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  Nov 21, 2017
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Education, Choral and General Music, B.M.

Requirements for the major in Music Education, Bachelor of Music program (specialization in choral and general music)

Admission to Music degree programs

Admission to the music degree programs at Oakland University (OU) is a two-tiered process, except for the B.A. in Music. The first step in the process for all students is the entrance audition. These auditions are held several times a year and determine whether or not a student will be admitted to OU in any of these degree programs. For all B.M. programs, the second step is the major standing audition, which determines whether students may continue in the program, and if they can be admitted into a professional program in the school.

Entrance auditions

Entrance audition days are held several times each year. The audition schedule and downloadable application are available on the school website at Please submit application to the department office. Students should be prepared to demonstrate proficiency in their proposed area of specialization.

  • Students seeking admission to Oakland University as music majors or auditioned music minors must audition for the music faculty.
  • Students who audition and do not enroll within two semesters must re-audition.
  • Students who enroll and leave school for at least two semesters must re-audition. Music students who enroll and leave school must re-audition and also retake the theory placement exam.


The Bachelor of Music degree is intended for students who wish pre-professional and professional preparation in music education and/or performance. Students should consult the Undergraduate Music Handbook available on the department website, and should also consult with the departmental adviser in the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office to plan their degree program.

Only major courses in which a grade of at least 2.0 has been earned will count toward the major. A minimum grade of 3.0 is required in all professional courses, marked with an asterisk (*) in the list below. Application for music education major standing takes place upon completion of MUS 240 .

For this program,MUS 131  satisfies the general education arts requirement; MUS 331 , 332 , and 431  count as writing intensive in the major; and MUS 431  counts as the general education capstone.

Degree requirements are as follows:

Requirements specific to the voice major - 34 credits (or placement)

Requirements specific to the piano major - 35 credits (or placement)

Required courses for both voice and piano majors

Language - 4 credits

  • Must choose a foreign language (Italian, French, or German recommended) to fulfill foreign language requirement (not ALS or ML)

Ensembles - 8 credits

Must enroll in ensemble that uses primary performance area every semester of major. Voice majors must choose a vocal ensemble. Pianists may choose any major ensemble.


For students with piano as applied major, enrollment in MUA 160  or MUA 161  is by placement audition. Students placing into MUA 160  take the following 8-credit sequence: MUA 160 , MUA 100  and two semesters of MUA 200 . Students placing into MUA 161  take the following 7-credit sequence: MUA 161 , MUA 162  and two semesters of MUA 100 .

*A minimum grade of 3.0 is required in all professional courses.

Application for music education major standing takes place upon completion of


Non-credit requirements

  • Major standing
  • Events attendance requirement