Turn your passion into your career: You’ll do that here.

A music degree will prepare you for a career in performance, teaching, or a graduate degree. And, with an available minor in fine arts entrepreneurship, your career path is only limited by your imagination. 

What You’ll Do  

As a music major at Southeast, you’ll study music history, music theory, many other disciplines outside of music, and gain performance experience through some of our many ensembles. 

  • Interact with nationally recognized performing artists and educators. 
  • Attend classes on Southeast’s River Campus, a campus solely dedicated to the arts. 
  • Gain performance experience through ensembles. 
  • Study in a program that is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. 

Opportunities in Music at SEMO

What You'll Study

The music curriculum includes core coursework to prepare you for a career in music. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

Music – 51 hours – Minor Required

Required Courses:

  • MH251 History & Literature of Music to 1800 (3)
  • MH252 History & Literature of Music from 1800 (3)
  • MH402 Music in World Cultures (3)
  • MM001 Aural Skills Entry Level Proficiency (0)
  • MM002 Aural Skills Exit Level Proficiency (0)
  • MM099 Music Theory Lab (1)
  • MM101 Theories of Music in Culture (3)
  • MM102 Basic Harmony & Form (3)
  • MM105 Aural Skills I (1)
  • MM106 Aural Skills II (1)
  • MM203 Advanced Harmony, Form & Counterpoint (3)
  • MM204 Twentieth Century Techniques (3)
  • MM207 Aural Skills III (1)
  • MM208 Aural Skills IV (1)
  • MM312 Advanced Form & Analysis (3)
  • MP001 Recital (0)
  • MP1xx Applied Music: Instrumental (1-2)*
  • MP2xx Applied Music: Instrumental (1-2)*
  • MP3xx Applied Music: Instrumental (1-2)*
  • MP4xx Applied Music: Instrumental (1-2)*
  • MU001 Piano Proficiency (0)
  • MU002 Sophomore Review (0)
  • MU003 Major Field Assessment Test (0)
  • MU110 Recitals & Concerts (six semesters) (0)
  • MU151 Functional Piano I (1)**
  • MU152 Functional Piano II (1)**
  • MU253 Functional Piano III (1)**
  • MU254 Functional Piano IV (1)**
  • MUxxx Major Ensemble (5)

A grade of ‘C’ or better is required for all courses within the major.

Choose 3 Hours from:

  • MH310 American Musical Experience (3)
  • MH328 Native American Music (3)
  • MH392 The Age of Romanticism
  • MH393 The Age of Modernism (3)
  • MH394 Music & Culture: 1600-1750 (3)
  • MH396 The Age of Beethoven (3)
  • MH397 Music in Medieval & Renaissance Culture (3)
  • UI315 Electronics & Computers in Music (3)

Choose 3 Hours from:

  • MM314 Instrumentation & Arranging (2)
  • MU341 Basic Conducting (2)
  • MU3xx Any ensemble (1)

Additional Requirements for Vocal Track:

  • MU123 Singer’s Diction I (1)
  • MU124 Singer’s Diction II (1)

*A total of 8 hours of applied lessons must be earned.
**Students may elect to take the keyboard proficiency exam at any point within the first four semesters.

“Critical Courses” are italicized and bolded. Data shows that students who have completed this course in the first two years and have earned the noted grade are most likely to complete this program of study.

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year 

Fall Semester (15-17 Hours) 

  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • MM001 (0) 
  • MM099 (1) 
  • MM101 (3) 
  • MM105 (1) 
  • MP1xx (1-2) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU123* (1) 
  • MU151 (or proficiency) (1) 
  • MUxxx (major ensemble) (1) 
  • General Education (3)  

Spring Semester (16-18 Hours) 

  • MM102 (3)
  • MM106 (1) 
  • MP1xx (1-2) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU124* (1) 
  • MU152 (or proficiency) (1) 
  • MUxxx (major ensemble) (1) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: 2.0 cumulative grade point average. 
*Only required for vocal track students

Sophomore Year 

Fall Semester (14-17 Hours) 

  • MH251 (3) 
  • MM203 (3) 
  • MM207 (1) 
  • MP2xx (1-2) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU253 (or proficiency) (1) 
  • MUxxx (major ensemble) (1) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Elective (1-3) 

Spring Semester (15-17 Hours) 

  • MH252 (3) 
  • MM002 (0) 
  • MM204 (3) 
  • MM208 (1) 
  • MP2xx (1-2) 
  • MU001 (0) 
  • MU002 (0) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU254 (or proficiency) (1) 
  • MUxxx (major ensemble) (1) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: 2.0 cumulative grade point average. 

Summer courses are encouraged to avoid 18-hour semesters.

Junior Year 

Fall Semester (14-18 Hours) 

  • MM314/MU341/MU3xxx (1-2) 
  • MM314/MU341/MU3xxx (1-2) 
  • MP3xx (1-2) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Elective (2-3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (17-18 Hours) 

  • MM312 (3) 
  • MP001 (0) 
  • MP3xx (1-2) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MUxxx (major ensemble) (1) 
  • Required elective course (3) 
  • Minor (3) 
  • Minor (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: 2.0 cumulative grade point average. 

Senior Year 

Fall Semester (13-14 Hours) 

  • MP001 (0) 
  • MP4xx (1-2) 
  • Minor (3) 
  • Minor (3) 
  • Minor (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (16-17 Hours) 

  • MH402 (3) 
  • MP4xx (1-2) 
  • MU003 (0) 
  • Minor (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Milestone: 2.0 cumulative grade point average. 

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.

“Critical Courses” are italicized and bolded. Data shows that students who have completed this course in the first two years and have earned the noted grade are most likely to complete this program of study.

Outcomes & Careers

  • 100%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Music report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation. 

  • $52k

    Composer

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a composer is $52,250. 

  • $82k

    Producer

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a producer is $81,520. 

  • $52k

    Music Director

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a music director is $52,250. 

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Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

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