Sep 29, 2022
The Bachelor of Arts with a major in music provides for the study of music within a liberal arts framework. It is recommended that students who enroll in this program exhibit a high level of performance proficiency, as well as the commitment to develop this proficiency to the highest levels. While the BA program is intended to have some scholarly freedom with regard to class choices, the music faculty strongly recommends developing a path of study that will purposely and fully prepare students for an ever changing and increasingly challenging market. It is recommended that BA students choose elective courses in consultation with their academic advisors that could include emphases, such as:
Performance – Students focus on developing a high level of artistic performing abilities in their chosen area–instrument or voice.
Composition - Students focus on developing a unique creative voice through the acquisition of skills essential to music composition in all genres.
This major fulfills the E and L areas of the REAL Curriculum. Students develop relevant skills to the music major through music coursework (Humanistic or Artistic Expression) by integrating methods/techniques and areas of inquiry in music that explore the human experience and Applied Learning by incorporating skills immediately applicable to the performance of music. Students need majors and/or minors to fulfill the R and A areas to complete the REAL Curriculum requirements.
REAL Foundational Requirements
Foundational Writing (3 Credits)
Foundational Math (3 credits)
REAL Cornerstone Requirements
Writing Intensive (WI) Courses (6 credits)
Writing Intensive courses are denoted with a (WI). Two writing intensive courses are required to graduate, with at least one at the 300- or 400-level.
General Education Requirements
General Education courses will be denoted below with a (GE). Students are required to take at least 30 credit hours of general education designated courses within their degree requirements. The Bachelor of Arts in Music includes 11 general education credits.
Major Requirements (55-57 credits)
B.A. Degree Requirements (6-8 credits)
The Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of the B.A. language requirements described here .
Music Core (49 credits)
Applied Music (12 credits)
Students must complete twelve (12) credits of applied music (minimum)
- 6 semesters of applied music
Music Theory (19 credits)
Music History (9 credits)
Additional Degree Requirements
To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, students must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA and a 2.5 GPA in the major. Major courses are defined as courses with the MUSC, MUSE, and MUSH prefixes.
Open Credit Hours (63-65 credits)
These credits can be used to fulfill additional courses, majors, minors, and/or REAL Curriculum requirements, including Foundational Writing and Foundational Math.
Total Credits Needed for Degree (120)