Jul 19, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

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

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

Music Education and Performance, Instrumental and General Music, B.M. majors are exempt from the College of Arts and Sciences College Exploratory requirement.

As a general rule, no more than eight credits of coursework 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.

Schedule of Classes

Specific offerings for each semester may be found in the Schedule of Classes.

General Education Requirements

In order to graduate on-schedule without taking additional courses, it is highly recommended that students meet with an Undergraduate Academic Adviser concerning the selection of all of their general education courses.

Each candidate for an Oakland University baccalaureate will need to satisfactorily complete approved courses in each of the following areas: Foundations, Explorations, and Integration. For details, refer to the General Education Requirements   section of the catalog.

Requirements for the major in music education and performance, B.M., specialization in instrumental 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 Student Resources link for degree plans and should also consult with the departmental adviser in the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office to plan their degree program. See: Student Resources

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 3211, 3212, 4210, 4320, 4323, 4330 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:

Applied music - 39 credits (or placement)

Language - 4 credits

  • Must choose a foreign language to fulfill general education foreign language requirement (not ALS or ML).

Ensembles - 12 credits

Must enroll in a large ensemble that uses the primary performance area every semester of major until graduation (except when enrolled in MUS 4952 ).

Major Standing

Application for music education major standing takes place upon completion of all freshman and sophomore coursework including a successful performance portion of the major standing requirement. Students who are deferred may not continue in the music education course sequence until the performance portion is successfully completed. Students who are denied may not continue in the music education course sequence.


All students, including guitar and piano students, must register for the appropriate choral/instrumental large ensemble to align with their choral/instrumental music education track and to align with their future internship placement.

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