May 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin 
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music BA

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The Bachelor of Arts in Music is a liberal arts program with a strong emphasis in music. It is a viable option for a double major. The orientation of the Music BA is toward a broad coverage of music rather than intensive concentration on a single specialization. However, an emphasis can be chosen. The Music BA may fulfill the requirements for entrance into a Master of Music program. Students ordinarily complete the program in 4 years.

Total Credits - 120

Ensemble - 8

  • 8 credits of ensemble (must be in a large instrumental or choral ensemble: University Singers, Chorale, Wind Symphony or Symphony Orchestra).
  • Keyboard focus (piano or organ): Must take 1 credit of   and 1 credit of   as part of 8 credits of ensemble. Remaining 6 credits must be taken in one of the large ensembles.

Performance - 8

Additional Requirements

  • A minimum of 4 credits in applied music must be taken as upper-division credits.
  • At least one course other than ensemble or applied music must be taken in residence.
  • Attendance required each semester in major area master classes.
  • Piano Proficiency.

Cognates - 4

General Education (Andrews Core Experience)

Students must fulfill all Bachelor’s Degree requirements listed in the Andrews Core Experience .

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will:

  • Exhibit effective technical and artistic skills in music performance of repertoire from a broad range of stylistic periods.
  • Learn and apply pedagogical methods, techniques and tools related to their area of expertise as appropriate to their degree track.
  • Demonstrate basic proficiency in the theoretical foundations of Western music through aural skills, analysis, composition, and improvisation.
  • Demonstrate understanding of music history—including the development of musical styles and the contextual forces that shaped their development, primarily in the context of Western music, but also to a basic extent in American and world music.
  • Hone critical thinking skills by consciously making informed interpretation choices, connecting theoretical and historical understanding to musical performance, and developing a personal and discerning philosophy of music.
  • Apprentice in a spirit of artistic community.

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