Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Music
The Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Music is a 120-hour degree that 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 should designate their option by no later than the start of the spring semester of the sophomore year.
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 are required to satisfy the instrumental or vocal qualifying audition designed for students outside the School of Music. Credits earned in applied music lessons are generally considered elective.
Students must complete the following core music courses and and select an area of study, called an "option." An option consists of advanced music courses and supporting (non-Music) coursework. The coursework is determined in consultation with the student's advisor.
General Education and College Orientation
|Orientation to Arts at Illinois|
|FAA 101||Arts at Illinois||1|
|General Education Requirements|
|Humanities and the Arts - fulfilled by MUS 313 and MUS 314||6|
|Cultural Studies: Western Comparative Culture(s)||3|
|Cultural Studies: Non-Western Culture(s)||3|
|Cultural Studies: US Minority Culture(s)||3|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences||6|
|Quantitative Reasoning I and II||6|
|Natural Sciences and Technology||6|
|Total Hours 1||41-53|
6 hours of general education requirements (Humanities and the Arts) are met by courses required in the BMUS Music History and Literature Core (MUS 313 and MUS 314).
Music Core and BA Option Coursework
|Music Theory and Musicianship|
|MUS 101||Music Theory and Practice I||2|
|MUS 102||Music Theory and Practice II||2|
|MUS 201||Music Theory and Practice III||2|
|MUS 202||Music Theory and Practice IV||2|
|MUS 107||Musicianship I||2|
|MUS 108||Musicianship II||2|
|MUS 207||Musicianship III||2|
|MUS 208||Musicianship IV||1|
|Advanced Music Theory||3|
|MUS 110||Introd Art Mus: Intl Perspect||2|
|MUS 313||The History of Music I 1||3|
|MUS 314||The History of Music II 1||3|
|Performance Studies 2|
|MUS 172||Grp Instr Pno for Mus Major I||2|
|MUS 173||Grp Instr Pno for Mus Maj II||2|
|BA Option Coursework|
|Major Plan of Study 3|
|Advanced Music Courses 4||8-9|
|Supporting Coursework 5||11-12|
All students must demonstrate keyboard competency by examination when they matriculate or by enrolling in MUS 172 and/or MUS 173.
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). Twelve hours of 400-level courses in music must be taken on the Urbana-Champaign campus. Please see your BA Music advisor, or the Undergraduate Academic Advisor, for assistance in completing the form.
Advanced music courses are at the 300- or 400-level. The Senior Project is generally included in this area.
Supporting Coursework is outside the School of Music and is chosen in consultation with an advisor.
For admission requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Music, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org