BA Contemporary Music

BA Contemporary Music

Let our passion guide you: become a performer, composer, producer, technologist, or musical entrepreneur

Creative careers in the musical world are more and more relevant every day, and we work hard to make sure that you’re prepared for what the working world wants from you.

Not only will you foster skills in performance, technology, composition, and recording arts, you’ll also find yourself grounded in world music, theory, and history. Our full-time and contributing faculty members are practicing professional musicians, so you’ll be taught by your future peers – and our guest artists from all over the world will show you a diverse world of opportunities for musicians available today. Get ready for performances, workshops, seminars, and master classes, plus ensembles, where you’ll be playing non-stop. We also offer private lessons in all orchestral instruments and many world music instruments, plus lessons in piano, guitar, composition, songwriting, and music technology.

Program Data: Contemporary Music

Liberal Arts Core Requirements - 36 credits

Liberal Arts Core Requirements (16 credits)

  • FRYE 1025 Liberal Arts Seminar (4 credits)
  • ENGL 1050 Writing Roundtable I (4 credits)
  • ENGL 1051 Writing Roundtable II (4 credits)
  • SOYE 2050 Sophomore Roundtable Seminar (4 credits)

Liberal Arts Distributive Core Requirements (12 credits)

Cultural Diversity Course (4 credits)

Ethical Responsibility Course (4 credits)

Options for all courses change on a semester basis – check the Registrar for this semester’s core classes and academic catalog.

Major Requirements - 54 credits

MUSI 1001 Musicianship Skills (2 credits)

MUSI 1011 Diatonic/Tonal Theory (4 credits)

MUSI 1030 Analog Music Technology (2 credits)

MUSI 1031 Digital Music Technology (2 credits)

MUSI 1061 Music Career Workshop (2 credits)

MUSI 2012 Chromatic and Jazz Theory (4 credits)

MUSI 2013 20TH Century Theory (4 credits)

MUSI 2020 Western Music Survey (4 credits)

MUSI 3012 Acoustics and Tuning Systems (4 credits)

MUSI 3014 Instrumentation and Orchestration (4 credits)

MUSI 3020 Jazz and Popular Music Survey (4 credits)

MUSI 3021 World Music Survey (4 credits)

MUSI 3036 Recording Techniques I (2 credits)

MUSI 3036L Recording Techniques I Lab (2 credits)

MUSI 3037 Recording Techniques II (2 credits)

MUSI 3037L Recording Techniques II Lab (2 credits)

MUSI 4064 Music Business (4 credits)

MUSI 4071 Senior Practicum (2 credits)

Complete a minimum of 12 credits of ensembles (MUSI 1051 and MUSI 3051) belonging to each of two categories. The two categories are Western Music Ensembles and World Music Ensembles. Western Music Ensembles include Rock Ensemble, Funk/R&B Ensemble, Metal Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Improvisation Ensemble, Electroacoustic Ensemble, and Acoustic Americana Ensemble. World Music Ensembles include African Drum Ensemble, Celtic Ensemble, Mariachi Ensemble, Gamelan Ensemble, and Mideast/Balkan Ensemble. Additional ensembles may be offered from semester to semester.

Designated Electives - 22 credits

Complete a minimum of 10 credits, choosing from private instruction (MUSI 1041 and MUSI 3041) or small group instruction (MUSI 1021 and MUSI 2021) or small group piano instruction (MUSI 1022 or MUSI 2022) or composition seminar (MUSI 3015) or songwriting seminar (MUSI 3016).

Unrestricted Electives - 8 credits