BA in Music

Major in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is a unique combination of a music-intensive training program and a traditional broad based liberal arts education.

The Bachelor of Music (Performance Option) gives preparation for students who wish to pursue graduate study in music and/or seek music-related employment. Students will take eight semesters of private study on their particular instrument or voice and will present both a junior and senior recital. In addition, there will be other music courses, the university core courses, and electives in Liberal Arts that could lead to an optional minor in some area of Liberal Arts.

Major in Music Education

Although the advising for the music education degree is in the College of Education, the Department of Music teaches the majority of the course work for this degree. This degree prepares students for a professional career as a music teacher/performer (instrumental, choral, general) at all levels (K-12). This degree also provides an excellent musical foundation for students who wish to pursue graduate study in the area of music performance.

Undergraduate degrees offered:

  • Bachelor of Art in Music
  • Bachelor of Music (Performance)

Sara Lynn Baird, Professor and Chair e-mail: slbaird@auburn.edu

Department of Music
101 Goodwin Hall
phone: 334-844-3184
fax: 334-844-3168

Careers for Music Majors

" After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." Aldous Huxley

Many occupations today require a college educated individual who can write and speak well, solve problems, learn new information quickly and work well with others on a team. This means that college graduates use their education in a wide variety of fields, and your future career may relate more to your personal career interests, work values and transferable skills than any specific academic major. However, the following list contains a representative sample of job titles of former graduates with an Music major. Use this as an idea list, and remember that it represents some, but certainly not all, of the careers you might consider.

Students obtaining employment immediately upon graduation are usually those with the best college records and a willingness to relocate to find a job. Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelors' degree.

Career Titles for Music Majors

  • Architectural Acoustic Monitor
  • Armed Forces Band Member
  • Artist & Repertoire (A&R) Person
  • Arts Administrator/Manager
  • Church Music Director
  • Community Development Specialist
  • Composer/Arranger
  • Conductor
  • Copyright Specialist
  • Copywriter
  • Cruise Director
  • Disc Jockey
  • Editor
  • Engineer/Mixer
  • Film Music Editor
  • Instrument Service & Repair Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Music Software Programmer
  • Music Store Manager
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Therapist
  • Manufacturers Representative
  • Musician
  • Music Attorney
  • Music Critic
  • Music Copyist
  • Music Promoter
  • Music Publishing Specialist
  • Music Reporter
  • Orchestra Librarian
  • Piano Tuner
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Publicist
  • Recording Technician
  • Recreation Director
  • Royalties Broadcast Monitor
  • Sales Representative
  • Singer
  • Studio Musician
  • Synthesizer Specialist
  • Technical Writer
  • Tour Manager
  • Union Contractor
  • Voice Teacher
 
 

Curriculum Guides

BA Curriculum in Music

Music majors must earn a grade of C or higher in music courses to have them count toward the degree.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0
MUAP 1520 Performance I2MUAP 1620 Performance II2
MUSI 1310 Music Theory I2MUSI 1410 Music Theory II2
MUSI 1320 Music Skills I1MUSI 1420 Music Skills II1
MUSE 1000-level Ensemble1MUSE 1000-level Ensemble1
MUSI 1020 Piano Skills I - Rudiments1MUSI 1030 Piano Skills II1
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Core History13Core Fine Arts (not MUSI 2730 or MUSI 2740 or MUSI 2750)3
Minor22Minor22
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0
MUAP 2520 Performance III2MUAP 2620 Performance IV2
MUSI 2310 Music Theory III2MUSI 2410 Music Theory IV2
MUSI 2320 Music Skills III1MUSI 2420 Music Skills IV1
MUSE 2000-level Ensemble1MUSE 2000-level Ensemble1
MUSI 2040 Functional Piano I1MUSI 2050 Functional Piano II1
Core Literature13Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) or Core Literature to complete sequence13
Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence13Core Social Science3
Minor22Minor22
 15 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
MUSI 3510 Music History I3MUSI 3520 Music History II3
MUSI 3610 Choral Conducting I or 3630 Instrumental Conducting I323000/4000-level elective course in Music42
MUSE 3000-level Ensemble1MUSE 3000-level Ensemble1
Core Science I4Core Science II4
Core Math3Core Humanities53
Minor22Minor22
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
3000/4000-level course in Music History/Theory3MUSE 4000-level Ensemble1
MUSE 4000-level Ensemble13000/4000-level elective course in Music42
3000/4000-level elective course in Music42MUSI 4700 BA Senior Thesis/Project3
Core Social Science3Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Minor23
Electives42Electives42
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 15
Total Hours: 120
1

Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence. They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature course in the area not selected as the sequence.

2

Requirements for minors vary. Students should check with their advisers for appropriate courses.

3

MUSI 3610 or 3630 fulfills SLO 7.

4

Students should meet with their advisers to determine appropriate music electives and other elective courses.

5

If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

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BM Curriculum in Music Performance - Instrumental

Music majors must earn a grade of C or higher in music courses to have them count toward the degree.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0
MUAP 1520 Performance I2MUAP 1620 Performance II2
MUSI 1310 Music Theory I2MUSI 1410 Music Theory II2
MUSI 1320 Music Skills I1MUSI 1420 Music Skills II1
MUSE 1000-level Ensemble1MUSE 1000-level Ensemble1
MUSI 1020 Piano Skills I - Rudiments1MUSI 1030 Piano Skills II1
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Core History13MUSI 2730 Appreciation of Music (Core Fine Arts)3
Electives22 
 15 13
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0
MUAP 2520 Performance III2MUAP 2620 Performance IV2
MUSI 2310 Music Theory III2MUSI 2410 Music Theory IV2
MUSI 2320 Music Skills III1MUSI 2420 Music Skills IV1
MUSE 2000-level Ensemble1MUSE 2000-level Ensemble1
MUSE 2000-level Ensemble1MUSE 2000-level Ensemble1
MUSI 2040 Functional Piano I1MUSI 2050 Functional Piano II1
Core Literature13Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) or Core Literature to complete sequence13
Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence13Core Social Science3
 14 14
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0
MUAP 3520 Performance V2MUAP 3620 Performance VI2
MUSI 3510 Music History I3MUSI 3800 Junior Performance Recital1
Select one of the following courses:2MUSI 3520 Music History II3
MUSI 3150 Brass Literature
 MUSE 3000-level Ensemble1
MUSI 3160 Percussion Literature
 MUSE 3000-level Ensemble1
MUSI 3170 Woodwind Literature
 Core Math3
MUSI 3180 String Literature
 Core Science II4
MUSI 3630 Instrumental Conducting I32Elective21
MUSE 3000-level Ensemble1 
MUSE 3000-level Ensemble1 
Core Science I4 
Elective21 
 16 16
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0
MUAP 4520 Performance VII2MUAP 4620 Performance VIII2
3000/4000-level course in Music History/Theory33000/4000-level course in Music History/Theory3
MUSE 4000-level Ensemble1MUSE 4000-level Ensemble1
MUSE 4000-level Ensemble1MUSE 4000-level Ensemble1
MUSI 4020 Instrumental Pedagogy2MUSI 4800 Senior Performance Recital2
Core Social Science3Core Humanities43
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Foreign Language II (College Core)4
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 16 16
Total Hours: 120
1

Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence.  They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature course in the area not selected as the sequence.

2

 Students should meet with their advisers to determine appropriate elective courses.

3

 MUSI 3630 fulfills SLO 7.

4

If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

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BM Curriculum in Music Performance - Piano

Music majors must earn a grade of C or higher in music courses to have them count toward the degree.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0
MUAP 1520 Performance I2MUAP 1620 Performance II2
MUSI 1310 Music Theory I2MUSI 1410 Music Theory II2
MUSI 1320 Music Skills I1MUSI 1420 Music Skills II1
MUSE 1000-level Ensemble1MUSE 1000-level Ensemble1
MUSE 1000-level Ensemble1MUSE 1000-level Ensemble1
MUSI 2040 Functional Piano I1MUSI 2050 Functional Piano II1
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Core History13MUSI 2730 Appreciation of Music (Core Fine Arts)3
Elective21Elective21
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0
MUAP 2520 Performance III2MUAP 2620 Performance IV2
MUSI 2310 Music Theory III2MUSI 2410 Music Theory IV2
MUSI 2320 Music Skills III1MUSI 2420 Music Skills IV1
MUSE 2000-level Ensemble1MUSE 2000-level Ensemble1
Core Literature13Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) or Core Literature to complete sequence13
Core Math3Core Social Science3
Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence13Electives22
 15 14
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0
MUAP 3520 Performance V2MUAP 3620 Performance VI2
MUSI 3510 Music History I3MUSI 3800 Junior Performance Recital1
MUSI 3610 Choral Conducting I or 3630 Instrumental Conducting I32MUSI 3520 Music History II3
MUSI 3110 Piano Literature I2MUSI 3120 Piano Literature II2
MUSE 3000-level Ensemble1MUSE 3000-level Ensemble1
Core Science I4Core Humanities43
Elective21Core Science II4
 15 16
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0
MUAP 4520 Performance VII2MUAP 4620 Performance VIII2
3000/4000-level course in Music History/Theory33000/4000-level course in Music History/Theory3
MUSE 4000-level Ensemble13000/4000-level course in Music History/Theory3
MUSI 4030 Piano Pedagogy2MUSE 4000-level Ensemble1
Core Social Science3MUSI 4800 Senior Performance Recital2
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Foreign Language II (College Core)4
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 15
Total Hours: 120
1

Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence.  They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature course in the area not selected as the sequence.

2

 Students should meet with their advisers to determine appropriate elective courses.

3

 MUSI 3610 or 3630 fulfills SLO 7.

4

If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

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BM Curriculum in Music Performance - Voice

Music majors must earn a grade of C or higher in music courses to have them count toward the degree.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0
MUAP 1520 Performance I2MUAP 1620 Performance II2
MUSI 1310 Music Theory I2MUSI 1410 Music Theory II2
MUSI 1320 Music Skills I1MUSI 1420 Music Skills II1
MUSE 1000-level Ensemble1MUSE 1000-level Ensemble1
MUSI 1020 Piano Skills I - Rudiments1MUSI 1030 Piano Skills II1
MUSI 1050 Singer's Diction1ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3MUSI 2730 Appreciation of Music (Core Fine Arts)3
Core History13MUSI 2150 Advanced Diction1
Elective21 
 15 14
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0Core Social Science3
MUAP 2520 Performance III2MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0
MUSI 2310 Music Theory III2MUAP 2620 Performance IV2
MUSI 2320 Music Skills III1MUSI 2410 Music Theory IV2
MUSE 2000-level Ensemble1MUSI 2420 Music Skills IV1
MUSE 2000-level Ensemble1MUSE 2000-level Ensemble1
MUSI 2040 Functional Piano I1MUSE 2000-level Ensemble1
Core Literature13MUSI 2050 Functional Piano II1
Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence 13Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) or Core Literature to complete sequence13
 Elective21
 14 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0
MUAP 3520 Performance V2MUAP 3620 Performance VI2
MUSI 3510 Music History I3MUSI 3800 Junior Performance Recital1
MUSI 3610 Choral Conducting I32MUSI 3520 Music History II3
MUSI 3130 Vocal Literature I2MUSI 3140 Vocal Literature II2
MUSE 3000-level Ensemble1MUSE 3000-level Ensemble1
Core Science I4Core Math3
Electives22Core Science II4
 16 16
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0MUSI 1000 Performance Attendance0
MUAP 4520 Performance VII2MUAP 4620 Performance VIII2
3000/4000-level course in Music History/Theory33000/4000-level course in Music History/Theory3
MUSE 4000-level Ensemble 1MUSE 4000-level Ensemble1
MUSI 4010 Vocal Pedagogy2MUSI 4800 Senior Performance Recital2
Core Social Science3Core Humanities43
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Foreign Language II (College Core)4
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 15
Total Hours: 120
1

Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence.  They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature course in the area not selected as the sequence.

2

 Students should meet with their advisers to determine appropriate elective courses.

3

 MUSI 3610 fulfills SLO 7.

4

If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

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Last Updated: March 13, 2014