B.A. Music

Housed in the School of Music (beginning Fall 2024)

Provides students a path to degree completion in the Bachelor of Arts curriculum with an emphasis 

Core Curriculum Courses
See the Core Curriculum Requirements42
Minor (non-music area) = 18 hours (9 hours must be upper division courses)18
World Music
Foreign Language6
MUS 100Ensemble ( )6
or MUS 100B Symphonic Band
or MUS 100C Chorale
or MUS 100S Chamber Singers
or MUS 100W GLB/Wind Ensemble
MUS 1116Ear Training I 1
MUS 1311Theory I 3
MUS 1117Ear Training II 1
MUS 1312Theory II 3
MUS 152Principal Applied8
MUS 352Principal Applied2
MUS 2311Theory III 3
MUS 2116Ear Training III1
MUS 236Class Piano C1
MUS 310Music Technology3
MUS 313Fundamentals of Conducting2
MUS 323Music History: Early-17503
MUS 324Music History: 1750-Present3
MUS 416Orchestration I2
Music Electives (must be upper division hours)6
Non-Music Electives (must be upper division hours)6
Total Hours120

A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in all courses in this Major.

Additional Requirements for All Music Majors

All incoming students must audition for acceptance as a music major (BA or BM). Music majors are expected to complete Freshmen Success Seminar Course MUS 110 Freshman Success In addition, each music major must (1) enroll for a major ensemble each semester until all music degree requirements are met; (2) pass six semester of recital attendance (MUS 100R Recital) (3) meet the keyboard competency requirement; (4) pass the barrier examination in applied music study, and (5) present one or more public recital(s).

Keyboard Competency Requirement

Requirements for keyboard skills vary according to the major. Instrumental majors may demonstrate keyboard competency through proficiency examination or by completion of MUS 236 Class Piano C. Vocalists must pass two proficiency exams: the first to move from MUS 151 Minor Applied to MUS 351 Minor Applied , and the second to complete study at the upper division level (MUS 351 Minor Applied ). All students must demonstrate keyboard competency before conferral of their degrees.

Applied Barrier Exam Requirement

A barrier exam is required of all music majors to achieve advanced standing on their principal applied instrument before registering for upper division applied study. The examination is administered at the end of the fourth semester of study, but may be taken earlier upon the recommendation of the applied teacher. (Regardless, all students must complete the required total number of semester hours in applied music as specified on the various degree plans.) Students who do not satisfactorily pass the initial exam have, at the discretion of the principal applied professor, one additional long semester to complete the exam requirement. Students who do not satisfactorily pass the second attempt at the barrier exam will be dismissed from the A&M-Commerce music program. Upper division applied credit (MUS 352 Principal Applied) must be completed at A&M-Commerce to be counted toward a music degree.


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