The bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree program in music is particularly appropriate for students who desire the challenge of an enriched program of intellectual stimulation.

Admission + Audition Requirements

The program offers you the opportunity to work extensively in music while devoting more time to liberal arts studies than is possible in our programs leading to the bachelor of music degree. While studying in the B.A. in music program, students may choose a course of primary applied study on their instrument or voice in either the classical or jazz/commercial music tradition.

Many B.A. in music students pursue minors and double majors, which can help prepare you for a variety of careers. For example, combining the B.A. in music and the jazz studies minor allows you to prepare for work in jazz and commercial music. Other B.A. in music students have pursued double majors and/or minors in such areas as music history, broadcast and digital journalism, psychology, and political science to name a few.

Our alumni have gone on to pursue graduate study and careers in such areas as musicology, music theory, business, law, and arts administration.


Curriculum

View official major requirements.


Performance Honors

The performance honors program is intended for Setnor School of Music students in the B.A. music and B.M. composition, music education, and music industry degree programs who wish to maintain a level of performance at or near that required of students in one of the performance majors. The program’s purpose is to give tangible curricular and moral support to those students who see themselves as performing musicians first and foremost.

Students are eligible to apply for the program at the end of their sophomore year. Students accepted into the program take an hour of applied instrumental or vocal instruction per week and give both a junior and senior recital commensurate with the requirements for degree recitals in the performance majors. Official recognition of program participation and completion appears on student transcripts but does not appear on the diploma.