B.A. Degree in Music {21-22}

B.A. Degree in Music

To receive the B.A. Degree in Music, the student must meet the minimum university requirements and specific requirements for the program. Completion of 120 credits is required for this degree which includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core (42 credits).

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a sufficient level of technique in their primary performance medium to artistically perform standard undergraduate level repertoire.
  • Understand the common elements and organizational patterns in music to demonstrate knowledge of forms, processes, structure, context, and styles including diverse cultural sources, from historical and theoretical perspectives.
  • Show competency in secondary performing areas including piano and conducting.
  • Complete a capstone writing project in music or Senior Performance Recital.

Core Requirements ( 27 credits )

Students must declare an emphasis for this program. Students must earn at least a C- or higher in all core courses.

MUS 107A Music Theory I (3)
MUS 107B Aural Skills I (1)
MUS 108A Music Theory II (3)
MUS 108B Aural Skills II (1)
MUS 207A Music Theory III (3)
MUS 207B Aural Skills III (1)
MUS 208 Music Theory IV (2)
MUS 300 Basic Conducting (2)
MUS 303 History of Western Music to 1750 (3)
MUS 304 History of Western Music since 1750 (3)
MUS 316 World Music Survey (3)
MUS 374 Instrumental/Choral Arranging (2)

Related Requirements ( 26 credits )

Students must earn at least 26 credits in courses in addition to the requirements of the MSUM Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum and the previously listed BA requirements and electives.  Acceptable courses are those with a liberal arts focus, and/or extra LASC courses.  Courses with the MUS rubric may not be used to complete this requirement.

Emphasis in General Music

Program Requirements ( 19 credits )

  • Performance study on primary instrument: 8 credits, with 4 credits at the 200 level or above.
  • Ensemble performance: 8 credits
  • Piano Study: 2 credits of applied piano performance or Class piano III and IV
  • MUS 492 Senior Thesis (1)
  • A piano proficiency exam is required for students studying piano as their primary instrument.
  • Students must earn a C- or higher in all courses.

Related Requirements ( 6 credits )

Students must complete 6 credits from the list below:

MUS 240 American Music (3)
MUS 215 History of Jazz (3)
MUS 217 Pop/Rock Music (3)
MUS 345 Women in Musical Culture (3)
MUS 346 Sex, Sexuality and Music (3)
EIT 261 Legal and Ethical Issues in Music (3)
THTR 324 Musical Theatre History (3)

Emphasis in Music Performance

Program Requirements

  • Performance study on primary instrument: 12 credits, with at least 4 credits at the 300 level or higher
  • Ensemble related to primary instrument: 8 credits
  • Piano (if not primary instrument): 4 credits of piano performance, which may include Class Piano III and IV. 
  • If piano is the primary instrument: 4 credits of applied study on a secondary instrument
  • MUS 450: Senior Recital (1)
  • A piano proficiency exam is required for students studying piano as their primary instrument.
  • Students must earn a C- or higher in courses.