Music Major: Music Liberal Studies Option (B.A.)

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Students enrolling in the B.A. music liberal studies program—a program that stresses the development of skills in analysis, writing, and critical thinking about a wide variety of music and the larger connection with history, culture, and society—are required to submit a writing sample and interview with one of the music liberal studies program faculty members. The writing sample should be non-fiction, preferably an assignment for a course in English, history, or a similar subject, 500 words or more in length.

The Discovery Program capstone requirement is fulfilled by a final project or a public performance given during the senior year. For students in the music liberal studies option, there is a choice of completing a half recital or comparable final project.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major. B.A. in music majors may use MUSI 502 History and Literature of Music (a required core course for the major) to satisfy the Inquiry Discovery requirement.

Bachelor of Arts in Music Core Curriculum

MUSI 471
MUSI 472
Theory I
and Theory I
MUSI 473
MUSI 474
Ear Training I
and Ear Training I
MUSI 475
MUSI 476
Functional Piano I
and Functional Piano I 1
MUSI 571
MUSI 572
Theory II
and Theory II
MUSI 573
MUSI 574
Ear Training II
and Ear Training II
MUSI 575
MUSI 576
Functional Piano II
and Functional Piano II 1
MUSI 501
MUSI 502
History and Literature of Music
and History and Literature of Music
MUSI 515Music in World Cultures4
Select 3 credits of MUSI 703-MUSI 715 Advanced Music History3
Select one of the following:3
Analysis: Form and Structure
Analysis: Form and Structure
Select variable credits of MUSI 541-MUSI 564, MUSI 741-MUSI 764 Performance Study (Applied Lessons)
Select variable credits of MUSI 441-MUSI 464 Performing Ensemble 2
Total Credits36

Students will be given the opportunity to test out of MUSI 475 Functional Piano I-MUSI 476 Functional Piano I and MUSI 575 Functional Piano II-MUSI 576 Functional Piano II.


A maximum of 8 ensemble credits may count toward graduation for all bachelor of arts in music students.

Music Liberal Studies Option Requirements

Degree program has plan approval from the National Association of Schools of Music.

Select 12 credits of the following: 112
Analysis: Form and Structure
Analysis: Form and Structure
Select 8 credits of the following: 28
Total Credits20

Any combination of advanced theory and history (12 credits) in addition to the core curriculum.


Any combination of performance and/or ensemble study (8 credits total).