Major in Music (B.A.)

Are you looking to make a career out of your musical interests, but you’re not sure where to begin? The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music is a terrific program for those interested in studying the discipline with some of the nation’s best teachers and musicians while preparing themselves for the broadest array of musical professions. Students in this program teach lessons, perform in a variety of venues and even combine their musical interests with other degree areas to create job descriptions that are as unique as their music talents. This is an ideal option for students who are considering a double major.

What do UST alumni do with a bachelor of arts in music?

  • Composer, conductor and doctoral student (Josh Bauder, '10)
  • Freelance musician, Music Director at SoulLections, and studio teacher (David Feily, '11)

Degree Requirements

  • MUSC 001 Student Convocation Hour (0 credits) (6 semesters)
  • MUSC 101 Piano Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 102 Piano Skills II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 113 Music Theory and Aural Skills I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 114 Music Theory and Aural Skills II (4 credits)
  • MUSC 140 Music Media (2 credits)
  • MUSC 201 Piano Skills III (1 credit)
  • MUSC 202 Piano Skills IV (1 credit)

Students for whom piano or organ is the primary instrument will take the following courses in lieu of MUSC 101, 102, 201, and 202:

    • MUSC 192 Technical Skills for Keyboard Majors (1 credit)
    • MUSC 292 Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors I (1 credit)
    • MUSC 293 Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors II (1 credit)
    • MUSX xxx Piano Elective (1 credit) to be chosen from the following: MUSP 121, 131 (organ majors only), 135 (piano majors only), 153, MUSN 171, 172, 182, or MUSW 501. 

  • MUSC 213 Music Theory and Aural Skills III (4 credits)
  • MUSC 214 Music Theory and Aural Skills IV (4 credits)
  • MUSC 231 Introduction to Conducting I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 263 Entrepreneurial Careers in Music & Professional Practice (1 credit)
  • MUSC 411 History and Literature of Music I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 412 History and Literature of Music II (4 credits)
  • MUSN 1xx Six semesters of Ensemble participation (0 credits)

Guidelines for choosing an ensemble:

If principal instrument is:

    • Piano - at least two semesters in MUSN 171: at least two semesters in MUSN 172; at least two semesters in one of: MUSN 140, 142, 143, 160, 181, 185, 186, 190: two semesters may be in MUSN 161, 182, 183.
    • Voice - a minimum of six semesters in MUSN 140, 142, 143, or 160.
    • Woodwind, Brass or Percussion - at least six semesters in MUSN 185 or 186
    • Orchestral String - at least six semesters in MUSN 181.
    • Guitar - at least four semesters in MUSN 173; at least two semesters in MUSN 174.
  • MUSP 2xx Six semesters of performance studies in the same performance medium (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSR 114 Aural-Skills Proficiency (0 credits)
  • MUSR 200 Piano Proficiency (0 credit)
  • MUSR 214 Aural-Skills Proficiency (0 credits)
  • MUSR 270 Level I Recital (0 credit)
  • MUSR 350 Level II Recital (0 credit)

Plus 6 credit hours selected from the following:

  • MUSP 1xx Up to 2 credits on any secondary instrument, voice or composition (1 or 2 credit hours)
  • MUSP 108 Class Voice (1 credit)
  • MUSC 133 Music of the United States: Aural and Written Traditions (2 credits)
  • MUSC 160 Introduction to Music Business (4 credits)
  • MUSC 170 The Music of Film (4 credits)
  • MUSC 216 Jazz in America (4 credits)
  • MUSC 224 Songwriting/Composition (2 credits)
  • MUSC 233 Music of the World: Aural and Written Traditions (4 credits)
  • MUSC 260 Fundamentals of Musicianship in Popular Music (4 credits)
  • EDUC 308 Pedagogy and Literature for Music Performers I (2 credits)
  • EDUC 309 Pedagogy and Literature for Music Performers II (2 credits)
  • MUSC 340 Theory Elective: Topics (2 credits)
  • MUSC 354 Advanced Conducting and Materials: Instrumental Conc. (2 credits)
  • MUSC 355 Advanced Conducting and Materials: Vocal Concentration (2 credits)

Allied requirements

  • PHYS 105 Musical Acoustics (4 credits)
  • Four credits in Art History or Theater