Bachelor of Arts in Music

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. 


Learn more about this major

Sample first-year schedule

Fall, Winter, and Spring:

  • Music Theory (2 cr)
  • Aural Skills (1 cr)
  • Keyboarding Skills (1 cr)
  • Applied Lessons (1-2 cr)
  • Major Ensemble (2 cr)
  • GUR/other minor-major courses
Two violin players

Graduation and curriculum 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. 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.

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. 

Looking for more information?

If you have any questions, we're happy to find you an answer. Call the Music Department Office 360-650-3130, or view the directory of faculty and staff.