The Bachelor of Arts in Music is a degree designed for the emphasis of study in music within a liberal arts curriculum. Students pursuing the BA in Music typically conduct a significant amount of their course work outside the field of music and focus on the interrelationship of music with other academic disciplines.The student entering this program will be expected to take more courses in liberal arts fields than is required of students in the Bachelor of Music degrees. This degree can prepare one for graduate study leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, as well as careers based on cultural concerns. This degree can also be oriented towards pre-professional or social and/or business opportunities.
As a music major, you will be required to declare a major performing area (voice, piano, trumpet, etc.). In addition to being proficient on your instrument, music majors must also demonstrate a knowledge of music theory. Students who have a basic knowledge of the fundamentals of music theory upon entry into a music program are much more likely to succeed in all fields of musical study. All entering freshmen and those who have previous college credit but are new to the music major must take a music theory diagnostic examination before being advised into their first semester of coursework. This exam is given by the Music Departmental office. Those with adequate knowledge will be placed in MUSI 1211 - Elementary Part Writing and Analysis (2 Credit Hours) and MUSI 1101 - Elementary Ear-Training and Sight Singing I (2 Credit Hours) .
All entering music majors must also perform a placement audition before a faculty panel in their major performing area. These auditions will be scheduled prior to the start of classes. Students are expected to demonstrate background and experience through their high school programs or prior collegiate work in musical ensembles, private study, church music, etc. Students without this background must show extraordinary potential to be admitted as a music major. Students who are unable to demonstrate these abilities will not be admitted into the music program and will be advised to seek another major.
The music unit is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
For more information on admissions requirements, please visit the Office of Admissions website. https://www.augusta.edu/admissions/
Progression & Graduation Requirements
Grade of C or better is required for all courses in the Bachelor of Arts in Music Common Core Curriculum and Liberal Arts Emphasis Curriculum areas.