Major in Music (B.A.)

Our music curriculum fosters an understanding and appreciation of a wide variety of music, with coursework divided into three areas: music history and theory, instrumental and vocal instruction and performing ensembles. To major in music, a student must audition and be accepted by a designated member of the faculty.

To earn the bachelor's degree, students take a minimum of 41 credits, and the program must be approved in advance by the department chair. Majors are required to perform in a department ensemble each semester, and will also be required to pass comprehensive examinations in music history and theory and proficiency examinations in ear training and piano.

Required courses:

  • MSC145: Language Orientation (voice majors only)
  • MSC211: Theory I
  • MSC212: Theory II
  • MSC300: Theory III
  • MSC301: Analysis
  • MSC400: Major Recital
  • One of the following: MSC401: Orchestration, MSC403: Composition or MSC405: Conducting
  • One course in music history
  • One elective in music
  • 12 credits of individual lessons in the principal instrument or in voice
  • Two credits of individual lessons in a secondary area
  • Registration in at least one performance ensemble each semester