The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music is a 120-hour liberal arts degree program. Students must meet all requirements established by the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of the Arts, including a foreign language sequence. Students may select guided electives outside of music to develop a minor in another discipline.
Selected Educational Outcomes
- Candidates will demonstrate functional knowledge of the elements of music construction.
- Candidates will display conceptual understanding of the literature and historical development of music in Western civilization and of the function of music in world cultures.
- Candidates will exhibit broad interests in liberal arts or minor studies.
- Candidates will meet all the standards set forth by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) for the liberal arts degree with a major in music.
Examples of Outcomes Assessments
- Candidates will produce an in-depth analysis project or paper in which fundamental musical constructs are documented.
- Candidates will produce an in-depth paper that demonstrates conceptual understanding of music in Western civilization and/or of the function of music in world cultures.
- Candidates will complete a capstone project under the guidance of music faculty as part of the recital. This project will take the form of written program notes.
- Candidates will demonstrate performance skill through the jury process (a prepared performance adjudicated by a panel every semester), a performance barrier (after 4 semesters of applied instruction) that leads to upper division applied study, and a senior recital of not less than 20 minutes.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Music
|Core Curriculum, Areas A-E (See VSU Core Curriculum)||42|
|Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music should take MUSC 1100 in Area C.|
|Core Curriculum Area F|
& MUSC 1012
|Music Theory I|
and Music Theory II
& MUSC 1052
|Music Theory Lab I|
and Music Theory Lab II
& MUSC 2132
|Class Piano I|
and Class Piano II
|MUSC 1_20 or MUSC 2_20 Principal Applied Music||8|
|Senior College Curriculum||60|
|Upper Level Courses in Music|
& MUSC 2051
|Music Theory III|
and Music Theory Lab III
& MUSC 2052
|Music Theory IV|
and Music Theory Lab IV
|MUSC 3_20 or MUSC 4_20 Additional Applied Music||8|
& MUSC 4452
|History of Music to 1750|
and History of Music since 1750
|MUSC 1016||An Introduction to Computer Applications in Music||1|
|MUSC 1001||Professional Orientation and Seminar for Music Majors||0|
|Other Supporting Courses|
|Select one of the tracks listed below 2||20|
|Foreign Language 1||6|
|Total hours required for the degree||120|
|Upper Division electives or Minor 2||20|
|MUE 3000||Introduction to Music Education||2|
|MUSC 3100||Arranging for Band, Chorus, and Orchestra||2|
& MUSC 3132
|Class Piano III|
and Class Piano IV
|Music Guided Electives||2|
|EDUC 2120||Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity||3|
|PSYC 3110||Educational Psychology||3|
|SPEC 3000||Serving Students with Diverse Needs||3|
& MUSC 1172
|Theoretical Foundations of Jazz Improvisation I|
and Theoretical Foundations of Jazz Improvisations II
|Upper Division Electives 2||18|
|MUSC 3870 is the principle ensemble for the BA-Jazz Track|
See University Foreign Language Requirements
Must include at least 6 hours of courses numbered 3000 or above in a single discipline outside of Music.