Mus. B. in Performance


The following is the approved normal course of study for students pursuing the Mus. B. degree in Performance. In all cases a student's particular program should be determined in consultation with his or her academic advisor. There are 89 total required credit hours in music for this degree.


I. Core Requirements

Music Core Program

  • MUS 105 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint I
  • MUS 106 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint II
  • MUS 211 Intermediate Harmony and Counterpoint I
  • MUS 212 Intermediate Harmony and Counterpoint II
  • MUS 213 Music History Survey I
  • MUS 214 Music History Survey II

Minimum of 24 credit hours of major instrument or voice study (primary level)

  • Performance majors receive hour lessons (4 credit hours per semester)
  • Minimum of six semesters of ensemble (chosen by advisement)
  • Piano major requirement: MUS 324 Piano Literature
  • Voice major requirement: MUS 221 Vocal Diction
  • In addition, a keyboard proficiency examination, as well as a pre-recital jury and a senior recital, are required.


II. Music Electives

One Music Theory elective chosen from:

  • MUS 205 Jazz Theory
  • MUS 305 Counterpoint 16th Century
  • MUS 407 SEM Composition Seminar
  • MUS 416 Counterpoint 18th Century
  • MUS 437 Analysis of Tonal Music
  • MUS 438 Analysis of 20th-Century Music

Three Music History Electives chosen from:

  • MUS 409 Music of the Middle Ages
  • MUS 410 Music of the Renaissance
  • MUS 411 Music of the Baroque Era
  • MUS 412 Music of the Classical Period
  • MUS 413 Music of the Romantic Period
  • MUS 414 Music of the 20th Century

One of the following may be substituted for one of the above Music History electives:

  • MUS 341 History of Jazz I
  • MUS 408 The Principal Genres of Music


III. Concert Attendance

All undergraduate music majors are required to attend six concerts every semester.


IV. Faculty of Arts and Letters Foreign Language Requirement (0-16 credits)

Proficiency in a foreign language through the second semester of the second year or its equivalent, to be demonstrated through classroom courses or through alternatives outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog. S/U grading may not be selected for courses taken to fulfill this faculty requirement.

See "Baccalaureate Degree Requirement Summary," in the Undergraduate Catalog, for remaining university requirements.


Music Education

The Department of Music does not offer degrees in Music Education. However, students with a Mus. B. in Performance from UB may obtain teacher certification by completing the remaining undergraduate education requirements and student teaching. There are a number of different certification tracks a student may pursue, click here for more information.