Music Degree Requirements

The Music Department offers

  • Bachelor of Arts with a major in Music
  • Bachelor of Music with a major in Music Education
  • Music Minor

As a candidate for the Bachelor of Arts degree, your 39 hours of music study include music history, theory, applied music, and ensemble music-making; these combine with general education requirements of the College to give you a well rounded education and the option of a double major.  To the BA in Music you may add a concentration on voice, piano, composition, music education, and music history.

  • With a BA in music, Vocal or Piano Concentration, a student can go on to performance studies in graduate school. The ability to enter graduate school in performing depends almost entirely the student’s performing ability. In this concentration, you will spend time in lessons, taking literature courses, and concentrating more heavily on the specifics of performance artistry.
  • Concentrating on Music History prepares you more fully for graduate school in musicology or ethnomusicology. Extra history credits are required for this concentration, to be chosen from courses such as Latin American Music, American Popular Music, and others.
  • If you love composing, you can choose this concentration. In addition to taking Orchestration and Arranging, you will have three semesters of private composition lessons. Roll over, Beethoven!
  • Concentrating in Music Education is an option for students who are not choosing to become certified through the Education Department, but who are interested in teaching and becoming more knowledgeable about instrumental techniques.

The Music Department has graduated majors in Music/Chemistry, Music/Business, Music/Philosophy, and Music/Humanistic Studies. These students all benefited from their studies in other fields, and found ways to combine interests in their career paths.

The Bachelor of Music with a Major in Education requires additional hours in music methods classes and education classes.

  • Altogether, this degree requires 60 hours in the Music Department.
  • At graduation you are certified for teaching at the Elementary, Middle School, and High School levels.

Music Minors take 18 hours in the department. Suggested courses include a year of theory, 4 hours of performance credits, and two courses of history.


Program Requirements in Detail

Requirements for all degrees (music majors)

  • Theory: MUS 181, 182, 182L, 281, 281L, 282, 282L
  • Music History: MUS 271, 272; additionally, MUS 275, 341, or ANTH 352
  • complete advanced writing requirement
  • participate in specific recitals and forums sponsored by the department
  • 2 hours and 2 semesters of class piano
  • pass the basic piano proficiency examination
  • Senior Seminar (preparation for Music Comprehensive)
  • Music Comprehensive presentation

Bachelor of Music, Major in Music Education
(60 music credits, plus additional education credits)

  • complete above requirements for all degrees
  • 7 hours and 7 semesters on the same instrument (voice, piano, etc.)
  • A minimum of 5 hours and 5 semesters of ensemble credit from MUS 201 Collegiate Choir, MUS 203 Women's Choir, or instrumental ensembles through the University of Notre Dame
  • MUS 251, 252, 254, 255
  • MUS 250 or 451
  • MUS 351, 365, 366, 453
  • Additional hours in Professional Education Courses, including Student Teaching, leading to state-approved teacher certification, K-12. Please check with the Education Department for up-to-date education course requirements.

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Music (39 credits)

  • complete above requirements for all degrees
  • A minimum of 2 hours and 2 semesters on the same instrument
  • A minimum of 2 hours and 2 semesters of ensemble credit from MUS 201 Collegiate Choir, MUS 203 Women's Choir, or instrumental ensembles through the University of Notre Dame
  • 2 hours and 2 semesters of chamber music, e.g. MUS 202 Collegium Musicum, MUS 205 Madrigal Singers
  • Various concentrations may be selected:
    • Music History
    • Composition
    • Music Education (Does not lead to state-approved teacher certification.)
    • Voice
    • Piano

Minor in Music (18 credits)

  • MUS 181, 182, 182L
  • 6 hours of music history/appreciation (selected in consultation with music advisor)
  • 4 hours of performance (ensemble, studio or class instruction)

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