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Music, B.A.

About the Program

National Association of Schools of Music (Accredited)

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree is a liberal arts program that provides students with the broad knowledge and skills to prepare for graduate study and careers in a variety of fields including performance, composition, music instruction, arts entrepreneurship and management, and sound design/recording arts. Students complete a 33-credit musical core requirement in aural skills, theory/composition, and history; a 10-credit performance requirement comprised of applied lessons and ensembles; 10 credits of music electives; and a capstone experience selected from recital, senior thesis, internship, or special project options. Multiple enrichment programs throughout the academic year--such as the Music Forum guest lecture series on career issues in the arts--enhance student engagement and experience across the discipline.

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About the Music Department

203 Rockwell Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6401
Fax: (716) 878-6402

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 33–39 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Musicianship 33 cr
MUS 122 Introduction to Music Studies (2)
MUS 206 Foundations of American Popular Music
MUS 218 Aural Perception I (1)
MUS 219 Aural Perception II (1)
MUS 230 Music Theory I
MUS 231 Music Theory II
MUS 302 Music History: Antiquity–Baroque
MUS 303 Music History: Classic–Modern
MUS 318 Aural Perception III (1)
MUS 319 Aural Perception IV (1)
MUS 321 Composition, Improvisation, and Arranging (2)
MUS 330 Music Theory III
MUS 331 Music Theory IV
MUS 440 Ethnomusicology
MUS 491 Capstone Project (1)

Total Required Credit Hours in Musical Performance 10 cr
MUS 171 MUS 173 MUS 271 MUS 273 Applied Instruction (4 semesters; 4 cr)
MUS 290, MUS 313 MUS 314 or MUS 335 Ensemble Requirements (6 semesters; 6 cr)

Music Electives 10 cr

All College Electives (Not Music) 28-34 cr

Total Required Credit Hours 120 cr

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