Music Comprehensive Major: Music Industry Emphasis

Program Requirements

The Music Industry program provides a well-balanced experience for musicians who wish to hone their vocal or instrumental abilities while gaining valuable skills in music business, technology, and production. This major emphasis prepares graduates for a wide range of careers in sought-after fields such as studio recording, live sound reinforcement, electronic composition, artist management, the non-profit sector, business development, and audio production for media. 

A minimum of 67 credits is required including the 47-credit Music Industry Core:

The Music Industry emphasis requires the 47-credit Music Industry Core, 20 credits from the Performance Curriculum, and Concert and Convocation Attendance Course (must be taken each semester of residence with a “Satisfactory” grade a minimum of six semesters). A minimum grade of “C” is required in all Music courses counted toward the major. To qualify for graduation all Music majors must meet Performance Requirements and Piano Proficiency.

Music Industry Core
MUS 128Theory of Music Laboratory I1
MUS 129Theory of Music I3
MUS 130Theory of Music Laboratory II1
MUS 131Theory of Music II3
MUS 140Introduction to Music (GT-AH1)3
MUS 212Introduction to Music Technology1
MUS 245History of Rock and Roll3
MUS 253Theory of Music Laboratory III1
MUS 254Theory of Music III3
MUS 255Theory of Music Laboratory IV1
MUS 256Theory of Music IV3
MUS 313Music Production3
MUS 400Senior Recital / Senior Project2
MUS 412Music Technology II3
MUS 413Music Production II3
Music business courses chosen with your advisor10
COM 119Introduction to Film3
Total Credits47
Major Performance Organizations
8 credits of the following as determined by instrument or voice. Courses may be repeated as needed.8
Orchestra
Symphonic Band
Concert Choir
Orchestra
Symphonic Band
Concert Choir
Small Ensembles
4 credits of the following as determined by instrument or voice. Courses may be repeated as needed.4
Opera
Instrumental and Vocal Chamber Music
Opera
Instrumental and Vocal Chamber Music
Private Lessons
8 credits of the following as determined by instrument or voice. Courses may be repeated as needed.8
Piano
Organ
Voice
Violin
MUS 184Viola1-2
MUS 185Cello1-2
MUS 186Contra Bass1-2
MUS 187Flute1-2
MUS 188Oboe1-2
MUS 189Clarinet1-2
MUS 190Bassoon1-2
MUS 191Saxophone1-2
MUS 192Trumpet1-2
MUS 193French Horn1-2
MUS 194Trombone1-2
MUS 195Baritone1-2
Tuba-Private Lessons
Special Topics
Percussion
Piano
MUS 381Organ1-2
Voice
Violin
Viola
Cello
Contra Bass
Oboe
Flute
Oboe
Clarinet
Bassoon
Saxophone
Trumpet
French Horn
Trombone
Baritone
Tuba
Percussion
Total Credits33-46

Concert and Convocation Attendance 

All Music majors must take MUS 000 Concert and Convocation Attendance each semester in residence. Six semesters of MUS 000 Concert and Convocation Attendance with a grade of "satisfactory" are required of all Music majors prior to graduation. 

The Performance Curriculum consists of courses in Major Performing Organizations, Small Ensembles, and Private Lessons. The specific performing organizations required are determined by instrument or voice. 

Performance Requirements for Majors 

To qualify for graduation, all Music majors must pass specific levels of performance as judged by a jury of Music faculty. Majors in the Music Industry emphasis may elect MUS 400 Senior Recital / Senior Project, or a qualifying MUS 499 Internship in Music. Please contact the Music Department for exact requirements. 

Piano Proficiency 

All students with a Music Major or Minor, except for the Music Technology Minor, must pass the piano proficiency examination by the end of the required theory sequence. The two-semester sequence of MUS 173 Piano class and MUS 174 Piano Class may be taken for elective credits to prepare for the exam. The specific courses are not required courses and student assessed to have sufficient piano background may prepare for the exam independently. Please contact the Music Department for exact requirements. 

Partner Courses 

To graduate with the Music Industry emphasis, students must earn 10 credits of music business courses selected in consultation with their advisor. At least 6 of these credits must be considered upper division. To facilitate this, Western has an agreement with the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma to offer a sequence of four music business courses online.  

Degree Plan 

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
ENG 102 Academic Writing (GT-CO1) 3
HWTR 100 First Year Seminar 1
MATH prescribed MATH course 3
MUS 000 Concert and Convocation Attendance 0
MUS 100 Fundamentals of Music (GT-AH1) (if needed) 3
MUS 101
Orchestra
or Symphonic Band
or Concert Choir
1
MUS 121 Instrumental and Vocal Chamber Music 0.5-1
MUS 140 Introduction to Music (GT-AH1) 3
MUS 173 Piano class 1
MUS MUS 180-198 (Private Lessons) 1
 Credits16.5-17
Spring
Gen Ed General Education (Area I) 3
MUS 000 Concert and Convocation Attendance 0
MUS 101
Orchestra
or Symphonic Band
or Concert Choir
1
MUS 121 Instrumental and Vocal Chamber Music 0.5-1
MUS 128 Theory of Music Laboratory I 1
MUS 129 Theory of Music I 3
MUS 174 Piano Class 1
MUS MUS 180-198 (Private Lessons) 1
MUS 245 History of Rock and Roll 3
 Credits13.5-14
Year Two
Fall
COM 202 Academic Writing and Inquiry (GT-CO2) 3
Gen Ed General Education (Area II) 4
MUS 000 Concert and Convocation Attendance 0
MUS 101
Orchestra
or Symphonic Band
or Concert Choir
1
MUS 121 Instrumental and Vocal Chamber Music 0.5-1
MUS 130 Theory of Music Laboratory II 1
MUS 131 Theory of Music II 3
MUS MUS 180-198 (Private Lessons) 1
MUS 212 Introduction to Music Technology 1
 Credits14.5-15
Spring
Gen Ed General Education (Area II) 4
MUS 000 Concert and Convocation Attendance 0
MUS 101
Orchestra
or Symphonic Band
or Concert Choir
1
MUS 121 Instrumental and Vocal Chamber Music 0.5-1
MUS MUS 180-198 (Private Lessons) 1
MUS 253 Theory of Music Laboratory III 1
MUS 254 Theory of Music III 3
MUS 313 Music Production 3
 Credits13.5-14
Year Three
Fall
COM 119 Introduction to Film 3
MUS 000 Concert and Convocation Attendance 0
MUS 255 Theory of Music Laboratory IV 1
MUS 256 Theory of Music IV 3
MUS 301
Orchestra
or Symphonic Band
or Concert Choir
1
MUS 321 Instrumental and Vocal Chamber Music 0.5-1
MUS MUS 380-398 (Private Lessons) 1
MUSMusic Business course chosen with advisor 2
 Credits11.5-12
Spring
Gen Ed General Education (Area I) 3
Gen Ed General Education (Area III) 3
Elective Upper division elective course 3
MUS 000 Concert and Convocation Attendance 0
MUS 301
Orchestra
or Symphonic Band
or Concert Choir
1
MUS 321 Instrumental and Vocal Chamber Music 0.5-1
MUS MUS 380-398 (Private Lessons) 1
MUSMusic Business course chosen with advisor 2
MUS 413 Music Production II 3
 Credits16.5-17
Year Four
Fall
COM 151
Introduction to Mass Media (GT-AH2)
or Physics of Music
3
or BUAD elective
or CS elective
Elective Music elective course 3
Elective Upper division elective course 3
Elective Upper division Music Business course chosen with advisor 3
MUS 301
Orchestra
or Symphonic Band
or Concert Choir
1
MUS 321 Instrumental and Vocal Chamber Music 0.5-1
MUS MUS 380-398 (Private Lessons)
 Credits13.5-14
Spring
Gen Ed General Education (Area I) 3
Elective Upper division elective course 3
Elective Upper division Music Business course chosen with advisor 3
MUS 301
Orchestra
or Symphonic Band
or Concert Choir
1
MUS 321 Instrumental and Vocal Chamber Music 0.5-1
MUS MUS 380-398 (Private Lessons)
MUS 400
Senior Recital / Senior Project
or Internship in Music
2
PHYS 115 Physics of Music 3
or BUAD elective
or CS elective 3
 Credits18.5-19
 Total Credits118-122