B.A. in Music

The bachelor of arts in music degree is designed for students who wish to pursue studies in an individualized program in musicology, church music, music therapy, music technology or other areas.

It includes the Integrated Curriculum requirements, the music core, and additional courses in music and other fields. In the individual concentration, students may specialize in one area of music by taking music courses as electives, or they may pursue a broader program by including electives in other fields. The concentration includes a senior project as a capstone experience. Students wishing to pursue a performance degree enter the B.A. in Music program until they successfully pass the entrance audition for the performance degree.

B.A. in Music with an Individual Concentration

Music Courses

  • Music Attendance: MUS 100 (every term)
  • Music Theory: MUS 135, 136, 235, 236
  • Music History: MUS 343, 344
  • Applied music: six terms for credit in classical instruction on major instrument or voice
  • Band, Orchestra, or Choir: one each term, with or without credit

Jazz Band I may count as one of the major performing ensembles after four terms of Choir, Concert Band or Orchestra have been fulfilled, except for music education majors. Guitar majors may select classical guitar ensemble to fulfill this requirement. See specific degree programs for ensemble requirements.

  • Two courses from: MUS 335, 395, or 396
  • One course from: MUS 215, 310, 314 or 318
  • MUS 492 Independent Study and Research (senior capstone project)

Individual Focus Courses

Four courses in an area of specialization chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor. Students may choose to specialize in music technology, music history/literature, foreign language or some other area of particular interest to the student. These four courses must relate directly to the student’s area of specialization. They may include music and/or non-music courses, but not applied lessons, ensembles or other music core courses. Individual focus courses should be approved by the department before the end of the sophomore year.

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