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Bachelor of Arts in Music; Concentration in History and Literature

The Bachelor of Arts in Music, with concentrations in History and Literature or Recital, allows the student to pursue music as a major within the context of a liberal arts curriculum. The curriculum offers an intensive study of music as both an intellectual discipline and a performance art. Students pursuing this degree enroll in the same classes, ensembles, and private lessons as students in the Bachelor of Music program but have the opportunity to enroll in credits in other disciplines as part of the degree Bachelor of Arts in Music.

Learning Objectives

  1. perform in one primary performance medium, at a level appropriate for the area of specialization, with sufficient technical and musical skills requisite for artistic self-expression;
  2. demonstrate broad working knowledge of the solo repertoire for their primary performance medium, at a level appropriate for the area of specialization, and display essential skills to interpret a range of styles within that repertoire;
  3. perform in solo and ensemble (large and small) settings at a level appropriate for the area of specialization, with sufficient technical and musical skills requisite for artistic self-expression;
  4. read solo and ensemble (large and small) literature at sight with fluency demonstrating both general musicianship and, in the primary performance medium, a skill level relevant to professional standards appropriate for the area of concentration;
  5. demonstrate in written, verbal, aural, and visual methods knowledge of styles, composers, genres, forms and processes of Western European art music through present time, including contributions to this tradition made by composers of both genders and multicultural societies;
  6. demonstrate knowledge of the principles of harmony, musical form, and compositional process, and the ability to use this knowledge in written, verbal, aural, and visual analyses;
  7. demonstrate fluency in written fundamentals and aural comprehension of music theory (including aural dictation);
  8. utilize the piano for personal music study and instruction;
  9. synthesize performance, historical, stylistic, analytical, and technological information to solve artistic problems and form musical interpretations, and convincingly communicate these solutions and interpretations in written, verbal, aural, and visual methods;
  10. develop and plan for instruction in P-12 settings (Music Education Only), and
  11. facilitate the technical development and artistic growth of students’ musical skills through appropriate pedagogical techniques and methodologies (Music Education Only).