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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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||Aural Skills I||2|
|MUS 108||Aural Skills II||2|
|MUS 207||Aural Skills III||2|
|MUS 208||Aural Skills IV||1|
|Advanced music theory||3|
|Music History and Literature Core (BA)|
|MUS 110||Introd Art Mus: Intl Perspect||2|
& MUS 314
|The History of Music I|
and The History of Music II 1
|Advanced music history||3|
|Performance Studies (BA)|
& MUS 173
|Grp Instr Pno for Mus Major I|
and Grp Instr Pno for Mus Maj II
|Advanced Music Courses 2||8-9|
|Supporting Coursework 2||11-12|
Advanced music courses and supporting coursework outside the School of Music are selected in consultation with an advisor.
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.