Department of Music

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Membership In Ensembles

Ensemble Requirements

Music majors in the B.M.E. and B.A. programs are required to participate in one large ensemble in their major area of study throughout each semester of residency (except the directed teaching internship semester).

Music majors in the B.M. program are required to participate in one large ensemble and one minor ensemble in their major area of study throughout each semester of residency.

Only one large ensemble per semester may count toward degree requirements. Only one minor ensemble per semester may count toward degree requirements for B.M. degree candidates.

All instrumental music majors are required to enroll in the ‘Fighting Okra’ Pride of the Delta Marching Band each fall semester.

Scholarship recipients and music majors may have further participation requirements.

Refer to Music Degree Ensemble Requirements chart below for qualifying ensembles.

Exceptions to the policy must be approved by the Department Chair.

Revised 9/1/12

Music Degree Ensemble Requirements

Degree Plan Major Area of Study Degree      Emphasis/Track Major Ensemble Minor Ensemble
Bachelor of Music Education    Instrumental Wind/Percussion Marching Band-Fall

Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band-Spring

Instrumental Piano Marching Band-Fall

Wind Ensemble,     Symphonic Band-Spring

Vocal Voice Chorale or Singers
Vocal Piano Chorale or Singers
Bachelor of Music Instrumental Performance Marching Band- Fall

Wind Ensemble,    Symphonic Band-Spring

Jazz Band, Instrumental Small Ensembles (MUS 384/5/6))
Vocal Performance Chorale or Singers Chamber Singers, Music Theater Workshop
Piano Performance Chorale or Marching Band, Wind Ensemble Collaborative Piano
Bachelor of Arts Instrumental Liberal Arts Marching Band-Fall

Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band-Spring

Vocal Liberal Arts Chorale Or Singers
Piano Liberal Arts Chorale or Singers or Marching Band-Fall

Chorale or Singers or Wind Ensemble or      Symphonic Band-Spring

Revised 9/1/09

Elective Ensemble Policy

      Number of Ensembles

Allowed  computing GPA

Overall GPA (ensemble)

Grades are deleted when

Other Requirements
1-3 NONE NONE
4 Above 2.5 NONE
5 Above 3.0 (See Below)

Approval from the student’s advisor, the student’s applied teacher, the student’s major ensemble director, and the departmental chairman required for a student to participate in 5 ensembles.  This approval shall be based on the student’s overall GPA and the student’s progress in their course of study.  The student must be on schedule with the curriculum for his particular degree program.