Music (Music and Culture) (BA)

The BA program in music with a concentration in music and culture provides students with a broadly based liberal arts degree applicable to careers in music and many other fields. The music curricular core is combined with elective flexibility, leading students to develop mainstream and alternative musical competencies; to explore musics as human history, cultural artifact and social behavior; and to pursue other areas of interest. This is a liberal arts-based degree program in which students have a higher percentage of elective courses, allowing them to tailor both the General Studies courses and the music electives to suit their career goals.

Degree Offered

Music (Music and Culture) (BA)
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Application Requirements

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Career Outlook

The program prepares students for potential careers in fields that require skilled written communication, the ability to conduct research both in electronic and print media, critical and logical thinking, the dissection of an argument and careful time management. In addition to the careers listed below, graduates may pursue jobs in music and medical humanities or copyright and entertainment law. Graduates are prepared to work in various professional capacities, including:

  • music criticism and research, ethnomusicology and musicology
  • music entrepreneurship, concert management and promotion
  • music in culture, music blogging
  • music publishing, program annotation
  • performing in community and professional ensembles in a variety of styles and traditions
  • teaching in a private studio or community program
  • work as a music librarian
  • work in music-related fields

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Music Composers and Arrangers3.2%$48,180
Music Directors3.2%$48,180
Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners4.2%$33,150
Musicians, Instrumental3.5%*

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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