Bachelor of Arts: Music
UMKC Essentials is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour program includes a First Year Experience course; three critical thinking courses in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Natural & Physical Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences; a Culture and Diversity course; a Civic & Urban Engagement course; two courses in Written Composition and one course in Oral Communication; and a Math Pathway course. Transfer students entering UMKC will elect from the UMKC Essentials General Education Program or the Missouri Core 42 General Education Curriculum. Academic advisors will meet with incoming transfer students to determine which option best serves the student’s educational needs. More information about General Education may be found here: https://catalog.umkc.edu/undergraduate-academic-regulations-information/general-education-requirements/
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.
Information on exit examinations is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.
Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination
In accordance with Missouri Senate Bill 807 (section 170.013.1), 'any student entering a public institution of higher education for the first time after July 2019 who is pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree from such institution shall successfully pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics with a score of seventy percent or greater as a condition of graduation from such institution'. To satisfy this requirement at UMKC, students access the exam through the Canvas site. This requirement will be listed in the degree audit system as, 'Take State Mandated Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination', and listed on the transcript as 'Missouri Civics Examination'.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating from this program will:
- Demonstrate the ability to write effectively about music in a technical, cultural and historical context.
- Apply concepts from written theory, aural skills, sight-reading, sight-singing, and keyboard skills to attain fluency in western music.
- Synthesize concepts in music from a historical and technical construct to inform ideas about community and culture.
- Demonstrate thinking beyond disciplinary boundaries, leading to innovation in all fields.
- Synthesize ideas or solutions into a coherent whole by drawing from more than one field to create a novel product or idea.
|First Semester Experience Course (GEFSE)||3|
|ENGLISH 110||Introduction to Academic Prose||3|
|ENGLISH 225||English II: Intermediate Academic Prose||3|
|Oral Communication (choose one of the following):||3|
|Fundamentals of Effective Speaking and Listening|
|Introduction to Communication|
|Argumentation And Debate|
|Math Pathway (choose one of the following):||3|
|Mathematics For Liberal Arts|
Any 200-level MATH or STAT course
ACT Math Sub-score of 28 or higher; or SAT Math Sub-score of 660 or higher
|Critical Thinking in Arts & Humanities (GECRT-AH; Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Critical Thinking in Natural & Physical Sciences (GECRT-SC)||3|
|Critical Thinking in Social & Behavioral Sciences (GECRT-SS)||3|
|Culture & Diversity Course (GECDV)||3|
|Civic & Urban Engagement Course (GECUE)||3|
Constitution Course Requirement
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|
|U.S. History Since 1877|
|Honors American Government|
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 151 (MUSE; satisfies GECRT-AH course requirement)||3|
|CONSVTY 141||Musicianship I||4|
|CONSVTY 142||Musicianship II||4|
|CONSVTY 241||Musicianship III||4|
|CONSVTY 242||Musicianship IV||4|
|CONSVTY 351||History of Music in Western Civilization I||3|
|CONSVTY 352||History of Music in Western Civilization II||3|
|CONSVTY 110||Keyboard Skills I||1|
|CONSVTY 123||Keyboard Skills II||1|
|CONSVTY 223||Keyboard Skills III||1|
|Applied Lessons and Studio (5 semesters in one instrument) 1|
|Instrument 101 (Freshmen Instrument I)||2|
|Instrument 102 (Freshmen Instrument II)||2|
|Instrument 201 (Sophomore Instrument I)||2|
|Instrument 202 (Sophomore Instrument II)||2|
|Instrument 301 (Junior Instrument I)||2|
|Instrument 300 (Studio-5 semesters)|
|Choose from the following to be taken for 5 semesters:|
|Conservatory Wind Ensemble|
|UMKC Choral Union|
|Conservatory Concert Choir|
|Music Electives 2||14|
|General Electives 3||30|
|CONSVTY 490C||Performing Arts Capstone||3|
BASSOON, CELLO, CLARINET, Euphonium (EUPHNM), FLUTE, GUITAR, HORN, OBOE, Percussion (PERCSN), PIANO, Saxophone (SAXOPH), String Bass (STR-BASS), Trombone (TROMB), TRUMPET, TUBA, VIOLA, VIOLIN, VOICE.
Nine credit hours must be at the 300 level and above. Students are encouraged to take other coursework in their field: Pedagogy of their applied instrument; instrument literature; Conducting; chamber music; or additional keyboard classes.
Students are encouraged to take other non-music Conservatory classes (in the Theatre and Dance divisions), as well as coursework in non-Conservatory fields.
Minimum Grade: C or better in all CONSVTY or Instrument specific coursework
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. Please see the tab above to view the major map for this program.
UMKC’s Transfer Guides provide detailed guidance on recommended transfer coursework, plans of study, transfer timelines, and transfer contact information. To ensure a seamless transfer experience, students are encouraged to work with both their community college advisor and a UMKC advisor when planning their coursework.
UMKC’s PlanMyDegree ‘Audit’ degree audit system provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for students' officially recorded (Office of the Registrar) and “what if” exploratory plans of study. This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.
UMKC’s PlanMyDegree ‘Plans’ degree planning tool enables students to develop a personalized semester by semester plan of study towards completion of degree requirements for student’s officially recorded (Office of the Registrar) and “what if” exploratory plans of study. Update and edit your full plan to degree completion each term and confirm accuracy each semester with your Academic Advisor(s).