Sep 21, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate 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

Students in this program become competent in another field outside music by completing 27-30 credit hours of intensive study and earning a minor in that discipline. Possible outside fields include music technology, business, theatre, or any other discipline offering a minor. The specific course sequence will be determined in collaboration between the School of Music and an advisor in that field. Several of the outside fields offer internship experiences that prepare students with valuable real-world experience.

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 27-30 credit hours of intensive study and earning a minor in that discipline. An outside field can be pursued in any discipline that offers a minor at Purdue Fort Wayne, with the course sequence determined in collaboration with an advisor in the outside 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 30 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.

Program Description

Want to continue music and pair it with study in another area of the university? This flexible program allows you to create your own outside field of 27-30 credit hours of intensive study in areas like music technology, business, theatre, or any another discipline. You can do this and also explore your musical talent through a core of rich experiences in music performance, history and theory.

With the help of our great faculty advisors, you can choose what additional area you would like to explore as you consider you future and how you can combine music with other interests. Several of these “outside fields” also offer internship experiences that will prepare you for a career with valuable real-world experiences.


  • Programs offered by the school 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 school 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  Ensemble Requirements)

Outside Field Choices Credits 27-30

Students have the option of declaring a concentration in Music Technology, or pursuing another outside field.

Students who wish to pursue Music Technology can contact the School of Music secretary to have the concentration added to their academic record. 

All other students will choose an outside field from the academic programs offered at Purdue Fort Wayne. Students will declare a minor in an outside field discipline, or work with a designated School of Music faculty advisor in the event that a minor is not offered in their chosen outside field. 

All Other Outside Fields Credits 27

  • Students will declare a minor in an outside field discipline. Instructions for declaring a minor are outlined in the catalog in the appropriate minor section.
  • After declaring a minor in the desired outside field, additional coursework to achieve the 27 credit hour requirement will be completed in the same subject code(s) as the minor; this additional coursework must be at the 3XXXX level or higher.
  • In the event that a minor is not available in the student’s desired outside field, the student will work with a designated School of Music faculty advisor.  In collaboration with a faculty member in the desired outside, Music will determine the outside field curriculum.

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 School 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 ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. 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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