BM in Performance - Instrumental Emphasis

Program Requirements

A minimum total of 120 credit hours is required for the BM in performance - instrumental emphasis. In addition to meeting the requirements of the WSU General Education Program and the requirements of the College of Fine Arts, students must meet the following requirements:

Course Title Hours
General Education
Select courses to meet General Education requirements 134-35
Applied Music (28 credit hours)
Primary performance medium24
Class Piano4
Piano Class Level I - Music Majors
Piano Class Level II - Music Majors
Piano Class Level III - Music Majors
Piano Class Level IV - Music Majors
Required Music Core (13 credit hours)
MUSC 127Musicianship 12
MUSC 128Musicianship 22
MUSC 129Aural Skills 12
MUSC 130Aural Skills 22
MUSC 229Aural Skills 32
MUSC 113Introduction to Music Studies and Professional Skills3
Musicology Electives (9 credit hours)
Select 9 credit hours from the following9
Survey of the Western Musical Canon
History of Jazz
Topics in Musicology: Aesthetics
Topics in Musicology: Ethnography
Topics in Musicology: Gender
Topics in Musicology: Popular Musics
Theory/Composition Electives (10 credit hours)
Select 10 credit hours from the following10
Jazz Improvisation
Post-Tonal Music
Jazz Music Theory
Introduction to Music Composition
Form and Analysis
Topics in Music Technology
18th Century Counterpoint
Performance and Analysis
Topics in Analysis: Music in Media
Topics in Analysis: Popular Music Analysis
Performance - Instrumental Required Courses (18 credit hours)
Select one of the following2
Jazz Arranging
MUSP 307Instrumental Conducting2
MUSP 651Advanced Conducting and Score Reading2
Ensembles 2, 310
Select one of the following2
String Pedagogy
Woodwind Pedagogy
Brass Pedagogy
Percussion Pedagogy
Special Topics in Music (for all other instrumental BM majors)
MUSP 300Junior Recital0
MUSP 400Senior Recital0
MUSP 105Recital Attendance (specified number of recitals per semester for four semesters)0
Open Electives
Select enough electives to reach 120 credit hours8
Total Credit Hours120

Required major courses may also count towards General Education requirements. Students will need to select additional electives to reach 120 credit hours required for graduation with assistance from an advisor.


See degree check sheets for specified ensembles.


Ensembles are counted by semester. 

Note: All music majors must pass a piano proficiency examination.

Applied Learning

Students in the BM in performance - instrumental emphasis program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by completing a recital ( MUSP 300 and  MUSP 400) in their junior and senior year.