Bachelor of Music
Music Performance - Instrumental Concentration
College of the Arts
Schwob School of Music
- Program Description
- Admission Requirements
- Learning Outcomes
- Additional Program Requirements
- Program of Study
- 4 Year Course Schedule
The Bachelor of Music in Performance degree is for students who aspire to become professional performers. Students study privately under the direction of our artist-faculty and are held to the highest performance expectations, and classroom instruction with low student-to-teacher ratios in the core areas of music theory, ear training, and music history provide the fundamental background necessary for success as a well-rounded musician.
Students perform in our large ensembles (symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, choir, jazz band) as well as have the opportunity to grow through the chamber music experience each semester. These ensembles are coached by faculty and include multiple performance opportunities in our world-class facilities and throughout Columbus and the surrounding region. Celebrated guest artists from around the world come to the Schwob School of Music to teach and perform with and for our students. Students can also elect to take courses in areas that supplement their performing skills such as music business, audio technology, and body mapping, creating well-equipped performers for the 21st century marketplace.
- music performance
- studio instruction and related areas
Prospective music majors must demonstrate basic aptitude in a performance medium through a placement audition and interview. Transfer students should call the Schwob School for additional audition requirements.
Any Prelude and Fugue by J.S. Bach from WTC, Allegro (I movement) from sonata by J. Hadyn, W.A. Mozart, or L. van Beethoven, one virtuoso étude by F. Chopin, F. Liszt, or S. Rachmaninoff. Any work from the romantic era by F. Chopin, R. Schumann, J. Brahms, or F. Liszt.
One Hymn written in four-part chorale style, presented with an introduction, one stanza employing standard part-playing techniques, and an (optional) second stanza, which employs a re-harmonization or descant or other appropriate treatment. One work by J. S. Bach, which was originally conceived for the organ. One work contrasting in style to the J. S. Bach work presented, from the 19th or 20th Centuries, originally conceived for the organ. Sight-reading and manual and pedal scales will be examined.
Two works or movements of works in contrasting styles, preferably from memory. Cadenza from the Tchaikovsky Waltz of the Flowers. One Pozzoli Etude, free choice.
Technique Three octaves minor and major scales (candidate's choice), including double stops, thirds and octaves.One etude or caprice by Rode, Dont, Dancla, Gavinies, Wieniawski, or Paganini.
Bach: Two contrasting movements from a sonata or partita for unaccompanied violin.
Concerto: One movement from a standard 19th or 20th century concerto (if 1st movement, include cadenza).
Short piece: One short work of the candidate's choice.
Viola, Cello, Contrabass
Scales in 3 octaves.
Two contrasting selections or movements representing two of the following style periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic or Contemporary. A selection from the standard concerto repertoire and a movement of Bach is highly recommended (from 6 Sonatas & Partitas for Violin/Viola solo or from 6 Suites for solo cello/viola/bass).
Etudes: Viola: 2 etudes from Kreutzer, Fiorillo or Rode. Cello: 2 etudes from Popper, Dotzauer, Feulliard or Greutzmacher. Bass: 2 etudes from Bille, Rabbath or Simandl.
Three pieces in contrasting style, one arpeggio study (Carulli, Carcassi, Giuliani, etc.) and two-octave scales in four major and harmonic and melodic minor keys.
One or two solos or concerto movements (or characteristic etudes) that demonstrate both lyrical and technical skills. Chromatic scale, 12 major scales with arpeggios, and sight-reading.
One or two solos or concerto movements (or characteristic etudes) that demonstrate both lyrical and technical skills. Sight-reading, all major scales and arpeggios, and a full-range chromatic scale.
Snare drum: ONE etude from Anthony Cirone's Portraits in Rhythm, or Delécluse 12 Etudes, or Mitchell Peters Intermediate Snare Drum Studies Timpani: ONE etude from Mitchell Peters Fundamental Method for Timpani (from #44, 45, 47, 49), or 3-4 drum etude from Goodman Modern Method for Timpani Keyboards: Choose ONE mallet piece from the following:
- Any xylophone ragtime solo by G.H. Green
- One movement from a Bach Cello Suite or Violin Partita
- One page etude from Goldenberg Modern School
OPTIONAL BUT STRONGLY RECOMMENDED:
ONE short four mallet solo or etude from Burritt, Smadbeck, Bobo, Sammut, Stout, Peters, Tyson, Gomez, Musser,
Sight reading will be required for snare drum and mallets.
- Applied music major proficiency, including sight-reading
- Knowledge of literature appropriate to the applied music major
- Rehearsal and conducting skills
- Proficiency in a secondary applied area
- Understanding of music theory and aural/visual/verbal analysis
- Ability to apply knowledge of form and composition in all areas of music study
- Knowledge of various styles, cultures, and media, and ability to place music in historical/cultural/ stylistic contexts
- Ability to compose in original and historical styles
- Ability to improvise
- Knowledge of current technology related to all areas of music study
- Understanding of the interrelatedness of all areas of music study and the music professions
- Ability to form and defend value judgments about music
- Knowledge of capabilities (range, transposing characteristics, and normal use) of the voice and the major band and orchestral instruments and their normal function in homogeneous and heterogeneous ensembles
- Ability to sing at sight tonal and atonal melodies
- Knowledge of the basic principles of singing
- Ability to apply knowledge of pedagogical skills in vocal and/or instrumental idioms
- Ability to articulate, in oral and written form, the role and importance of music in society
- Ability to detect errors in music performance
Additional Program Requirements
In order to be accepted as a music major, each student must demonstrate aptitude in his/her major instrument or voice through a placement audition and interview with a member of the music faculty. All newly admitted music majors also must take placement examinations in music theory and piano. Music majors who take time off before completing degree requirements will be required to re-audition if they have missed a full academic year (fall and spring, or spring and fall).
Transfer students: Please note that placement in music courses is based on audition and testing results and not necessarily on previous college credit.
All music majors are required to attend all master classes in their major instrument and must perform at least once each semester in a recital or master class. All students enrolled in applied music must be concurrently enrolled in the major music ensemble activity that corresponds to their major instrument (Strings-Orchestra, Winds/Percussion – Wind Ensemble, Voice-Choral Ensemble).
Additional RequirementsStudents must consult the Schwob School of Music Student Handbook for additional information on requirements for graduation. The handbook may be found at https://music.columbusstate.edu/students/student_handbook_2015-16.pdf
Program Of Study
Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4-5
Select two of the following courses:
Select one of the following courses: Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.
Note: the extra hour may be used as an elective.
Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:
Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 10-11
Select two science courses from the list below, one of which must include a lab.
ASTR 1105/1305 (lab optional)
BIOL 1215K (lab included)
BIOL 1125 (no lab)
BIOL 1225K (lab included)
GEOL 1110 (no lab)
GEOL 1121 (lab included)
GEOL 2225 (lab included)
Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:
Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 24
A minimum grade of "C" is required in each of the following courses:
MUSA 1232 or 1332 Applied Music - Major Instrument
MUSA 2231 or 2331 Applied Music - Major Instrument
MUSA 2232 or 2332 Applied Music - Major Instrument
MUSA 2313 Keyboard Class 1
MUSA 2314 Keyboard Class 2
MUSC 1214 Music Theory 1
Area G Required Hours: 38
A minimum grade of "C" is required in each of the following courses:
MUSA 3231 or MUSA 3331 Applied Music - Major Instrument
MUSA 3232 or MUSA 3332 Applied Music - Major Instrument
MUSA 3305 Half Recital
MUSA 4231 or MUSA 4331 Applied Music - Major Instrument
MUSA 4232 or MUSA 4332 Applied Music - Major Instrument
MUSA 4305 Full Recital
MUSC 1000 Convocation (six semesters)
MUSC 2201 Music Theory 3
MUSC 2301 Music Skills 3
MUSC 2302 Music Skills 4
MUSC 3116 Form and Analysis
MUSC 3117 Instrumentation and Transcription
MUSC 3228 Music History to Mozart
MUSC 3229 Music History Beethoven to Present
MUSE 3201 Basic Conducting
Take the appropriate course four times:
MUSP 3070 Orchestral Ensemble Activities
MUSP 3080 Wind Ensemble Activities
MUSP 3321 Guitar Ensemble
Area H Required Hours: 22
Wind, Brass, and Percussion students:
Select twenty-two hours of MUSA, MUSC, MUSE, MUSP courses; at least 7 hours must be 3000 level or above.
MUSA 1215 Jazz Guitar
MUSC 5223 Guitar Literature 1
MUSC 5224 Guitar Literature 2
MUSE 3217 Guitar Pedagogy
MUSC 3307 Fretboard Harmony
Select thirteen hours from MUSA, MUSC, MUSE, MUSP courses
MUSC 5236 String Literature
MUSP 3359 Small Ensemble (take this course seven times)
Chose one group of pedagogy courses from the following:
MUSE 3261 Cello Pedagogy 1 AND MUSE 3262 Cello Pedagogy 2 OR
MUSE 3281 Violin/Viola Pedagogy 1 AND MUSE 3282 Violin/Viola Pedagogy 2 OR
MUSE 3216 String Bass Pedagogy 1 AND MUSE 5205U String Instrument Repair
Select nine hours of MUSA , MUSC , MUSE , MUSP courses .
Total Hours Required: 123