Students who enter the BA in Music track come from diverse musical backgrounds, but along the way they developed an interest in, and passion for, composition, theory or the history of music. The first year of study primarily focuses on elevating a student's existing knowledge of music fundamentals (history and theory), which provides a strong foundation for all 300- and 400-level courses, independent study projects and one-on-one mentoring with faculty advisors. Our undergraduate majors regularly go on to graduate school at other prestigious universities, later building careers as leading researchers, scholars and educators in their disciplines.
Below outlines the broad structure of the program with foundational courses in years one and two, followed by a mix of required and elective courses in the creative, scholarly, and performance areas. Finally, as a capstone requirement, students must complete a one-semester music internship during their final year in the program.
BA students who wish to continue applied music study on their instrument may audition for non-major or fee-based lessons.
The following is the approved normal course of study for students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. In all cases a student's particular program should be determined in consultation with his or her academic advisor. There are 52-58 total required credit hours in music for this degree.
Note: Two semesters of 2cr. applied lessons, ensemble or chamber music counts towards one semester of music elective course credit.
The internship requirement is unique to the BA and offers students the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom, explore career interests and build professional networks. The internship may include on or off campus work, teaching, administering, organizing or performing and will be overseen by a full-time faculty member in the Department of Music. In contrast to the MusB (BM) performance major, BA students will have increased flexibility in their third and fourth years to pursue a mix of courses or to concentrate on performance or additional creative and scholarly studies in music history, composition and music theory.
Get in touch with Professor Eric Huebner, Undergraduate Studies Director