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Performance: Bassoon Emphasis

Bachelor of Music

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The program trains students for careers as professional musicians -- performers in classical or jazz music, and composers. After completing the basic curriculum, the student chooses an area of specialization. Students may specialize in composition, jazz, a keyboard instrument, string/harp, guitar, voice, wind instrument, or percussion. They train in solo performance, coached ensemble, and conducted ensemble.

  • Major Details

  • Four-Year Plan

  • AZ Transfer Course Equivalents

  • Career Planning

Major Details

College: College of Fine Arts
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Website:web.cfa.arizona.edu
Math Required:

General

    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
General
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: Yes
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search beginning in 2011 for many degree plans. Please choose your catalog year in the drop down to view the sequence for your catalog year. If you are unsure of your catalog year, please check UAccess or speak with your academic advisor. The 4-year plan listed is a planning tool only. Please refer to your Academic Advising Report, SmartPlanner, Academic Catalog, and your academic advisor to ensure completion of degree requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENG 101 First Year Composition 3
MATH 105/110/PHIL 110 3
MUS 110A Piano Class 1
MUS 120A Musical Skills & Structure I 3
MUS 130A Introduction to Music Literature 2
MUS 200B, C, D, E, H, I, J, K, L, O, Q, R, or S 1
MUSI 185B Bassoon 4
2nd Semester
ENG 102 First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
MUS 110B Piano Class I 1
MUS 120B Musical Skills & Structure I 3
MUS 130B Introduction to Music Literature 2
MUS 200B, C, D, E, H, I, J, K, L, O, Q, R, or S 1
MUSI 185B Bassoon 4
3rd Semester
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
MUS 200B, C, D, E, H, I, J, K, L, O, Q, R, or S 1
MUS 201 Coached Ensemble 1
MUS 210A Piano Class 1
MUS 220A Musical Skills & Structure II 3
MUSI 285B Bassoon 4
4th Semester
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
MUS 200B, C, D, E, H, I, J, K, L, O, Q, R, or S 1
MUS 201 Coached Ensemble 1
MUS 210B Piano Class 1
MUS 220B Musical Skills & Structure II 3
MUSI 285B Bassoon 4
5th Semester
Tier I General Education 3
MUS 320 Form & Structure in 20th Century Music 3
MUS 330A History of Western Music 3
MUS 370 Introduction to Conducting 2
MUS 400D, E, H, I, J, K, L, O, Q, R, or S 1
MUS 401 Coached Ensemble 1
MUSI 385B Bassoon 4
6th Semester
Tier II General Education 3
Music Elective 2
MUS 330B History of Western Music 3
MUS 400D, E, H, I, J, K, L, O, Q, R, or S 1
MUS 401 Coached Ensemble 1
MUS 421 Orchestration 3
MUSI 385B Bassoon 4
7th Semester
Tier II General Education 3
MUS 400D, E, H, I, J, K, L, O, Q, R, or S 1
MUS 401 Coached Ensemble 1
MUS 410A Pedagogy 2
MUS 427A Careers in Music 2
MUSI 485B Bassoon 4
8th Semester
Tier II General Education 3
MUS 400D, E, H, I, J, K, L, O, Q, R, or S 1
MUS 401 Coached Ensemble 1
MUS 427B Careers in Music 2
MUS 498 Senior Capstone: Recital 1
MUSI 485B Basoon 4

AZ Transfer Course Equivalents

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit aztransfer.com

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Career Planning

The Performance major in the Bassoon concentration provides students with coursework in music theory, literature, history, and pedagogy, as well as intensive practice in orchestration; solo, coached, and conducted ensemble; and preparation for a capstone recital. In addition to pursuing bassoon performance as a live performance or recording artist, graduates may find work in education, music direction, arts promotion, or talent management. Performance, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields. This major does not restrict you to a specific field. The career fields most closely related to this major are competitive. Many individuals who graduate with bachelor’s degrees in this major establish paying careers in other fields.

Potential Career Areas

  • Instrumental performance
  • Classroom teaching
  • Music lessons
  • Arts promotion
  • Program coordination
  • Public relations

Sample Employers

  • Schools
  • Self-employment
  • Arts councils
  • Summer music programs
  • Nonprofit arts organizations
  • Performing arts centers
  • Theatre companies
  • Orchestras
  • Music stores
  • Marching bands

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Musician $15,891 - $44,179
Session Musician $26,000 - $95,000
Music Director $21,700 - $46,000
High School Music Teacher $35,000 - $53,200
Music Shop Manager $27,000 - $48,000
Public Relations Specialist, Performing Arts $21,000 - $60,000
Musical Instrument Repairer/Tuner $18,520 - $33,080
Arranger $16,750 - $41,270
Audience Development Director $18,000 - $50,000
Talent Director $32,100 - $68,400
Private Music Lesson Teacher $23,000 - $60,000
Music Critic $40,500 - $57,500

Sources of Information:  United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2010); DISCOVER (2011); Facts on File: Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center (2011); Economic Research Institute, Inc. (2012). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, contact Career Services: career@email.arizona.edu; www.career.arizona.edu.