College of Fine & Performing Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Bachelor of Arts

The Music B.A provides a general liberal arts education that focuses on music. This program is designed for students to get an overall education within music while allowing them to pursue other minors and majors. Students can expect to gain a thorough knowledge of music theory, aural skills (ear training), keyboarding and music history, as well as participate in major ensembles, chamber ensembles, and weekly individual lessons.

This program allows for individual preferences in intensifying studies in certain aspects of music and broadening the scope of academic pursuits. Students in the Music BA program frequently complete studies in such fields as Theatre, Business, Science,  Mathematics or one of the languages.

Curriculum and Graduation Timeline

The Bachelor of Music (BMus) degrees are designed around our sequential core curriculum that takes approximately three years to complete.  In this case, the BA 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, MUS 123A (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 reach 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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