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Bachelor of Arts

This program provides a broad foundation in music and is also appropriate for students planning on graduate study. Program objectives are located at: Following an audition for acceptance into the Music degree program, all students should begin the theory/aural skills sequence in the first year. All students must pass a piano proficiency exam, a basic aural skills proficiency exam, and complete the Mid-Level Review before the end of the sophomore year. All B.A. Music candidates are required to complete eight (8) electives beyond the core degree requirements. Participation in at least one large ensemble appropriate to the student's program (chosen from MU 172, MU 173, MU 174, MU 175, MU 177, or MU 178) is required each semester of applied music study. Additionally, students are required to take at least one semester of a small ensemble (MU 171). A grade of C or higher must be earned in each music course counted toward the major. A minimum of 40 total credits must be at the 300-400 level (Music and non-Music courses).

Mid-Level Review

All music majors must complete a Mid-Level Review prior to the junior year. The Review is normally conducted during the student's fourth semester of study, with adjustments made for transfer credits, participation in national and international exchange programs, and official leaves of absence. The Mid-Level Review consists of an application (information form, transcript, and reflective essay) and an assessment meeting between the candidate and the Faculty Review Panel. Application forms and additional information are available from the Music Department Office.

The purpose of the Mid-Level Review is three-fold: 1) to assess the student's academic progress, 2) to assess the student's artistic progress, and 3) to advise the student on academic, artistic, and career goals. Music Education and Music Performance majors whose academic record and/or artistic growth are not at an appropriate level based on state and national standards cannot continue in either of those two Bachelor of Music degree programs, but may continue to be a music major in the Bachelor of Arts in Music program.

Language Requirement

The minimal requirement for all students with a major in Music is one course in a foreign language, normally French, Spanish, or German.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

Major Requirements

53 credits

Core Courses

45 credits

Select one of the following World Music courses (4 credits):

  • IAMU 112 Latin American Music Survey
  • IAMU 114 Music Cultures of the World
  • IIMU 241 Afro-Brazilian Music & Culture
  • IHMU 305 History of Jewish Music
  • IAMU 312 Latin American Music, Society, and Culture

MU 100 Music Workshop (6 semesters, 0 credits total)
MUA 101, MUA 102, MUA 201, MUA 202, MUA 301, and MUA 302 Applied Music (6 semesters, minimum 6 credits total)
MU 118, MU 119 Functional Piano I and II (1 credit each, 2 credits total) (Pianists/organists may substitute MU 181 Collaborative Piano Skills for MU 118 and MU 119 for a total 2 credits)
MU 151, MU 152, MU 251, and MU 252 Music Theory I-IV (2 credits each, 8 credits total) Students who do not pass the theory placement test given at the time of their audition are advised to seek a private tutor to eliminate this deficiency before starting the sequence of theory classes.
MU 161, MU 162, MU 261, and MU 262 Aural Skills I-IV (1 credit each, 4 credits total)
MU 171 Chamber Ensemble (1 credit)
MU 172, MU 173, MU 174, MU 175, MU 177, or MU 178 Ensembles (1 credit each, to total 4 credits). Pianists/organists may substitute up to two semesters of MU 171 (Piano Ensemble) for these ensembles.
MU 281 Aural Skills Proficiency Assessment Exam (0 credits)
MU 282 Mid-Level Review Assessment Exam (0 credits)
MU 283 Piano Proficiency Assessment Exam (0 credits)
MU 310 Western Music Before 1700
MU 312 Western Music After 1700
MU 495 Seminar (4 credits each, must be repeated for a total of 8 credits)

Electives in Music

8 credits

Select from any MU or ISP Music course, except Applied Music (MUA 101-401, MUAP 101-402, MUAS 101-302, MUC 301-402), Ensembles (MU 172-178), and Chamber Ensemble (MU 171).


Select additional courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree. Electives must include 16 credits outside of Music. A minimum of 40 total credits must be at the 300 - 400 level (Music and non-Music courses)

Degree Requirements

120 credits
40 credits at the upper-level