Music BA

Program Purpose


This is a limited-enrollment program requiring departmental admissions approval. Please see the college advisement center for information regarding requirements for admission to this major.

The Bachelors of Arts degree offers a broad liberal arts education with a concentration in music. If appropriate music electives or tracks are chosen, it also offers excellent preparation for a variety of professional music careers or graduate work in music theory, musicology, music education or music business.

Curricular Structure

Students in the BA program complete the core of classes common to all bachelors programs as well as other academic courses in music. In addition, they prepare a junior recital.

Major Academic Plan

Catalog Information

Department Information

Application procedures

 

Learning Outcomes


As reviewed and approved by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), all music students, through the core requirements of all music degrees, show proficiency in music theory, music history, performance, ensemble playing, conducting, sight singing and music dictation.  In the B.A. (Music) degree program, the courses assess the application of these core proficiencies.

Music History and Theory

Show mastery of the basic cultural and historical background of Western civilization, and the important musical styles that have emerged therefrom.

Courses that Contribute: MUSIC 193 MUSIC 194 MUSIC 195 MUSIC 196 MUSIC 197 MUSIC 198 MUSIC 297 MUSIC 298 MUSIC 320R MUSIC 335R MUSIC 395
Linked to BYU Aims: Human knowledge, Competence
Western and non-Western Music

Demonstrate command of Western and non-Western music's organizing principles.

Courses that Contribute: MUSIC 161 MUSIC 193 MUSIC 194 MUSIC 195 MUSIC 196 MUSIC 221 MUSIC 222 MUSIC 235A MUSIC 235B MUSIC 260R MUSIC 293 MUSIC 294 MUSIC 295 MUSIC 296 MUSIC 297 MUSIC 298 MUSIC 311R MUSIC 312R MUSIC 313R MUSIC 314R MUSIC 315R MUSIC 316R MUSIC 317R MUSIC 320R MUSIC 323R MUSIC 325R MUSIC 326R MUSIC 330R MUSIC 333R MUSIC 335R MUSIC 336R MUSIC 337R MUSIC 338R MUSIC 339R MUSIC 341R MUSIC 343R MUSIC 344R MUSIC 345R MUSIC 346R MUSIC 347R MUSIC 348R MUSIC 360R MUSIC 395 MUSIC 441R MUSIC 481 MUSIC 595 MUSIC 596
Linked to BYU Aims: Quantitative reasoning, Human knowledge
Critical Thinking and Effective Communication

Think and write clearly and effectively about music, and defend their views.

Courses that Contribute: MUSIC 161 MUSIC 193 MUSIC 194 MUSIC 195 MUSIC 196 MUSIC 235A MUSIC 235B MUSIC 313R MUSIC 320R MUSIC 325R MUSIC 336R MUSIC 337R MUSIC 395 MUSIC 596
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Competence

Evidence of Learning


The evidences of learning used to assess the BA include:

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement


The BA program has just recently undergone an extensive and thorough review and realignment. In addition, this program, along the rest of the programs in the School of Music, undergoes regular review and adjustments each year. An in-depth external review occurs every ten years through the NASM review process as well as an internal review every five years by BYU. Any need for and plans for improvement are tracked through the School of Music committees and passed on to the College Curriculum Committee for approval. This would occur on an annual basis.