BA – Music


The Bachelor of Arts in Music with no emphasis is ideal for students looking for comprehensive study in music and is well suited to students looking to pursue a dual degree. While still requiring intensive study in music history, theory and aural skills, applied lessons, and ensemble work, this degree offering allows for a more flexible schedule. The Bachelor of Arts in Music thoroughly prepares students wishing to pursue graduate degrees in music, as well.

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in music has undergone a significant curricular revision that allows students to pursue their desire to study music and at the same time pursue other academic interests, including majors or minors in other departments and programs within the University.

Applied Lessons

Applied Music, listed in the university catalog as MUSI 1222 and MUSI 3222, consists of private study of an instrument or voice with a member of the Department of Music faculty. The student’s major determines the number of credits of Applied Music taken each semester. Some undergraduate degrees require the student to progress to upper division performance status. Admission to upper division performance status is achieved by passing a promotional jury, typically taken at the end of the sophomore year.

As with all lessons, the main emphasis is on performing. Lessons will address technical and musical skills in order to improve the student’s performance ability and understanding. Musical analysis, history, and other musical skills learned in the course of the student’s academic career may be applied during Applied Music, thereby elevating the student’s musical awareness.

Students pursuing the BA in Music are required to take six semesters of MUSI 1222 for two credits each. MUSI 3222 is optional.