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Music, BA

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College Arts and Sciences
Academic Awards Bachelor of Arts, Music Minor
Credits Required 125 semester credits
Faculty Lead Naomi Fanshier
Majors Music
CIP Code 50.0904

The Music Major is designed for students who wish to explore the area of music without committing to a specific vocational objective.

The Music department offers majors which prepare students to enter a variety of careers relating to musical arts. These majors include general music, music ministry, music education and contemporary music industry.

Bachelor of Arts in Music

The general Music degree prepares students broadly in the field of music. Music as a discipline encourages the development of analytic skills, and the ability to create through the synthesis of theory and technique. These skills will apply to a variety of occupations, depending on the creativity of the graduate. Graduates will be prepared to enter graduate programs in musicology, sacred music, and others, or to apply their musical skill and knowledge in a variety of professional settings.

Graduates with a degree in Music will be able to:

  1. Evaluate musical genres based upon their stylistic characteristics.
  2. Create music utilizing an undergraduate proficiency level of music theory.
  3. Translate notes into sound, and sound into notes utilizing their training.
  4. Integrate the study of music and the Christian faith.

Core Curriculum Requirements: 60

Humanities: 9

6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see Course Descriptions    for applicability)

  • ENGL xxx3 Any Literature course 3 credits
  • HIST   xxx3 Any Course in History 3 credits
  • 3 additional credits selected from the following 3 credits

Art (ARTE), Bible (BIBL), Drama (DRAM), English (ENGL), History (HIST), Language (LANG), Music (MUSI), or Theology (THEO)

Social Sciences: 9

6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see Course Descriptions  for applicability)

  • Select a minimum of two disciplines from the following: 9 credits

Business Administration (BUSM), Communication (except COMM 1213), Economics, Education (EDUC), Geography (GEOG), Health & Fitness (PEDU), Information Technology (INTC), Management (BMGT), Marketing (BMKT), Philosophy (PHIL), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSYC), Sociology/Anthropology (SOCI), or User Experience Design (UXDE)

Science and Mathematics: 7

  • MATH xxxx - College-level Mathematics 3 credits
  • SCIE xxxx - Science course with Lab 4 credits

Formation and Calling: 6

Core Electives: 8

Select any college-level courses

Pre-Major Requirements: 0-2

Pre-Major requirements may be applied to the Core Curriculum electives or General electives requirements.

  • Piano Proficiency 0-2 credits

All music majors must demonstrate a basic level of proficiency on the piano. Students may demonstrate proficiency by passing a piano proficiency exam administered by the piano faculty, or by successfully completing two credits of applied piano lessons (MUPL 1211  ).

Music Major: 53-56

Ensemble Requirements: 8

It is anticipated that one ensemble will be taken each enrolled semester.

Select 8 credits from the following:

Private Music Lessons: 8

Students may take (MUPL) applied lessons on one - three instruments

  • MUPL xxxx - Private Music Lessons 8 credits

Supporting Music Courses: 14

  • 3 credits
  • 3 credits
  • MUxx xxxx - Music Electives 8 credits
  •           Select from any MUAP, MUAR, MUPL, or MUSI courses

             Students may count up to 4 ensemble credits and 4 private music lesson credits towards the music elective requirement..


General Electives: 7-12

Any college-level courses

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