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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, including the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120. Thirty-nine of the total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level.

All candidates for this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the music degree requirements, which are listed below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The course listed below will satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if this course is taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take an additional course in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog..

MUS 2243 may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Creative Arts as well as a major requirement.

Music Degree Requirements

All candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music must complete the following 30 semester credit hours of required music courses (MUS 2243 World Music in Society may also be used to satisfy Core Curriculum requirements in Creative Arts).

Music Degree Core (30 semester credit hours):

MUS  1102  Aural Skills I
MUS  1112  Basic Skills of Music I
MUS  1122  Aural Skills II
MUS  1132  Basic Skills of Music II
MUS  2001  Concert Music (2 semesters)
MUS  2102  Aural Skills III
MUS  2112  Aural Skills IV
MUS  2152  Basic Skills of Music III
MUS  2162  Basic Skills of Music IV
MUS  2243  World Music in Society
MUS  3013  Digital Music Production
MUS  3213  Music in Civilization I
MUS  3223  Music in Civilization II

In addition, candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music must complete the course requirements selected from each of the following areas:

  1. 6 semester credit hours of music literature and culture selected from the following:

    MUS  2232  Introduction to Guitar Literature*
    MUS  2263  Introduction to the Music Industry
    MUS  2633  American Roots Music
    MUS  2273  Introduction to Music Nonprofit Organizations
    MUS  2663  History and Styles of Jazz
    MUS  2673  History and Styles of Rock
    MUS  2693  The Music of Latin America and the Caribbean
    MUS  2743  Music and Film
    MUS  3232  Wind and Percussion Literature
    MUS  3242  String Literature
    MUS  3252  Topics in Music Literature
    MUS  3263  Music Since 1900
    MUS  3272  Choral Literature
    MUS  3282  Vocal Literature
    MUS  3292  Operatic Literature
    MUS  3322  Keyboard Literature
    MUS  3332  Advanced Guitar Literature
    MUS  3413  Psychology of Music
    MUS  3613  Entrepreneurship in Music
    MUS  4163  Topics in Music History

    * Guitar principals must select MUS 2232 Introduction to Guitar Literature.

  2. 9 semester credit hours of music theory, analysis, and technology, of which 6 semester credit hours must be at the upper-division level:

    MUS  2183  Jazz Skills
    MUS  2403  Conducting I
    MUS  3103  Audio Technology I
    MUS  3123  Introduction to Electronic and Computer Music
    MUS  3133  Analysis of Twentieth-Century Music
    MUS  3143  Orchestration
    MUS  3163  Audio Technology II
    MUS  4113  Counterpoint
    MUS  4153  Audio Technology III
    MUS  4163  Topics in Music Theory
    MUS  4183  Jazz Composition and Arranging

  3. 10–14 semester credit hours of music performance as follows:

    MUS  1521  Class Piano 1
    MUS  1621  Class Piano 2
    (Keyboard Principals must take MUS 1552 Functional Piano for Keyboard Principals.)

    Private Instruction (4 semester credit hours)
    MUS  1512  Music Performance-Private Instruction
    MUS  1542  Music Performance-Private Instruction I
    (Guitar Principals must take 4 semesters of private instruction, including two semesters of MUS 2542.)

    Ensemble (4–8 semester credit hours)
    Four semesters as assigned by the ensemble directors, to include at least two semesters of Directed Ensemble (1–2 hours per semester). Details for ensemble requirements are listed in the Department of Music Student Handbook.

  4. 22–26 semester credit hours of non-music electives, of which 6 semester credit hours must be at the upper-division level. Courses are chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Course Sequence Guide for B.A. in Music

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the Department of Music and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Undergraduate Advising Center for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

Bachelor of Arts in Music – Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship 3
MUS 1102 Aural Skills I 2
MUS 1112 Basic Skills of Music I 2
MUS 1512 Music Performance-Private Instruction 2
MUS 1521 Class Piano 1 * 1
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I 3
Major ensemble   2
Spring
MUS 1122 Aural Skills II 2
MUS 1132 Basic Skills of Music II 2
MUS 1542 Music Performance-Private Instruction I 2
MUS 1621 Class Piano 2 * 1
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II 3
Major ensemble   2
University core course   3
Second Year
Fall
MUS 2001 Concert Music 1
MUS 2102 Aural Skills III 2
MUS 2152 Basic Skills of Music III 2
MUS 2243 World Music in Society (core and major) 3
Major ensemble   2
Music Literature/Culture course   3
University core course   3
Spring
MUS 2001 Concert Music 1
MUS 2112 Aural Skills IV 2
MUS 2162 Basic Skills of Music IV 2
MUS 3013 Digital Music Production 3
Major ensemble   2
Non-music elective   3
University core course   3
Third Year
Fall
MUS 3213 or MUS 3223 Music in Civilization I 3
Music Theory/Analysis/Technology course   3
Non-music elective   3
University core course   3
University core course   3
Spring
MUS 3223 or MUS 3213 Music in Civilization II 3
Music Literature/Culture course   3
Non-music elective   3
University core course   3
University core course   3
Fourth Year
Fall
Music Theory/Analysis/Technology course   3
Non-music elective   3
Non-music elective   2
University core course   3
University core course   3
Spring
Music Theory/Analysis/Technology course   3
Non-music elective   3
Non-music elective   3
Non-music elective   2
University core course   3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

* Keyboard principals will substitute one semester of MUS 1552.


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