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BA in Music

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Music prepares adults for career change, advancement or graduate education, while providing personal enrichment. The program offers a well-rounded preparation and enriches the comprehensive awareness of the musician. Students develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while developing a greater depth of knowledge in music.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Western music theory, including harmony, rhythm and thematic development
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of world music and current trends, including classical, jazz, folk and popular expressions
  • Write descriptively and analytically about music and performance

BA in Music Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Information Literacy
    SOS-110: Critical Information Literacy
B. Civic and Global Learning 9
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Civic Engagement
C. Knowledge of Human Cultures 12
D. Understanding the Physical and Natural World 4-7
E. General Education Electives 17-20
II. Area of Study: Music 33
A. Required Courses 12
  • Survey of Music History I and II
  • Music Theory/Harmony I and II
B. Capstone 3
  • LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone
C. Music Electives*
  • African-American Influence on Music
  • Applied Music: Instrumental or Voice
  • Arranging
  • Art of Accompanying
  • Aural Perception
  • Chorus
  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Counterpoint
  • Diction (e.g., English, French, German, Italian, etc.)
  • Electronic Music
  • History and Literature Analysis
  • Introduction to Non-Western Music
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Literature of the Opera
  • Marching Band
  • Modern Musical Trends
  • Music of a Specific Era (e.g., Baroque, Classical, etc.)
  • Music Theatre
  • Orchestra
  • Small Ensemble
  • Special - Topic/Period History and Literature
  • Specific Composer (e.g., Beethoven, Handel, Mozart, Wagner, etc.)
  • Survey of Jazz
  • Survey of Music Literature
  • Symphonic Band
D. Requirements  
  • Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State University are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
III. Electives 27
Total Credits 120

*This list is a guide. Other music courses may be appropriate for this area of study.

Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The University also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit – all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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