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School of Music Academic Progress Policy

The Music Faculty has adopted this statement on academic progress in music courses because we want you to complete your program in a reasonable period of time.

If you are a full-time undergraduate music student, you are expected to complete in a timely fashion the “core” music classes, as follows:

Year 1

  • Approved 100-level musicology course
    (MUSC 111, MUSC 113, MUSC 114, MUSC 115, MUSC 116, MUSC 118, or MUSC 151)
  • M161 (Aural Theory I)
  • M162 (Written Theory I)
  • M163 (Aural Theory II)
  • M164 (Written Theory II)
  • M189 (Music Convocation) – 1 semester
  • M191 or equivalent (First Year Seminar)

Year 2

  • M189 (Music Convocation) – 2 semesters
  • M200 (Fundamentals of Conducting)
  • M261 (Aural Theory III)
  • M262 (Written Theory III)
  • M263 (Aural Theory IV)
  • M270 (History of Western Musical Traditions I)
  • Piano Level 2 (as a secondary instrument)
    and
  • M264 (Written Theory IV)
    or
  • M271WR (History of Western Musical Traditions II)
  • NOTE: English 102 must precede M271WR

Students who do not meet these expectations will receive a letter of warning at the end of the relevant semester. Students who fail or withdraw from any one of these courses must pass it the next time it is offered. Any student who does not complete these courses with passing grades within one year of schedule will be dismissed (suspended) from the music program, unless there are compelling extenuating circumstances.


Approved by the Music Faculty April 2, 1992
Reconfirmed by the Undergraduate Academic Standards Committee April 6, 2001
Revised – August 24, 2012