Bachelor of Music (B.M.) Major in Performance (Composition Concentration)

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

Admission Requirements

  1. All students seeking to major in music must be admitted to Texas State University. For more information on Texas State, visit Undergraduate students should visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at to learn about undergraduate level admission. 
  2. Students wanting to enter the music program as a music major (B.A., B.M., B.S.) must submit an online application and audition on their principal instrument or voice the semester before their desired entrance. For audition guidelines and requirements, prospective undergraduate students should visit:
  3. Students interested in the B.M. Performance, Composition Concentration must submit a portfolio (see and interview.
  4. All students pursuing teacher certification must apply and be accepted to the Office of Educator Preparation once all course requirements and successful completion of the School of Music's Upper Level Competency Review have been met in order to officially complete the Bachelor of Music major in Music Studies degree program.
  5. Admission to the School of Music is contingent upon admission to Texas State, successful completion of the audition process, and available space in each studio. Moreover, a successful audition does not automatically ensure acceptance to the School of Music. Transfer students' transcripts will be evaluated by an academic advisor prior to an acceptance decision to ensure that acceptance and successful degree plan completion are possible here at Texas State.  Prospective music majors will not be permitted to enroll in applied music and other music major classes until they have been accepted based on their audition and met with an academic advisor. Auditions are held periodically throughout the year for enrollment the following academic year. Those prospective music students unable to audition in person due to geographic distance from campus may submit an audio or video recording representative of their performing abilities that meet the audition guidelines for their instrument or voice. The deadline to submit a recorded audition is March 1 (for Fall admission) or November 1 (for Spring admission). Audition requirements are available on the School of Music website.

General Requirements 

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.

  2. Piano Proficiency
  3. Theory Proficiency
  4. Upper Level Competency Review (ULCR)
  5. For transfer students, 31 semester credit hours in Music (or equivalents) may be transferred from a Texas public institution of higher education for the Music Field of Study and be applied to the Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Performance at Texas State University. More information about the Field of Study is available in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. Transfer students may not reach the 36 advanced hours required in the degree without taking additional coursework. See your academic advisor for details. The transferable Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) is listed below the Texas State University course number in the following course list.

    MU 1315Music Theory I3
    TCCN: MUSI 1311
    MU 1316Music Theory II3
    TCCN: MUSI 1312
    MU 2315Music Theory III3
    TCCN: MUSI 2311
    MU 2316Music Theory IV3
    TCCN: MUSI 2312
    MU 1115Aural Skills I1
    TCCN: MUSI 1116
    MU 1116Aural Skills II1
    TCCN: MUSI 1117
    MU 2115Aural Skills III1
    TCCN: MUSI 2116
    MU 2116Aural Skills IV1
    TCCN: MUSI 2117
    MU 2303Survey of Music Literature3
    TCCN: MUSI 1307
    4 semester credit hours of Ensembles from the following: MUSE 3123, MUSE 3124, MUSE 3125, MUSE 3130, MUSE 3131, MUSE 3140, MUSE 3141, MUSE 3150, MUSE 3170 and MUSE 31904
    TCCN: 4 hours from MUEN 11XX and 21XX
    8 semester credit hours of Applied Study from the following: MUSP 1220, MUSP 1230, MUSP 1240, MUSP 1250, MUSP 1260, MUSP 1170 (2 sections) or MUSP 1270, MUSP 1280, MUSP 2220, MUSP 2230, MUSP 2240, MUSP 2250, MUSP 2260, MUSP 2170 (2 sections) or MUSP 2270, MUSP 22808
    TCCN: 8 hours from MUAP 11XX, 12XX, 21XX and 22XX
    Total Hours31

Course Requirements

Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
MU 10000MU 10000
MU 12102MU 12122
MU 12112MU 12132
MUSP 12802MUSP 12802
MUSE 31 xx (any Major ensemble)1MUSE 31xx (any Major ensemble) 1
MU 11501Select one of the following:1
Select one of the following: 11 
 ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3
US 11001PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3
MATH Component3 
 16 17
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
MU 20000MU 20000
MU 22602MU 22622
MU 22612MU 22632
MUSP 22802MUSP 22802
MUSE 31xx (any Major ensemble)1MUSE 31xx (any Major ensemble)1
MU 21041MU 33153
Select one of the following:1Select one of the following:1
Select one of the following: (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3 
 15 14
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
MU 30000MU 30000
MUSP 32802MUSP 32802
MU 31xx (any Major ensemble)1MUSE 31xx (any Major ensemble)1
Select one of the following:1Select one of the following:1
MU 33163MU 33173
MU 32072Select one of the following: 3
Select one of the following:3 
 POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
 15 16
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
MUSP 42802MUSP 42802
MUSE 31xx (any Major ensemble)1MUSE 31xx (any Major ensemble) 
3 hours ADV ME, MUSE, or MUSP elective3MU 40500
Select one of the following:3MU 41851
 ENG Literature3
 Select one of the following:3
Select one of the following:1 
 Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803
 Select one of the following:1
Life and Phyiscal Sciences3 
 MUSP 11701
 13 14
Total Hours: 120