The purpose of the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music is to prepare well-rounded musicians for a wide variety of creative and professional opportunities that may include graduate studies, arts business and administration, private education, journalism, careers in performance and composition, and a variety of related fields.

Bucknell's BA in Music shares a common core of courses in History, Theory, and Applied Music with the department's professional degrees in Performance and Education. Students complete their programs of study by selecting additional courses from a wide range of offerings in various subfields of music, including Composition, Performance, History, World Music, and Jazz Studies, Conducting, Education, and Theory. This provides students with a significant amount of flexibility within the liberal arts model, encouraging them to explore music's many subfields and their interdisciplinary intersections.

The major in music consists of ten courses distributed as follows:

  • Theory of Music (MUSC 200, 201, 202)
  • Music and Culture (MUSC 252, 253, 249 or another course in world music)

Two additional courses chosen from advanced theory, history, and solo performance, or any additional music course approved by the adviser. A minimum of eight semesters of private lessons is required.

Bachelor of arts majors in music are expected to participate in one or more of the vocal or instrumental performing organizations of the music department for all semesters in residence. All students, regardless of degree program, must attend a minimum of ten approved recitals/performances each semester, for a total of six semesters, in order to satisfy degree requirements.

All students, regardless of degree program, must satisfy requirements of the College Core Curriculum. All music degree programs require 13 credits of College Core Curriculum courses. Bachelor of Arts students will meet the three intellectual competency goals (writing, speaking, and information literacy) within core coursework required for all degree programs.


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