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 technology or other areas.

It includes the general education 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
  • Functional Class Piano II: MUS 222 
  • 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
  • Guitar Majors (major instrument is guitar): Classical Guitar Ensemble for a minimum of four terms; Classical Guitar Ensemble or other ensemble for each additional term on campus; encouraged to perform in more than one ensemble each term.
  • Two courses from: MUS 335, 395, or 396
  • One course from: MUS 215, 310, 318 or THE 314
  • MUS 492 Independent Study and Research (degree capstone course)

Individual Focus Courses

At least four courses in any one concentration determined by the student and their faculty advisor. Concentrations can include music courses, non-music courses, or a combination of both (but not applied lessons or ensembles). Focus might include music technology, music history/literature, foreign language, or any other area of particular interest to the student.

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