Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Music

It's a fact of life that a college degree serves as your ticket to a brighter future, opening doors that lead to higher income, career advancement, and job security. The music profession is no exception to this rule, and Rhode Island College's Bachelor of Arts in Music degree opens doors.

Flexibility

Designed to meet the needs for a wide range of musical pursuits, the Bachelor of Arts in Music is a great choice for students with a variety of musical backgrounds and goals. Students with years of classical training, as well as musicians with informal, "on-the-job" experience, will benefit from the flexibility built into the degree.

In contrast to the music performance and music education programs, the Bachelor of Arts curriculum allows for over forty credit hours of elective courses. These courses may be taken in any academic area offered at Rhode Island College, allowing students to design a personalized academic plan. Here are just a few of the possibilities for your electives:

  • Courses in business and accounting to prepare you for a career in music merchandising.
  • Courses in management and marketing, leading to a career in arts management.
  • Courses in theatre, dance, and the visual arts for a diverse arts background.
  • Additional, highly focused courses in music, which will prepare you for graduate study in theory, composition, or musicology.
Course No. Course Title Credits

Music Theory

MUS 230Music Theory I3
MUS 232Music Theory II3
MUS 234Music Theory III3
MUS 236Music Theory IV3
One Course from
MUS 305Form and Analysis3
MUS 307Composition3
MUS 321Orchestration3
MUS 323Counterpoint3
MUS 458Twentieth-Century Theory3

Sight Singing and Ear Training

MUS 113Basic Rhythm1
MUS 231Sight Singing and Ear Training I1
MUS 233Sight Singing and Ear Training II1
MUS 235Sight Singing and Ear Training III1
MUS 237Sight Singing and Ear Training IV1

Music History and Literature

MUS 205Music History and Literature I3
MUS 206Music History and Literature II3
Two courses from
MUS 310Medieval and Renaissance Music3
MUS 311Music of the Baroque3
MUS 312Music of the Classical Era3
MUS 313Music of the Romantic Period3
MUS 314Twentieth-Century Music3

Performance

Six Semesters of
MUS 091Student Recital Series0
Six Semesters of
MUS 161-163Large Ensembles3
Six Semesters of
MUS 270-289Applied Music (*)12
Two Semesters of
MUS 164-166Chamber Ensembles1
OR
MUS 268Opera Workshop2
Note: Students must pass Freshman Applied Music Proficiency upon completion of the second semester of Applied Music.

Capstone Course

PFA 461Senior Seminar3

Choose concentration A, B, C, or D, below:

General Music

Course No. Course Title Credits
Nine Credit Hours of music courses at the 300 or 400 level, chosen with advisor's consent

Total Credit Hours

61

Music Composition

Course No. Course Title Credits
Three courses from
MUS 305Form and Analysis3
MUS 307Composition3
MUS 314Twentieth-Century Music3
MUS 321Orchestration3
MUS 323Counterpoint3
MUS 360Seminar in Music Literature2
MUS 390Independent Study3
MUS 458Twentieth-Century Theory3
MUS 490Independent Study3
MUS 491Directed Study3

Total Credit Hours

60-61

Music History

Course No. Course Title Credits
Three courses from
MUS 305Form and Analysis3
MUS 310Medieval and Renaissance Music3
MUS 311Music of the Baroque3
MUS 312Music of the Classical Era3
MUS 313Music of the Romantic Period3
MUS 314Twentieth-Century Music3
MUS 360Seminar in Music Literature2
MUS 390Independent Study3
MUS 458Twentieth-Century Theory3
MUS 490Independent Study3
MUS 491Directed Study3

Total Credit Hours

60-61

Music Theory

Course No. Course Title Credits
Three courses from concentration B.

Total Credit Hours

60-61

Page last updated: August 14, 2013