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Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music program allows the student to continue the development of musical skills and training in a conservatory setting, while pursuing a liberal arts degree in another academic area. Students in this program receive a broad overview of music study, rather than the focused study of Hartt's other music degree programs.

The music courses are the same core program of academic music courses required of bachelor of music majors at Hartt. Private lessons may be taken for college credit by passing an audition or may be taken for non-college credit (through the Hartt Community Division) at an extra charge. The capstone experience for the BA. Music major is a senior project or recital.

In addition, BA Music majors take courses from a variety of non-music disciplines, including the physical sciences, social sciences, language arts, communication skills, mathematics, philosophy, history, and computer science as part of their general education. These interdisciplinary courses are intended to broaden the horizons of students and introduce them to other fields and ways of thinking. The program is aimed at enriching students' lives and sharpening skills of comprehension and expression that will aid the student in whatever discipline he or she chooses to pursue as a career.

Major in Music (BA) - 120 Credits Minimum

Requirements for the Major

Arts and Sciences courses totaling 84 credit hours, including completion of all distribution requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree, and a minimum of 36 credits of music to include:

First Year

Subject Code Course Description Credits Credits
Sem. 1 Sem. 2
TH 110 Music Theory Fundamentals1 (2)
TH 111-112 Diatonic1-Chromatic Harmony1
TH 120-121 Elementary Ear Training I-II 
WRT 110-111 Academic Writing I-II 3 3
AUC All-University Curriculum 3
HLM 020 Information Literacy in the Performing Arts 0 -
MUS 110-111 Paranov Performance Hour .5 .5
ENG 140  Intro to Literature 
M 110 or 116 Math elective; Modeling with Elementary Functions or Contemporary Mathmatics - 3
PHI 110 Introduction to History of Western Philosophy 3 -
APC 122-123 Piano Keyboard Class2 2 2
Total Credits 15.5 15.5

Second Year

APC 222-223 Piano Keyboard Class2
TH 210-211 Tonal/Post-Tonal Form and Analysis 2 2
TH 220-221 Intermediate Ear Training I-II 2 2
HLM 212 Perspectives on Music History 3 -
HLM 213 Classicism to the Present - 3
AUC All-University Curriculum 3
MUS 110-111 Paranov Performance Hour .5 .5
HIS 100 or 101  Civilization since 1500: Making the World Modern or Civilization to 1650: Unfolding of Traditional Civilization  
2 sem. Foreign Language or CMM 115 & CS 110 Foreign Language (2 sem.) or Improving Communication Skills and Introduction to Computers 3 3
Total Credits 15.5 15.5

Third Year

HLM Music History Elective 
AUCT   All-University Curriculum with lab 
EC/PSY/SOC  Economics or Psychology or Sociology elective 3
BIO/CH  Biology or Chemistry with Lab
Writing elective  Writing-intensive elective above 200 level with W designation 3 3
Academic Electives3
3,3  3,3 
Total Credits 16.0 16.0

Fourth Year

HLM Music History Elective
TE 410/REC 440  Senior Project (Essay4 or Recital5) -
POL 100 American Government 
AUC All-University Curriculum 3 -
Academic Electives3 3,3  3,3,3 
Total Credits 12 14
1 A placement exam is used for assignment into music theory courses.
2 Required unless principal instrument is piano. If the requirement is waived, credits must be made up with music electives approved by the assigned advisor.
3 These courses are taken in the College of Arts and Sciences, Barney School of Business, and/or the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
4 Students who choose an essay as their senior project must submit the title and outline of the essay to the department chair/division director for approval. A faculty advisor will then be appointed.

5 Students who choose a recital as their senior project are expected to have studied privately for at least five semesters at The Hartt School. These students must be/have been registered for private study at the collegiate level. Recital approval is attained through successful completion of a recital jury taken at the end of the first semester of Junior year. Approved recitals are expected to be 30 minutes or more. 

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