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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Performance, Instrumental Emphasis - Woodwinds and Brass Area, B.M.


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The B.M. in Performance, Instrumental Emphasis, Woodwinds and Brass Area is intended for highly motivated undergraduate students interested in pursuing instrumental performance careers, and is designed to advance the musical and intellectual capabilities of young instrumentalists by providing a comprehensive and rigorous training across all musical genres. Curricular offerings in the woodwind and brass area include traditional private study with renowned faculty; a varied and diverse chamber music program featuring recent collaborations with students and faculty of the piano area, the composition area, the string area, and the voice area; weekly individual studio classes and bi-monthly combined woodwind and brass studio classes; and large ensemble performance experience in the Chapman Wind Symphony, The Chapman Orchestra, Jazz Big Band, and Opera Chapman. The program also includes a strong music academic component, as well as the general education program required of all undergraduate students at Chapman. The results of this approach are to graduate well-trained performers who posses a rich understanding of their art from both a historical and contemporary perspective, and are highly prepared for further studies at top-tier graduate institutions and other training programs in related performance genres.

General education requirements for the Bachelor of Music Performance, Instrumental Emphasis-Woodwinds and Brass

Three credits of language are required at or above the 200-level to satisfy the language study component of the Global Citizens Cluster General Education requirement. Those seeking the B.M. in Performance, Instrumental Emphasis - Woodwinds and Brass Area, are restricted to French, German, or Italian language to satisfy this requirement.

Additional degree information

Specific transfer requirements, proficiency requirements, applied music policies, minimum grade policy, retake course policy, are listed at General Information for all Music Programs . Requirements for lessons and studio classes are listed at Applied Music Courses .

Students must participate in at least one large instrumental or choral ensemble each semester while in full-time residence, as assigned by director of orchestral or choral activities.

The B.M. in Performance, Instrumental Emphasis-Woodwinds and Brass Area may be combined with the B.M. Composition degree, both emphases and with the B.M. (Pre-Music Education Certification) degree, both emphases to satisfy the GE interdisciplinary cluster requirement. The B.M. in Performance, Instrumental Emphasis-Woodwinds and Brass Area may be combined with the Conducting, KCA, and Vocal Emphases of the B.M. Performance degree, but this does not satisfy the GE interdisciplinary cluster requirement. The BM in Performance, Instrumental Emphasis-Woodwinds and Brass Area cannot be combined with the General Music minor but may be combined with the Film Music or Music Technology minors.

Program Learning Outcomes and Educational Effectiveness Evaluation Plans for B.M. in Music Performance.

Students pursuing the B.M. in Performance, Instrumental Emphasis - Woodwinds and Brass are required to:

  • Demonstrate the following proficiency requirements
    º​ Music Theory Proficiency Requirement
    º​ Sight Singing Proficiency Requirement (if voice is primary instrument)
    º​ Piano Proficiency Requirement
  • Take jury exams at the end of each semester of applied lessons.
  • Earn an overall GPA of 2.000 for all required major courses.
  • Complete all courses in the major for a letter grade. The only exceptions are studio classes, recitals and information literacy classes.
  • Pass courses with a minimum grade of “C” in all required courses in music theory, music history, music cultures, and music technology.
  • Complete a minimum of 38 credits from upper-division courses in the major.
  • Complete the senior capstone requirement MUS 498C  or MUS 498H , Senior Recital Instrumental Performance - Orchestral Instrument - Full Solo Program.

eight credits of large ensemble (8 credits)


as assigned, taken over eight semesters

one of the following (2 credits)


one of the following (2 credits)


total credits 72


*May be fulfilled by passing Music Theory Placement Exam

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