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Music (BA)

Location(s): Northern State University Campus

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The Bachelor of Arts in music is for students majoring in music as part of a liberal arts program. It offers a general background in theory, literature, history, and performance. This is not a teacher-preparation program.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate competency in fundamental musical skills through sight-playing/sight-singing and functional piano playing.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in the application of knowledge of music theory through analysis, vocal/instrumental arranging, and composition. (Cross-curricular Skill: Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate in writing on topics in the field of music history through the purposeful use of educational resources, critical thinking, and supporting details. (Cross-curricular Skills:  Inquiry and Analysis; Information Literacy)
  • Students will demonstrate skills in preparation for and performance of musical works that exhibit effective artistic expression. (Cross-curricular Skill: Foundational Lifelong Learning Skills)
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to integrate skills and knowledge acquired over the course of an undergraduate education, particularly within the major, for a specific purpose that has value in the discipline. (Cross-curricular Skills: Intercultural Knowledge; Integrative Learning)

Coursework Required

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Musical Performance

  • Major area 8 credits
  • Secondary area 6 credits

Ensemble (4 credits)

Total: 56 credits


Students in this major will follow music major requirements as outlined for all music major degrees, specifically those pertaining to (1) the major performance area; (2) ensembles; (3) music electives; (4) senior recital; and (5) keyboard competency.

Additional Requirements

To meet accreditation standards, the system wide core and degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree  are expanded for the music major as follows: (courses may count in both General Education Requirements and in this program specific requirements.)

English Literature (3 credits)

Fine Arts (6 credits)

Foreign language (11-12 credits)–3 semesters in no more than 2 languages

Humanities (6 credits)

Philosophy, Ethics, or Religion courses (6 credits)

General Education Requirements

Baccalaureate degrees - 30 credits

Associate degrees - 24 credits

Goal #1: Written Communication (6 credits Baccalaureate/Associate)

Student enrollment in the initial English course is determined by the Board of Regents placement policy found in the Academic Affairs Guideline 7.6.B.

Goal #2: Oral Communication (3 credits Baccalaureate/Associate)

Goal #4: Arts and Humanities (6 credits Baccalaureate [in two disciplines]/3 credits Associate)

Baccalaureate - Six (6) credits hours (in two disciplines).

Goal #5: Mathematics (3 credits Baccalaureate/Associate)

Student enrollment in the initial Mathematics course is determined by the Board of Regents placement policy found in the Academic Affairs Guidelines 7.6.A.

Goal #6: Natural Sciences (6 credits Baccalaureate/3 Credits Associate)

Associate Degree Flexibility (3 credits)

Students have the flexibility to select an additional three credits from Goal #3, #4, or #6 with courses selected from different disciplinary prefixes.

Degree Requirements (BA) - 9 credits

Human Values (3 credits)

Arts and Humanities (6 credits)

Two additional courses from those listed in General Education Requirements Goal #4. The courses must be from different disciplines than those selected to satisfy General Education Requirements Goal #4.

A total of four courses are required for the BA degree:

  • One year sequence of a foreign language.
  • Two courses from different disciplines than foreign language.


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