Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Music

The Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Music is designed for students who wish to pursue a music degree with curricular flexibility to complete coursework in secondary and complementary areas of study. The BA in Music requires students to select a specific area of study, called an option. Current options include music technology, music theory, composition, and various branches of musicology; or students may work with an advisor to explore alternate options not listed here (music+). BA students work with their BA advisor to designate supplemental coursework to suit their interests and long-term goals. Students may indicate a specific area of study (option) during the admissions process; some students may prefer to select an option after completing the first year of the music core. All BA students must designate their option by no later than the start of the spring semester of sophomore year. 

For admission requirements for the BA, please see the School of Music's Admissions website or contact the Music Admissions Office:  

Music Admissions Office
School of Music: 1114 W. Nevada Street, Room 2014
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 244-7899 | E-mail:

Minimum required major and supporting course work normally equates to 48-50 hours excluding the keyboard skills (MUS 172 and MUS 173) requirement, and includes 37-41 hours in music courses, 29-31 hours in core courses. Students who wish to study voice or an instrument for credit, in addition to satisfying the Performance Studies requirement of MUS 172 and MUS 173, are required to satisfy the instrumental or vocal qualifying audition designed for students outside the School of Music; credits earned in applied music beyond the keyboard requirement stated above are generally considered elective.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

Students must complete the following core music courses and and select an area of study, called an "option."  An option consists of 8-9 hours of advanced music courses and 11-12 hours of supporting (non-Music) coursework.  The coursework is determined in consultation with the student's advisor. 

Music Theory Core (BA)
MUS 101Music Theory and Practice I2
MUS 102Music Theory and Practice II2
MUS 201Music Theory and Practice III2
MUS 202Music Theory and Practice IV2
MUS 107Musicianship I2
MUS 108Musicianship II2
MUS 207Musicianship III2
MUS 208Musicianship IV1
Advanced music theory3
Music History and Literature Core (BA)
MUS 110Introd Art Mus: Intl Perspect2
MUS 313
MUS 314
The History of Music I
and The History of Music II 1
Advanced music history3
Performance Studies (BA)
MUS 172
MUS 173
Grp Instr Pno for Mus Major I
and Grp Instr Pno for Mus Maj II
Advanced Music Courses 28-9
Supporting Coursework 211-12
Total Hours52-54

For All Options:

  • Twelve hours of 400-level courses in music must be taken on the Urbana-Champaign campus.
  • A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the School of Music Undergraduate Academic Advisor (Music Building 2058) before the end of the fifth semester (60-75 hours). Please see your BA Music advisor, or the Undergraduate Academic Advisor, for assistance in completing the form.