All music majors are required to demonstrate competence in writing (W) by the end of the junior year. In addition, all music majors must demonstrate competence in oral communication skills (S) by the time of graduation. For B.M.E. degree students, S certification is earned through student teaching.

Students in the School of Music, with the exception of those enrolled in the five-year double degree program, are not required to demonstrate competency in quantitative reasoning (Q).

Music majors in the College of Liberal Arts (working on the B.A. degree) must demonstrate competence in writing (W), quantitative reasoning (Q), and oral communication skills (S).