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The B.A. in music offers students the opportunity to study performance, composition, theory, and technology in a liberal arts setting.

History & Literature students take advanced music theory courses, seminars on individual composers (ranging from Bach to Duke Ellington), and lectures on music from particular historical eras (Baroque, blues, 20th century). They learn advanced music theory and have a strong emphasis on private lessons and performing ensembles each semester. The capstone requirement is a Senior Music History Project consisting of directed readings and research under a music history faculty member.

Audition and Declaring the Major

Students wishing to declare the music major concentration in Music History & Literature must first pass an entrance audition on an instrument or voice. In order to complete the major, all students must attain intermediate level on a single instrument or voice;  and must pass a junior standing examination, usually at the end of the sophomore year.

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Related Information


We also offer a minor in music.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the B.A. in Music degree with a History and Literature concentration, students will be able to:

  • Describe and apply advanced music history and literature knowledge
  • Demonstrate intermediate skill on a single instrument or voice
  • Describe and apply intermediate music theory knowledge and skills
  • In their professional life (after graduating) alumni apply skills, knowledge, and proficiency attained