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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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Requirements for the major in Music Education and Performance, 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 www.oakland.edu/music. 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, oakland.edu/music 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 MUA 499 and MUS 431 count as the general education capstone.

Degree requirements are as follows:

Required courses for both voice and piano majors

Language - 4 credits

  • Must choose a foreign language (Italian, French,or German recommended) to fulfull general education 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.

Professional music education courses and requirements - 43 credits + MTTC


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

Non-credit requirements

  • Events attendance requirement
  • Major standing

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