Music Theory Furman University

Audition and declaration requirements

Furman students intending to major in music must perform an audition and complete a music theory placement examination. Paperwork should be submitted to our department during your sophomore year. Declare your major by downloading our form as a PDF.

General requirements

The bachelor of music in music theory offers a wide range of opportunity to engage in the creation, analysis, and teaching of music. Our majors complete a series of courses designed to enhance their understanding for the language of music.

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), or Furman women's chorale (MUS-064)

Additional courses:

  • Form and Analysis (MUS-310)
  • Composition (MUS-311)
  • Orchestration (MUS-312)
  • Modal Counterpoint (MUS-313) or Tonal Counterpoint (MUS-410)
  • Contemporary Styles and Techniques (MUS-411)
  • Senior Project (MUS-412)
  • At least 16 credits of performance studies, including at least one course each in strings, brass, percussion or woodwinds.
  • Four credits of music electives numbered between 300 and 499.
  • At least four more credits in other music electives.

Course sequence

 Class  Fall Spring
 Freshman MUS-111 Musicianship I CGA

MUS-113 Composition Seminar (1)1

Performance Studies (2)
Performance Topics (2)

CGA (4)

First Year Seminar (4)

Colloquium
MUS-050 Recital attendance
Major ensemble
MUS-112 Musicianship II

MUS-113 Composition Seminar (1)

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

CGA (4)

First Year Seminar (4)

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

MUS-113 Composition Seminar (1)

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

CGA (4)

CGA (4)

Recital, Ensemble
MUS-212 Musicianship IV

MUS-113 Composition Seminar (1)

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

MUS-220 World Music (4) CGA

CGA (4)

Recital, Ensemble
 Junior MUS-320 Music History II (4) CGA

Music elective (2)
MUS-311 Composition (2)

Performance Studies (2)3
Upper level music elective (2)2

CGA (4)

Recital, Ensemble
MUS-321 Music History III (2)
MUS-312 Orchestration (2)

MUS-310 Form and Analysis (4)*

Performance Studies (2)3

Music elective (2)

CGA (4)

Recital, Ensemble
 Senior MUS-411 Contemporary Styles and Techniques (4)*

Performance Studies (2)3
Upper level music elective (2)2

CGA (4)

CGA (4)

Recital, Ensemble
MUS-313 Modal Counterpoint (4)*
MUS-410 Tonal Counterpoint (4)*

Performance Studies (2)3
MUS-412 Senior Project (2)

CGA (4)

CGA (4)

Recital, Ensemble

1Seminar in Composition is offered as a limited-enrollment, by-permission-of-instructor course as a general music elective. The course is designed primarily for students who intend a Theory or Composition major,  but is open to other students who demonstrate sufficient interest and aptitude.
28 credits in Music Electives with 4 credits from courses numbered 300 or 400, or approved Independent Study.
3Performance Studies to include 1 credit each in winds, brass, percussion, and strings.
*Courses offered in alternate years.

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