Music (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts curriculum is designed for students who want to develop their musical knowledge and ability while obtaining a broad liberal arts education. It provides students with the academic and musical prerequisites necessary for continuing graduate study in such fields as music theory, musicology and ethnomusicology.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts program are satisfied by

  1. general requirements for admission to the University;
  2. a successful audition on a principal instrument or voice.

Candidates for this degree must complete a minimum of 120 credits including satisfaction of the University General Education requirementsCollege degree requirements, and Bachelor of Arts curriculum requirements listed below. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must also fulfill the foreign language requirement.


General Education Requirements: All students in the B.A. program must elect MUH 1345 to satisfy the Global Learning Inquiry requirement.

Music Requirements (47 – 48 Total Credits)

Piano Competency, Applied Music, and Ensembles
MUA 1795Piano Skills I2
MUA 2795Piano Skills II2
Four terms of appropriate MUP: private instruction in principal instrument or voice. See Principal and Secondary Private Instruction Courses for courses.4
Select four terms of ensemble (must be elected concurrently with MUP private instruction) from the following:4
MUA 2800University Bands1
MUA 2810University Symphony Orchestra1
MUA 2820Jazz Big Band1
MUA 2822Jazz Guitar Ensemble1
MUA 2840Choral Union1
MUA 2850Concert Chorale1
General Lectures and Concerts
MUA 0900General Lectures and Concerts (four terms)0
Music History, Theory and Technology
MUH 3310Music History and Literature I3
MUH 3320Music History and Literature II3
MUH 3330Music History and Literature III3
MUT 1140Theory I3
MUT 1150Ear Training I1
MUT 1160Theory II3
MUT 1170Ear Training II1
MUT 2140Theory III3
MUT 2150Ear Training III1
MUT 2160Theory IV3
MUT 2170Ear Training IV1
MUT 5997Analytical Techniques3
MUA 2500Music Technology3
Music Elective
Select one of the following:2-3
MUA 3670Conducting Techniques I2
MUH 3360Jazz History3
MUH 5300Music Research3
MUT 2100Counterpoint2
MUT 5085History of Theory3
MUT 5220Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis3
MUT 5240Analysis of Twentieth-Century Music3
MUT 5200Special Topics in Theory3
B.A. Project
Select one of the following:2
MUA 4990BA Project2
MUH 4990BA Project2
MUT 4990BA Project2
Total Credits81-82