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Music, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Special requirements

Students in the Bachelor of Arts program must earn Level IV on a single instrument to fulfill their graduation requirements.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music is designed for students who want a degree that combines a breadth of general studies with a major in music. Included are courses in basic theory, aural skills, applied performance, music history and foreign language, as well as restricted music electives, free electives and a minor in an area other than music.

Degree requirements for Music, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

Students will

  • Demonstrate performance skills
  • Demonstrate musicianship
  • Acquire supporting competencies
  • Develop artistic/intellectual mission
General Education requirements Credits
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
   
Additional School of the Arts requirements (27-35 credits)  
Foreign language through the 102 level (by course or placement) 0-8
General education courses from the College of Humanities and Sciences 9
Minor selected from one of the established programs or a planned coherent series of studies approved by a music department advisory committee 18
   
Major requirements (58 credits)  
APPL 311-314 Applied Lessons (principal performing medium) 8
APPM 173-174 or 273-274 Keyboard Skills 2
APPM 199 Recital/Convocation Attendance (four semesters) 0
APPM 299 Master Class (four semesters) 0
APPM 381 Conducting 2
APPM 492 Senior Project: Portfolio Review (capstone) 1
MHIS 120 Introduction to World Musical Styles 3
MHIS 145-146, 245-246 Theory and Aural Skills I-IV 16
MHIS 321, 322 Music History I, II 6
Ensemble requirement (audition may be required) 6
Select from the following options:  
APPM 355 Orchestra  
APPM 356 Symphonic Winds  
APPM 357 University Band  
APPM 358 Commonwealth Singers  
APPM 359 Choral Arts Society  
APPM 360 Jazz Orchestra  
APPM 361 Small Jazz Ensemble  
APPM 363 Flute Choir  
APPM 364 Guitar Ensemble  
APPM 367 Piano Ensemble  
APPM 368 Woodwind Ensemble  
APPM 369 Percussion Ensemble  
APPM 371 String Chamber Music  
APPM 372 Brass Ensemble  
APPM 377 Vocal Chamber Ensemble  
APPM 378 Women’s Chorus  
Music electives 14
Select from APPL 310 Applied Lessons (limit two semesters), APPM 365 or 366 Aural Skills V or VI, and any MHIS or MUSC 300- and 400-level courses not otherwise required in the curriculum.  
   
Open electives (6 - 14 credits) 6-14
   
Total minimum requirements 120

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Emphasis within B.A. in Music

The B.A. in Music degree offers students the flexibility to create an emphasis in a specific area of music, such as performance, music history and literature, music business, or theory and composition. Such an emphasis may be created through elective choice, selecting among applied performance credits and restricted music electives, possibly in combination with the chosen minor field of study. For further information, students should consult the Department of Music Undergraduate Student Handbook and their music adviser.

Applied music achievement levels

Eight achievement levels have been established for applied instrumental and vocal study. These levels are explicit in terms of expected repertoire, musicianship/style, technique and sight-reading. While freshmen normally earn Level I at their first semester juries, transfer students may be awarded a higher level based on their entrance auditions. B.A. students must earn Level IV on a single instrument to fulfill their graduation requirements.