Academic Catalog

Music (B.A.) 2023-2024 Catalog Year
College of Arts and Sciences
Bower School of Music & the Arts

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music will provide a solid foundation in post-secondary musicianship, including intensive study in music theory, aural skills, instrumental skills, and music history. Multiple career paths in music are accessible following the completion of the Music major, including music business, marketing, arts management, entertainment, pedagogy, and arts-based non-profit human service opportunities. Students will be prepared to continue with graduate studies in music with a professional emphasis including musicology, ethnomusicology, music theorist, and music composition.  Students will be enabled to study music while preparing for careers in other areas including professions that are credentialed at the graduate level such as law, medical sciences, public or private sector administration, higher education, or human services associated with various types of therapy (speech, occupational, and physical therapy), as well as counseling and clinical psychology.

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: 30 of the last 60 credits must be at FGCU, including 12 credits in MUX or MVX.
  • Submit an online Application for Graduation via Gulfline 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 (23 credits)
    A minimum grade of C or S is required in each course

    IDS 3300 Foundations of CivicEngagement (3)
    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 4920 Senior Capstone in Music (3)
    MUT 3611 Form and Analysis (2)
    MVX 3XXX Junior Applied Music (2 cr x 2 semesters) (4)

  4. Restricted Electives in the Major (33 credits)
    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)

    Complete an additional 6 credits of any music courses (1000-4999) in prefixes MUX or MVX*

    Complete an additional 22 credits of upper division (3000-4999 level) courses in prefixes other than MUX and MVX

    Complete an additional 4 credits of any courses (1000-4999) in prefixes other than MUX or MVX

    *4 credits in MVKX111, MVKX112, MVKX121 and MVKX122 are applicable toward the restricted electives in the major. 
  1. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

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

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