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Music Performance: Instrumental Major Map

Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: College of Creative Arts
Pathway: Visual and Performing Arts

In the School of Music, you’ll be surrounded by elite faculty who are some of the nation's brightest and most adept musicians. You’ll have weekly lessons, chamber music coaching, large ensemble rehearsal and opportunities in musical organizations.

Academics

Fall
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 121-127D Applied Music
    4
  • Select one of the following courses:
    1
    MUSC 130 Piano Class Level 0 or
    MUSC 131 Piano Class Level 1/2 or
    MUSC 132 Piano Class Level 1 or
    MUSC 133 Piano Class Level 1 1/2
  • MUSC 161 Aural Theory 1 Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • MUSC 162 Written Theory 1 Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • MUSC 191 First-Year Seminar - Creative Arts
    2
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
18
Spring
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 121-127D Applied Music
    4
  • Select one of the following courses:
    1
    MUSC 130 Piano Class Level 0 or
    MUSC 131 Piano Class Level 1/2 or
    MUSC 132 Piano Class Level 1 or
    MUSC 133 Piano Class Level 1 1/2
  • MUSC 163 Aural Theory 2 Exclamation Point
    2
  • MUSC 164 Written Theory 2 Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • MUSC 177 Introduction to Music Listening Exclamation Point An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    1
  • MUSC 189 Music Convocation An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    0
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
14
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Download the Guide application
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Spend 100 hours at student success centers
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your first year you should:

  • Eat a pepperoni roll
  • Participate in the PRT cram
  • Attend a football game
  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before
  • Attend Adventure WV

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your first year you should:

  • Ask your RA questions about succeeding at the University
  • Have a challenging conversation with someone from a different background
  • Participate in hall council or attend a hall council program
  • Get involved in the Student Government Association
  • Participate in an Outdoor Recreation Center spring or winter break trip

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your first year you should:

  • Download a chillPACK at well.wvu.edu
  • Attend WELLWVU Bystander Intervention Training
  • Join an intramural team
  • Join the Student Wellness Ambassador Team (SWAT)
  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your first year you should:

  • Attend a career fair
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Take a writing or communications class
  • Attend a resume writing class
  • Complete the financial literacy course

Academics

Fall
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 221-227D Applied Music
    4
  • Select one of the following courses:
    1
    MUSC 130 Piano Class Level 0 or
    MUSC 131 Piano Class Level 1/2 or
    MUSC 132 Piano Class Level 1 or
    MUSC 133 Piano Class Level 1 1/2
  • MUSC 261 Aural Theory 3 Exclamation Point A B in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • MUSC 262 Written Theory 3 Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • MUSC 270 History of Western Musical Traditions 1 Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    3
  • MUSC 189 Music Convocation An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    0
  • MUSC Chamber Music
    1
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
17
Spring
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 221-227D Applied Music
    4
  • Select one of the following courses:
    1
    MUSC 130 Piano Class Level 0 or
    MUSC 131 Piano Class Level 1/2 or
    MUSC 132 Piano Class Level 1 or
    MUSC 133 Piano Class Level 1 1/2
  • MUSC 263 Aural Theory 4 Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • MUSC 264 Written Theory 4 Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • MUSC 271 History of Western Musical Traditions 2 Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    3
  • MUSC 189 Music Convocation An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    0
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
16
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Get to know a faculty member in your department
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Spend 100 hours at student success centers
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your second year you should:

  • Take a hike, bike or go rock climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Go on one of the break trips through the Outdoor Rec Center

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your second year you should:

  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Attend a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day diversity program
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization
  • Become an Adventure WV student leader
  • Get involved in the Student Government Association

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your second year you should:

  • Participate in liveWELL programs
  • Exercise daily
  • Take an academic yoga class in the Health and Education Building
  • Spend a day without technology
  • Become a leadWELL Mentor

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your second year you should:

  • Join a club sport team
  • Attend a career fair
  • Undergraduate research (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Internship (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Meet with a career professional to make sure you are on track professionally

Academics

Fall
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 321-327D Applied Music
    4
  • MUSC 189 Music Convocation An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    0
  • MUSC Chamber Music
    1
  • MUSC 432 Methods and Pedagogy Exclamation Point
    0-2
  • MUSC History or Theory Electives
    2
  • General Education Foundations Course
    4
  • MUSC Elective
    1
13
Spring
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 321-327D Applied Music
    4
  • MUSC 189 Music Convocation An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    0
  • MUSC Chamber Music
    1
  • MUSC 433 Methods and Pedagogy
    1-2
  • MUSC History or Theory Electives
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • MUSC Elective
    1
14
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college
  • Check all of your degree requirements
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Attend dinner presentations at the Faculty Dinner Series

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your third year you should:

  • Attend a football game
  • Visit the West Virginia and Regional History Center in the Downtown Library
  • Attend an Outdoor Rec Center weekend trip
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC
  • Attend a Ring Day ceremony (where you will receive your WVU class ring)

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your third year you should:

  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization
  • Post a picture of you in another country in WVU gear
  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Work on a community service project
  • Attend the Festival of Ideas

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your third year you should:

  • Become a level 2 Bystander Trainer Foo
  • Attend a WELLWVU Try It event
  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)
  • Use your resources: learn about all your health-related needs at well.wvu.edu
  • Drop in to a meditation class in the Health and Education Building

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your third year you should:

  • Become a leader in your club sport team
  • Attend the Sophomore/Junior Fair during your fall semester to explore studying abroad, internships, career choices and more
  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Attend a career fair

Academics

Fall
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 421-427D Applied Music
    4
  • MUSC Chamber Music
    1
  • MUSC 200 Fundamentals of Conducting Exclamation Point
    2
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • MUSC Elective
    1
  • Select one of the following courses:
    2
    MUSC 236 Introduction to Recording Technology or
    MUSC 410 Introduction to Music Industry
14
Spring
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 421-427D Applied Music
    4
  • MUSC History or Theory Electives
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • MUSC Electives
    1
  • MUSC 488 Recital
    0-2
12
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Sign up for graduation
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college
  • Check all of your degree requirements

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your fourth year you should:

  • Sit in the Senior Spirit Section (Section 121) at the home football games
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Register with the WVU Alumni Association
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your fourth year you should:

  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Participate in a fraternity and sorority accreditation program
  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life
  • Create a culture of well-being with a WELLWVU academic internship

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your fourth year you should:

  • Become a Well-being Coach for your peers
  • Learn how to de-stress at chillFEST
  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab
  • Take an academic yoga class in the Health and Education Building
  • Use your resources: learn about all your health-related needs at well.wvu.edu

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your fourth year you should:

  • Participate in a practice job interview session
  • Sign up for an interview
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Attend a career fair

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