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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Music (B.S.M.) with a Concentration in an Outside Field

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Program: Bachelor of Science in Music
School of Music  
College of Visual and Performing Arts

Rhinehart Music Center 144 ~ 260-481-6714

Student learning outcomes common to all music degrees are as follows:

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of music theory sufficient to analyze musical forms, structures, and styles; to create within basic musical structures; and to relate theoretical concepts to sound.
  • Students will demonstrate performance ability as ensemble members, as conductors, and as soloists on both a primary instrument and a secondary instrument.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the history and literature of western and non-western music, with an understanding of the social, political and cultural impacts which shaped music history.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in utilizing appropriate technology to notate and create music, to investigate and report scholarly research, and to support the specific demands of their professional degrees.

Student learning outcomes specific to the Bachelor of Science in Music and all Outside Field concentrations are as follows:

  • Students in this program will demonstrate competence in another field outside music by completing 26-29 credit hours of intensive study in that discipline. Possible outside fields include music technology, business, theatre, or another discipline, with the course sequence determined in collaboration with an advisor in that field.
  • To earn the B.S. in Music with a  Concentration in Music Technology or another Outside Field, one must satisfy the requirements of Purdue University Fort Wayne (Regulations ) and the music core, and complete the courses prescribed for the concentration with a grade of C- or better in each music and concentration course.

Students Pursuing Music Technology:

  • Students in this program must complete a minimum of 29 credits in Music Technology Courses
  • The MUSC 40500 Final Project must be completed as part of this field of study but can have variable credits (1-4 cr. hours).
  • MUSC 40400 Internship is optional and can be taken at the discretion of the Director of Music Technology.
  • Students who do not take MUSC 40400 Internship must complete 8 semesters of major ensemble credit and performance class (MUSC 09500).
  • Students enrolled in MUSC 40400 must complete 7 semesters of major ensemble and performance class (MUSC 09500).
  • BSM Music Technology students are expected to own a computer-based digital audio workstation that is compatible with the School of Music  high-end system, and that will allow students to work in their own space on their own time.  The Director of Music Technology shall maintain the list of current equipment and capability BSM-Music Technology students are expected to own.  Since such equipment is considered to be “tools of the trade”, this equipment expenditure can be included in Financial Aid loan calculations.


  • Programs offered by the department are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the American Music Therapy Association.

Program Delivery:

  • This program is available on campus though some courses may be available as distance learning.

Declaring this Major:

  • Students who choose to major in music must be accepted by both Purdue Fort Wayne and the School of Music. For information regarding admission to the university, see the Office of Admissions web page: Purdue Fort Wayne Portal/admissions.

  • Acceptance into the School of Music is not automatic upon acceptance by the university. All accepted students who indicate music as their major are placed into the Pre-Music category by the Admissions Office. Full acceptance as a music major is contingent upon a successful audition.

  • Auditions. Information about audition requirements are found on the department web site: Purdue Fort Wayne Portal/music.

Students in this degree are subject to the policies for all music degrees found on the School of Music  page.

General Requirements:

General Education Requirements: Credits 33

General Education Requirements    

Category B4 Scientific Ways of Knowing: Credits 3

  • Cr. 3.
  • Note:  PHYS 10500 is required for the Music Technology outside field.  Students who have selected another outside field may choose any Category B4 course that meets all learning outcomes.

Category B6 Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing: Credits 3

Performance Studies: Credits 25-28

Applied Primary (includes recital): Credits 14-16

BSM Music Technology students who take MUSC 48404 Internship must complete 7 semesters of applied study.  All other BSM Music Technology students  must complete 8 semesters.

Applied Secondary: Credits 4

Non Keyboard Applied Primaries take:

Keyboard Applied Primaries take:

Ensemble: Credits 7-8

BSM Music Technology students who enroll in MUSC 48400 Internship are only required to complete 7 semesters of major ensemble credit.  All other students must complete 8 semesters of ensemble credit. (See School of Music  department Ensemble Requirements)

All Other Outside Field Concentrations

Students must work with the department chair in the selected outside field area to determine the outside field curriculum.  Students must also request that the curriculum be provided to their School of Music advisor.  

Grade Requirements

Grades. Music majors must complete each required music course with a grade of C- or better and with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher for all required music courses. Two unsuccessful attempts to attain a grade of C- or better in the same required music course will result in dismissal from the Department of Music. 

Exceptions to academic policies require a written request to the music faculty in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Total: Credits 120

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected
program. Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required
courses, academic policies and procedures governing your academic career. All requests
for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by
written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.

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