Woodwinds and Percussion 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. 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 woodwinds and percussion 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 woodwinds and percussion performance are supplemented by the opportunity to participate in Furman's outstanding choral 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), or Furman women's chorale (MUS-064)

Additional courses for woodwinds and percussion performance:

  • Orchestration (MUS-312)
  • Literature of the Instrument (MUS-420)
  • Chamber Music for Winds and Percussion (MUS-505)
  • At least 23 credits of performance studies in the major field
  • Two credits of methods
  • Eight credits of music electives including at least six credits in courses numbered between 300 and 499

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

CGA (4)

First Year Seminar (4)

MUS 050 Recital Attendance
Major Ensemble
 Sophomore MUS 211 Musicianship III

Performance Studies (2)
MUS 221 Music History I (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 Performance Studies (4)

MUS 320 Music History (4) CGA

Elective (4)

CGA (4)

Music 050 Recital Attendance
Major Ensemble
Performance Studies (4)

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

MUS 312 Orchestration
Methods Course (2)*

CGA (4)

Junior Recital (0)

MUS 050 Recital Attendance
Major Ensemble
 Senior Performance Studies (4)

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

CGA (4)

CGA (4)

MUS 050 Recital Attendance
Major Ensemble
Performance Studies (3)
MUS 565 Chamber Music (1)*

Music Elective (2)
Music Elective (2)

CGA (4)

CGA (4)

Senior Recital (0)

Major Ensemble

Note: Of the total of eight elective credits, six must be in courses numbered in the 300's and 400's.

*Methods Course a/o Chamber Music may be taken either semester in either the junior or senior year.

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