String Performance Music Furman University

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

The bachelor of music in string performance provides students with an opportunity to perfect their skills through one-on-one instruction and performance studies. Specific courses pertaining to the study of string performance are supplemented by the opportunity to participate in Furman's outstanding ensembles.

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 string performance:

  • Literature of the Instrument (MUS-420)
  • Two credits of methods (string or guitar)
  • 10 credits of music electives including at least eight credits in courses numbered between 300 and 499
  • Two semesters of chamber music
  • At least 24 credits of performance studies in the major

Course sequence

 Class Fall Spring
 Freshman MUS 111 Musicianship I CGA

Performance Studies (2)
MUS 520 String Performance Topics (2)

CGA (4)

First Year Seminar (4)

MUS 051 Colloquium
MUS 050 Recital Attendance
MUS 060 Orchestra
MUS 112 Musicianship II

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

CGA (4)

First Year Seminar (4)

MUS 050 Recital Attendance
MUS 060 Orchestra
 Sophomore MUS 211 Musicianship III

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

CGA (4)

CGA (4)

MUS 050 Recital Attendance
MUS 060 Orchestra
MUS 212 Musicianship IV

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

MUS 220 World Music (4) CGA

CGA (4)

MUS 050 Recital Attendance
MUS 060 Orchestra
 Junior Performance Studies (4)

Music Elective (2)*
MUS 330 String Methods (2) OR
MUS 334 Guitar Methods (2)

MUS 320 Music History II (4) CGA

CGA (4)

Chamber Music
MUS 050 Recital Attendance
MUS 060 Orchestra
Performance Studies (4)

Elective (4)

Music Elective (2)
MUS 321 Music History III (2)

CGA (4)

Junior Recital (0)

Chamber Music
MUS 050 Recital Attendance
MUS 060 Orchestra
 Senior Performance Studies (4)

Music Elective (2)
MUS 420 Literature of the Instrument (2)

CGA (4)

CGA (4)

MUS 050 Recital Attendance
MUS 060 Orchestra
Performance Studies (4)

Music Elective (2)
Music Elective (2)

CGA (4)

CGA (4)

Senior Recital (0)

MUS 060 Orchestra

*The music electives may be taken in any combination in any term. Of the total of ten hours, eight credits must be in courses numbered in the 300's and 400's.

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