The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.
Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.
Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.
Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating from this program will:
- Demonstrate music-theoretical knowledge as a major factor in their effective writing about music.
- Use music-theoretical knowledge in effective verbal communication about music in both academic and practical settings.
- Use music-theoretical knowledge and ideas to create self-driven research and analytical works
Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework
|Anchor I (ANCH 103 Recommended)||3|
|DISC 100||Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)||3|
|DISC 200||Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)||3|
|DISC 300||Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)||3|
|Focus A (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Focus B 1||3|
|Focus C (May be satisfied by the Constitution course requirement below)|
|Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.|
See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.
Constitution Course Requirements
Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.”
Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process|
|U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1|
|U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1|
|Constitutional History of the United States|
|Honors American Government (Focus C) 1|
|American Government (Focus C) 1|
Course may satisfy both the UMKC General Education Core (Focus C) and Constitution requirements.
There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:
- Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
- Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
- Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
- Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
- Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.
|CONSVTY 141||Musicianship I||4|
|CONSVTY 142||Musicianship II||4|
|CONSVTY 241||Musicianship III||4|
|CONSVTY 242||Musicianship IV||4|
|CONSVTY 110||Keyboard Skills I||1|
|CONSVTY 123||Keyboard Skills II||1|
|CONSVTY 223||Keyboard Skills III||1|
|CONSVTY 310||Keyboard Skills IV||1|
|Applied Lessons and Studio Class 1|
|Studio 300 (8 semesters)|
|Instrument 101 (Freshman Instrument I)||2|
|Instrument 102 (Freshman Instrument II)||2|
|Instrument 201 (Sophomore Instrument I)||2|
|Instrument 202 (Sophomore Instrument II)||2|
|Instrument 301 (Junior Instrument I)||2|
|Instrument 302 (Junior Instrument II)||2|
|Instrument 401 (Senior Instrument I)||2|
|Instrument 401 (Senior Instrument II)||2|
|CONSVTY 351||History of Music in Western Civilization I (Focus A )||3|
|CONSVTY 352||History of Music in Western Civilization II (Focus A)||3|
|8 semesters from the following|
|Conservatory Wind Ensemble|
|Conservatory Concert Choir|
|Analysis, Orchestration and Conducting|
|CONSVTY 329||Advanced Ear Training||2|
|CONSVTY 331A||Orchestration I||3|
|CONSVTY 380||Basic Conducting - Choral||2|
|or CONSVTY 381||Basic Conducting - Instrumental|
|CONSVTY 382||Choral Conducting||2|
|or CONSVTY 383||Instrumental Conducting|
|CONSVTY 424||Acoustics 2||3|
|CONSVTY 427||18th Century Counterpoint I||2|
|CONSVTY 428||Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory||3|
|Select two semesters from the following:||2|
|Woodwind Techniques and Pedagogy|
|Brass Techniques and Pedagogy|
|Instrumental Techniques Percussion|
|Instrumental Techniques Guitar|
|Survey Of String Instruments|
|CONSVTY 133A||Beginning Composition For Non-Composition Majors I||2|
|CONSVTY 134A||Beginning Composition for Non-Composition Majors II||2|
|CONSVTY 235||Techniques of Electronic Music I: Digital Audio||3|
|or CONSVTY 236||Techniques of Electronic Music II: MIDI|
|CONSVTY 491K||Pedagogy of Music Theory||3|
|CONSVTY 497||Seminar-Workshop in Music||3|
|CONSVTY 498||Research Problems||2|
Instrument: BASSOON, CELLO, CLARINET, EUPHONIUM, FLUTE, GUITAR, HORN, OBOE, ORGAN, PERCUSSION, PIANO, SAXOPHONE, STRING BASS, TROMBONE, TRUMPET, TUBA, VIOLA, VIOLIN, OR VOICE.
Or a 3 credit hour course in Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics.
Students not maintaining this minimum average may not graduate until an appropriate class or classes are retaken and the minimum average achieved.
Students must demonstrate functional piano facility, aural skills and satisfactory part-writing and analysis proficiency.
GPA Minimum: 2.0
Total Credit Hours 120
Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements
UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years. Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”. In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.
UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study. This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.