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Music - Applied

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School of Music

 

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The Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Applied Music is for students intent on a career as a professional musician or music professor within higher education. This degree track is designed to develop the highest level of musicianship on a primary instrument and to promote both scholarship and professionalism in the field. The B.M. in Applied Music is available to those students accepted to the appropriate studio by audition on a primary instrument (woodwind, brass, strings, percussion, piano, classical guitar, harp or voice).

Coursework for this major includes rigorous core sequences of music theory, aural skills, history, piano and private study courses, as well as upper-level theory electives such as contrapuntal writing, keyboard harmony, jazz theory and topic seminars. Additionally, students learn music repertoire through advanced music literature courses and ensemble participation. Performance opportunities are available through large ensembles, fully-staged opera productions, chamber music programs, annual competitions, summer festivals and recitals.

Recent graduates from the Applied Music major have continued on for graduate study at top-tier universities.

Areas of Study

  • Music theory, aural skills, class piano and music history core sequences
  • Private weekly instrumental or vocal lessons
  • Large ensembles (instrumental and vocal)
  • Opera workshop and opera theatre
  • Chamber music
  • Pedagogy and literature
  • Advanced study in music analysis, literature and instrumental or choral conducting
  • Independent research and public performance preparation
     

Prospective Careers

  • Higher Education
  • Performing Artist
  • Freelance Musician
  • Recording Artist
  • Teaching (private studio or affiliated institute)
  • Arts Advocate and Reviewer
  • Artistic Director
  • Military Bands
  • Pit Orchestra or Session Musician
  • Piano Tuner
  • Radio Announcer
  • Church Musician

Prospective Graduate Programs

  • Performance
  • Conducting
  • Teaching
  • Composition
  • Musicology
  • Music Theory

What’s special about this program?

This major can be personalized to fit the academic and professional pursuits of each student, individualized to incorporate minors, Honors Degrees, Degrees with Distinction, Service-Learning, study abroad and research. We maintain a low student-to-faculty ratio and small classes, providing access to a passionate, invested and highly accomplished faculty comprised of professionally active performers, composers, educators, theorists and musicologists. The study of music at Delaware is enriched by nearly 300 performances each year by faculty, students, ensembles and guest artists. Additionally, the vast musical resources of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and New York City are easily accessible to our majors.

Get involved

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Xi Mu Chapter)

Sigma Alpha Iota (Eto Rho Chapter)

National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)

The Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI)

American String Teachers Association (ASTA)

The Jazz Educators and Performers Association (JEPA)

Music Management Student Assoc (MMSA)

College Music Society (UD Student Chapter)

Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic

American Musicological Society, Mid-Atlantic Chapter

A cappella and other musical groups

Nationally Connected Organizations

Ensemble Opportunities

Sample curriculum

ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

MATH113

Contemporary Mathematics (or higher)

 

MUSC100

 

Recital Attendance
MUSC151/152   

Private Study

 

MUSC171/272

Diction (English, Italian, French) - Vocalists

 

MUSC175/176

Class Piano I/II

 

MUSC185/186

 

Aural Skills I/II

MUSC195

 

Harmony I
MUSC489

Opera Workshop - Vocalists

 

 

FREN/GRMN/ITAL Language Courses - Vocalists

 

 

 

Ensemble Participation (varied)

 

 

University Breadth Course

 

MUSC100

Recital Attendance

 

MUSC196/295

Harmony II/III

 

MUSC211/311

Music, History, and Ideas & Music History: 400–1600

 

MUSC251/252

Private Study

 

MUSC271

Diction (German) - Vocalists

 

MUSC275/276

Class Piano: Intermediate I and II

 

MUSC285/286

Aural Skills III/IV

 

MUSC490

Opera Theatre - Vocalists

 

 

Ensemble Participation (varied)

 

 

FREN/GRMN/ITAL Language Courses

 

  University Breadth Course
MUSC100

Recital Attendance

 

MUSC296

Harmony IV

 

MUSC301

Junior Recital

 

MUSC312/313   

Music History: 1600-1827 & Music History: 1827 to the Present

 

MUSC335

Basic Conducting

 

MUSC357/358

Private Study

 

MUSC426/427/428

German Lieder/French Art Song/20th-Century Art Song - Vocalists

 

MUSC480

Vocal Pedagogy - Vocalists

 

MUSC403/405

Chamber Music Literature/Symphonic Music Literature - Instrumentalists

 

 

Music Theory and General Music electives - Instrumentalists

 

 

Ensemble Participation (varied)

 

  University Breadth Course
MUSC155

Secondary Keyboard Private Study - Pianists

 

MUSC363

Piano Music Literature - Pianists

 

MUSC401

Senior Recital

 

MUSC403/405

Chamber Music Literature/Symphonic Music Literature - Instrumentalists

 

MUSC426/427/428

German Lieder/French Art Song/20th-Century Art Song - Vocalists

 

MUSC457/458   

Advanced Private Study

 

  Music Theory and General Music electives - Instrumentalists
 

Ensemble Participation (varied)

 

  University Breadth Course

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