Music Major

Music at Bradley has a double mission: To prepare music students for successful careers as teachers or administrators in music; as professional performers; as composers; or as professionals in music related fields such as music business and to prepare both professional and general students who are not music majors for lifelong pleasure in music.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all undergraduate degree programs in music requires:

  • A minimum of four years experience in orchestra, band, chorus or private lessons.
  • A successful music audition. (Contact the chairperson of the Department of Music for an audition appointment.)
  • Students may select one of the following concentrations: music, music business, music composition, music education, or music performance

General Degree Requirements

  • All full-time music majors and minors must register for Recital Lab (MUS 001) each semester of residence. Each student is expected to perform on this lab at least once a semester or as determined by the applied music teacher.
  • All full-time music majors must participate in an assigned concert band, choir, or orchestra. String players may audition and perform with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra or the Knox-Galesburg Symphony but must continue to perform in the Bradley Symphony Orchestra.
  • All music majors should declare a major instrument or voice by the end of the fourth semester. A music minor must declare at the time of audition.
  • All music students must maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 in music courses during the first two years in order to achieve advanced standing. Junior-senior credit in the major applied area can be earned only after a student has achieved advanced standing. Music majors with additional majors may not be allowed to apply these courses as junior/senior hours. Students should consult with their advisor(s).
  • A “sophomore review” will be held during the spring semester of each student’s sophomore year. At the beginning of the spring semester, each sophomore music major will be scheduled for a meeting with his or her advisor, the department chair, and other faculty members as required (e.g., private instructor, ensemble coach) for a review of the student’s progress up to that time. The purpose of the review is to address any deficiencies that might impede the student’s continued progress in his or her chosen field. Students will also have an opportunity to pose questions relevant to their academic programs at Bradley and their intended goals.

Proficiency Examinations

  • Proficiency examinations are available in the following areas: theory (up to 4 credits), ear-training & sightsinging, history & literature, and applied music (limited to 2 semesters of credit).
  • Students should consult with the department chair for further information regarding proficiency examinations.

Bachelor of Arts Degree or Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Music

The students within the Music major require a minimum of four (4) semesters of Applied Music, as well as Ensemble classes each semester. Students are also required to take 9 - 13 hours of Music electives.

  • MUS 001 - Recital Laboratory
  • MUS 161 - Music Theory I
  • MUS 162 - Music Theory II
  • MUS 163 - Elementary Ear-Training and Sightsinging
  • MUS 164 - Elementary Ear-Training and Sightsinging
  • MUS 165 - Keyboard Skills-Class Piano
  • MUS 166 - Keyboard Skills-Class Piano
  • MUS 235 - Music in Its Historical Perspective I
  • MUS 236 - Music in Its Historical Perspective II
  • MUS 335 - Music in Its Historical Perspective III
  • MUS 336 - Music in Its Historical Perspective IV

Bachelor of Music Degree

BM students must complete the core requirements along with those for one of the majors.

  • MED 321 - Conducting I
  • MUS 001 - Recital Laboratory
  • MUS 002 - Senior Recital
  • MUS 161 - Music Theory I
  • MUS 162 - Music Theory II
  • MUS 163 - Elementary Ear-Training and Sightsinging
  • MUS 164 - Elementary Ear-Training and Sightsinging
  • MUS 165 - Keyboard Skills-Class Piano
  • MUS 166 - Keyboard Skills-Class Piano
  • MUS 235 - Music in Its Historical Perspective I
  • MUS 236 - Music in Its Historical Perspective II
  • MUS 261 - Music Theory III
  • MUS 262 - Music Theory IV
  • MUS 263 - Advanced Ear-Training and Sightsinging
  • MUS 264 - Advanced Ear-Training and Sightsinging
  • MUS 265 - Advanced Keyboard Skills-Class Piano
  • MUS 266 - Advanced Keyboard Skills-Class Piano
  • MUS 305 - Counterpoint
  • MUS 335 - Music in Its Historical Perspective III
  • MUS 336 - Music in Its Historical Perspective IV

TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED: 41 - 45