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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Performance B.M., with Acoustic & Electronic Composition Concentration

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Music Performance B.M.


The Music Performance degree is a professional degree for students who wish to pursue a career in music. Students interested in a B.M. degree may choose between concentrations in: Performance, Composition, Jazz Studies and Acoustic and Electronic Music. This degree program requires 120 credit hours of study that include private study on the student’s principle instrument and participation in ensembles. Additionally, students complete music theory, history and literature sequences, and take additional coursework in their chosen concentration. Graduates from BM programs at USF find themselves in very competitive positions for graduate study and musical careers. Admission into the BM in music degree requires an audition on your major instrument.

University Admissions

Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • MUT X111 or MUT X121 - 3 credit hours
  • MUT X112 or MUT X122 - 3 credit hours
  • MUT X116 or MUT X126 - 3 credit hours
  • MUT X117 or MUT X127 - 3 credit hours
  • Select from the following options for 4 credits:
    • (MUT X241 and MUT X242 and MUT X246 and MUT X247) - 1 credit each for 4 total credit hours
    • (MUT X221 and MUT X222 and MUT X226 and MUT X227) - 1 credit each for 4 total credit hours
    • (MUT X271 and MUT X272 and MUT X276 and MUT X277) - 1 credit each for 4 total credit hours
  • Take 4 semesters of the following coursework: *
    • MUN XXXX (4 credit hours)
  • Take 2 semesters of the following coursework: *
    • MVX XX1X (2-4 credit hours)**
  • Take 2 semesters of the following coursework: *
    • MVX XX2X (2-4 credit hours)
  • Repeat these courses up to 4 semesters in order to gain piano proficiency: ***
    • MVK X111 and MVK X112 and MVK X121 and MVK X12

FOR ALL MAJORS: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.

*   Music program national accreditation requires minimum semesters of exposure in specified coursework.

**  DEFINITIONS: MVxXX1X and MVxXX2X are defined as courses under one of the specified prefixes that constantly maintain the digit 1 or 2 (depending upon which course) while allowing 0-9 to replace each “X.” The prefix varies depending upon the student’s focus (i.e., Brass, Strings, Woodwinds, etc.) Prefix areas to choose from are MVB, MVH, MVJ, MVK, MVO, MVP, MVS, MVV, and MVW. Two examples of possible courses are MVB1011 or MVP1311. Examples for MVxXX2X are MVW2223 and MVK2222.

*** Or Secondary Piano Proficiency by examination.

Required Supporting Courses for the Major (0 Credit Hours)

The following courses are prerequisite and supporting courses for this major. They are required for the major, but are not counted in the total hours for this major. The degree will not be awarded if these courses have not been taken by the end of the student’s final semester.

All B.M. degree students must register and pass MUS 2010  for six semesters. A passing grade requires a minimum of seven recorded attendances at School of Music concert/recital events each semester.

Major Requirements for the B.M. Degree

JUNIOR RECITAL FOR BA AND BM DEGREES: A public recital (must be shared with another junior recital) will be given during the student’s junior year. The student should have achieved junior classification as defined by the university and should be enrolled at the 3000 level in applied music, which would normally occur during a student’s third year of study. Credit may be granted to transfer students for junior recitals completed at other institutions. This recital should have been completed during the student’s junior year at that institution and a request for recognition of that recital should be made in writing to the applied division coordinator. No studio teacher is under any obligation to accept these transfer recitals.

SENIOR RECITAL FOR BM DEGREE: A public recital will be given during a student’s senior year. The student should have achieved senior classification as defined by the university and should be enrolled at the 4000 level in applied music, which would normally occur during a student’s fourth year of study. A senior recital performed at another institution will not satisfy graduation requirements for USF. The recital must be performed on the USF campus and the student must be enrolled in the studio of a USF faculty member during the term of said recital unless written permission to deviate from this policy is obtained from the School of Music Director.


Acoustic & Electronic Composition Concentration

Total Concentration Hours: 78

Concentration Core (76 Credit Hours)

Academic Studies (31 Credit Hours)

Music Theory (18 Credit Hours)

[Diagnostic Test administered at first class meeting]

Aural Theory (4 Credit Hours)

Senior Seminar (1 Credit Hour)

Applied Studies (14 Credit Hours)

  • Credit(s): 2
  • MVX 131X and MVX 232X Applied Major (Studio) [NOTE: 2 terms-each level 8 total credits]
  • MUN 3XXX - Major Ensemble (Concurrent registration with studio is required for 4 total credits) [NOTE: 4
    total credits]
  • Credit(s): 0 (“S/U” grade only)
Music Composition (31 Credit Hours)

Concentration Electives (2 Credit Hours)

Music Electives (2 Credit Hours)

Keyboard Skills

[piano proficiency at Level 4 required by testing or course(s)]

Other Program Information

Senior Recital Requirement

The second semester of the senior year is the only semester in the composition sequence that does not require the student to be in a composition class. Instead, students are required to register for Senior Recital (2 credits), which will have a scheduled meeting time (1 hour a week) and syllabus. This meeting time will be student-directed, but one or more composition faculty will be available to help answer questions at the students’ request.

The Senior Recital Requirement consists of the following:

  1. Portfolio Presentation (30 percent of final grade)
  2. Recital (30 percent of final grade)
  3. Participation in the Senior Project Concert (15 percent of final grade)
  4. Senior Presentation in Composition Seminar (12 percent of final grade)
  5. Composers Orchestra composition (13 percent of final grade)
  6. Continued participation in Composition Seminar and Notation Emporium


Portfolios must be presented in final form by Monday, 5:00 PM, the last week of classes. Students will consult with faculty throughout the semester on assembling and fine-tuning the material. Faculty will review the portfolio by the time of final jury (final exam week). The portfolio will consist of the following:

  1. A digital archive of all of the student’s acoustic and electronic projects created over the 8-semester MUC sequence (this can be presented on the web or in physical copy, e.g. DVD, flash drive, etc.)
  2. A database of performances, performers, etc. (hard copy)
  3. 3 to 5 scores individually bound and professionally presented (at least one of these scores needs to be for both acoustic instruments and electronic media)
  4. A curriculum vitae (hard copy)
  5. A 300-word artist’s statement (hard copy)


Seniors are responsible for scheduling, preparing for and presenting a 60-minute concert of their music during their final semester. This recital must take place during the semester that the student is registered for Senior Recital, and it is recommended to be before week 15 to allow time for preparing the video for the portfolio. It is expected to be professionally produced in one of the USF SOM halls, most likely in the Barness Recital Hall. The programming must include works for acoustic instruments, electronic media and work that combines the two. The recital will be assessed on quality of preparation, presentation and professional effectiveness (publicity, draw, archiving, etc.).

Senior Project Concert

Senior composition majors who are registered for Senior Recital will collaborate on and present a concert during the same semester. It will feature music and performances by the seniors primarily, but can involve other performers as well. Unlike the solo senior recital concert, it is required that this concert be off campus. Students have a scheduled meeting time that they can use each week for this purpose. This concert will be assessed on quality of preparation, presentation and professional effectiveness (publicity, draw, archiving, etc.).

Senior Presentation in Composition Seminar

Each senior will give 30-50 minute presentation on their music and issues surrounding it. This can be as a preview to their senior recital. Presentations must be scheduled by week 4, and no presentation will be scheduled after week 14. The presentation will be assessed on content as well as professionalism of presentation.

Composers’ Orchestra Composition

Each senior will be required to compose and program a piece written especially for the Composers’ Orchestra, an ad-hoc group of performing composition majors assembled for this purpose. The performance may take place in the Senior Recital or Senior Project concert, but it needs to be performed by week 15 at the latest. This final score and recording will be provided with the portfolio in addition to the 3-5 scores of other work.

Composition Seminar and Notation Emporium

Seniors in their final semester are expected to participate in the weekly seminar and emporium. Attendance is required and excessive absences or late arrivals can affect the Senior Recital final grade. (See attendance policy)

The Recital Approval form (available on music advisor’s door) must be completed and returned to the advisor.

Music Performance B.M. - Additional Information

GPA Requirements

Students must have an overall GPA of 2.0.

Grading Requirement

All music majors and minors must earn at least a C- in every music course required for their degree program. Music education students must earn at least C- in all required music, music education, and education courses. Music courses resulting in grades of D or F must be repeated with subsequent registrations. Sequel courses may not be taken until prerequisites are satisfied with appropriate grades or waivers.

Research Opportunities

Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914  course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research is able to assist with further inquiries.

Advising Information

For advising, please contact Corey Carpenter at

4 Year Plan of Study - Music Performance B.M., with Acoustic & Electronic Composition Concentration


Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Composition Writing

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

$25,000 - $45,000

Year 1

Semester 1 (Fall)

Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 2 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 3 (Summer)

Total Credit Hours: 3

Year 2

Semester 4 (Fall)

Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 5 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 16

Semester 6 (Summer)

Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 3

Semester 8 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 9 (Summer)

Total Credit Hours: 3

Year 4

Semester 11 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 14

2 Year Plan of Study - Music Performance B.M., with Acoustic & Electronic Composition Concentration


Year 1

Semester 2 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 3 (Summer)

Total Credit Hours: 4

Year 2

Semester 5 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 14

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