Apr 26, 2018  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Music Performance (B.Mus.)

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Program: B.Mus.
Department of Music
College of Visual and Performing Arts

Rhinehart Music Center 144 ~ 260-481-6714 ~ www.ipfw.edu/vpa/music

The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows: 

Performance. Music majors will demonstrate the ability to perform competently in public on a principal instrument or voice as a soloist and as a member of a major ensemble.

Music Theory. Students will demonstrate:

  • knowledge of musical form, structures, concepts, and terms
  • skill and fluency in application through analysis
  • ability to compose within basic musical structures
  • perspective regarding historical styles and structures
  • ability to relate the cognitive to aural perception and to aesthetic response

Aural Perception. Students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • read and sing melodic lines with accurate intonation
  • read and perform complex rhythms accurately
  • recognize and notate melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic patterns and progressions

Music History and Literature. Students will demonstrate knowledge of:

  • the principal composers,genres, styles, and performance practices of Western art music
  • representative compositions of western art music, recognized aurally and from score
  • non-western music and its cultural contexts and influences
  • social, political and aesthetic influences and impact on music
  • the influence of music on its social, political and aesthetic contexts.

Keyboard.  All music majors will be able to use the keyboard as a basic tool and will demonstrate the ability to:

  • perform appropriate technical skills such as scales, arpeggios, etc.
  • play chord progression from Roman numerals
  • improvise
  • play “by ear” and from lead sheets
  • harmonize melodic lines
  • perform repertoire at the intermediate level
  • transpose simple pieces and lead sheets
  • sight read at the late elementary level
  • play from 4-part open score

Technology. Students will demonstrate a basic overview of how technology serves the field of music as a whole including the following:

  • knowledge of computer hardware
  • ability to use notational software
  • ability to use the Internet as a resource for research

Conducting. Students will demonstrate conducting knowledge and skills sufficient to run an effective rehearsal and performance, including the following:

  • standard beat patterns and meters
  • common articulations
  • cues and cutoffs
  • varying dynamics
  • setting, maintaining, and altering tempi
  • score preparation

Performance majors will demonstrate:

  • the ability to work independently to prepare performances at a high level of quality
  • knowledge of applicable solo and ensemble literature
  • orientation to and experience with the fundamentals of pedagogy

Piano performance majors will demonstrate:

  • ability to perform as a soloist, an accompanist and/or chamber musician
  • ability to function as an accompanist
  • ability to play in chamber ensembles

Vocal performance majors will demonstrate:

  • ability to perform as a soloist
  • ability to perform operatic roles
  • ability to perform in choral ensembles

Instrumental performance majors will demonstrate:

  • ability to perform as a soloist
  • ability to perform in chamber ensembles
  • ability to perform in large ensembles 

The Bachelor of Music program provides an opportunity to earn a performance degree in voice, winds, strings, piano, or percussion.

To earn the Bachelor of Music, one must satisfy the requirements of IPFW (see Part 8 ) and the music core, and satisfactorily complete the following courses, and earn a grade of C or better in each music course.

IPFW General Education Requirements (33 credits)

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Performance Studies Credits: 32

Applied Primary (includes recital) Credits: 16

Non-keyboard Concentrations take:

Keyboard Concentrations take:

Ensembles Credits: 8

Piano Performance majors take major ensembles for 6 semesters and

Professional Music Courses and Free Electives Credits: 26

Piano Majors (26 credits)

  • Piano ensemble/piano chamber ensemble Credits:  2

  • Keyboard literature Credits: 6

  • Piano pedagogy Credits: 3

  • Electives in music Credits: 6

  • Free electives Credits: 9

  • Voice Majors (26 credits)

  • Song literature Credits: 3

  • Foreign language Credits: 8

  • Diction Credits: 4

  • Vocal pedagogy Credits: 3

  • Opera Ensemble Credits: 2

  • Elective credits in music Credits: 3

  • Free electives Credits: 3

Instrumental Majors (26 credits)

  • Instrumental literature Credits: 3

  • Instrumental pedagogy Credits: 2

  • Additional ensembles Credits: 6
    Refer to Department of Music Handbook

  • Elective credits in music Credits: 6

  • Free electives Credits: 9

Total Credits: 120-123

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