The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Performance (Composition), Bachelor of Music

This degree is designed to train students for careers in the professional world of music performance or who wish to pursue a graduate degree in music.

 

 

Core Curriculum Requirements – 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

040 Language, Philosophy, and Culture – 3 hours

MUSI 1309World Music Cultures

3

050 Creative Arts – 3 hours

MUSI 1308Music History and Literature I

3

Major Requirements – 78 Hours

 

Required Courses - 24 hours

Music Core
MUSI 1211Music Theory I

2

MUSI 1116Sight Singing and Ear Training I

1

MUSI 1212Music Theory II

2

MUSI 1117Sight Singing and Ear Training II

1

MUSI 2211Music Theory III

2

MUSI 2116Sight Singing and Ear Training III

1

MUSI 2212Music Theory IV

2

MUSI 2117Sight Singing and Ear Training IV

1

MUSI 3211Musical Form and Analysis

2

MUSI 3301Music History and Literature II

3

MUSI 3302Music History and Literature III

3

MUSI 3299Junior Recital

2

MUSI 4299Senior Recital/Capstone

2

Composition Concentration – 54 hours

Composition Core – 24 hours

Required:
MUSI 1114Piano for Music Majors I

1

MUSI 1115Piano for Music Majors II

1

MUSI 1163Movement and Improvisation

1

MUSI 1183Vocal Methods

1

MUSI 2114Piano for Music Majors III

1

MUSI 2310Technology in Music

3

MUSI 3102Instrumental Conducting I

1

MUSI 3320Orchestration

3

MUSI 4301Chamber and Symphonic Music Literature

3

MUSI 4310Music Advocacy, Outreach, and Business

3

MUSI 4320Counterpoint

3

MUSI 4321Contemporary Techniques

3

Applied Composition – 16 hours

MUAP 1220Applied Composition I

2

MUAP 1270Applied Composition II

2

MUAP 2220Applied Composition III

2

MUAP 2270Applied Composition IV

2

MUAP 3220Applied Composition V

2

MUAP 3270Applied Composition VI

2

MUAP 4220Applied Composition VII

2

MUAP 4270Applied Composition VIII

2

Major Ensembles - 8 hours

Choose one Ensemble I:
MUEN 1154Wind Ensemble I

1

MUEN 1156Concert Band/Marching Band I

1

MUEN 1153Symphony Orchestra I

1

MUEN 1144Guitar Ensemble I

1

MUEN 1145Piano Accompanying I

1

MUEN 1148Mariachi Ensemble I

1

MUEN 1162Master Chorale I

1

Choose one Ensemble II:
MUEN 1184Wind Ensemble II

1

MUEN 1176Concert Band/Marching Band II

1

MUEN 1173Symphony Orchestra II

1

MUEN 1174Guitar Ensemble II

1

MUEN 1175Piano Accompanying II

1

MUEN 1178Mariachi Ensemble II

1

MUEN 1192Master Chorale II

1

Choose one Ensemble III:
MUEN 2154Wind Ensemble III

1

MUEN 2156Concert Band/Marching Band III

1

MUEN 2153Symphony Orchestra III

1

MUEN 2144Guitar Ensemble III

1

MUEN 2145Piano Accompanying III

1

MUEN 2148Mariachi Ensemble III

1

MUEN 2162Master Chorale III

1

Choose one Ensemble IV:
MUEN 2184Wind Ensemble IV

1

MUEN 2176Concert Band/Marching Band IV

1

MUEN 2173Symphony Orchestra IV

1

MUEN 2174Guitar Ensemble IV

1

MUEN 2175Piano Accompanying IV

1

MUEN 2178Mariachi Ensemble IV

1

MUEN 2192Master Chorale IV

1

Choose one Ensemble V:
MUEN 3154Winde Ensemble V

1

MUEN 3156Concert Band/Marching Band V

1

MUEN 3153Symphony Orchestra V

1

MUEN 3144Guitar Ensemble V

1

MUEN 3145Piano Accompanying V

1

MUEN 3148Mariachi Ensemble V

1

MUEN 3162Master Chorale V

1

Choose one Ensemble VI:
MUEN 3184Wind Ensemble VI

1

MUEN 3176Concert Band/Marching Band VI

1

MUEN 3173Symphony Orchestra VI

1

MUEN 3174Guitar Ensemble VI

1

MUEN 3175Piano Accompanying VI

1

MUEN 3178Mariachi Ensemble VI

1

MUEN 3192Master Chorale VI

1

Choose one Ensemble VII:
MUEN 4154Wind Ensemble VII

1

MUEN 4156Concert Band/Marching Band VII

1

MUEN 4153Symphony Orchestra VII

1

MUEN 4144Guitar Ensemble VII

1

MUEN 4145Piano Accompanying VII

1

MUEN 4148Mariachi Ensemble VII

1

MUEN 4162Master Chorale VII

1

Choose one Ensemble VIII:
MUEN 4184Wind Ensemble VIII

1

MUEN 4176Concert Band/Marching Band VIII

1

MUEN 4173Symphony Orchestra VIII

1

MUEN 4174Guitar Ensemble VIII

1

MUEN 4175Piano Accompanying VIII

1

MUEN 4178Mariachi Ensemble VIII

1

MUEN 4192Master Chorale VIII

1

Secondary Ensembles - 6 hours

Choose 6 hours from MUEN not used to fulfill other requirements. Two hours must be advanced:  
MUEN 11XX

MUEN 31XX

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Admissions Requirements

Admission requirements required for this program beyond university admission requirements. 

Students must successfully pass an audition.

Major Progression Requirements

Progression requirements required for this program.

All music courses must be passed with a minimum grade of “C.”

Prior to enrolling in the Junior Year, the following courses must be passed 

In addition, the student must pass the Sophomore Barrier. The Sophomore Barrier is the final exam taken at the end of MUAP IV. This exam must be passed in order to be considered for upper level lesson enrollment. If they do not pass the sophomore barrier, they will be required to retake lower level applied lessons. Sophomore barrier requirements will be determined by each applied area.

Major Graduation Requirements

Specific graduation requirements required for this program beyond university bachelor’s degree requirements. 

Music Requirements:

A grade of “C” or better is required in all music courses. This includes MUSI, MUAP, and MUEN coursework.