BA in Music

Degree Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music is a 120-hour degree in which the number of courses in music is less than in the professionally-oriented BM degree, thereby making more hours available for non-music courses. The degree does, however, require a well-rounded set of courses that will leave the student with excellent musical understanding and performance skills. In addition, the student has the freedom to pursue a secondary area of interest, which might form the basis of a specific kind of professional training. Most students pursuing a double major (music and another field) choose the BA degree.

Major Program Requirements

Students who elect to earn a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Music will complete a general, liberal arts degree with a strong music emphasis. Students must also complete all degree, college and university graduation requirements, including Arts & Science Foundation Requirements.

Courses completed in the D range may not fulfill music course requirements without the approval of the advisor and the dean, and the student must achieve an overall average of at least C (2.0) in all of the courses attempted in the School of Music.

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Major Core Requirements

MUS_THRY 1230Aural Training and Sight Singing I2
MUS_THRY 1231Aural Training and Sight Singing II2
MUS_THRY 2230Aural Training and Sight Singing III2
MUS_THRY 2231Aural Training and Sight Singing IV2
MUS_THRY 1220Syntax, Structure and Style of Music I2
MUS_THRY 1221Syntax, Structure and Style of Music II2
MUS_THRY 2220Syntax, Structure and Style of Music III2
MUS_THRY 2221Syntax, Structure and Style of Music IV2
MUS_H_LI 1322Introduction to Music in the United States2
MUS_H_LI 2307History of Western Music I2
MUS_H_LI 2308History of Western Music II2
MUSIC 4300 levelHistory Elective (Wring Intensive)3
MUS_GENL 3085Problems in Music (Capstone Experience)1
MUS_GENL 1091Recital Attendance for Undergraduate Music Majors (7 semesters)0
MUS_APMS 2455Studio Instruction (Total of 8 credit hours)2
MUS_APMS 3455Studio Instruction2
MUS_ENS 1841Instrumental Ensemble (Total of 4 credit hours)1
or MUS_ENS 1842 Choral Ensemble
Total Credits31

Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS_GENL 1091 (Section 3)0MUS_GENL 10910
MUS_THRY 12202MUS_THRY 12212
MUS_THRY 12302MUS_THRY 12312
MUS_ENS 1841 or 18421MUS_H_LI 13222
MUS_APMS 24552MUS_ENS 1841 or 18421
Non-Music Courses8MUS_APMS 24552
 Non-Music Courses6
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS_GENL 10910MUS_GENL 10910
MUS_ENS 1841 or 18421MUS_ENS 1841 or 18421
MUS_THRY 22202MUS_THRY 22212
MUS_THRY 22302MUS_THRY 22312
MUS_H_LI 23072MUS_H_LI 23082
MUS_APMS 24552MUS_APMS 24552
Non-Music Courses6Non-Music Courses6
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS_GENL 10910MUS_GENL 10910
MUS_APMS 34552Non-Music Courses15
Music History Elective3 
Non-Music Course10 
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS_GENL 10910MUS_GENL 30851
Non-Music Courses15Non-Music Courses14
 15 15
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit

 

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students who have attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by logging in to myZou and navigating to Self Service, then Student Center, and clicking on “Request Degree Audit.” The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.

MU students who have NOT attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

For newly admitted or prospective students, MU degree audits can be created at http://www.transfer.org. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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