The Bachelor of Arts degree in music is the traditional liberal-arts music degree. The ideal of a liberal-arts education is rooted in the notion of a balanced and well-rounded exposure to a variety of different fields and disciplines, and it has always been thought that the perfect time in which to try out these different areas—to experiment—before moving on to career-oriented specialization is during one’s four years of undergraduate study.
The Bachelor of Arts degree is consequently designed to offer the least restriction and the greatest freedom in choosing elective courses beyond the core requirements of the standard music-major curriculum. For the student who wants to major in music at the undergraduate level, but who is also attracted to other areas of study and who therefore hasn’t yet made decisions about what to specialize in after college or whether a career in music is a real possibility, the music BA is the degree of choice.
Bachelor of Arts, music major – Degree Checklist
Bachelor of Arts, music major – Course Descriptions are available in the College Catalog
Douglas Diamond, assistant professor