Musical Arts, BMA

Offered in: Chicago

The Bachelor of Musical Arts degree is an interdisciplinary program with significant curricular flexibility. The degree is designed for the student with a strong academic background who wishes to combine the study of music with an emphasis in a second discipline outside music. The outside field may be an established minor program offered by the university or a self-designed course of study that combines several subjects as desired (e.g. History and Political Science). Students' programs are individualized according to their interests and culminate in a senior project that melds their work in music with their second discipline.

At the conclusion of the program, students are expected to have the capability to formulate and complete a capstone project that combines their knowledge and ability in music with the material, methodology and perspectives of the second discipline. The nature of the project is not defined, as it will vary according to the student's interests and studies.

Admission

Students will present the audition requirements for their major performance area (instrument or voice). Please consult the CCPA Admission and Audition Information webpage for the requirements.  

Grade and other requirements

A grade point average of at least 3.0 is required for admission into the program and for graduation.

Six hours of foreign language are recommended. This may be counted in fulfillment of the general education component or as part of the second emphasis if that is of an interdisciplinary nature.

The second emphasis may include courses in any non-music discipline, chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor in accordance with the student's interests. It may be a formal minor offered by the university or an interdisciplinary array of courses,

Requirements

General Education
Mathematics3
Two Science courses7
Two Social Science or Humanities courses (depending on area of focus)6
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR3
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ACP 250GROUNDS FOR CHANGE3
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
LIBS 201WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE3
Music Requirements
Applied Music (8 min)8
Ensemble (2 min)2
Senior project supervised by faculty3
MUHL 210VERNACULAR MUSIC OF THE UNTIED STATES3
MUHL 251HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC I3
MUHL 252HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC II3
MUHL 253HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC III3
MUSC 121A
MUSC 121B
MUSC 121C
MUSICIANSHIP I:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP I:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP I:PIANO SKILLS
5
MUSC 122A
MUSC 122B
MUSC 122C
MUSICIANSHIP II:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP II:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP II:PIANO SKILLS
5
MUSC 221A
MUSC 221B
MUSC 221C
MUSICIANSHIP III:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSCIANSHIP III:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP III:PIANO SKILLS
5
MUSC 222A
MUSC 222B
MUSC 222C
MUSICIANSHIP IV:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP IV:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP IV:PIANO SKILLS
5
Guided electives in music, chosen in consultation with faculty advisor25
Second Emphasis outside music (six courses)18
Total Credit Hours122