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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, B.A.

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Requirements for the liberal arts major in music, B.A. program

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.

This degree is for students who wish a broad general education without a high degree of specialization in music. 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.

For this program,

  satisfies the general education arts requirement.  ,  , and   count as writing intensive in the major.  ,  , or   count as the general education capstone. Only major courses in which a grade of at least C has been earned will count toward the major.

This degree program requires a minimum of 124 credits.

Applied Music - 16 credits minimum (or placement)

  • 12 credits in a single instrument or 13 credits in voice (must progress to a pass 3000-level applied)
  • 4 credits of an applied elective for students whose primary instrument is piano
  • 4 credits of applied keyboard for non-pianists (MUS 1171  and MUS 1172  )

Language requirement - 4-8 credits

  • Modern language course (1150 or higher)

Ensembles - 4 credits

Must enroll in an ensemble that uses the primary performance area every semester of major (minimum of 4 times for credit)

Non-credit requirement

  • Events attendance requirement

Additional Information

In addition to these major requirements, students must complete the Oakland University General Education Requirements  the 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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