Bachelor of Arts in Music
The Bachelor of Arts in Music offers a choice of two emphases. The BA-Music, Music Studies Emphasis is a desirable degree for those who wish to study music within a traditional liberal arts framework. The degree is appropriate for students who wish to engage in studies in arts management and marketing, music technology, musicology, and other academic music areas, or as instructors in private non-academic music studios. The BA-Music, Music Industry Emphasis is a desirable degree for those who wish to study music within a traditional liberal arts framework combined with studies in music business, recording technology, and related fields. The degree is appropriate for students who seek a basic, comprehensive knowledge and skills foundation for work and growth in the music industry.
A concentration or emphasis is a structured plan of study within a major. The number of semester hours for a concentration or emphasis varies, but is included within the semester hours for the major. Students pursuing the BA in Music will select an emphasis in either Music Studies or Music Industry.
Student Learning Outcomes
- have knowledge of music theory, history, literature, and culture
- be able to apply their knowledge through singing or performing on a musical instrument
- be able to apply critical thinking skills when hearing musical sounds
In addition, students undertaking the Music Industry Emphasis will:
- have a working knowledge of the operations of the music industry
- operate professional audio recording systems
Specific Degree Requirements
All music majors must meet all general University and College graduation requirements, including First Year Seminars, regardless of the following specific degree requirements, unless specifically excused. All music degrees require MUSI 1307 - Elements of Musical Style , which also meets the Core Curriculum Program Fine Arts requirement. Understanding and Enjoying Music (MUSI 1306 ) cannot count towards any degree requirement of the Bachelor of Arts in Music. No music coursework with a grade lower than “C” will be counted toward the completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Music, the Bachelor of Music with Teacher Certification, or the Bachelor of Music in Performance, with the following exception. In order to progress to the next level of applied principal lessons (MUAP courses), a student must earn at least an “A” or “B” in his/her lessons and also be recommended to advance by the jury committee. A student who does not advance to the next level of lessons, as recommended by the jury committee, can earn no higher than a “C” in applied music. Students who do not advance in lessons due to their ineligibility to take the Basic Music Skills Assessment due to other factors (i.e. theory sequence issues) are not held to this grading policy.