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Audition and declaration requirements

Furman students intending to major in music must perform an audition and complete a music theory placement examination.  Final approval for a music degree takes place during your sophomore year.

General requirements

If you're looking for a greater balance between the liberal arts and music, the bachelor of arts degree in music gives you the flexibility to take a significant number of elective courses. In fact, only about one third of your coursework will be done in the music department. In some instances, you may be able to complete a double major.

Core courses:

  • Basic Musicianship I (MUS-111)
  • Basic Musicianship II (MUS-112)
  • Introduction to Music Literature (MUS-120)
  • Basic Musicianship III (MUS-211)
  • Basic Musicianship IV (MUS-212)
  • World Music I (MUS-220)
  • Music History I (MUS-221)
  • Music History II (MUS-320)
  • Music History III (MUS-321)
  • Basic Conducting (MUS-352)
  • Two credits of performance topics
  • Recital Attendance for seven semesters (MUS-050)
  • Freshman Music Colloquium for one semester (MUS-051)
  • Membership in at least one ensemble: Symphony orchestra (MUS-060), Furman band (MUS-061), Furman Singers (MUS-062), Furman men's chorale (MUS-063), Furman women's chorale (MUS-064), or Guitar Ensemble (MUS-076).

Additional courses for a bachelor of arts in music:

  • Four credits in any combination from ART or THA
  • Two credits of music electives (courses numbered in 300's, 400's)
  • At least eight credits of performance studies in the same instrument or voice

Course sequence

 Class  Fall Spring
 Freshman MUS-111 Musicianship I CGA

Performance Studies (2)
Performance Topics (2)

CGA (4)

First Year Seminar (4)

MUS-051 Colloquium
MUS-050 Recital Attendance
Major ensemble
MUS-112 Musicianship II

Performance Studies (2)
MUS-120 Introduction to Music Literature (2)

CGA (4)

First Year Seminar (4)

MUS-050 Recital Attendance
Major ensemble
 Sophomore MUS-211 Musicianship III

Performance Studies (2)
MUS-221 Music History (2)

CGA (4)

CGA (4)

MUS-050 Recital Attendance
Major ensemble
MUS-212 Musicianship IV

Performance Studies (2)
MUS-352 Basic Conducting (2)

MUS-220 World Music (4) CGA

CGA (4)

MUS 050 Recital Attendance
Major ensemble
 Junior MUS-320 Music History II (4) CGA

Elective (4)

PHL-275 or Fine Arts* (4)

CGA (4)

MUS-050 Recital Attendance
Major ensemble
MUS-321 Music History III (2)
Music elective (2)**

CGA (4)

Elective (4)

Elective (4)

MUS-050 Recital Attendance
Major ensemble
 Senior Elective (4)

Elective (4)

CGA (4)

CGA (4)

MUS-050 Recital Attendance
Major ensemble
Elective (4)

CGA (4)

CGA (4)

CGA (4)

Major ensemble

*A total of four credits chosen in any combination from Theater or Art.
**Music elective will be chosen from courses numbered in the 300's or 400's.

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