May 28, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Studies, B.A.

(CIP = 50.9999) (MSU)

The B.A. degree in Music Studies is part of the Provost’s Scholars Program (PSP). This is a program in which qualified students who enter USF directly from high school with 18 or more credits will be offered the opportunity to complete their undergraduate education in 3 years. Each selected student will be provided preferred registration privileges so that critical courses are not closed when they register. They will be given summer scholarships if they need to take summer classes and will be given scholarships to help them participate in study abroad programs. PSP students will live in the Honors College Living/Learning Community year 1. Students will be offered the assistance of faculty or off campus mentors, depending upon career goals and will be encouraged to use the fourth year for graduate study here at USF. Participants will not need to take larger academic loads and can take advantage of all that USF has to offer.

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 X246 and MUT X247) - 1 credit each for 4 total credit hours
    • (MUT X221 and MUT X222 and X226 and X227) - 1 credit each for 4 total credit hours
    • (MUT X271 and X272 and X276 and 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 X122)

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.

  • Credit(s): 0

  • All B.A. students in Music Studies must register and pass MUS 2010  for four semesters. A minimum of seven attendances must be recorded at School of Music concert/recital events each semester.

Total Major Hours: 46

Major Core (38 Credit Hours)

Music Core

Academic Courses (20 Credit Hours)

Music Theory

[Diagnostic Test administered at first class meeting]

Jazz Theory *

Choose 2 of the following 3 courses:

Applied Courses (12 Credit Hours)

Applied Major (Studio)

  • MVX 131X, 232X [2 terms–each level]
Major Ensemble

  • MUN 3XXX [concurrent registration with studio is required]
Recital Attendance

Music Emphasis (6 Credit Hours)

Choose only one:

Applied Studies

  • Completion of Junior Level (MV? 333X) & Junior Recital
  • Two additional terms of major ensemble

Major Electives (8 Credit Hours)

Electives: Music credits beyond those required may be used as program electives.

  • General Education Fine Arts & Exit recommended music courses also apply here.
  • Keyboard Skills [piano proficiency at Level 2 required by testing or course(s)]
  • Other music courses which are not used for Music Emphasis
  • MUT 3353 /MUT 3354  and MUT 3663 /MUT 3664  are recommended for jazz students.

Other Program Information

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.


Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students 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 2912 , IDS 4914  or IDH 4910  courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Other Information

Revocation of Awards

Scholarship awards may be revoked if students

  • Fail to maintain full-time status (12 credit hours)
  • Fail to maintain required GPA
  • Fail to participate in appropriate ensembles (as determined by applied teachers and ensemble directors)
  • Switch major area of study outside of music
  • Fail to perform satisfactorily in applied lessons or major ensemble(s)
  • Fail to maintain satisfactory progress in academic studies in music

Repayment of award will be sought from any student who drops out of school, drops out of ensemble/applied music participation, or fails to maintain 12 credit hours during a semester in which they have received an award.

Music Studies Faculty

The music faculty is made up of outstanding musicians and scholars whose talents and achievements provide a unique educational resource for all music students. Faculty ensembles such as the Faculty Chamber Players and the Faculty Jazz Combo provide an important musical contribution to campus and Tampa area cultural life, and many music faculty perform in professional music ensembles across west central Florida. Faculty scholars are active researchers presenting and publishing their works nationally and internationally.

Director: K.M. Bryan; Associate Director: D.A. Williams; Professors Emeriti: A. Hawkins, J. Heller, V. Jennings, A. Monroe, J. Reynolds, A. Summer, R. Summer, D. Owen; Distinguished University Professor: C.R. Owen; Professors: K.T. Brantley, C.V. Fung, S.N. Kluksdahl, R.M. McCormick, J.O. Robison, A.J. Wilkins; Associate Professors: J.K. Bass, J. Carmichael, J.C. Coble, W.P. Hayden, S. Ivanov, W.W. Jaworski, S.H. Lee, K. McCormick, J.L.S. Moore, J.B. Moorhead, P. Reller, C.E. Stuart, W.W. Wiedrich, D.A. Williams; Assistant Professors: J. Bugos, Y-H Cheng, K. Cho, E. Ko, C. Randles, B. Sekhon.

Plan of Study

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