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.
In addition, students must complete all College of Arts and Science and University graduation requirements, including University general education.
Major Core Requirements
|MUS_THRY 1230||Aural Training and Sight Singing I||2|
|MUS_THRY 1231||Aural Training and Sight Singing II||2|
|MUS_THRY 2230||Aural Training and Sight Singing III||2|
|MUS_THRY 2231||Aural Training and Sight Singing IV||2|
|MUS_THRY 1220||Tonal Music Theory I||2|
|MUS_THRY 1221||Tonal Music Theory II||2|
|MUS_THRY 2220||Tonal Music Theory III||2|
|MUS_THRY 2221||Tonal Music Theory IV||2|
|MUS_H_LI 1322||Introduction to Music in the United States||2|
|MUS_H_LI 2307||History of Western Music I||2|
|MUS_H_LI 2308||History of Western Music II||2|
|MUSIC 4300 level||History Elective (Writing Intensive)||3|
|MUS_GENL 3085||Problems in Music (Capstone Experience)||1|
|MUS_GENL 1091||Recital Attendance for Undergraduate Music Majors (5 semesters)||0|
|MUS_APMS 2455||Studio Instruction (Total of 8 credit hours)||8|
|MUS_APMS 3455||Studio Instruction||2|
|MUS_ENS 1841||Instrumental Ensemble (Total of 4 credit hours)||1|
|or MUS_ENS 1842||Choral Ensemble|
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.
|MUS_GENL 1091Section 3||0||MUS_GENL 1091||0|
|MUS_THRY 1220||2||MUS_THRY 1221||2|
|MUS_THRY 1230||2||MUS_THRY 1231||2|
|MUS_ENS 1841 or 1842||1||MUS_H_LI 1322||2|
|MUS_APMS 2455||2||MUS_ENS 1841 or 1842||1|
|Non-Music Courses||8||MUS_APMS 2455||2|
|MUS_GENL 1091||0||MUS_GENL 1091||0|
|MUS_ENS 1841 or 1842||1||MUS_ENS 1841 or 1842||1|
|MUS_THRY 2220||2||MUS_THRY 2221||2|
|MUS_THRY 2230||2||MUS_THRY 2231||2|
|MUS_H_LI 2307||2||MUS_H_LI 2308||2|
|MUS_APMS 2455||2||MUS_APMS 2455||2|
|Non-Music Courses||6||Non-Music Courses||6|
|MUS_GENL 1091||0||Non-Music Courses||15|
|Music History Elective||3|
|Non-Music Courses||15||MUS_GENL 3085||1|
|Total Credits: 120|
The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.
MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress. This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.
Past MU students 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 https://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.
Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com. 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 https://registrar.missouri.edu/degrees-audits/degree-audits/.
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 are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.
If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major.
- If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center. No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.
- If you would like information about MU majors and degree programs, visit:
- the Degrees, Majors (Degree Programs), Emphasis Areas, Minors and Certificates page in the catalog,
- the MU Majors website.
For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.