• Instrumental Performance
    Concert tours take MTSU musicians around the globe
  • Instrumental Performance
    Students focus on the instruments of their choice
  • Instrumental Performance
    Numerous ensembles give student musicians opportunities to perform
  • Instrumental Performance
    AT MTSU, students study with excellent professors and guest artists

Instrumental Performance

Instrumental Performance music majors at MTSU come from around the world and receive top-shelf teaching from high-performing faculty. Students focus on guitar; organ; piano; jazz studies; or brass, orchestral strings, woodwinds, and percussion. Programs are strong in all areas. Numerous student ensembles provide performances in styles from concert and marching band, orchestra and chamber music, to jazz, salsa, and steel drum. Groups have recently performed concert tours of China, Korea, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, and Italy. Instrumentalists also are close to Music City's recording studios, Nashville Symphony, and a thriving live music market. Students regularly have master classes with world-renowned artists and can even study on period instruments.

Guitar graduate grabs another international prize

Guitar graduate grabs another international prize

MTSU School of Music graduate Silviu Ciulei (B.M.) recently took first place in one of the most preeminent competitions in the world, the Indiana International Guitar Festival and Competition at Indiana University’s esteemed Jacobs School of Music. It was Ciulei's eighth competition prize in 18 months, earning him $1,500 plus a handmade Kolya Panhuyzen guitar worth $12,000. When Romanian native Ciulei first arrived on campus, MTSU bought a concert guitar for him to play (now used by other students). Ciulei studied guitar performance with MTSU professor William Yelverton and has just completed his doctorate at Florida State University.

Alumni conduct on Broadway; tour with Queen tribute, The Who

Alumni conduct on Broadway; tour with Queen tribute, The Who

MTSU graduate Stephen Malone is the associate musical director, associate conductor, and a keyboardist for 2012 Tony Award winner Newsies the Musical. Reggie Grisham, a trumpet performance alum, is touring with The Who. Recent grad Tyler Warren was chosen by international competition to be drummer for official Queen tribute band, Extravaganza. Malone graduated with a music degree in Instrumental Performance (Organ) after first studying voice. The Disney Theatrical Productions stage musical opened in 2011 and debuted on Broadway in 2012, with Jeremy Jordan starring until joining the TV show Smash. Music is by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and book by Harvey Fierstein. The show is based on the 1992 film Newsies.

The School of Music mentors students to become articulate musicians, successful as performers, composers, scholars, and music-business persons and in advanced degree programs. MTSU graduates are regularly accepted into prestigious schools of music such as Indiana, Manhattan School of Music, Michigan, Florida State, and Wisconsin. Possible career options in addition to performing professionally include

  • Arts manager
  • Band director/leader
  • Church musician/worship leader
  • Composer/arranger/orchestrator
  • Conductor
  • Instrument salesperson/repair technician
  • Instrumental performer
  • Marketer
  • Music critic/journalist
  • Music editor and publisher
  • Music educator
  • Music librarian
  • Musicologist
  • Songwriter
  • Studio/private teacher
  • Talent agent
  • University professor


Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Nashville Symphony Orchestra
  • Regional orchestras in a number of states and metropolitan areas
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • The Kennedy Center
  • Major Command Army Band at Fort Bragg, N.C.
  • K-12 schools and colleges throughout the nation

David Amlung
Lecturer
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Dr. Michael Arndt
Professor
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Dr. Christopher M. Baumgartner
Assistant Director of Bands/Assistant Professor
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Craig Cornish
Associate Director of Bands | Professor
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Lalo Davila
Professor
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Dr. Andrea Dawson
Associate Professor
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Andrea DeBoer
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Christine Kim
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Deanna Little
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Dr. David Loucky
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Dr. Ben Miles
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Dr. Arunesh Nadgir
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Carol Nies
Associate Professor
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Dr. Lynn Rice-See
Professor
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Dr. Reed Thomas
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Dr. Todd Waldecker
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Dr. William Yelverton
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MTSU’s School of Music offers an undergraduate major in Music leading to Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree in the following concentrations:

  • Instrumental Music Education
  • Instrumental Performance (Brass, Orchestral Strings, Woodwinds, and Percussion; Guitar; Jazz Studies; Organ; or Piano)
  • Music Industry
  • Theory-Composition
  • Vocal/General Music Education
  • Voice Performance

Undergraduate minors in Music, American Music Studies, and Music Industry are also available.

Graduate programs offered by the School of Music include the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree with specializations in collaborative piano; conducting; jazz studies; music composition; music composition for contemporary media; music education; musicology; or performance.

There is a graduate minor in Music.
Instrumental Performance (Brass, Orchestral Strings, Woodwinds, and Percussion) Instrumental Performance (Guitar) Instrumental Performance (Jazz Studies) Instrumental Performance (Organ) Instrumental Performance (Piano) 

An academic map is a suggested four-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the undergraduate catalog. This sample schedule serves as a general guideline to help build a full schedule each term. Milestones, courses, and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major are designated to keep you on track to graduate in four years. Missing milestones could delay your program. 

This map based on the 2013-2014 undergraduate catalog is not a substitute for academic advisement - contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements. Also see the current undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives.Note: Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked; contact the department and/or program area for current information. 

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years (see below). NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map.

Instrumental Performance (Brass, Orchestral Strings, Woodwinds, and Percussion) Academic Map

School of Music
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

Click here for printer friendly academic map.

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
MUTH 11104  MUTH 11204 
MUAP 2--22  MUHL 16102 
MUS 15301  MUAP 2--22
MUS 10100  MUS 15401 
MUEN 3---1  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  MUEN 3---1 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
    MATH (Math)3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL17 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
MUTH 21103  MUTH 21203 
MUAP 2--22  MUAP 2--22 
MUS 25301  MUS 25401 
MUS 10100  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL14 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
MUAP 4--33  MUAP 4--33 
MUTH 41102  MUAP 38001 
MUHL 30103  MUHL 30203 
MUS 31402  MUS 31502 
MUEN 3---1  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  MUEN 3---0 
MUS 10100  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
    Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL16 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
MUAP 4--33  MUAP 4--33 
MUPD 41--2  MUAP 49002 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
MUTH 41302  Music elective3 
MUHL 47--2  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4     
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL13 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
MUTH 11104  MUTH 11204 
MUAP 2--22  MUHL 16102 
MUS 15301  MUAP 2--22
MUS 10100  MUS 15401 
MUEN 3---1  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  MUEN 3---1 
    ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL14 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
MATH (Math)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
MUTH 21103  MUTH 21203 
MUAP 2--22  MUAP 2--22 
MUS 25301  MUS 25401 
MUEN 3---1  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  MUEN 3---1 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
MUS 10100  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL14 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
MUAP 4--33  MUAP 4--33 
MUTH 41102  MUAP 38001 
MUHL 30103  MUHL 30203 
MUS 31402  MUS 31502 
MUEN 3---1  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
MUS 10100  MUEN 3---1 
  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL14 
SENIOR SUMMER
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
MUAP 4--33  MUAP 4--33 
MUPD 41--2  MUAP 49002 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
MUTH 41302  Music elective3 
MUTH 47--2  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4     
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL13 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.



Instrumental Performance (Guitar) Academic Map

School of Music
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
MUTH 11104  MUTH 11204 
MUAP 24122  MUHL 16102 
MUS 15301  MUAP 24122
MUS 10100  MUS 15401 
MUEN 3---1  MUS 10100 
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  MUEN 3---1 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
    MATH (Math)3 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL16 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
MUTH 21103  MUTH 21203 
MUAP 24122  MUAP 24122 
MUS 25301  MUS 25401 
MUS 10100  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL16 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
MUAP 41133  MUAP 44133 
MUTH 41102  MUAP 38001 
MUHL 30103  MUHL 30203 
MUS 31402  MUTH 31103 
MUS 10100  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
MUS 31702  MUHL 40602 
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  General elective3 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL16 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
MUAP 44133  MUAP 44133 
MUPD 43502  MUAP 49002 
MUEN 3---0  MUEN 3---1 
MUEN 3---0  MUEN 3---0 
MUTH 41302  Music upper-division elective2 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4   Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
General elective3     
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
MUTH 11104  MUTH 11204 
MUAP 24122  MUHL16102 
MUS 15301  MUAP 24122
MUS 10100  MUS 15401 
MUEN 3---1  MUS 10100 
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
MATH (Math)3  MUEN 3---1 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL13 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
MUTH 21103  MUTH 21203 
MUAP 24122  MUAP 24122 
MUS 25301  MUS 25401 
MUS 10100  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3     
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL13 
JUNIOR SUMMER
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
MUAP 44133  MUAP 44133 
MUTH 41102  MUAP 38001 
MUHL 30103  MUHL 30203 
MUS 31402  MUTH 31103 
MUS 10100  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
MUS 31702  MUHL 40602 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL13 
SENIOR SUMMER
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3  General elective3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
MUAP 41133  MUAP 44133 
MUPD 43502  MUAP 49002 
MUEN 3---0  MUEN 3---1 
MUEN 3---0  MUEN 3---0 
MUTH 41302  Music upper-division elective2 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
General elective3     
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.



Instrumental Performance (Jazz Studies) Academic Map

School of Music
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
MUTH 11104  MUTH 11204 
MUAP 2--11  MUHL 16102 
MUAP 2--11  MUAP 2--11
MUS 15301  MUAP 2--11 
MUEN 34311  MUEN 34311 
MUS 10100  MUS 15401 
MUEN 3---1  MUS 10100 
ENGL 1010 (Comm )3  MUEN 3---1 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL14 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
MUTH 21103  MUTH 21203 
MUAP 2--11  MUAP 2--11 
MUAP 2--11  MUAP 2--11 
MUAP 23511  MUEN 23511 
MUS 10100  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3    
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL13 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
MUAP 4--22  MUAP 4--22 
MUHL 30103  MUAP 38001 
MUTH 31603  MUPD 30502 
MUHL 45303  MUS 10100 
MUS 31402  MUHL 30203 
MUS 10100  MUEN 3---0 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  MUHL 39103 
    Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL18  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
MUAP 4--22  MUAP 4--22 
MUTH 41803  MUAP 49002 
MUAP 43432  MUAP 43432 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4  MUEN 3---1 
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  Music elective3 
    MATH (Math)3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL14 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
MUTH 11104  MUTH 11204 
MUAP 2--11  MUHL 16102 
MUAP 2--11  MUAP 2--11
MUS 15301  MUAP 2--11 
MUEN 34311  MUEN 34311 
MUS 10100  MUS 15401 
MUEN 3---1  MUS 10100 
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  MUEN 3---1 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL14 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
MUTH 21103  MUTH 21203 
MUAP 2--11  MUAP 2--11 
MUAP 2--11  MUAP 2--11 
MUAP 23511  MUAP 23511 
MUS 10100  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL14 
JUNIOR SUMMER
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  MATH (Math)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
MUAP 4--22  MUAP 4--22 
MUHL 30103  MUAP 38001 
MUTH 31603  MUPD 30502 
MUHL 45303  MUS 10100 
MUS 31402  MUHL 30203 
MUS 10100  MUEN 3---0 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
    MUHL 39103 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR SUMMER
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
MUAP 4--22  MUAP 4--22 
MUTH 41803  MUAP 49002 
MUAP 43432  MUAP 43432 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4  MUEN 3---1 
    Music elective3 
    Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL14 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.



Instrumental Performance (Organ) Academic Map

School of Music
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
MUTH 11104  MUTH 11204 
MUAP 23622  MUHL 16102 
MUS 10100  MUAP 23622
MUEN 3---1  MUS 10100 
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  MUEN 3---1 
MATH (Math)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL15 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
MUTH 21103  MUTH 21203 
MUAP 23622  MUAP 23622 
MUS 10100  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
MUEN 3---1  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL16 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
MUAP 43633  MUAP 43633 
MUTH 41102  MUAP 38001 
MUHL 30103  MUHL 30203 
MUS 31402  MUTH 31103 
MUS 10100  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---0 
MUEN 3---1  Music elective3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3  Foreign language 3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL16 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
MUAP 43633  MUAP 43633 
MUPD 43302  MUAP 49002 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
Music elective3  MUHL 47202 
Foreign language3  MUTH 41302 
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3   Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL14 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
MUTH 11104  MUTH 111204 
MUAP 23622  MUHL 16102 
MUS 10100  MUAP 23622
MUEN 3---1  MUS 10100 
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  MUEN 3---1 
MATH (Math)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
MUTH 21103  MUTH 21203 
MUAP 23622  MUAP 23622 
MUS 10100  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
MUEN 3---1  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3    
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL13 
JUNIOR SUMMER
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
MUAP 43633  MUAP 43633 
MUTH 41102  MUAP 38001 
MUHL 30103  MUHL 30203 
MUS 31402  MUTH 31103 
MUS 10100  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---0 
MUEN 3---1  Foreign language3 
Music elective3     
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL13 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
MUAP 43633  MUAP 43633 
MUPD 43302  MUAP 49002 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
Music elective3  MUHL 47202 
Foreign language3  MUTH 41302 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL14 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.



Instrumental Performance (Piano) Academic Map

School of Music
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
MUTH 11104  MUTH 11204 
MUAP 23522  MUHL 16102 
MUS 10100  MUAP 23522
MUEN 3---1  MUS 10100 
MUS 25501  MUEN 3---1 
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  MUS 25601 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  MATH (Math)3 
SUBTOTAL17  SUBTOTAL16 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
MUTH 21103  MUTH 21203 
MUAP 23522  MUAP 23522 
MUS 10100  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
MUEN 3---1  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL15 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
MUAP 43533  MUAP 43533 
MUHL 30103  MUAP 38001 
MUS 31402  MUHL 30203 
MUTH 41102  MUTH 31103 
MUS 10100  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---0 
MUEN 3---0  MUTH 41302 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Foreign language3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
MUAP 43533  MUAP 43533 
MUPD 43202  MUAP 49002 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
Music elective2  MUHL 46903 
Foreign language3  Music elective02 
Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL14 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
MUTH 11104  MUTH 11204 
MUAP 23522  MUHL 16102 
MUS 10100  MUAP 23522
MUEN 3---1  MUS 10100 
MUS 25501  MUEN 3---1 
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  MUS 25601 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL13 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
MATH (Math)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
MUTH 21103  MUTH 21203 
MUAP 23522  MUAP 23522 
MUS 10100  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
MUEN 3---1  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303     
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
MUAP 43533  MUAP 43533 
MUHL 30103  MUAP 38001 
MUS 31402  MUHL 30203 
MUTH 41102  MUTH 31103 
MUS 10100  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---0 
MUEN 3---0  MUTH 41302 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR SUMMER
Foreign language3  Foreign language3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
MUAP 43533  MUAP 43533 
MUPD 43202  MUAP 49002 
MUEN 3---1  MUEN 3---1 
Music elective2  MUHL 46903 
Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4  Music elective2 
    Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL14 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.

Music

MUS 1010 - Recital Attendance
0 credit hours
Attendance at a minimum number of recitals and concerts given by students, faculty, and guest artists. Six semesters required for undergraduate music majors (see School of Music handbook for details). May be repeated multiple times. Pass/Fail.

MUS 1020 - Music Enrichment Instrumental
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Acceptance into Governor's School for the Arts. A component of the Governor's School for the Arts. Provides an opportunity for qualified high school students to get first-hand musical experience in an intense, academic, collegiate environment.

MUS 1021 - Music Enrichment Vocal
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Acceptance into Governor's School for the Arts. A component of the Governor's School for the Arts. Provides an opportunity for qualified high school students to get first-hand musical experience in an intense, academic, collegiate environment. Combines traditional large ensemble and opera workshop rehearsals and performances and voice master classes.

MUS 1022 - Music Enrichment Piano
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Acceptance into Governor's School for the Arts. A component of the Governor's School for the Arts. Provides an opportunity for qualified high school students to get first-hand experience in an intense, academic, collegiate environment. Combines traditional applied studio instruction, supervised practice sessions, chamber ensemble rehearsals and performances, master classes, and solo performances.

MUS 1030 - Introduction to Music
3 credit hours
Meets part of the General Education Humanities and/or Fine Arts requirement. Perceptive listening to music of various styles and cultures including popular and world musics and Western classical concert music.

MUS 1510 - Class Voice I
1 credit hour
Basic vocal techniques including posture, breath control, tone quality, and diction. Italian and English diction, Vaccai studies, and moderately easy song repertory.

MUS 1520 - Class Voice II
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: MUS 1510. A continuation of the vocal techniques in Class Voice I with addition of vocal flexibility, uniform tone quality in extending the voice range, interpretation of songs, and stage deportment in public performance. Further study of Vaccai, Italian art songs, and English songs.

MUS 1530 - Class Piano I
1 credit hour
Acquaints beginning piano students with the keyboard. Includes such skills as note reading, basic chords for harmonization of melodies, improvisation, basic exercises for development of coordination and technique, transposition, repertory, and sight reading.NOTE: All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons. Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550 and MUS 2560 in lieu of class piano.

MUS 1540 - Class Piano II
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: MUS 1530. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 1530. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.NOTE: All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons. Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550 and MUS 2560 in lieu of class piano.

MUS 1550 - Class Guitar I
1 credit hour
Beginning guitar playing, teaching basic techniques through chording and melodic elements.

MUS 1560 - Class Guitar II
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: MUS 1550 . Continuation of skills and concepts sought in Class Guitar I with emphasis on more advanced playing and repertory study.

MUS 2530 - Class Piano III
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: MUS 1540. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 1540. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

MUS 2540 - Class Piano IV
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: MUS 2530. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 2530. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

MUS 2550 - Keyboard Skills for Pianists I
1 credit hour
Elementary-level sight-playing; three-voice, open-score reading; improvisation; harmonization using primary chords; transposition; and common patterns in two-octave range (scales, arpeggios, progressions).

MUS 2560 - Keyboard Skills for Pianists II
1 credit hour
Intermediate-level ensemble and solo sight-playing; harmonization using primary and secondary chords; improvisation; transposition; four-voice, open-score reading; and common patterns in four-octave range (scales, arpeggios, progressions).

MUS 2660 - Jazz Guitar Lab
1 credit hour
Prerequisites: MUTH 1110, basic proficiency in reading music, and consent of instructor. Recommended: Class Guitar I or one semester of private instruction. Provides minimum background in performing popular guitar styles in an ensemble or studio situation. Course may be taken more than one semester for credit.

MUS 2670 - Jazz Piano Lab
2 credit hours
Prerequisite: MUS 1540. For beginning jazz keyboard students. Study of the harmonic language of jazz, chord voicing, keyboard techniques, interpretation of melodies, and improvisation.

MUS 3140 - Basic Conducting
2 credit hours
Prerequisites: MUTH 2120. Interpretation of scores, fundamental diagrams with and without baton, terminology, and stage deportment.

MUS 3150 - Advanced Instrumental Conducting
2 credit hours
Prerequisites: Two semesters of MUED 2320; MUS 3140. Further development of techniques, especially those relevant to choral and instrumental conducting. Laboratory experiences with large musical groups; conducting with records to develop awareness of musical texture, form, and general musicianship in all areas as related to conducting.

MUS 3160 - Advanced Choral Conducting
2 credit hours
Prerequisite: Two semesters of MUED 2310; MUS 3140. Further development of conducting techniques relative to the choral area. Emphasis on choral style and literature, scope and sequence of the historical perspective, and major developments in the choral art.

MUS 3170 - Guitar Skills I
2 credit hours
Prerequisites: MUTH 1110, MUTH 1120, and two semesters of private study. A skills course for improving reading skills and applying music theory concepts to the guitar. Topics will include arranging, harmonzation of melody, reading from lead sheet format, improvisation, and standard repertoire suitable for a variety of performance situations.  

MUS 4000 - Special Topics in Music
1 to 3 credit hours
Study of a topic in music. Topic and prerequisites to be announced.

MUS 4100 - Independent Study in Music
1 to 3 credit hours
Intensive study of a chosen subject. An indication of reasonable skill and knowledge of research techniques, writing, and creativity expected. Requires permission of the instructor and director of the music school.

MUS 4270 - Music Internship
3 to 6 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Examination and experiences in music industry, music education, or instrumental or choral conducting. Music industry may include songwriting and the creative aspects of music, studio production, music publishing, and music merchandising. Music education may include public and private school settings, state board of education arts consulting, and music textbook consulting. Conducting may include school and church conducting, music publishing, and private or public orchestras and/or choirs. Pass/Fail.

MUS 4360 - The Music Industry Professional
3 credit hours
Creation, examination, and experience in developing and implementing a business plan in the selected areas of the music business. Areas include studio teaching, freelance musicianship, contracting, performing, producing, nonprofit organizations, and similar areas of music specialization.

MUS 4570 - The Body Intelligent: A Study of the Alexander Techniqu
3 credit hours
(Same as DANC 4570/THEA 4570.) For those interested in improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support, flexibility, and coordination in daily activities.

Music Ensembles

MUEN 3000 - Accompanying
1 credit hour
Both solo and ensemble vocal and instrumental repertory with emphasis on the role of the piano in these combinations. Performance required.NOTE: Non-piano majors must complete an audition and receive the permission of the instructor to enroll in the class. In the audition, the student will be required to perform two memorized solo piano pieces, play all major and minor scales, and sight read a short piece or excerpt that will be handed to them. The audition may take place one or two days before the beginning of each semester before the first day the class meets. If a student fails the audition, s/he will not be allowed to enroll in the class.

MUEN 3100 - The Band of Blue Marching Band
0 to 1 credit hour
Participation in all phases of the band, including rehearsals and appearances.

MUEN 3110 - Symphonic Band
0 to 1 credit hour
Preparation and public performance of concert and repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3120 - Wind Ensemble
0 to 1 credit hour
Preparation and public performance of concert band and wind band repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3140 - Concert Band
0 to 1 credit hour
Preparation and public performance of concert and repertoire.

MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale
0 to 1 credit hour
Participation in all phases of chorus, including rehearsals and appearances.

MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers
1 credit hour
Participation in all phases of the group, including rehearsals and appearances. Reading of early English madrigals and traditional American music.

MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus
0 to 1 credit hour
Preparation and public performance of treble clef choral repertoire.

MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum
1 credit hour
Preparation and public performance of English madrigals and traditional American choral repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3240 - MTSU Singers
1 credit hour
Participation and public performances of a variety of popular and commercial music. Open by audition.

MUEN 3250 - Opera Workshop
1 credit hour
Preparation and public performance of opera. Technical and performing aspects of opera production as they pertain to light and grand opera.

MUEN 3260 - University Chorus
0 to 1 credit hour
Preparation and public performance of varied choral repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3300 - Symphony Orchestra
0 to 1 credit hour
Participation in all phases of the orchestra, including rehearsals and appearances.

MUEN 3400 - Jazz Ensemble
0 to 1 credit hour
A performing organization providing instruction and experience in playing jazz.

MUEN 3410 - Salsa Band
1 credit hour
Preparation and public performance of appropriate repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3420 - Commercial Music Ensemble
1 credit hour
Acquaints the student with the rehearsal and performance of commercial music.

MUEN 3430 - Jazz Combo
1 credit hour
Preparation and public performance of appropriate repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3431 - Jazz Improvisation Lab
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: MUTH 1120. Emphasizes basic jazz performance practices in an ensemble setting. Training in improvisation will include melodic paraphrase, ear-training, jazz scales and arpeggios, the study of transcriptions, and exposure to recorded examples of various jazz styles. Basic musicianship issues such as practicing, transposition, and common performance practices will be covered. Performances will showcase the concepts learned throughout the semester. May be repeated for two credits.  

MUEN 3500 - Percussion Ensemble
1 credit hour
Performance of percussion ensemble literature. Programs are presented.

MUEN 3700 - Mixed Chamber Ensemble
1 credit hour
Preparation and public performance of music literature appropriate to the ensemble.

MUEN 3710 - Brass Chamber Ensembles
1 credit hour
Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music repertoire. Open by audition.

MUEN 3720 - Guitar Chamber Ensembles
1 credit hour
Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.

MUEN 3730 - Piano Chamber Ensembles
1 credit hour
Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.

MUEN 3740 - String Chamber Ensemble
1 credit hour
Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.

MUEN 3750 - Woodwind Chamber Ensemble
1 credit hour
Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.