Music B.A. – Liberal Arts Emphasis

College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact: Michael Alexander, D.M.A., Director, School of Music

Location: Frasier Hall 108

Telephone: 970.351.2993

Fax: 970.351.1923


Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login;; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. Required Minor Credits

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music is a program designed for the study of music within a liberal arts curriculum. It emphasizes broad coverage of the field of music, including coursework in music theory and literature and the development of performance skills and competencies.

The program is appropriate for undergraduates who wish to major in music as a part of a liberal arts program irrespective of specific career aspirations.

Program Admission Requirements:

  • Students planning to major in music are required to submit an application to the School of Music. The music application and appropriate instructions are provided by the Admissions Office upon request, or upon receipt of an Application for Admission that specifically indicates a music major. Auditions are required of all applicants to the School of Music. Information concerning auditions may be requested from the School of Music, University of Northern Colorado, Frasier Hall, Greeley, Colorado 80639, phone 970.351.2993 or at our website
  • Students meeting the general admission requirements of the University may be accepted as undeclared majors. Students will be designated as music majors and accepted by the School of Music after a successful audition.
  • Minimum Proficiencies. Minimum proficiency in music fundamentals and ear training as assessed by the Music Theory Placement Exam to enter MUS 113/114.

Program Requirements:

  • Two foreign language courses may count toward Liberal Arts Core requirements and electives in the content area; minor courses may fulfill LAC requirements.
  • MUS 100 Recitals, Concerts and Productions must be taken each semester in residence.
  • Students must take Performance Study or Applied Music, and Major Musical Organizations during each semester in residence. See “Major Musical Organizations”.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 6 credits

LAC area 3.a. — Arts

MUS 243History of Music I


LAC — Electives

MUS 244History of Music II


Remaining LAC — 34 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

2. Required Major — 38 credits

Take all of the following courses:

MUS 100Recitals, Concerts and Productions


MUS 113Music Theory I


MUS 114Aural Skills and Sight Singing I


MUS 115Music Theory II


MUS 116Aural Skills and Sight Singing II


MUS 143Musical Styles and Context


MUS 213Music Theory III


MUS 214Aural Skills and Sight Singing III


MUS 215Music Theory IV


MUS 216Aural Skills and Sight Singing IV


MUS 302Form and Analysis


Major Musical Organization


Performance Study and/or Applied Music


Remaining Major — 14 credits

Take 14 credits from MUS-prefix coursework.

Violin, viola, cello, and double bass students must take a minimum of 2 credits of Small Ensembles and Chamber Music (MUS 230 or MUS 430).

Foreign Language - 10 credits

Take 10 credits

Two foreign language courses may count toward LAC requirements and electives in the content area.

3. Required Minor (Outside Music) — 18 credits