Bachelor of Music & Bachelor of Arts degrees

Below is a comparative overview of the Bachelor of Music (BM) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees; for further information on these degree options, including degree plans for each, contact the Office for Academic Advising in Music

Bachelor of Music degree in Composition


Bachelor of Arts degree in Music

• 132-hour degree plan.
• 120-hour degree plan.
• 5 advanced elective credit hours.
• 30 advanced elective credit hours, at least 18 hours of which must be outside the College of Music.
• Audition required on concentration instrument or voice.
• Audition required on concentration instrument or voice.
• 4 semesters of secondary lessons; 4 semesters of 1000-level concentration lessons; Upper Divisional Examination; 2 semesters of advanced (3000-level) concentration lessons; Concentration Proficiency Examination.
• 4 semesters of 1000-level concentration lessons, Upper Divisional Examination; no advanced concentration lessons, secondary lessons, or Concentration Proficiency Examination required.
• No Foreign Language requirement.
• 2 semesters of Intermediate-level Foreign Language, plus six advanced hours, are required.
• Music Laboratory (MULB) required every semester of enrollment, for at least eight semesters.
• 6 hours of Music Laboratory (MULB) are required.
• A grade of B or higher is required in all theory and composition courses.
• Passing grade required for theory and composition courses.
• 16th-Century Counterpoint (MUTH 3410), 18th-Century Counterpoint (MUTH 3420), Form Analysis (MUTH 3510), Instrumentation (MUCP 4310), and Introduction to Electroacoustic Music (MUCP 4670) are required.
• 16th-Century Counterpoint (MUTH 3410), 18th-Century Counterpoint (MUTH 3420), Form Analysis (MUTH 3510), Instrumentation (MUCP 4310), and Introduction to Electroacoustic Music (MUCP 4670) are optional.
• Theory Proficiency and Piano Proficiency are required.
• Theory Proficiency and Piano Proficiency are required.
• Freshman Barrier Examination, Sophomore Jury, and Senior Recital Hearing & Final Portfolio Review are required.
• No composition barriers, juries, hearings, or portfolio requirements.