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Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is one of over thirty majors offered through the College of Arts and Sciences. The degree is intended to enable students to pursue music study and performance in the context of the liberal arts, fully embracing the music resources of the Conservatory of Music, while also taking advantage of the many strengths of the broader college. All music coursework is taught through the Conservatory of Music along with a core of General Education, upper-division, and elective courses from the Arts and Sciences.

General Education: Please refer to the Liberal Arts general education section of this catalog.

For the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree, the following courses will substitute for general education music courses: MUCS 101, 102 or 103 (2 hr): MUCS 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 345, 355 or 361 (2 or 4 hr).

NOTE: A maximum of 52 hours in music courses (MUCS, MUEP, MUIP, MUMS, MUTC) may be applied toward the 124 needed for graduation.


Music Theory & Composition (MUTC)

11 hours


Music Theory

8 hours (MUTC 151, 171, 241) (MUTC 261 may be substituted for MUTC 241)


Aural Skills

3 hours (MUTC 152, 172, 252)




Context Studies (MUCS)

16 hours


Music Before 1600

2 hours (MUCS 261)


Baroque and Classical Music

4 hours (MUCS 262)


Nineteenth-Century Music

2 hours (MUCS 263)


Twentieth-Century Music

4 hours (MUCS 361)


World Music

2 hours (MUCS 264)


Senior Capstone

2 hours (MUCS 494)




Methods  Studies (MUMS)

2 hours


Introduction to Music Studies

2 hours (MUMS 115)




Individual Performance (MUIP)

8 hours


Primary Instrument

8 hours (MUIP 201-422)


(No more than 16 hours of MUIP count toward degree)





Music Electives (MUCS, MUTC, MUMS, MUIP, MUEP)

3 hours



Ensemble Performance (MUEP) 4 semesters

2 hours (MUEP 213-218)



Piano Proficiency (Consult Conservatory Handbook)




Recital and Concert Attendance (MUEP)

0 hours (MUEP 219)


Every semester after declaration of major





Total hours required for major

42 hours

   (No more than 52 hours may be in music.)




Total hours required for degree

124 hours



Revision Date:  June 1, 2015



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