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Music Major (BA)


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Music Major - Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Please see the UNLV College of Fine Arts - School of Music web page at unlv.edu/music for information about department programs, faculty and facilities.  

Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plan for the major are available at https://www.unlv.edu/degree/ba-music.

Please see advising information at the UNLV College of Fine Arts Advising Center at unlv.edu/finearts/advising.

Accreditation

Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities www.nwccu.org
Program - National Association of Schools of Music nasm.arts-accredit.org

Learning Objectives

  1. Perform in one primary performance medium, at a level appropriate for the area of specialization, with sufficient technical and musical skills requisite for artistic self-expression;
  2. Demonstrate broad working knowledge of the solo repertoire for their primary performance medium, at a level appropriate for the area of specialization, and display essential skills to interpret a range of styles within that repertoire;
  3. Perform in solo and ensemble (large and small) settings at a level appropriate for the area of specialization, with sufficient technical and musical skills requisite for artistic self-expression;
  4. Read solo and ensemble (large and small) literature at sight with fluency demonstrating both general musicianship and, in the primary performance medium, a skill level relevant to professional standards appropriate for the area of concentration;
  5. Demonstrate in written, verbal, aural, and visual methods knowledge of styles, composers, genres, forms and processes of Western European art music through present time, including contributions to this tradition made by composers of both genders and multicultural societies;
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of harmony, musical form, and compositional process, and the ability to use this knowledge in written, verbal, aural, and visual analyses;
  7. Demonstrate fluency in written fundamentals and aural comprehension of music theory (including aural dictation);
  8. Synthesize performance, historical, stylistic, analytical, and technological information to solve artistic problems and form musical interpretations, and convincingly communicate these solutions and interpretations in written, verbal, aural, and visual methods.

University Graduation Requirements

Please see Graduation Policies for complete information.

Music Major BA Requirements - Total: 120 - 122 Credits


General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 37-40 Credits


First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3


English Composition - Credits: 6


Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3


Mathematics - Credits: 3


Distribution Requirement - Credits: 19


Please see Distribution Requirements for more information.

Humanities and Fine Arts: 

  • Automatically satisfied by Major requirements

Social Science: 9 credits 

  • One course each from three different fields

Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking: 10 credits 

Multicultural and International


Major Requirements - BA in Music - Subtotal: 76 Credits


Music Electives - Credits: 11-12


Six credits of upper-level music courses (MUS 345  , MUS 401  ,MUS 491  , MUS 492  , or MUS 493  ).  See Note 1 below.

Other Electives - Credits: 18-19


Two semesters (6 credits) must be in the study of a major foreign language.  See Notes 2 and 3.

Total Credits: 120 - 122


Notes


  1. Music electives to be taken in applied music, history, literature, theory, or conducting.
  2. Six credits (normally two semesters) of a foreign language are required; a student may satisfy this requirement by demonstrating foreign (non-English) language proficiency by placement exam.
  3. Apart from the foreign language requirement, additional electives may be taken in any subject.
  4. Senior project advisor to be determined during junior year.
  5. The Bachelor of Arts in Music will not satisfy certification requirements for music education.

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