Brass

Plan of Study: Brass

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Find your program overview, plans of study, and course descriptions below.

The programs of study for Brass majors are designed to develop skilled performers who are familiar with the standard solo, ensemble, and orchestral literature for their instruments.

NOTE: Curriculum is subject to change. In case of a discrepancy, the MSM Course Catalog is the authoritative source of requirements. View the Course Catalog here.

Sample Schedule for Bachelor of Music / Brass Major

Total Curriculum Credits: 122-126

  • Major Instrument
    6 cr
  • Music Theory Core (TH0001-0002)
    8 cr
  • Aural Skills (AS0111-0112)
    4 cr
  • Music History Core (MH0001-0002)
    4 cr
  • Humanities Core (HU0001-0002)
    6 cr
  • Required Piano (RP0111-0112)
    2 cr
  • Trumpet Lab** (TP0200-0201)
    2 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble* (LP1500)
    2 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1:
34 cr
  • Major Instrument
    6 cr
  • Music Theory Core (TH0003-0004)
    6 cr
  • Aural Skills (AS0211-0212)
    4 cr
  • Music History Core (MH0003-0004)
    4 cr
  • Humanities Core (HU0003-0004)
    6 cr
  • Required Piano (RP0211-0212)
    2 cr
  • Trumpet Lab** (TP0200-0201)
    2 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble* (LP1500)
    2 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 2:
32 cr
  • Major Instrument
    8 cr
  • Music History Electives (MH0500-2999)
    6 cr
  • Humanities Electives (HU0300-2999)
    6 cr
  • General Electives
    4 cr
  • Brass Lab (BR0001-0002)
    2 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble* (LP1500)
    2 cr
  • Chamber Music* (SP1500)
    2 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 3:
30 cr
  • Major Instrument
    8 cr
  • Theory Electives (TH0500-2999)
    4 cr
  • Humanities Electives (HU0300-2999)
    6 cr
  • Practical Foundations (ME1500)
    2 cr
  • Orchestral Conducting (CD0211-0212)
    4 cr
  • Brass Lab (BR0001-0002)
    2 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble* (LP1500)
    2 cr
  • Chamber Music* (SP1500)
    2 cr
  • 5 Setting the Stage Workshops (ME1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
  • Graduation Recital
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 4:
30 cr

NOTE: Curriculum is subject to change. In case of a discrepancy, the MSM Course Catalog is the authoritative source of requirements. View the Course Catalog here.

* All trumpet majors must participate in Trumpet Lab for 1 credit for 4 semesters; additional semesters are optional and uncredited.
** All brass players must participate in large ensembles for 8 semesters as assigned by the Ensembles Office; in addition, 4 semesters of chamber music must be completed as assigned by the Ensembles Office.

Sample Schedule for Master of Music / Brass Major

Total Curriculum Credits: 56-58

  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Music History Electives (MH1000-2999)
    3 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    2 cr
  • Brass Lab (BR2001-2002)
    2 cr
  • Trumpet Lab* (TP0300)
    1 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble** (LP1500)
    1 cr
  • Chamber Music** (SP1500)
    1 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1, Fall:
15 cr
  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Music History Electives (MH1000-2999)
    3 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    2 cr
  • Brass Lab (BR2001-2002)
    2 cr
  • Trumpet Lab* (TP0300)
    1 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble** (LP1500)
    1 cr
  • Chamber Music** (SP1500)
    1 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1, Spring:
15 cr
  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Graduate Theory Electives (TH2000-2999)
    2 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    3 cr
  • Brass Lab (BR2001-2002)
    2 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble** (LP1500)
    1 cr
  • Chamber Music** (SP1500)
    1 cr
Total Credits for Year 2, Fall:
14 cr
  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Graduate Theory Electives (TH2000-2999)
    2 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    3 cr
  • Brass Lab (BR2001-2002)
    2 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble** (LP1500)
    1 cr
  • Chamber Music** (SP1500)
    1 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
  • Graduation Recital
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 2, Spring:
14 cr

NOTE: Curriculum is subject to change. In case of a discrepancy, the MSM Course Catalog is the authoritative source of requirements. View the Course Catalog here.

* All trumpet majors must participate in Trumpet Lab for 1 credit for 2 semesters; additional semesters are optional and uncredited.
** All brass players must participate in large ensembles for 8 semesters as assigned by the Ensembles Office; in addition, 4 semesters of chamber music must be completed as assigned by the Ensembles Office.