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Bachelor of Arts in Music (Music Studies)

Available Minors: Music Performance, Music Production, Music Composition, Music Business, Live Sound, Hip-Hop Studies

Students in the Bachelor of Arts program should be ready for a solid core of music studies (including private lessons and ensembles) and liberal arts courses, as well as a high level of freedom in substantial elective credits. B.A. students are encouraged to focus not only on the chosen area of music study, but also to develop strong communication skills, explore complex socio-cultural, ethical, and political issues, and creatively solve problems. Students pursuing this degree will be passionate about exploring a variety of studies within the context of contemporary music, immersed in both hands-on and academic learning.

Recommended Course Schedule

120 Credits (49 major area, 49 General Education and 22 electives)

1st Semester 

  • MUS 107 Music Theory I (2)
  • MUS 140 Ear Training I (1)
  • MUS 100K Keyboard Lab I (1)
  • APP 1xx Applied Music (1)
  • LIB 118 Music Industry Economics (3)
  • ENS 150 Large Ensemble (1)
  • HUM 131S Spanish I (3)
  • *** *** General Education Elective (3)

Total Credits: 12 credits + General Education


2nd Semester

  • MUS 121 Music Theory II (2)
  • MUS 141 Ear Training II (1)
  • MUS 102K Keyboard Lab II (1)
  • APP 1xx Applied Music (1)
  • *** *** Elective From Any Area (3)
  • COM 100 Writing and Research Skills (4)
  • HUM 132S Spanish II (3)

Total Credits: 8 credits + General Education


3rd Semester

  • *** *** Elective From Any Area (2)
  • MUS 211 Music Theory III (2)
  • MUS 208 Ear Training III (1)
  • MUS 200K Keyboard Lab III (1)
  • APP 1xx Applied Music (1)
  • MUS 110 Artist and Industry Seminar I (1)
  • MUS131 Songwriting & Compositional Techniques I (3)
  • ENS xxx Ensemble (1)
  • *** *** General Education Elective (3)

Total Credits: 12 credits + General Education


4th Semester

  • APP 1xx Applied Music (1)
  • MUS 130 Artist and Industry Seminar II (1)
  • MUS 143 Desktop Music Publishing (1)
  • MUS 152 MIDI Production Techniques (2)
  • *** *** Elective From Any Area (2)
  • SOC 221 Music in World’s Cultures I (2) or
    SOC 222 Music in World’s Cultures II (2)
  • SOC xxx Social Sciences Elective (3)
  • *** *** Upper Division General Education Elective (3)

Total Credits: 7 credits + General Education


5th Semester

  • APP 1xx Applied Music (1)
  • ENS xxx Ensemble (1)
  • MUS 150 Sound Capture & Production (1)
  • MUS 345 Arranging I (2)
  • MHIS 230 Survey of Classical Music (3) or
    MHIS 319 Western Art Music I 3
  • MATH xxx/
    NSC xxx Math/Natural Science Elective (3)
  • SOC 3xx Upper Division Social Science Elective (3)
    *** *** Upper Division General Education Elective (2)

Total Credits: 5 credits + General Education


6th Semester

  • APP 1xx Applied Music (1)
  • ENS xxx Ensemble (1)
  • MUS 316 Conducting (1)
  • *** *** Elective From Any Area (2)
  • *** *** Upper Division Elective From Any Area (2)
  • MHIS 3xx Upper-Division Music History Elective (3) or
    MHIS 329 – Western Art Music II (3)
  • MATH xxx/
    NSC xxx – Math/Natural Science Elective (2)
  • *** *** General Education Elective (3)

Total Credits: 7 credits + General Education


7th Semester
APP 3xx Applied Music (1)
ENS xxx Ensembles (2)
*** *** Music Elective (MUS, ENS, APP) (2)
*** *** Upper Division Electives From Any Area (3)
COM 300 Writing About Music (3)
MATH xxx/
NSC xxx Math/Natural Science Elective (3)

Total Credits: 8 credits + General Education


8th Semester

  • APP 3xx Applied Music (1)
  • LIB 480 Creating a Life in Music (3)
  • MUS 416 Pedagogy (1)
  • MUS 416L Pedagogy Lab (1)
  • MUS xxx Music Elective (2)
  • *** *** Upper Division Electives From Any Area (4)
  • HUM xxx Art form other than music elective (3)

Total Credits: 12 credits + General Education


Overall Credits: 120 – 49 major, 49 General Education, 22 Elective

Thirty six (36) of the total credits are required to be 300 level or above.

Please refer to General Education requirements in the Course Catalog.

Please be aware that there may be adjustments to the semester-by-semester course sequence based upon: start date, transfer credits, specific department requirements and advisor recommendations.

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