Program Requirements
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Program Requirements

Location: Music/Mass Communication, 139
Phone: 931-221-7818 | Fax 931-221-7529

The Department of Music provides comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs designed to produce skilled, knowledgeable, creative, and articulate musicians by


Programs in the Department of Music are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.


An audition is required for admission to the Department of Music, as well as for a music scholarship. See the undergraduate auditions page for audition information and dates.

Theory Placement
Prospective music majors will take the theory entrance exam immediately following their audition and interview. Prospective students who are not pleased with their scores may retake the exam one time only, on the first class day. Students who score high enough on the retake to garner entrance into MUS 1057 (Music Theory 1) must submit the course change request before the 14th day of classes. No late-adds will be approved.

Prospective students who audition but are not able to take the exam on audition day will only be allowed one test attempt on the first class day. Prospective students who do not audition and enter on probationary status will be placed into MUS 1040 until the first class day when they will take the exam. No test retakes will be permitted after the first class day.

Students who do not score within the acceptable range will be placed into MUS 1040 (Introduction to Music Theory I). Students who score within the acceptable range will be placed into MUS 1057 (Music Theory 1), MUS 1058 (Ear Training 1), and MUS 1027 (Class Piano 1).

All music majors are required to participate satisfactorily every semester (on campus) in the performing organization deemed appropriate to the major performing medium. For woodwind, brass, and percussion majors, this will be this will be Marching Band (two semesters required), Symphonic Band, or Wind Ensemble; for vocal majors, (normally) the University Choir; for string majors, the Orchestra or Guitar Ensemble. Keyboard majors may choose any performing organization appropriate to their experience in order to fulfill this requirement.

Recital Attendance
During the academic year, all music majors are required to attend a predetermined number of recitals and programs sponsored or approved by the department. Students who are deficient in this requirement at the end of the sophomore year will not be eligible to take their Junior Level Examination; those deficient at the end of their senior year will not graduate.

Junior Level Exam
Music majors must pass a Junior Level Examination, ordinarily scheduled at the end of the sophomore year, before enrolling in upper division (3xxx level) individual Instruction and ensembles. All majors will have a maximum of three (3) attempts to pass the Junior Level Examination. A minimum of three (3) semesters of upper division (3xxx level) instruction are required prior to the Senior Recital. Students whose background in performance is deficient may be required to take more than the normal amount of credit at the lower division level. Upper division credit in performance is granted only after the student passes the Junior Level Examination. Each music major is required to appear at least once each year in a recital, either in solo or ensemble performance.

Piano Proficiency
The piano proficiency examination is required for majors whose primary Individual Instruction is not piano.

Music Education
Those pursuing the Music Education Concentration should consult the music education page for specific  information.

Transfer Students
Students transferring from another institution must take a proficiency examination in music theory. Placement in music theory will depend upon the results of this examination. The transfer student’s placement in applied music must be approved during the jury examination at the end of the first semester at APSU.

Music Minor
Students who minor in music must belong to one performing organization for two years. A music minor must also pass a proficiency examination in his/her applied area.