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
Performance and Musicianship

Show proficiency in performance on an instrument or voice.

Courses that Contribute: MUSIC 235A MUSIC 235B MUSIC 260R
Linked to BYU Aims: Competence, Lifelong service

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.