Academic Catalog

Music - Performance (B.A.) 2023-2024 Catalog Year
College of Arts and Sciences
Bower School of Music & the Arts
  • Voice Concentration
  • Piano Concentration
  • Instrumental Concentration

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music-Performance offers students musical and academic preparation for a career in music. Studies in music will balance development of the student’s individual musical skills (performance area and musicianship studies), the thorough study of musical structure and style (music theory, history and literature studies), group performance skills (ensembles) and leadership skills (conducting, pedagogy and methods courses). The 21st Century context requires that musical studies also include knowledge of available technology and diverse music from around the world. The program develops highly-skilled musicians who are also broadly-educated, responsible citizens making a difference in society through connecting their art to a diverse world.

Program Admission Requirements
  • Submit an FGCU Undergraduate Admission Application and satisfy all applicable university admission requirements.
  • *Specialized Admissions: Submit a Bower School of Music Supplemental Application by June 1 for fall admission and November 1 for spring admission.
  • Audition on the student's primary instrument or voice, sight read, and take the music theory placement test.
  • Attend an orientation session.
  • Sign an Advising Agreement document.

    *This means that students apply and are initially accepted into the University as a pre-music major student. A supplemental application and subsequent audition for acceptance into the music major are also required. Not all students who audition and meet the selection criteria are admitted into the specialized admissions major. The selection process is very competitive and space is limited in each admission class.

    NOTE: Students admitted to the Bower School of Music are eligible to apply for a Music Scholarship. The Music Scholarships are awarded to assist individual students to obtain an education and to help create an institutional musical environment conducive to the musical growth of all students and the enhancement of the campus cultural environment. The Music Scholarship recipient must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.5 and have no grades of “F” in any class (unless later replaced by a grade of “C” or better). Also they must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 in music classes at FGCU and have no grades lower than “C” in any music class (unless later replaced by a grade of “C” or better), and demonstrate continuing progress in the principal performing medium as exhibited through applied lessons, ensemble performance, recital appearances, and jury examinations.
Program Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, students must:

  • Enroll in a large ensemble (1 credit) every semester they are enrolled in an applied lesson.
  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits.
  • Complete a minimum of 48 of the 120 credits must be at the upper division (3000-4999 level).
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • Satisfy the College-Level Skills, and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfy the Service Learning requirement See:
  • Satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement.
  • Complete the summer course enrollment requirement.
  • Satisfy the residency requirement: 32 of the last 60 credits must be completed at FGCU, including 12 credits in the major.
  • Submit an online Application for Graduation by the deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar.
Program Requirements
  1. FGCU General Education Program (
    To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

  2. Common Prerequisites
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course

    FGCU Course: Choose 4 credits in MUN 1XXX or 2XXX (1 credit per semester) (4)
    Acceptable Substitute: MUNX000-X999

    FGCU Course: MUT 1111 Music Theory I (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: MUTX111 or MUTX121

    FGCU Course: MUT 1112 Music Theory II (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: MUTX112 or MUTX122

    FGCU Course: MUT 2116 Music Theory III (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: MUTX116 or MUTX126

    FGCU Course: MUT 2117 Music Theory IV (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: MUTX117 or MUTX127

    FGCU Course: (MUT 1241 Aural Skills I (1) and MUT 1242 Aural Skills II (1) and MUT 2246 Aural Skills III (1) and MUT 2247 Aural Skills IV (1))
    Acceptable Substitute: [(MUTX241 and MUTX242 and MUTX246 and MUTX247) or (MUTX221 and MUTX222 and MUTX226 and MUTX227) or (MUTX271 and MUTX272 and MUTX276 and MUTX277)]

    FGCU Course: Choose 4 credits of Freshman Applied Music in MVX 1X1X (2 credits per semester) (4)
    Acceptable Substitute: MVXXX1X

    FGCU Course: Choose 4 credits of Sophomore Applied Music in MVX 2X2X (2 credits per semester) (4)
    Acceptable Substitute: MVXXX2X

    FGCU Course: Secondary Piano-Proficiency by Examination or (MVK 1111 and MVK 1112 and MVK 2121 and MVK 2122) (0-4) 
    Acceptable Substitute: (MVKX111 and MVKX112 and MVKX121 and MVKX122) as needed to achieve piano proficiency.

  3. Required Courses in the Major (37 credits)
    A minimum grade of C or S is required in each course

    IDS 3300 Foundations of CivicEngagement (3)
    MUG 3104 Introduction to Conducting (2)
    MUH 3211 Survey of Music History I (3)
    MUH 3212 Survey of Music History II (3)
    MUN 3XXX-4XXX Ensemble (1 cr x 4 semesters) (4)
    MUS 1010 Recital Attendance (0 cr x 6 semesters) (0)
    MUS 1360 Intro to Music Technology (1)
    MUS 3953 Junior Recital (0)
    MUS 4920 Senior Capstone in Music (3)
    MUS 4954 Senior Recital (1)
    MUT 3311 Orchestration and Arranging (3)
    MUT 3611 Form and Analysis (2)
    MVX 3XXX Junior Applied Music (3 cr x 2 semesters) (6)
    MVX 4XXX Senior Applied Music (3 cr x 2 semesters) (6)

  4. Restricted Electives in the Major (1 credit)
    A minimum grade of C or S is required in each course.

    Complete one of the following:
    MUN 3453 Piano Ensemble (1)
    MUN 3463 Instrumental Chamber Music (1)
    MUO 3503 Opera/Musical Theater Workshop (1)

  5. Concentration (13-18 credits)
    A minimum grade of C or S is required in each course.

    Complete requirements for one concentration

    Voice Concentration
    GER 1120C or (GER1120 & 1120L) and GER 1121C or (GER 1121 & 1121L) (8) or FRE 1120C or (FRE 1120 & FRE 1120L) and FRE 1121C or (FRE 1121 & 1121L) (8)
    MUE 3433 Vocal Pedagogy (2)
    MUE 4492 Choral Lit and Conducting Tech (3)
    MUL 4602 Vocal Literature (2)
    MUS 1201 Diction I (1)
    MUS 2202 Diction II (1)
    Additional 1 upper division (3000-4999 level) credit with the prefix of MUX

    Piano Concentration
    MUE 3303 Piano Pedagogy I (3)
    MUE 3304 Piano Pedagogy II (3)
    MUL 4481 Piano Literature I (3)
    MUL 4485 Piano Literature II (3)
    MVK 3702 Piano Accomp & Collaboration (2)

    Instrumental Concentration
    MUE 3487 Instrumental Pedagogy (3)
    MUG 3204 Instr. Lit. & Cond. Techniques (3)
    MUL 4550 Instrumental Literature (3)
    Additional 4 upper division (3000-4999 level) credits with the prefix of MUX

  6. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  7. Additional Electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree
Total Credits Required: 120

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