The Bachelor of Arts degree is for students who wish to pursue a broad liberal arts degree (B.A.) with an emphasis in music. Approximately 45 percent of the coursework is in music with the remaining 55 percent in Bible, general studies, and electives. There are 16 credits of music electives which allow the student to take courses in an area of particular interest such as music history and/or ethnomusicology, music theory, music composition, performance, or church music.
As with all other liberal arts degrees, the B.A. in music is not a career degree. However, the breadth of the education allows students to investigate and pursue a wide range of careers, related or unrelated to music. Students may wish to pursue graduate studies in an area of music in which they have a particular interest and proper preparation: performance, composition, music history and/or ethnomusicology, music theory, music education, music therapy, music ministry, or music business.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music is designed for the musically talented student interested in studying music within the context of Scripture and the liberal arts. It is an appropriate degree program for the student considering private teaching, music business, graduate training, church work and a wide range of careers related to music. The B.A. in General Music does not qualify the student to be certified to teach public school music. The degree is granted upon completion of 125 credits as specified in the college catalog (40 credits must be in 3000- or 4000-level courses).
Entrance auditions are required for all students wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Music Education degree. Auditions are held during spring semester and new student orientation in August. Please visit the music admissions & scholarships page for more information.
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Jeremy Kolwinska, D.M.A., Department Chair