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Instrumental - Brass, Strings, Percussion, or Woodwinds

Bachelor of Music in Performance: Instrumental - Brass, Strings, Percussion, or Woodwinds - 120 Hours

General Education - 39 Hours

Required Courses - 12 hours
WU 101The Washburn Experience3
EN 101First Year Writing3
EN 300Advanced College Writing3
MA 112Contemporary College Mathematics (or above)3
Social Science - 9 hours 1
Natural Science / Mathematics - 9 hours 2
Arts / Humanities - 9 hours 3
Elective in Fine Arts (Art or Theatre)3

AN, EC, GG, HI, IL170, PO, PY, SO - Max 6 hours any discipline.


AS, BI, CH, GL, MA, PS, IL170 - Max 6 hours any discipline.


AR, CN, EN, FL102 or higher, IL170, MM, PH, RG, TH - Max 6 hours any discipline.

Music Content / Skills / Pedagogy - 76 Hours

Theory / Composition - 21 Hours
MU 122Rhythm Perception-Music Majors 11
MU 123Integrating Technology in Music1
MU 215Music Theory I3
MU 314Music Theory II3
MU 315Music Theory III3
MU 316Theory IV3
MU 217Aural Skills I1
MU 311Aural Skills II1
MU 312Aural Skills III1
MU 317Orchestration2
MU 320Form and Analysis2
MU 443Composition1
Music History and Literature - 8 Hours
MU 325Music History I3
MU 326Music History II3
MU 327Music History III2
Applied Lessons - 29 Hours
Applied Lessons in Concentration Area (MU 070 A enrollment required each semester) * 3 credit hours of private lessons each semester24
Students must take at least 2 hours of Group Piano or piano lessons and pass the Piano Proficiency Exam prior to the 4th Semester Jury. For most, the following are required:
MU 133Group Piano I1
MU 134Group Piano II1
Voice Lessons1
Performance Minor2
Pedagogy - 1 Hour
MU 2XX Instrumental Techniques (select the course for the primary instrument)1
Specialized Courses - 3 Hours
MU 400Special Topics in Music1-3
MU 305Business of Music3
Conducting - 2 Hours
MU 238Instrumental Lab (requirement for conducting courses, enroll for 0 credits)0
MU 240Beginning Conducting1
MU 442Advanced Instrumental Conducting1
Ensembles - 12 Hours
Large Ensembles 28
Small Ensembles4
Chamber Music (MU 254 / MU 454)

Students must enroll in MU 122 Rhythmic Perception course for credit if they do not pass the entrance exam.


All Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Musical Arts students are required to participate in two large ensembles each semester or full-time enrollment. For large ensembles requirements, to each instrument, please consult the Music Department Handbook.  (

General Studies Electives - 5 Hours 

May be selected from any department including music.

Music Department Proficiency Requirements (complete the following prior to scheduling the 4th Semester Peformance Proficiency Exam)
4th Semester Performance Proficiency Exam
Proficiency Requirements:
Piano Proficiency Exam (PPE) 1
Rhythmic Perception Exam (RPE) 1
48 Recital Attendance Credits 1
4th Semester Performance Proficiency Exam 2
Scale Proficiency Exam 1
Pass MU 215 Theory I (w/C or better) 1
Pass MU 217 Aural Skills I (w/C or better) 1
Pass Junior Recital Jury and present Junior Recital
Pass Senior Rectial and present Senior Recital

Students must complete all proficiency requirements prior to taking 4th Semester Performance Proficiency Exam.


4th Semester Performance Proficiency Exam: Students who pass can enroll in upper division lessons, ensembles and music classes.