College of Fine & Performing Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Bachelor of Arts

A liberal arts degree in music, including a basic core of study in music theory, aural skills, and history, along with private instruction and ensemble performance. At 60 credits, this program allows a student the flexibility to pursue an additional major or minor. 

Curriculum and Graduation Timeline

The B.A degree is designed around our sequential core curriculum that takes approximately three years to complete.  In this case, the B.A. can be completed within a four year timeline if started fall of the second year. Please note: This does not apply to all students and is dependent on each student’s incoming status, eligibility for placement exams, and academic progress within the department.

Please visit our university catalog for more detailed information regarding the Bachelor of Arts in Music.

Sample Schedule, First Year Student

Music Theory (2 cr) Music Theory (2 cr) Music Theory (2 cr)
Aural Skills (1 cr) Aural Skills (1 cr) Aural Skills (1 cr)
Keyboarding Skills (1 cr) Keyboarding Skills (1 cr) Keyboarding Skills (1 cr)
Applied Lessons (1-2 credits) Applied Lessons (1-2 credits) Applied Lessons (1-2 credits)
Major Ensemble (2 credits) Major Ensemble (2 credits) Major Ensemble (2 credits)
GUR/Other Minor-Major Courses GUR/Other Minor-Major Courses GUR/Other Minor-Major Courses

Double Majors

Students intending to double major should be prepared for possible scheduling conflicts with our core sequences. Once a student has reached the upper division courses, scheduling may be more flexible. Students should also be aware that completing a double major can lead to larger course loads each quarter, larger homework loads, scheduling conflicts, and potentially an extended graduation timeline. If a student is considering multiple degrees, we strongly encourage them to meet with advisors from each department to determine their quarterly course load, pre-requisite requirements and graduation timeline. 

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