Advising & Degree Completion Planning


The Department of Music has developed a mandatory advising system to help music students
with their uniquely complex schedules. The department’s Advising Committee comprises
four faculty advisers and the Assistant to the Chair. Freshmen are required to meet
with their assigned adviser at least twice per semester.

Advising Checklists

  • Bachelor of Science in Music (DOC / PDF)
  • Composition (DOC / PDF)
  • Core Curriculum for New Students under 2017 Catalog (DOC / PDF)
  • Guitar Performance (DOC / PDF)
  • Instrumental Music Education (DOC / PDF)
  • Jazz/Commercial Composition (DOC / PDF)
  • Jazz/Commercial Performance (DOC / PDF)
  • Keyboard Performance (DOC / PDF)
  • Music Industry Minor (DOC / PDF)
  • Music Minor (DOC / PDF)
  • Vocal General Music Education (DOC / PDF)
  • Voice Performance (DOC / PDF)
  • Winds/Strings/Percussion Performance (DOC / PDF)

Degree Completion Planning

What is Degree Completion Planning?

Degree Completion Planning is a new advising process designed to more efficiently
map your path towards graduation.

What is an Individualized Degree Completion Plan (IDCP)?

An IDCP takes the Suggested Degree Completion Plan of your major (or concentration
or track) and personalizes it for your academic career given your unique needs, goals,
and aspirations. This plan could help you save time and money by highlighting a more
direct route towards degree completion and graduation.

Who needs to complete an IDCP?

Eventually, all Towson and University System of Maryland students will be required
to complete an IDCP. During the Fall 2014 semester, new transfer students and students
completing 45 credits by December 2014 will be the first group of students to create
these plans.

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How do I start to create an IDCP?

If you are a new transfer student or a student completing 45 credits by December 2014,
please follow the Degree Completion Plan Guidelines. A link to these guidelines and
to the IDCP form are in the related links on the right.

Who can help me?

An advisor in your department will help you with this plan.

How does creating an IDCP affect my advising hold?

Completing this plan will remove your advising/enrollment hold for Spring 2015.

Where are the Suggested Degree Completion Plans located?

The Suggested Degree Completion Plans are in the related links on the right or in
the TU online catalog under your major (or track or concentration).

Why is it called a Four Year Plan of Study?

The heading “Four Year Plan of Study” is a convenient label and neither indicates
nor promises that a major can be completed in four years. Transfer students may only
be at TU for two years. Double majors or art, music, and dance education majors may
need five years. Part time students may need more than five years. Consequently, it
is more accurate to think of your plan as a “degree completion” plan without a time

Why am I doing this?

Your IDCP is required by Maryland Senate Bill 740 (SB 740). SB 740 is the Career and
College Readiness and College Completion Act of 2013. It was signed into law May 2013
and requires all students to file an Individualized Degree Completion Plan.

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