Music, BA

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts Major in Music

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department faculty: Music Faculty

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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." An option consists of advanced music courses and supporting (non-Music) coursework.  The coursework is determined in consultation with the student's advisor.  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 + "your choice").

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 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. 

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:

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts Major in Music

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.

General Education and College Orientation 

Orientation to Arts at Illinois
FAA 101Arts at Illinois1
General Education Requirements
Composition I4
Advanced Composition3
Humanities and the Arts - fulfilled by MUS 313 and MUS 3146
Cultural Studies: Western Comparative Culture(s)3
Cultural Studies: Non-Western Culture(s)3
Cultural Studies: US Minority Culture(s)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences6
Quantitative Reasoning I and II 6
Natural Sciences and Technology6
Foreign Language0-12
Total Hours 141-53

Music Core and BA Option Coursework

Music Theory and Musicianship
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
MUS 110Introd Art Mus: Intl Perspect2
MUS 313The History of Music I 13
MUS 314The History of Music II 13
Advanced Musicology3
Performance Studies 2
MUS 172Grp Instr Pno for Mus Major I 2
MUS 173Grp Instr Pno for Mus Maj II 2
BA Option Coursework
Major Plan of Study 3
Advanced Music Courses 48-9
Supporting Coursework 511-12
Total hours required for graduation120