Dec 01, 2020  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Degree Programs

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi offers three distinct degree programs, a minor in music, and a minor in music industry.


Music, BA  

Music, BM with EC-12 Teacher Certification  

Performance (Instrumental), BM  

Performance (Voice), BM  


The mission of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Department of Music is to assist students in the development of their aural, aesthetic, and analytical capacities in music. This mission is accomplished within a nurturing, student-centered environment where faculty and students strive together for attainment of the following program goals:

  1. To prepare music majors for successful professional careers in music education, studio teaching, music industry, and performance;
  2. To provide music courses for all students that will acquaint them with fundamental music skills, various musical styles, historical periods and literature, the functions of music in the community, and to provide opportunities to participate in the live performance of music;
  3. To encourage students to be continually aware of music as an art form, and to seek opportunities for creative experiences and personal enrichment that are inherent in the study, performance, and production of music; and
  4. To contribute to the artistic and cultural life of the community by providing public concerts and recitals, and other forms of appropriate musical involvement of faculty and students.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Music Courses Designed Specifically for Non-Majors

Music course offerings of special interest to students majoring in fields outside music include various kinds of ensemble experience; MUSI 1302 Non-major Class Piano I , MUSI 1303 Basic Guitar I , MUSI 1306 Understanding and Enjoying Music , MUSI 1310 History of Rock and Roll , MUSI 3310 History of Jazz , MUSI 2302 Non-major Class Piano II , MUSI 2303 Basic Guitar II , MUSI 3334 Music Cultures of the World , and MUSI 3370 Class Voice .

Admission to Music Degree Programs

Degree-seeking music majors are expected to perform at increasingly higher levels of technical and artistic performance throughout the course of undergraduate study. Assessment of growth in performance is accomplished at the final examination for each semester of Principal Studio enrollment. This consists of a performance before a jury committee composed of music faculty members. Jury committees are charged with two tasks: first, they recommend an advisory jury grade to each student’s studio teacher, and second, they determine if students will pass to the next course in the studio sequence. In order to avoid a situation in which a student attempts the pursuit of a music degree for which there is little or no practical hope of success, the following procedures governing admission to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi music degree programs are closely followed.

All music majors share a common first-year music course enrollment, consisting of Musicianship I and II, Aural Training I and II, Class Piano I and II, First Year Principal Applied Studio I and II, and an appropriate major ensemble. The jury examination for First Year Principal Applied Studio II will serve as an application audition for the Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music with Teacher Certification. Jury committees will approve applications based upon the jury performance and recommendation of the student’s principal studio instructor. Because the Bachelor of Arts program is more broadly focused and not as dependent upon performance, students who are not accepted into the Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music with Teacher Certification programs may continue with the BA. Transfer students who have completed two or more semesters of principal studio at another institution should audition for admission to the BM or BMTC degrees at auditions held during the first week of classes each semester for that purpose. Students may attempt to qualify for the Bachelor of Music or the Bachelor of Music with Teacher Certification program only twice.

Ensemble Participation and Requirements

  1. Every full-time music major must enroll, participate and receive a passing grade in a major ensemble every semester except the clinical teaching semester.
  2. Major ensemble requirements must be satisfied in the following ways:
  • A student in any instrumental music degree program whose major instrument is a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument must register for MUEN 1123 Symphonic Winds  and/or MUEN 1124 Concert Orchestra  as assigned by the instrumental ensemble directors and the applied teacher, based on auditions as required.
  • A student in any instrumental music degree program whose major instrument is an orchestral stringed instrument must register for MUEN 1124 Concert Orchestra .
  • A student in any vocal/choral/general music degree program must register for MUEN 1151 University Singers  as assigned by the choral ensemble director and the applied music teacher, based on auditions as required.
  • Pianists or guitarists in instrumental music degree normally enroll in MUEN 1151 University Singers  to fulfill the ensemble requirement. If they play a wind band or orchestral instrument well enough, they may enroll in concert band or orchestra instead.

3. Exceptions to these policies will be made only with the approval of the student’s applied teacher, the Department Chair and the appropriate ensemble director.