Music BA

The B.A. in Music is a hands-on program that prepares students for careers in performance, composition for acoustic and electronic/interactive media, sound engineering, audio programming, and music education, across commercial, independent, and community sectors: Music students produce concerts, mixes, musicals, scores, performances, sound installations, texts, talks, electroacoustic compositions, and interactive and experimental multimedia work in a variety of collaborative, independent, and cross-disciplinary projects. Courses develop skills and experience in all aspects of music making, including producing, performing, analyzing, composing, songwriting, mixing, editing, documenting, marketing, and programming.

Rooted in the liberal arts tradition of critical, interdisciplinary thought and practice, the degree emphasizes well-rounded musicianship through a balance of experience in performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, acoustics, and music technology - each characterized by its own ways of thinking and doing - complemented by rigorous, fundamental training in critical listening, sight singing, keyboard skills, and the fluent reading, writing, and digital engraving of Common Western Music Notation. Beyond these fundamentals, students craft a personal, inquiry-driven degree emphasis in response to a chosen research and creative agenda, leading to an ambitious scholarly-creative capstone thesis project in a chosen area of expertise.

To learn more about the major, visit the Music & Performing Arts website.

Required Courses

In order to graduate, you will also need to complete your general education and university requirements.

Complete all of the following courses:

Complete one of the following Acoustics and Music Technology courses:

Complete two units from the following Composition courses:

Complete three units from the following Performance courses:

Complete one of the following Musicology courses:

Complete one of the following Music Theory courses:

Complete twelve units of major electives not previously taken. Students may select from the following list, or from any of the lists above.

Learning Outcomes

MLO 1: Historical and Theoretical Analysis

Students identify genres from different periods and integrate historical and theoretical perspectives in analyzing contemporary styles.

MLO 2: Community Issues Analysis

Students understand and analyze societal issues associated with the production, dissemination and consumption of music.

MLO 3: Comparative Analysis

Students understand compositional processes, aesthetic properties of style and the ways these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces.

MLO 4: Moral and Ethical Analysis

Students understand and address moral and ethical issues.

MLO 5: Performance Skills

Students express themselves artistically in at least one major performance area at a level appropriate for the particular music emphasis.

MLO 6: Technological Skills

Students understand how technology serves music and use the technological tools applicable to a specific area of concentration.