Banner Code: AR-BM-MUSI

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

Students must complete all Mason Core requirements and core coursework, as well as the requirements within one selected concentration.

Mason Core

Coursework within the major and concentration fulfills the information technology, global understanding, oral communications, fine arts, and synthesis requirements. Students must fulfill the requirements remaining in the following areas:

Quantitative Reasoning 13
Written Communication6
Literature3
Non-Lab Natural Science3
Western Civilization3
Social or Behavioral Sciences3
Information Technology 23
Total Credits24

Core Courses Required for All Concentrations

MUSI 113Aural Skills I1
One credit of1
Aural Skills II
MUSI 115Introduction to Music Theory 3
MUSI 213Aural Skills III2
MUSI 251Musical/Oral Communication 13
MUSI 273Keyboard Skills III1
Five instances of:0
Recital Attendance
MUSI 431Music History in Society III (Mason Core)3
Total Credits14

Concentration in Composition (CPO)

Students must complete all concentration requirements as well as requirements for one of the following emphases:

  • Brass  
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Percussion
  • String
  • Voice
  • Woodwind

Courses Required for All Emphases

MUSI 214Aural Skills IV2
MUSI 215Theory for Pop and Jazz Music3
MUSI 216Theory for 20th- and 21st-Century Music3
MUSI 217Theory for 18th-Century Music3
MUSI 317Baroque and Classical Forms3
Select 8 credits from MUSI 242-MUSI 248 (see Applied Music Options)8
Select 8 credits from MUSI 442-MUSI 448 (see Applied Music Options)8
MUSI 259Music in Computer Technology3
MUSI 319Class Composition and Arranging3
MUSI 324Junior Recital (Mason Core)1
MUSI 331Music History in Society I3
MUSI 332Music History in Society II3
MUSI 354Electronic Composition3
MUSI 361Class Strings1
MUSI 363Class Woodwinds1
MUSI 365Class Brass1
MUSI 366Class Percussion1
MUSI 379Jazz Improvisation1
MUSI 391Conducting I2
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 419Orchestration3
MUSI 424Senior Recital (Mason Core)1
Three credits of3
Jazz Arranging
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core)
Four credits of4
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core) (Contemporary Ensemble or Healing Arts Ensemble only)
MUSI 485Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core) 11
MUSI 491Musical Communication in Performance (Mason Core)1
MUSI 438Music History in Society B3
MUSI 439Music History in Society C3
Select 2 credits from MUSI 100-MUSI 499 22
Total Credits76

Emphasis Requirement

Composition: Brass Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 353Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature3
Select 4 credits from the following:4
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits9
Composition: Guitar Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 353Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature3
Select 4 credits from the following:4
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits9
Composition: Keyboard Emphasis
MUSI 351Keyboard Pedagogy3
MUSI 371Techniques of Accompanying I1
MUSI 372Techniques of Accompanying II1
Select 4 credits from the following:4
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Total Credits9
Composition: Percussion Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 353Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature3
Select 4 credits from the following:4
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits9
Composition: String Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 353Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature3
Four credits of4
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Total Credits9
Composition: Voice Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 352Vocal Pedagogy and Lab3
Select 4 credits from the following:4
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Total Credits9
Composition: Woodwind Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 353Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature3
Select 4 credits from the following:4
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits9

Concentration in Jazz (JAZC)

Students must complete all concentration requirements as well as requirements for one of the following emphases:

  • Brass
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Percussion
  • Steel Pan
  • Voice
  • Woodwind

Courses Required for All Emphases

MUSI 107Jazz and Blues in America (Mason Core)3
MUSI 214Aural Skills IV2
Select 9 credits from:9
Theory for Pop and Jazz Music
Theory for 20th- and 21st-Century Music
Theory for 18th-Century Music
Baroque and Classical Forms
Select 8 credits from MUSI 242-MUSI 248 (see Applied Music Options)8
Select 8 credits from MUSI 442-MUSI 448 (see Applied Music Options)8
MUSI 259Music in Computer Technology3
MUSI 274Jazz/Commercial Piano1
MUSI 311Jazz Studies3
MUSI 319Class Composition and Arranging3
MUSI 324Junior Recital (Mason Core)1
MUSI 338Music History in Society A3
MUSI 379Jazz Improvisation1
MUSI 391Conducting I2
MUSI 424Senior Recital (Mason Core)1
MUSI 438Music History in Society B3
MUSI 439Music History in Society C3
MUSI 450Jazz Improvisation I2
MUSI 452Jazz Improvisation II2
MUSI 454Jazz Arranging3
Six credits of6
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core) (Jazz Chamber Ensembles only)
MUSI 491Musical Communication in Performance (Mason Core)1
Three credits of3
Selected Topics in Music (Topics in Jazz Studies only)
Select 4 credits from MUSI 100-MUSI 499 14
Total Credits75

Emphasis Requirement

Jazz: Brass Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits10
Jazz: Guitar Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits10
Jazz: Keyboard Emphasis
MUSI 371Techniques of Accompanying I1
MUSI 372Techniques of Accompanying II1
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits10
Jazz: Percussion Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits10
Jazz: Steel Pan Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
Select 8 credits from:8
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits10
Jazz: Voice Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
Select 8 credits from:8
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits10
Jazz: Woodwind Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits10

Concentration in Music Education (MUE)

Certification to Teach

The music education concentration at George Mason University is recognized by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) as an approved teacher preparation program that imparts licensure. Even though an undergraduate student may declare music education as their major, this is not an official indication of a student's degree status. In order to be accepted into the degree, students must complete an application, meet all eligibility requirements, and pass the MTEC Interview and Skill Proficiency Exam. All entry requirements are described in Part 1 of the GMUsicEd Handbook located online.

The deadline for applying to the BME and taking the MTEC exam is the 4th semester of coursework. The 4th semester is defined as a minimum of 36 attempted credits. Transfer and continuing students entering GMU as an undergraduate with 36 or more credits will be required to apply to the BME no later than their 2nd semester of coursework at GMU.

Student must complete all concentration requirements as well as requirements for one of the following emphases:

  • Brass
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Percussion
  • String
  • Voice
  • Woodwind

Courses Required for All Emphases

MUSI 214Aural Skills IV2
Select 9 credits from:9
Theory for Pop and Jazz Music
Theory for 20th- and 21st-Century Music
Theory for 18th-Century Music
Baroque and Classical Forms
Select 8 credits from MUSI 242-MUSI 248 (see Applied Music Options)8
Select 6 credits from MUSI 442-MUSI 448 (see Applied Music Options)6
MUSI 259Music in Computer Technology3
MUSI 319Class Composition and Arranging3
MUSI 323Music Education Recital0
MUSI 331Music History in Society I3
MUSI 332Music History in Society II3
MUSI 361Class Strings1
MUSI 366Class Percussion1
MUSI 367Class Guitar1
MUSI 370Laboratory Ensemble (To be repeated six times)0
MUSI 393Music Administration and Management2
MUSI 432Music History in Society IV3
Six credits of6
Internship in Music Education (Mason Core) 1
EDRD 300Literacy and Curriculum Integration3
EDUC 301Educating Diverse and Exceptional Learners3
EDUC 302Human Growth and Development3
or EDUC 539
Total Credits60

Emphasis Requirement

Music Education: Brass Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
Two credits of2
Class Woodwinds
Two credits of2
Class Brass
MUSI 368Class Voice1
MUSI 391Conducting I2
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 464Instrumental Music Methods I3
MUSI 466Instrumental Music Methods II3
Select 1 credit from MUSI 100-MUSI 499 11
Select 7 credits from the following:7
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits25
Music Education: Guitar Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
Two credits of2
Class Woodwinds
Two credits of2
Class Brass
MUSI 368Class Voice1
MUSI 391Conducting I2
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 464Instrumental Music Methods I3
or MUSI 467 Instrumental Music Methods I: Orchestra
MUSI 466Instrumental Music Methods II3
Select 1 credit from MUSI 100-MUSI 499 11
Select 7 credits from the following:7
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits25
Music Education: Keyboard Emphasis
Two credits of2
Applied Music in Voice
MUSI 352Vocal Pedagogy and Lab3
MUSI 371Techniques of Accompanying I1
MUSI 372Techniques of Accompanying II1
MUSI 391Conducting I2
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 461The Teaching of General Music in the Elementary and Middle School3
MUSI 463The Teaching of Vocal Music in the Secondary School3
Select 1 credit from the following:1
Class Woodwinds
Class Brass
Select 7 credits from the following:7
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Total Credits25
Music Education: Percussion Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
Two credits of2
Class Woodwinds
Two credits of2
Class Brass
MUSI 368Class Voice1
MUSI 391Conducting I2
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 464Instrumental Music Methods I3
MUSI 466Instrumental Music Methods II3
Select 1 credit from MUSI 100-MUSI 499 11
Select 7 credits from the following:7
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits25
Music Education: String Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
Two credits of2
Class Woodwinds
Two credits of2
Class Brass
MUSI 368Class Voice1
Seven credits of7
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
MUSI 391Conducting I2
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 466Instrumental Music Methods II3
MUSI 467Instrumental Music Methods I: Orchestra3
Select 1 credit from MUSI 100-MUSI 4991
Total Credits25
 Music Education: Voice Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
Two credits of2
Applied Music in Keyboard
MUSI 352Vocal Pedagogy and Lab3
MUSI 391Conducting I2
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 461The Teaching of General Music in the Elementary and Middle School3
MUSI 463The Teaching of Vocal Music in the Secondary School3
Select 1 credit from the following:1
Class Woodwinds
Class Brass
Select 7 credits from the following:7
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Total Credits25
Music Education: Woodwind Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
Two credits of2
Class Woodwinds
Two credits of2
Class Brass
MUSI 368Class Voice1
MUSI 391Conducting I2
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 464Instrumental Music Methods I3
MUSI 466Instrumental Music Methods II3
Select 1 credit from MUSI 100-MUSI 4991
Select 7 credits from the following:7
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits25

Concentration in Music Technology (MTEC)

Students must complete all concentration requirements as well as requirements for one of the following emphases:

  • Electroacoustic Music
  • Engineering
  • Recording

Courses Required for All Emphases

MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
Select 6 credits from:6
Theory for Pop and Jazz Music
Theory for 20th- and 21st-Century Music
Theory for 18th-Century Music
Baroque and Classical Forms
Six credits of6
Applied Music in Composition 1
Applied Music in Keyboard
Applied Music in Voice
Applied Music in Woodwind
Applied Music in Brass
Applied Music in String
Applied Music in Percussion
MUSI 252Popular Music Arranging3
MUSI 254Music and Technology3
MUSI 338Music History in Society A3
MUSI 354Electronic Composition3
MUSI 355Recording Techniques3
MUSI 358Music Programming3
MUSI 359Topics in Music Technology3
Music Ensemble Options 23
Two credits of2
Music Technology Internship
MUSI 438Music History in Society B3
MUSI 439Music History in Society C3
MUSI 489Music Technology Capstone3
Lab Science (Mason Core)4
6-7 credits of general electives6-7
Total Credits59

Emphasis Requirement

Music Technology: Electroacoustic Music
Core Courses
MUSI 359Topics in Music Technology 13
Four credits of4
Applied Music in Composition
Two credits of2
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core) (Healing Arts Ensemble or Contemporary Ensemble)
MATH
Select one from the following:3-4
Quantitative Reasoning (Mason Core)
Introductory Calculus with Business Applications (Mason Core)
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Honors) (Mason Core)
Discrete Mathematics I (Mason Core)
Additional Coursework
Select 13-14 credits from the following: 113-14
Applied Music in Composition
Applied Music in Composition
Applied Music in Composition
Topics in Music Technology
MUSI 397Music Technology Internship1-4
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core) (1-3 credits)
Coursework from any of the following prefixes:
Total Credits27-30
Music Technology: Engineering Emphasis

A double degree in a STEM field or the following:

MATH
MATH 113Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)4
or MATH 115 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Honors) (Mason Core)
Additional Coursework 1
Coursework from any of the following prefixes: 22
CS
ECE
IT
MATH
MBUS
PHYS
Total Credits26
Music Technology: Recording Emphasis
Courses
BUS 100Business and Society (Mason Core)3
MUSI 359Topics in Music Technology 13
Two credits of2
Teaching Internship
MATH
Select one from the following:3-4
Quantitative Reasoning (Mason Core)
Introductory Calculus with Business Applications (Mason Core)
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Honors) (Mason Core)
Discrete Mathematics I (Mason Core)
Additional Coursework 2
Select 14-15 credits of additional coursework from the following:14-15
Applied Music I (1-4 credits)
Topics in Music Technology
MUSI 397Music Technology Internship1-4
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core) (1-3 credits)
Coursework from any of the following prefixes:
Total Credits27-30

Concentration in Performance (PFM)

Students must complete all concentration requirements as well as requirements for one of the following emphases:

  • Brass
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Percussion
  • String
  • Voice
  • Woodwind

Courses Required for All Emphases

MUSI 214Aural Skills IV2
Select 9 credits from:9
Theory for Pop and Jazz Music
Theory for 20th- and 21st-Century Music
Theory for 18th-Century Music
Baroque and Classical Forms
Select 8 credits from MUSI 242-MUSI 248 (see Applied Music Options)8
Select 8 credits from MUSI 442-MUSI 448 (see Applied Music Options)8
MUSI 259Music in Computer Technology3
MUSI 319Class Composition and Arranging3
MUSI 324Junior Recital (Mason Core)1
MUSI 331Music History in Society I3
MUSI 332Music History in Society II3
MUSI 424Senior Recital (Mason Core)1
MUSI 432Music History in Society IV3
MUSI 491Musical Communication in Performance (Mason Core)1
Total Credits45

Emphasis Requirement

Performance: Brass Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 353Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature3
MUSI 379Jazz Improvisation1
MUSI 391Conducting I2
Two credits of2
Teaching Internship
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 419Orchestration3
or MUSI 493 Topics in Music Theory
Eight credits of8
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core)
Select 9 credits from MUSI 100-MUSI 499 19
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits40
Performance: Guitar Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 353Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature3
MUSI 379Jazz Improvisation1
MUSI 391Conducting I2
Two credits of2
Teaching Internship
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 419Orchestration3
or MUSI 493 Topics in Music Theory
Eight credits of8
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core)
Select 9 credits from MUSI 100-MUSI 499 19
Select 8 credits from the following:8
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits40
Performance: Keyboard Emphasis
MUSI 351Keyboard Pedagogy3
MUSI 371Techniques of Accompanying I1
MUSI 372Techniques of Accompanying II1
MUSI 373Advanced Accompanying and Musicianship Skills3
MUSI 379Jazz Improvisation1
MUSI 382Piano Ensemble (Mason Core)1
or MUSI 485 Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core)
MUSI 391Conducting I2
Two credits of2
Teaching Internship
Six credits of6
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core)
Three credits of3
Selected Topics in Music
Select 9 credits from MUSI 100-MUSI 499 19
Select 8 credits from the following:8
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Total Credits40
Performance: Percussion Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 353Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature3
MUSI 379Jazz Improvisation1
MUSI 391Conducting I2
Two credits of2
Teaching Internship
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 419Orchestration3
or MUSI 493 Topics in Music Theory
Eight credits of8
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core)
Select 9 credits from MUSI 100-MUSI 499 19
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits40
Performance: String Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 353Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature3
MUSI 379Jazz Improvisation1
Eight credits of8
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core) (8 credit)
MUSI 391Conducting I2
Two credits of2
Teaching Internship
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 419Orchestration3
or MUSI 493 Topics in Music Theory
Eight credits of8
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core)
Select 9 credits from MUSI 100-MUSI 499 19
Total Credits40
Performance: Voice Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 325Performance Seminar and Vocal Literature for Singers and Accompanists I2
MUSI 326Performance Seminar and Vocal Literature for Singers and Accompanists II - German and French2
MUSI 341Diction for Singers I: Italian Diction and English Diction2
MUSI 342Diction for Singers II: German Diction and French Diction2
MUSI 352Vocal Pedagogy and Lab3
MUSI 388Fundamental Techniques of Stagecraft for Opera and Music Theater2
MUSI 391Conducting I2
MUSI 396Conducting II2
Four credits of4
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core)
Foreign language (French, German, and/or Italian)9
Select 8 credits from the following:8
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Total Credits40

Performance: Woodwind Emphasis

MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 353Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature3
MUSI 379Jazz Improvisation1
MUSI 391Conducting I2
Two credits of2
Teaching Internship
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 419Orchestration3
or MUSI 493 Topics in Music Theory
Eight credits8
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core)
Select 9 credits from MUSI 100-MUSI 499 19
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits40

Applied Music Options 

See Music advisor for registration permission and options.
MUSI 221Applied Music I1
MUSI 222Applied Music in Keyboard1
MUSI 223Applied Music in Voice1
MUSI 224Applied Music in Woodwind1
MUSI 225Applied Music in Brass1
MUSI 226Applied Music in String1
MUSI 227Applied Music in Percussion1
MUSI 228Applied Music in Composition1
MUSI 242Applied Music in Keyboard2
MUSI 243Applied Music in Voice2
MUSI 244Applied Music in Woodwind2
MUSI 245Applied Music in Brass2
MUSI 246Applied Music in String2
MUSI 247Applied Music in Percussion2
MUSI 248Applied Music in Composition2
MUSI 442Applied Music in Keyboard2-3
MUSI 443Applied Music in Voice2-3
MUSI 444Applied Music in Woodwind2-3
MUSI 445Applied Music in Brass2-3
MUSI 446Applied Music in String2-3
MUSI 447Applied Music in Percussion2-3
MUSI 448Applied Music in Composition2-3

Music Ensemble Options

MUSI 380Wind Symphony (Mason Core)1
MUSI 381University Chorale (Mason Core)1
MUSI 382Piano Ensemble (Mason Core)1
MUSI 383Symphonic Band (Mason Core)1
MUSI 385Chamber Singers (Mason Core)1
MUSI 387Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)1
MUSI 389Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)1
MUSI 485Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core)1
MUSI 280Athletic and Ceremonial Ensemble (Mason Core) For Music Technology Students only1

Bachelor of Music Sample Plan of Study

The sample plan below is a recommended sequencing of courses based on prerequisites and scheduling. This may not fit every student's needs and is a guideline, not a requirement. Students should confirm major requirements with their academic advisor and with PatriotWeb Degree Evaluation to ensure they enroll in the proper courses and are on track to graduate.

Music Technology Electroacoustic

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ENGH 1013MATH 106, 108, 113, 115, or 1253-4
MUSI 1131MUSI 1141
MUSI 1153MUSI 217 or 2163
MUSI 1711MUSI 1721
MUSI 2543MUSI 2513
MUSI 3000MUSI 3000
Applied Music (Major Instrument)2Applied Music (Major Instrument)2
Ensemble1Ensemble1
 14 14-15
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Western Civilization/World History3Natural Science with or without lab3
MUSI 2132MUSI 3000
MUSI 215 or 3173MUSI 3553
MUSI 2731Applied Music (Composition)2
MUSI 3000Music Technology Elective3
Applied Music (Major Instrument)2General Elective3
Ensemble1Chamber Ensemble (NSC or Healing Arts Ensemble)1
General Elective3 
 15 15
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Literature3ENGH 3023
Natural Science w/lab4MUSI 2523
MUSI 3000MUSI 3593
MUSI 3543MUSI 3383
MUSI 4313300-400 level Music Technology Elective3
Applied Music (Composition)2 
Chamber Ensemble (NSC or Healing Arts Ensemble)1 
 16 15
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
MUSI 3583Social/Behavioral Science3
MUSI 4383MUSI 3593
MUSI 4893MUSI 3972
Music Technology Elective3MUSI 4313
Emphasis Elective2-3MUSI 4393
Emphasis Elective2-3Emphasis Elective2-3
 16-18 16-17
Total Credits 121-125

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/

Winds, Strings, and Percussion Performance

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ENGH 1013Quantitative Reasoning3
MUSI 1131Literature3
MUSI 1153MUSI 1141
MUSI 1711MUSI 217 or 2163
MUSI 2513MUSI 1721
MUSI 3000MUSI 3000
MUSI 4851MUSI 4851
MUSI Applied Music2MUSI Applied Music2
MUSI Large Ensemble1MUSI Large Ensemble1
 Elective1
 15 16
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Western Civilization/World History3ENGH 3023
Natural Science3MUSI 2142
MUSI 2132MUSI 216 or 2173
MUSI 215 or 3173MUSI 2593
MUSI 2731MUSI 3000
MUSI 3000MUSI 4851
MUSI 4851MUSI Applied Music2
MUSI Applied Music2MUSI Large Ensemble1
MUSI Large Ensemble1 
 16 15
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
MUSI 3000MUSI 3241
MUSI 3193MUSI 3323
MUSI 3313MUSI 3533
MUSI 3791MUSI 3962
MUSI 3912MUSI 4851
MUSI 4851MUSI Applied Music2
MUSI Applied Music2MUSI Large Ensemble1
MUSI Large Ensemble1Elective3
Elective1 
 14 16
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Social/Behavioral Science3MUSI 4193
MUSI 3952MUSI 4241
MUSI 4313MUSI 4323
MUSI 4851MUSI 4851
MUSI Applied Music2MUSI 4911
MUSI Large Ensemble1MUSI Applied Music2
Elective1MUSI Large Ensemble1
 Elective3
 13 15
Total Credits 120

 Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/

Choral Education

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ENGH 1013Quantitative Reasoning3
MUSI 1131Western Civilization/World History3
MUSI 1153MUSI 1141
MUSI 1711MUSI 217 or 2163
MUSI 2593MUSI 1721
MUSI 3000MUSI 2513
MUSI 3661MUSI 3000
MUSI 3700MUSI 3700
Applied Music2Applied Music2
Large Ensemble1Large Ensemble1
 15 17
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Literature3ENGH 3023
Natural Science3MUSI 2142
MUSI 2132MUSI 216 or 2173
MUSI 215 or 3173MUSI 3000
MUSI 2731MUSI 3313
MUSI 3000MUSI 3671
MUSI 3611MUSI 3700
MUSI 3700Secondary Applied Music2
Applied Music2Applied Music2
Large Ensemble1Large Ensemble1
 16 17
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Social/Behavioral Science3EDUC 3013
MUSI 3000MUSI 363 or 3651
MUSI 3193MUSI 3700
MUSI 3323MUSI 3962
MUSI 3912MUSI 4313
MUSI 3932MUSI 4633
Applied Music2Applied Music2
Large Ensemble1Large Ensemble1
 16 15
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
EDRD 3003MUSI 4956
EDUC 3023 
MUSI 3230 
MUSI 3523 
MUSI 3700 
MUSI 4323 
MUSI 4613 
Applied Music2 
Large Ensemble1 
 18 6
Total Credits 120

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/

Composition Studies

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ENGH 1013Quantitative Reasoning3
MUSI 1131MUSI 1141
MUSI 1153MUSI 217 or 2163
MUSI 1711MUSI 1721
MUSI 2593MUSI 2513
MUSI 3000MUSI 3000
MUSI 4851MUSI 3611
Applied Music (Major Instrument)2Applied Music (Major Instrument)2
Large Ensemble1Large Ensemble1
 15 15
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Western Civilization/World History3Natural Science3
MUSI 2132MUSI 2142
MUSI 2153MUSI 216 or 2173
MUSI 2731MUSI 3000
MUSI 3000MUSI 3313
MUSI 3631MUSI 365 (MUSI Secondary Instrument)1
Applied Music (Major Instrument)2Applied Music (Composition)2
Large Ensemble1Large Ensemble1
Elective1Elective1
 14 16
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Literature3MUSI 3241
MUSI 3000MUSI 3962
MUSI 3193MUSI 4193
MUSI 3323MUSI 4383
MUSI 3791MUSI 4543
MUSI 3912MUSI 485 (choose 1: NSC or Healing Arts Ensemble)1
MUSI 4851Applied Music (Composition)2
Applied Music (Composition)2 
 15 15
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ENGH 3023Social/Behavioral Science3
MUSI 3543MUSI 315-353 Instrument, Keyboard or Vocal Pedagogy & Literature3
MUSI 3661MUSI 4241
MUSI 4393MUSI 4313
MUSI 4851MUSI 485 (choose 1: NSC or Healing Arts Ensemble)1
Applied Music (Composition)2MUSI 4911
MUSI 3173Applied Music (Composition)2
 16 14
Total Credits 120

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/

Instrumental Education

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ENGH 1013Quantitative Reasoning3
MUSI 1131MUSI 1141
MUSI 1153MUSI 217 or 2163
MUSI 1711MUSI 1721
MUSI 2593MUSI 2513
MUSI 3000MUSI 3000
MUSI 3611MUSI 3631
MUSI 3700MUSI 3651
Applied Music2MUSI 3700
Large Ensemble1Applied Music2
Elective1Large Ensemble1
 16 16
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Literature3Western Civilization/World History3
Natural Science3ENGH 3023
MUSI 2132MUSI 2142
MUSI 215 or 3173MUSI 216 or 2173
MUSI 2731MUSI 3000
MUSI 3000MUSI 3313
MUSI 3631Applied Music2
MUSI 3651Large Ensemble1
MUSI 3700 
MUSI Applied Music2 
MUSI Large Ensemble1 
 17 17
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
MUSI 3000EDRD 3003
MUSI 3193EDUC 3013
MUSI 3323MUSI 3700
MUSI 3661MUSI 3962
MUSI 3681MUSI 4313
MUSI 3700MUSI 4663
MUSI 3912Applied Music2
MUSI 3932Large Ensemble1
Applied Music2 
Large Ensemble1 
 15 17
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Social/Behavioral Science3MUSI 4956
EDUC 3023 
MUSI 3230 
MUSI 3671 
MUSI 4323 
MUSI 464 or 4673 
Applied Music2 
Large Ensemble1 
 16 6
Total Credits 120

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/

Jazz Studies

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ENGH 1013Quantitative Reasoning3
MUSI 1073Literature3
MUSI 1131MUSI 1141
MUSI 1711MUSI 217 or 2163
MUSI 1153MUSI 1721
MUSI 3000MUSI 3000
MUSI 4851MUSI 4851
Applied Music2Applied Music2
Large Ensemble1Large Ensemble1
 15 15
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Western Civilization/World History3Social/Behavioral Science3
Natural Science3MUSI 2142
MUSI 2132MUSI 216 or 2173
MUSI 2153MUSI 3000
MUSI 2731MUSI 4502
MUSI 3000MUSI 2741
MUSI 3791Applied Music2
MUSI 4851Large Ensemble1
Applied Music2 
Large ENsemble1 
 17 14
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
MUSI 3000MUSI 2513
MUSI 3113MUSI 3241
MUSI 3193MUSI 4383
MUSI 3383MUSI 4522
MUSI 3912MUSI 4543
Applied Music2MUSI 4851
Jazz Chamber Ensemble1Applied Music2
Large Ensemble1Large ENsemble1
 15 16
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ENGH 3023MUSI 4241
MUSI 2593MUSI 4313
MUSI 4393MUSI 4911
MUSI 4851MUSI 4923
Applied Music2Applied Music2
Large Ensemble1Large Ensemble1
MUSI Elective1Elective3
 14 14
Total Credits 120

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/

Keyboard Performance

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ENGH 1013Quantitative Reasoning3
MUSI 1131MUSI 1141
MUSI 1153MUSI 217 or 2163
MUSI 2513MUSI 2593
MUSI 2731MUSI 3000
MUSI 3000MUSI 3711
MUSI 4851MUSI 4851
MUSI 2422MUSI 2422
MUSI Large Ensemble1MUSI Large Ensemble1
 15 15
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Western Civilization/World History3Social/Behavioral Science3
Literature3MUSI 2142
MUSI 2132MUSI 216 or 2173
MUSI 215 or 3173MUSI 3000
MUSI 3000MUSI 3733
MUSI 3721MUSI 4851
MUSI 4851MUSI 2422
MUSI 2422MUSI Large Ensemble1
MUSI Large Ensemble1 
 16 15
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
MUSI 3000ENGH 3023
MUSI 3193MUSI 3241
MUSI 3313MUSI 3323
MUSI 3513MUSI 4851
MUSI 3791MUSI 492 (Keyboard Literature)3
MUSI 3912MUSI 4422
MUSI 4422MUSI Large Ensemble1
MUSI Large Ensemble1 
 15 14
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Natural Science3MUSI 3952
MUSI 4313MUSI 4241
MUSI 4851MUSI 4323
MUSI 4422MUSI 4851
MUSI Large Ensemble1MUSI 4911
MUSI Elective(s)6MUSI 4422
 MUSI Large Ensemble1
 MUSI Elective(s)3
 16 14
Total Credits 120

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/

Music Technology Engineering

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ENGH 1013MATH 113 or 1154
MUSI 1131MUSI 1141
MUSI 1153MUSI 217 or 2163
MUSI 1711MUSI 1721
MUSI 2543MUSI 2513
MUSI 3000MUSI 3000
Applied Music (Major Instrument)2Applied Music (Major Instrument)2
Ensemble1Ensemble1
 14 15
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Western Civilization/World History3Natural Science with or without lab3
MUSI 2132MUSI 3000
MUSI 215 or 3173MUSI 3553
MUSI 2731Music Technology Elective3
MUSI 3000Music Technology Elective3
Applied Music (Major Instrument)2General Elective3
Ensemble1 
General Elective3 
 15 15
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Literature3ENGH 3023
Natural Science w/lab4MUSI 3383
MUSI 3000MUSI 3593
MUSI 3543MUSI 2523
MUSI 4313300-400 level Music Technology Elective3
300-400 level Music Technology Elective3 
 16 15
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
MUSI 3583Social/Behavioral Science3
MUSI 4383MUSI 3593
MUSI 4893MUSI 3972
Music Technology Elective3MUSI 4313
Music Technology Elective3MUSI 4393
 300-400 level Music Technology Elective3
 15 17
Total Credits 122

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/.

Music Technology Recording

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ENGH 1013MATH 106, 108, 113, 115, or 1253-4
MUSI 1131MUSI 1141
MUSI 1153MUSI 217 or 2163
MUSI 1711MUSI 1721
MUSI 2543MUSI 2513
MUSI 3000MUSI 3000
Applied Music (Major Instrument)2Applied Music (Major Instrument)2
Ensemble1Ensemble1
300-400 level Elective1300-400 level Elective1
 15 15-16
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Western Civilization/World History3BUS 1003
Natural Science3MUSI 3000
MUSI 2132MUSI 3553
MUSI 215 or 3173Music Technology Elective3
MUSI 2731Music Technology Elective3
MUSI 3000Elective3
Applied Music (Major Instrument)2 
Ensemble1 
 15 15
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Literature3ENGH 3023
Natural Science w/lab4MUSI 2523
MUSI 3000MUSI 3593
MUSI 3543MUSI 3972
MUSI 4313MUSI 3383
300-400 level Music Technology Elective3 
 16 14
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
MUSI 3583Social/Behavioral Science3
MUSI 4383MUSI 3593
MUSI 4893MUSI 3972
Music Technology Elective3MUSI 4313
Music Technology Elective3MUSI 4393
 15 14
Total Credits 119-120

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/

Vocal Performance

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ENGH 1013Quantitative Reasoning3
MUSI 1131MUSI 1141
MUSI 1153MUSI 217 or 2163
MUSI 1711MUSI 1721
MUSI 3252MUSI 3262
MUSI 3412MUSI 3422
MUSI 3000MUSI 3000
MUSI 2432MUSI 2432
MUSI Large Ensemble1MUSI Large Ensemble1
 15 15
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Literature3Western Civilization/World History3
MUSI 2132MUSI 2142
MUSI 215 or 3173MUSI 216 or 2173
MUSI 2593MUSI 2513
MUSI 3000MUSI 3000
MUSI 2731MUSI 2432
MUSI 2432MUSI Large Ensemble1
MUSI Large Ensemble1 
 15 14
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
MUSI 3000Natural Science3
MUSI 3193Social/Behavioral Science3
MUSI 3313MUSI 3241
MUSI 3523MUSI 3323
MUSI 3912MUSI 3962
MUSI 4851MUSI 4851
MUSI 4432MUSI 4432
MUSI Large Ensemble1MUSI Large Ensemble1
 15 16
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
THR 2103ENGH 3023
MUSI 4313MUSI 4241
Foreign Language (French, German or Italian)6MUSI 4323
MUSI 4851MUSI 4851
MUSI 4432MUSI 4911
MUSI Large Ensemble1Foreign Language (continuation of French, German, or Italian)3
 MUSI 4432
 MUSI Large Ensemble1
 16 15
Total Credits 121

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/

Music, BM (Performance)/Music, Accelerated MM (Performance)

Overview

Students in the Music, BM (Performance concentration) have the option of obtaining an accelerated Music, MM (Performance concentration).

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to accelerated master's programs must have completed at least 75 credits that apply to their undergraduate degree (with at least 24 credits at Mason) and no more than 100 credits. Applicants should submit the following:

  • An Accelerated Master's Program Application, available from the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) Graduate Studies
  • 1-2 page Goals Statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • In addition, all applicants must complete a live performance audition. Arrangements for an audition must be made in advance by contacting the School of Music before the scheduled audition date. Auditions are held approximately once per month. Audition dates and audition application forms are available through the School of Music website.

Interested students should contact the Senior Academic Advisor, School of Music, for more details about the application process.

Degree Requirements & Reserve Graduate Credit

After admission and having earned 90 undergraduate credits, accelerated master's students complete 6 credits of graduate coursework in their field of study (with a 3.00 GPA or better in each course), specified by their undergraduate and graduate advisors. These credits will apply to the undergraduate degree and provide the student advanced standing in the MM Performance program. All graduate course prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment. While still in undergraduate status, a maximum of 6 additional graduate credits may be taken as reserve graduate credit and applied to the master's program. Reserve graduate credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree.

To apply these credits to the master's degree, students should use the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form.

Students in the BM (Performance)/MM (Performance) accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree, including a minimum of 18 applicable graduate credits taken after the bachelor's degree has been completed and posted to the student's academic record. Successful completion of the accelerated MM will require one summer of coursework between years 4 and 5.

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. The regular designed timeframe would be a start in the Fall and completion of all coursework in the Summer five years later with the exception of Capstone, which is only offered in Fall and Spring. Students amy need a longer timeframe to complete requirements. 

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see Academic Policies.

Music, BM/Arts Management, Accelerated MA

Overview

Students choosing the accelerated option must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. The regular designed timeframe would be a start in the Fall and completion of all coursework in the Summer five years later with the exception of Capstone, which is only offered in Fall and Spring. Students may need a longer timeframe to complete all requirements.

This accelerated option is offered through joint cooperation between the School of Music and the Arts Management Program.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.  For policies governing all graduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

Admissions

Applicants to accelerated master's programs must have completed at least 75 credits that apply to their undergraduate degree (with at least 24 credits at Mason) and no more than 100 credits. Applicants should submit an Accelerated Master's Program Application, available from the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) Graduate Studies. It includes the proposed conferral date for the undergraduate degree and the two graduate courses that are to be applied to the undergraduate degree.

Interested students should contact the Arts Management Program Office for more details about the application process. 

Accelerated Option Requirements

As an undergraduate, the accelerated master's student is to complete the two graduate courses indicated on their Accelerated Option Requirements.

As an undergraduate, the accelerated master's student is to complete the two graduate courses indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program application with a minimum grade of C in each course. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all coursework and in coursework applied to their major. On completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form (which shall incorporate all of the Graduate Admission requirements of the university) and are admitted to graduate status.

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students will begin their master's program in the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree, and they may also begin in the summer term.

Reserve Graduate Credits

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit. These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. The ability to take courses for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with permission of the School of Music. Permission to take a graduate course for reserve graduate credit is normally granted only to Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation and must be approved by the Dean's Office.

To apply these credits to the master's degree, students must request that the credits be moved from the undergraduate degree to the graduate degree using the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form.