MV_ 2321-2326 (2, 2) Applied Music Principal
B. A. majors must pursue study of a principal instrument through (and complete by jury) the MV_2321-2326 series.

All of the following: (26 hours)
MUT 1111, 1112 (3, 3) Basic Theory I, II
MUT 2116, 2117 (3, 3) Basic Theory III, IV
MUT 1241L, 1242L (1, 1) Sight singing I, II
MUT 2246L, 2247L (1, 1) Sight singing III, IV
MUL 2110 (2) Survey of Music Literature
MUH 2512 (2) Music Cultures of the World I
MUH 3211 (3) Survey of Music History I
MUH 3212 (3) Survey of Music History II

Ensemble: (4 hours)
Two hours of accompanying (MUN 2510/4513) are required of all piano principals in partial fulfillment of the requirements in ensemble. All woodwind and brass freshmen and freshmen transfers must register for MUN 2460 (Chamber Music) during the first Spring and second Fall Terms. (String freshmen and freshmen transfers must register during the first two Fall terms.) Other transfers in these areas must register for MUN 2460 or 4463 during the first fall semester of residence. A minimum of 2 hours of ensemble credit must be earned at the upper division level.

Upper Division Music Electives or Area Specific Courses: (12 hours)
MU_/MV_ 3000-4000 Coursework in Music Industry, MIDI, and Audio Production

Student Recital Attendance: (0 hours)
MUS 1010, 0 hours. Entering freshmen must register for this course for six semesters. Transfer students must consult advisor regarding completion of this requirement.

Electives/Minor Requirement:
Students must complete a minor in Business, Commercial Entrepreneurship, or Social Entrepreneurship (12 hours).

For details on the minors see: or

Elective credits may include courses offered by the College of Music; however, at least 8 of these hours must be taken outside the College of Music. Students are alerted to the University policy which requires a minimum of 45 hours at the upper division level. Additional upper division elective hours may be necessary to meet this stipulation.

Foreign Language: (0-12 hours)
Completion of a foreign language through the intermediate (2220) level or proficiency equivalent is required.

Computer Skills Competency: (1 to 3 hours)
One of: CGS 2060 (3), CGS 2100 (3), CGS 3406 (3), EME 2040 (3), MUE 4690 (3), MUS 2360 (1), ISC 3313 (3).

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met through with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Min. Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Major Coursework 50
Computer Skills 1-3
Oral Competency 0-3
Foreign Language 0-12 (depending on placement)
Electives to bring total credits to 120

*NOTE: Up to nine (9) hours of credit from the required Music History, Music Literature and Music Theory courses may also be used to partially fulfill requirements of General Education.

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1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.
4. For the BA in Music, at least 66 hours must be earned in non-music coursework.

Employment Information
Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Teacher, Performer/Artist, Author, Music Business Executive, Publication Editor, Music Law/Copyright Lawyer, Music Engineer/Recorder, Conductor, Researcher, Composer, Freelancer, Music Administrator.

Representative Employers: Junior Colleges, Conservatories, Colleges, Entertainment Centers, Universities, Recording Studios, Publishers, Record/Music Companies, Law Practice, Private Clubs.

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