1st Year Enrollment Worksheet

This worksheet is a planning tool and enrollment guide for use when you enroll for your first semester.

How to Use this Worksheet:

  1. Review the recommended courses for your major and Madison Foundations GenEd requirements for your first semester. Build your schedule around recommended courses first.
  2. There may be courses that are required for your major, but are optional for the first semester. These appear in a green section. If you do not enroll in the optional courses your first semester, you will do so in a later semester.
  3. Use the GenEd Planner to identify additional courses to add to your schedule to create a full schedule.

Save and/or print this worksheet to use as a guide when you enroll in classes. 
When printing this worksheet, only selected courses will display.

Music -  BM

NOTE: Entry into the Bachelor of Music is by audition, and the notes below apply ONLY to students who have been offered admission to the music major.

Departmental Recommendations:

  1. Refer to the MyMadison tutorialsfor directions on how to search for, add, and create your class schedule using schedule planner. Schedule planner will help you generate all possible schedules given your class selections.
  2. Begin by planning for MUAP 301 (Assigned Ensemble). See the ensembles section below for further instructions.
  3. Next, add two general education classes. Music education majors should take WRTC 103 and EDUC 102E. Other concentrations should take WRTC 103 plus any other Madison Foundations course. See "1st Semester Madison Foundations Requirement” in the table below for further instructions.
  4. Next, add your core music classes: recital attendance, music theory, aural skills, keyboard skills (see these sections in the table below for important notes)
  5. Next, add any of the 1st semester course options that apply to you (see the green table below)
  6. Finally, add your lessons (MUAP 300) for 2 credits with your studio teacher
  7. Your schedule should be between 14-17 credits during your initial enrollment period, depending on your concentration. Note that you cannot enroll in more than 17 credits during your initial enrollment period. If you need additional classes beyond 17 credits, you may wait to add lessons or ensembles until open enrollment begins in August.
Placement Exams:

Your placement exam scores identify the appropriate course level based on your current skills. Video Tutorial: Locating your JMU scores

ALEKS Math Assessment Score: You need to know your math assessment score to determine your math placement for the 1st-semester or a future semester. After completion of the math assessment, enter your score in the field below so you have this information available if you are required to take a math course your 1st-semester. If a math course is required in the 1st-semester, it will be identified in the major recommendations section below. If math is not listed, you will take math in a future semester. The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in a course other than your placement recommendation.

My ALEKS Score:

Foreign Language Placement Score: You also need to know your JMUFL foreign language placement score to determine the appropriate placement level. The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in a course other than your placement recommendation.

My JMUFL Score:

Major Recommendations for the 1st Semester

All Bachelor of Music students must audition for ensemble placement. The course code for all assigned ensembles is MUAP 301, and you’ll enroll in the section whose topic lists the ensemble you’re placed in. Some majors will wait to enroll in ensembles until after auditions occur, while others should enroll in a particular ensemble now as stated in the list below. If you are someone who should wait, please schedule a “break” in the schedule planner during the ensemble listed below. This will tell the schedule planner not to schedule other classes during that time. If you are planning to audition for an ensemble not listed below, you may wish to schedule a break in your schedule for that ensemble's time as well.

  • Pianists:enroll in Collaborative Piano if indicated to you by piano area, otherwise enroll now in University Chorus, selecting the appropriate section for your voice type (tenor/bass or soprao/alto)
  • Vocalists:enroll in University Chorus, selecting the appropriate section for your voice type (tenor/bass or soprano/alto)
  • Guitarists:enroll in Guitar Ensemble
  • Strings:schedule a break during Chamber Orchestra
  • Wind/Brass:You may be placed in Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, or Wind Symphony. It's not possible to hold all of those times in your schedule, so do your best to keep at least one of those open in your schedule.
  • Percussion:your other placement is typically in Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, or Symphonic Band. It's not workable to schedule breaks during all of those times, so for now just do your best not to schedule classes during at least one of those times. You will also enroll in MUAP 354 (percussion ensemble).
  • Music education (winds, brass, percussion only):enroll in MUAP 237 (Marching Band)
  • Jazz: you’ll do a single audition for jazz band/ensemble, and there’s a separate audition you can choose to do for jazz combos. If you’re a wind player, you can try to keep the Jazz Band slot open. If you play something else, spots are very limited, so we would recommend planning on one of the classical ensembles as recommended above.

Note that this is not a complete list of ensembles in the School of Music

  • University Chorus: Tenor / Bass (M/W 4:10 - 5:25)
  • Treble Chamber Choir (T/TH 3:55 - 5:10)
  • University Chorus Soprano / Alto (M/W 4:10 - 5:25)
  • Marching Band (T/W/TH/F 6:00PM - 7:30PM) (2 credit hours)
  • Concert Band (T/TH 2:20 - 3:35)
  • Symphonic Band (T/TH 12:45 - 2:00)
  • Chamber Orchestra (T/Th 12:45-2:00)
  • Symphony Orchestra (M 3:00 - 3:50, T/TH 2:20 - 3:35)
  • Wind Symphony (M 4:10-5:00 and W/F 4:10 - 5:25)
  • Jazz Ensemble (M 5:45 - 6:35 & T/TH 3:55 - 5:10)
  • Jazz Band (T/TH 3:55 - 5:10)
  • Brass Band (M/W 12:40 - 1:30 & F 12:40 - 2:35PM)
  • Guitar Ensemble (W 3:25-5:25)
  • MUAP 354: Percussion Ensemble (M/W/F 12:40 - 1:30)
  • Collaborative Piano (M/W/F 12:40 - 1:30)




If you do not have credit for writing through AP, IB, CIE, or dual enrollment enroll in WRTC 103 for the fall semester.

If you have credit for WRTC 103, then choose another gen ed from another cluster following the Gen Ed planner, but note: don't take anything from C2VPA, and music education students will take PSYC 160 from C5SD

  • WRTC 103: Rhetorical Reading and Writing

Recital Attendance:

All Bachelor of Music students must attend a minimum of 10 approved recitals each semester for four semesters. This class allows you to track your attendance. The timeslot it holds in your schedule will be used for studio classes, guest artist visits, and other events (please don't schedule over top of it).

  • MUS 195: Recital Attendance

Music Theory:

Take the online diagnostic test through Canvas before you enroll in music theory courses. Log on to Canvas and click on the course called “Music Theory Placement Test.” If you cannot see this course, please contact Dr. John Peterson (peter2jr@jmu.edu). If the results of your test indicate you should take MUS 141 (Foundations), then please enroll in that class. If not, you may enroll in any of the other courses listed in the column to the right. Note that MUS 241 (Diatonic & Chromatic harmony) should be taken at some time during the first year (either Fall or Spring). First year students typically take 1 theory course during their Fall semester.

Enroll only if diagnostic suggests it:

  • MUS 141: Foundations

Other courses:

  • MUS 241: Diatonic & Chromatic Harmony
  • MUS 252: Analysis of Music 1900-1950
  • MUS 253: Analysis of Music 1950-now
  • MUS 254: Form & Analysis of Popular Music

Aural Skills:

Enroll in MUS 143 regardless of what music theory class you enroll in. If you earned an aural subscore of 5 on the AP Theory Test, you do not need to take MUS 143.

  • MUS 143: Aural Skills 1

Keyboard Skills:

Pianists should not enroll in keyboard skills (you will take MUS 303A in Fall of your Sophomore year). All others should enroll in MUS 100. 

If you have strong keyboarding skills and think you can test into Keyboard Skills 3, you may contact your first-year advisor to request a placement test during Summer Springboard. Enroll in MUS 100 anyway for now so that you have it scheduled just in case.

  • MUS 100: Keyboard Skills I

Applied Lessons:

Enroll in the MUAP 300 section that has your studio teacher as instructor. Please be sure you enroll for 2 credit hours.

  • MUAP 300: Applied Music Lesson (2 credits)
1st Semester Madison Foundations Requirement:

Select ONE course from EITHER the Critical Thinking section OR the Human Communications section for your 1st-semester. You will take a course from the other area in your second semester. The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in both a Human Communications and a Critical Thinking course in the 1st-semester.

Critical Thinking: (select one)

Students should take Critical Thinking in a discipline different from their major to experience alternative ways of analyzing evidence, making arguments, and solving problems. Critical Thinking courses are not introductions to the major: for example, BUS 160 is not a Business major class. It is for majors in other fields such as History and Music.

  • BUS 160: Business Decision-Making in a Modern Society
  • EDUC 102: Critical Questions in Education
  • HIST 150: Critical Issues in Recent Global History
  • ISAT 160: Problem-Solving Approaches in Science and Technology
  • PHIL 120: Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 150: Ethical Reasoning
  • SMAD 150: Mediated Communication: Issues and Skills

Human Communications: (select one)

  • SCOM 121: Human Communication - Presentations
  • SCOM 122: Human Communication - Individual Presentations
  • SCOM 123: Human Communication - Group Presentations
Optional 1st Semester Courses:

Below are courses taken only by certain concentration.

Music Education:
Music education majors should do their best to take EDUC 102E in the first year. We recommend trying to take it in the first semester if possible. Wind, Brass & Percussion Majors ONLY: Enroll in MUAP 237

  • EDUC 102E: Critical Questions in Education (3 credit hours)
  • MUAP 237: Marching Band (2 credit hours) - Wind, Brass & Percussion Majors ONLY

Enroll in MUS 352 only if you have been officially accepted into the composition studio (do not enroll if you are planning to be a composer, but have not yet been accepted)

  • MUS 352: Music Composition

Enroll in MUS 120

  • MUS 120: Diction for Singers I (1 credit hour)


  1. Enroll in MUAP 354.
  2. Keep MWF 11:15AM - 12:05PM time block free.
  • MUAP 354: Percussion Ensemble (1 credit hour)

Please consult with piano faculty members to determine whether or not you should take the Collaborative Piano section of MUAP 301 as your ensemble. If you do, it counts as your ensemble. If you don't, you should enroll in a MUAP 301 section of choir.

  • MUAP 301: Collaborative Piano

Music Industry:
You may take MUI 221 in either the Fall or Spring semester, however we recommend it for the Spring.

  • MUI 221: Survey of Music Industry
General Education Courses

Complete the schedule planning process by using the General Education Planner below to identify courses to add to your schedule to create a full schedule of 14 - 17 credit hours. The number of GenEd courses you need to add from the list below is major dependent. Based on the required courses above, some majors will only need to add one GenEd course from the list below while others may need to add three GenEd courses to create a full schedule.


  • Madison Foundations - Writing: If you do not have AP, IB, CIE or dual enrollment credit for WRTC 103, we encourage you enroll your 1st-semester. If a WRTC 103 course is not available, you will enroll in the following semester.
  • The Natural World: Math courses are restricted to students in majors that require a math class in the 1st-semester. If your major requires math in the 1st-semester, it will be indicated above in the major recomendations area of this worksheet. If a math course is not identified above, your advisor will discuss your math placement score and math recommendation for your major when you meet during Orientation.
  • American & Global Perspectives: This is an area where many students have earned credit through AP, IB, CIE or dual enrollment courses taken in high school. If you are waiting on test or grade results, we recommend you enroll in a GenEd course from a different area until you receive your results.
  • Sociocultural & Wellness Area: If you are waiting on test or grade results through AP, IB, CIE or dual enrollment courses taken in high school, we recommend you enroll in a GenEd course from a different area until you receive your results.

Modified GenEd Planner for 1st-Semester Use

Madison Foundations

Select ONE course from EITHER the Critical Thinking section OR the Human Communications section for your 1st-semester.

Critical Thinking
See the required section of this worksheet.

Human Communication
See the required section of this worksheet.

Writing (3 credit hours)
See the required section of this worksheet.

Sociocultural & Wellness Area

Wellness Domain (3 credit hours)
You may enroll in one of these classes, if available.

  • HTH 100: Personal Wellness
    15-hour physical activity requirement of your choice for the semester.
  • KIN 100: Lifetime Fitness and Wellness
    Lecture and a specific physical activity per course section. Read the TOPIC section of the class when enrolling to identify the fitness activity. Swim conditioning assumes students can already swim.

Sociocultural Domain (3 credit hours)
You may enroll in one of these classes, if available.

  • EDUC 175E: Learning, Behavior and Engagement in Context
  • PSYC 101: General Psychology
  • PSYC 160: Life Span Human Development
  • SOCI 140: Microsociology: The Individual in Society
  • WGSS 200: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
Arts and Humanities

Human Questions and Contexts (3 credit hours)
You may enroll in one of these classes, if available.

  • AMST 200: Introduction to American Studies
  • ANTH 205: Buried Cities and Lost Tribes
  • HIST 101: World History to 1500
  • HIST 102: World History since 1500
  • HUM 250: Foundations of Western Culture
  • HUM 251: Modern Perspectives
  • HUM 252: Global Cultures
  • LAXC 252: Intro to Latin American, Latinx and Carribean Studies
  • PHIL 101: Intro to Philosophy
  • REL 101: Religions of the World
  • REL 102: Religion, Spirituality, and the Meaning of Life

Visual and Performing Arts (3 credit hours)
This cluster area is fulfilled by MUS 206, a major requirement that fulfills this area of the GenEd program requirement. MSU 206 is offered in the spring semester.

Literature (3 credit hours)
You may enroll in one of these classes, if available.

  • ENG 221: Literature/Culture/Ideas
  • ENG 222: Genre(s)
  • ENG 235: Survey of English Literature: From Beowulf to the 18th Century
  • ENG 236: Survey of English Literature: 18th Century to Modern
  • ENG 239: Studies in World Literature
  • ENG 247: Survey of American Literature: From the Beginning to the Civil War
  • ENG 248: Survey of American Literature: From the Civil War to the Modern Period
  • ENG 260: Survey of African-American Literature
  • HUM 200: Great Works of Literature
The Natural World

Quantitative Reasoning
If a math course is required for your 1st-semester, it will be indicated above in the major recommendations section. Otherwise, math is not required for your major the 1st-semester.  You will enroll in a math class in a later semester based on your ALEKS score. Talk with your advisor about your ALEKS score during Orientation.

Physical Principles (3 credit hours, unless indicated)
You may enroll in one of these classes, if available.

  • ASTR 120: The Solar System
  • ASTR 121: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology
  • CHEM 120: Concepts of Chemistry
  • CHEM 131: General Chemistry (lab co-requisite CHEM 131L)
  • ENVT 101: Perspectives in Environmental Science
  • ISAT 100: Environmental and Energy Sustainability
  • ISAT 112: Environmental Issues in Science and Technology (lab included) - 4 cr hours
  • ISCI 101: Physics, Chemistry and the Human Experience
  • ISCI 172: Physical Science for Teachers (IdLS, some COE majors only)
  • PHYS 121: The Physical Nature of Light and Sound (lab included) - 4 cr hours
  • PHYS 140: College Physics I (lab co-requisite PHYS 140L)
  • PHYS 215: Energy and the Environment
  • PHYS 240: University Physics I (lab co-requisite PHYS 240L)

Natural Systems (3 credit hours, unless indicated)
You may enroll in one of these classes, if available. 

  • ANTH 196: Biological Anthropology (optional lab co-requisite ANTH 196L)
  • BIO 103: Contemporary Biology
  • BIO 140: Foundations of Biology I (lab co-requisite BIO 140L)
  • BIO 270: Human Physiology (lab co-requisite BIO 270L)
  • GEOL 102: Environment: Earth
  • GEOL 110: Physical Geology (lab co-requisite GEOL 110L)
  • GEOL 115: Earth Systems and Climate Change (lab co-requisite GEOL 115L)
  • GEOL 210: Applied Physical Geology
  • GEOL 211: Introduction to Oceanography
  • ISAT 113: Biotechnical Issues in Science & Technology (lab co-requisite ISAT 113L)
  • ISCI 171: Earth & Planetary Sciences for Teachers (IdLS, some COE majors only)

Lab Experience (1 credit hour, unless indicated)
You may enroll in one of these classes, if available.

  • ANTH 196L: Biological Anthropology Lab
  • BIO 140L: Foundations of Biology I Lab (take with BIO 140)
  • BIO 270L: Human Physiology Lab (take with BIO 270)
  • CHEM 131L: General Chemistry Lab (take with CHEM 131)
  • GEOL 110L: Physical Geology Lab (take with GEOL 110)
  • GEOL 115L: Earth Systems and Climate Change Lab (take with GEOL 115)
  • ISAT 113L: Biotechnical Issues in Science & Technology Lab (take with ISAT 113)
  • ISCI 104: Scientific Perspectives (IdLS, some COE majors only)
  • ISCI 173: Life & Environmental Science for Teachers (COE students only, 3 credits)
  • PHYS 140L: General Physics Lab I (take with PHYS 140)
  • PHYS 240L: University Physics Lab I (take with PHYS 240)
American & Global Perspectives

The American Experience (4 credit hours)
If you are waiting for AP, IB, CIE or dual enrollment credit for history or government, do not enroll until you have received your results.

The Global Experience (3 credit hours)
You may enroll in one of these classes, if available.

  • AAAD 200: Introduction to African American and Diaspora Studies
  • ANTH 195: Cultural Anthropology
  • ECON 200: Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • GEOG 200: Geography: The Global Dimension
  • HM 225E: Tourism in a Global Context
  • POSC 200*: Global Politics
  • SOCI 110: Social Issues in a Global Context

*POSC 200 and POSC 225 cannot both be used to satisfy this area.

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