Bachelor of Arts, Music

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music is for students to who desire a broad liberal arts education while exploring music without a strict focus in performance, composition and theory, or music education. The major prepares students for graduate work and academic careers in musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, and composition, and for professional careers in music criticism, music librarianship, music publishing, arts management, and other wide-ranging areas of the music and arts industry.

Unique Opportunities

  • Students may take up to 6 credits of private instrumental or vocal instruction towards the degree and will typically study with a graduate assistant. Eligibility to study with a School of Music faculty member is determined by audition and faculty availability. BA students (newly admitted students and transfer students) who choose private instrumental and vocal instruction will be charged an Applied Music Fee.
  • Cross-curricular experiences in the College of Fine Arts, including the popular Arts Leadership Minor.
  • Flexibility to pursue additional academic areas of study, including rigorous academic minors or concentrations, or a dual degree.

Degree Requirements

Principal Courses

All BA in Music students must complete coursework in the following music subjects:

  • Music Theory
  • Aural Skills
  • History and Literature of Music
Related Courses

Related coursework is required from subjects including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Anthropology
  • History
  • History and Literature of Music
  • Philosophy
  • Foreign Languages

The complete course of study can be found on the BU Bulletin

Advisor: Barbara Raney