Music Education

Music Secondary Education Four-Year Academic Plan

120 credit hours are required for Bachelor of Music degree. Students select a Bachelor of Music program in performance with an emphasis in voice, piano, band/orchestral instruments, or an instrumentalist/jazz emphasis. A sample Instrumental Jazz plan is below. Detailed program information and course options can be found in the academic catalog. Students should use Academic Planning on the mySXU portal to schedule courses and track degree progress.

Suggested four year academic plan for the major (courses required in the major are in bold)

Please consult with your academic advisor prior to course selection.

Semester 1 Credit Hours
TRANS 100: Transitions 1
PHIL 140: The Examined Life 3
ENGL 120: Rhetoric and Writing 3
MUS 101: Music Theory I 3
MUS 151: Aural Skills I 1
MUS 161: Keyboard Skills I 1
Applied Music Course 2
MUS 240: Jazz Ensemble 1
Semester 2 Credit Hours
FYS 175: First Year Seminar 3
COMM 101: Speech Fundamentals 3
MUS 102: Music Theory II 3
MUS 152: Aural Skills II 1
MUS 162: Keyboard Skills II 1
MUS 124: Writing and Speaking about Music 3
Applied Music Course 2
MUS 240: Jazz Ensemble 1
Semester 3 Credit Hours
MUS 201: Music Theory III 3
MUS 251: Aural Skills III 1
MUS 261: Keyboard Skills III 1
Applied Music Course 2
MUS 240: Jazz Ensemble 1
MUS 330: Music History I 3
GE Biological Science 3
Semester 4 Credit Hours
MUS 202: Music Theory IV 3
MUS 252: Aural Skills IV 1
MUS 262: Keyboard Skills IV 1
Applied Music Course 2
MUS 234: University Band
or
MUS 230: Southwest Symphony Orchestra
1
MUS 331: Music History II 3
GE Physical Science 3
Semester 5 Credit Hours
Applied Music/Jazz 2
MUS 240: Jazz Ensemble 1
MUS 314: Conducting 3
MUS 217: Non-Western Music 3
MUS 239: Jazz Combo 1
GE Social Science 3
GE Philosophy 3
Semester 6 Credit Hours
Applied Music/Jazz 2
MUS 234: University Band
or
MUS 230: Southwest Symphony Orchestra
1
MUS 308: Jazz Theory/Arranging 3
MUSAP 271: Junior Recital 1
MUS 239: Jazz Combo 1
GE Social Science 3
Elective 3
Semester 7 Credit Hours
MUS 301: Form and Analysis 2
Applied Music/Jazz 2
MUS 240: Jazz Ensemble 1
MUS 319: Music Literature-Piano
or
MUS 321: Music Literature-Instrumental
3
MUS 309: Jazz Improvisation 2
MUS 239: Jazz Combo 1
GE Religious Studies 3
Elective 2
Semester 8 Credit Hours
MUS 138: History of Jazz 3
Applied Music/Jazz 2
MUS 240: Jazz Ensemble 1
MUS 239: Jazz Combo 1
MUSAP 371: Senior Recital 1
MUS 312: Vocal Pedagogy
or
MUS 313: Applied Pedagogy-Instrumental
3
Elective 3