Music, Bachelor of Arts

Offered by Department of Music, Theatre and Dance

Music Major

General Studies
Foundational Requirements (LOPERs 1-4)12
Broad Knowledge Requirements (LOPERs 5-8)12
LOPER 5: Visual or Performing Arts
Music History and Literature I
Dispositional Requirements (LOPERs 9-10) 16
Wellness (LOPER 11) Optional0
BA Language requirement
Complete all required courses 26
Program Specified Requirement3
Music History and Literature II
Major Option
Complete all required courses36
Minor or 2nd Major
Complete all required courses 324
Unrestricted electives 421
Total Credit Hours120

Candidates for degrees must satisfactorily complete an exit assessment including a portfolio before graduation.

Major Option

Music Core Requirements
MUS 198Sight Singing and Ear Training I1
MUS 199Sight Singing and Ear Training II1
MUS 200Music Theory I3
MUS 201Music Theory II3
MUS 337Sight Singing and Ear Training III1
MUS 338Sight Singing and Ear Training IV1
MUS 339Music Theory III3
MUS 340Music Theory IV3
MUS 365Form and Analysis2
Select 3 credit hours of the following: 53
Piano Techniques I 6
Piano Techniques II 6
Piano Techniques III 6
Keyboard Harmonization 6
Music Private Instruction
Select 8 credit hours of the following:8
Select 3-5 credit hours of the following in one area (voice, piano or single band/orchestral instrument):
Private Instruction, Primary Instrument
Select 3-5 credit hours of the following in same area as above (voice, piano or single band/orchestral instrument):
Advanced Private Instruction
Advanced Applied Instruction with Recital
Select 0-2 credit hours of the following in any one area (voice, piano or single band/orchestral instrument):
Private Instruction, Secondary Instrument
Music Ensembles
Select 7 credit hours of the following: 47
University Band
University Band
Symphonic Band
Symphonic Band
Wind Ensemble
Wind Ensemble
University Men's Chorus
Men's Chorus
University Women's Chorus
University Women's Chorus
Kearney Area Symphony Orchestra
Kearney Area Symphony Orchestra
Total Credit Hours36

Designated courses with the appropriate content approved to satisfy one of the Broad Knowledge requirements plus LOPER 9 or a Broad Knowledge requirement plus LOPER 10.  Some courses approved satisfy LOPER 9 or LOPER 10 alone.  Choosing a course that satisfies the Broad Knowledge requirement AND LOPER 9 or the Broad Knowledge Requirement AND LOPER 10 will reduce the total general studies hours.


For specific language requirements see #2 of Bachelor of Arts Degree requirements.


A minor or second major is required for a complete degree program. The number of required electives needed to reach 120 total credit hours overall will depend upon the specific program chosen.


Music major scholarships require continuous ensemble enrollment. Music scholarship recipients should be advised that one elective credit hour may need to be reserved for an eighth ensemble credit.


Requirements may be met through proficiency examination; credit hours to be replaced by Music Electives, especially ensemble classes. See advisor.


Placement into the appropriate level piano class will be determined by the piano faculty at the time of the entrance audition.