Bachelor of Arts in Music

Students who are talented and passionate about music and want to use their musical abilities in fields other than performance and teaching should pursue B.A. in music. Many students choose to combine this degree with a degree in another field—adding creative thought processes and interdisciplinary opportunities to their education which equips them to be better thinkers and creators in many careers.

Auburn’s music program is a unique combination of a music-intensive training program and a traditional broad-based liberal arts education. Music is at the heart of the program, with courses in applied lessons, ensemble participation, music history, music theory, aural skills, conducting, and upper division courses in music. Students receive group and individualized training and gain proficiencies in critical thinking, skill development, time management, self-discipline, self-motivation, and focused practice. The program blends together academic knowledge, musical ability, and performance skills to create musicians and music scholars who can contribute intellectually and creatively to society.

Because of its challenging music curriculum, entrance into this program is granted upon a successful audition. Music graduates are prepared for careers in teaching music, music performance, arts administration, and graduate school. Students are able to apply the valuable life skills and discipline learned through music to wide variety of other jobs.

For students seeking certification in teaching public school music, the Bachelor of Music Education degree is offered through the College of Education in partnership with the Department of Music in the College of Liberal Arts. This degree requires an audition for placement in private lesson study, a requirement of the music education curriculum.

Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in music from the Career Center’s Pathways.

Minor in Music

A minor in music requires 15-17 hours of coursework in music including:

  • Music Theory (3)
  • Music Skills (3)
  • Music Ensemble (3)
  • Three electives (must be 3000 or 4000 level courses)

To minor, arrange for a music theory skills test and performance audition with an applied music instructor.

For more information about Music

Music Program Website

Careers in Music

With the Bachelor of Arts in Music, students are prepared for these possible careers:

  • Music teaching, private lessons
  • Music teaching, for pre-K children, at some private schools and recreation centers
  • Music research
  • Develop children’s music learning center
  • Church music
  • Music librarian
  • Music production
  • Music and program performance
  • Music direction for television, radio, online communications and film industry
  • Audio technician
  • Video technician
  • Audio and video production
  • Instrument Repair technician
  • Music stores
  • Music journalism, critic
  • Music Analysis
  • Music-related publications
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Entertainment or music focused Internet sites
  • Entertainment law firms
  • Production companies

BA Curriculum in Music

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

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
 15 15
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
Minor22LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation2
 15 15
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
 15 15
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)4Minor25
Electives42UNIV 4AA0 Creed to Succeed0
 15 15
Total Hours: 120

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Last Updated: December 19, 2019