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The music major program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. It prepares students for careers in the music industry, music education, and performance, and for graduate studies. All students take 36 credits of required courses in three tracked sequences: Music History (6 credits); Theory (12 credits); Musicianship and Improvisation (12 credits); plus ensembles (6 credits). Beginning in their second year of the program, students embark on a specialization in which they must take from three to five courses in any one of three areas:

  • Western Art Music
  • World Traditions (American music; Afro-American music, jazz, world musics)
  • Theory

Students are required to take one elective in Western Art Music whether or not that is their area of specialization.