School of Music

BA in Music

This degree program is designed to provide the opportunity for a scholarly study of music to meet the needs of those who wish to obtain a liberal arts education with an emphasis on music and those who plan to do graduate work in music. The program aims to instill a thorough understanding of music and its relationship to contemporary society. The study of music history and theory is central in this curriculum. Sufficient flexibility is built into the program to allow the individual student to establish areas of emphasis both in music and in the arts and sciences.

The minimum number of credits required for the degree is 120.

Music CORE 29 creditsCredits
Music Theory and Aural Skills (16) 
     MUT 100 Music Theory and Aural Skills 14
     MUT 101 Music Theory and Aural Skills 24
     MUT 200 Music Theory and Aural Skills 34
     MUT 201 Music Theory and Aural Skills 44
Music History (9) 
     MUH 105 Multi-Cultural Perspectives of American Popular Music and Jazz3
     MUH 222 Music History Survey 13
     MUH 223 Music History Survey 23
Functional Piano (4) 
     MUS 150 Piano Class 11
     MUS 151 Piano Class 21
     MUS 250 Piano Class 3 
          or MUS 252 Jazz Piano Class 11
     MUS 251 Piano Class 4 
          or MUS 253 Jazz Piano Class 21
  
Applied Music 4 credits required 
     Private Lessons (4 semesters +)4
     4 credits of private lessons required; up to 12 additional credits may be taken as electives 
     MUS 442 Recital Class (8 semesters)0
The University will subsidize up to a total of 16 credit hours of
applied music lessons for a B.A. music student.
  
Ensembles 4 credits required 
     8 semesters of ensemble; may include chamber music. Additional credits may be taken as electives 4
  
Additional Music Classes 28 credits 
  
     MUS 332 Counterpoint3
     MUS 330 Form and Analysis3
     MUS 480 Bibliography and Research in Music3
     MUS 320 Seminar in Music History3
     MUS 499 Thesis Project4
     Music Electives, may include applied music and/or ensemble credits12
  
Additional Non-music Electives, including language study 28
          Bachelor of Arts students must achieve second-year proficiency
          in one foreign language. This may be achieved by examination for no
          academic credit.

Admission to all degree programs in music is based on the following criteria:

  1. Performance audition on the applicant's major instrument.
  2. Tests of aural comprehension, rhythmic recitation, and sight singing administered individually by a member of the staff.
  3. A diagnostic written test of music fundamentals, including intervals, scales, chords, and key signatures.

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