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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 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. 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 C has been earned will count toward the major. A minimum grade of B 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 all freshman and sophomore coursework.

For this program, MUS 1331  satisfies the general education arts requirement, MUS 3331 , 3332 , and 4431  count as writing intensive in the major; and MUA 4998  and MUS 4431  count as the general education capstone.

Degree requirements are as follows:


Requirements specific to the voice major - 50 credits (or placement)

Required courses for both voice and piano majors

Language - 4 credits

  • Must choose a foreign language (Italian, French, or German required for voice performance) to fulfill 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.


For piano majors, enrollment in MUS 1160  or  MUS 1161  is by placement audition. Students placing into  MUS 1160  take the following 8 credits sequence:  MUS 1160 , MUA 1000  and two semesters of MUA 2000 . Students placing into MUS 1161  take the following 7-credit sequence:  MUS 1161 , MUS 1162  and two semesters of MUA 1000 .

Non-credit requirements

  • Events attendance requirement
  • Major standing

Application for music education major standing takes place upon completion of all freshman and sophomore coursework.

Additional Information

In addition to these major requirements, students must complete the Oakland University General Education Requirements , College of Arts & Sciences College Exploratory Requirement , and an appropriate number of free elective classes to meet the overall credit requirement for the degree (in most cases 124; some degrees may require a greater number).

As a general rule, no more than eight credits of course work used to satisfy one major, minor or concentration may be applied toward another, but exceptions to this rule may be allowed with the written approval of the program coordinators.

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