Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Major in Music

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

Admission Requirements

  1. All majors in the School of Music require admission to the university and admission to the program.  For audition guidelines and requirements, prospective undergraduate students should visit:  http://www.music.txstate.edu/prospectivestudents/BecomingaMusicMajor.html
  2. Students wanting to enter the music program as a music major (B.A., B.M., B.S. degrees) must submit an online application and audition on their principal instrument or voice the semester before their desired entrance.
  3. Admission to the School of Music is contingent upon admission to Texas State, successful completion of the audition process, and available space in each studio. Moreover, a successful audition does not automatically ensure acceptance to the School of Music. Transfer students' transcripts will be evaluated by an academic advisor prior to an acceptance decision to ensure that acceptance and successful degree plan completion are possible here at Texas State.  Prospective music majors will not be permitted to enroll in applied music and other music major classes until they have been accepted based on their audition and met with an academic advisor. Auditions are held periodically throughout the year for enrollment the following academic year. Those prospective music students unable to audition in person due to geographic distance from campus may submit an audio or video recording representative of their performing abilities that meet the audition guidelines for their instrument or voice. The deadline to submit a recorded audition is March 1 (for Fall admission) or November 1 (for Spring admission). Audition requirements are available on the School of Music website.

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.

  2. In addition to the general education core curriculum requirements, the Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) requires three additional hours of English literature, three hours of math/science/logic/computer science courses, six hours of 2000-level modern language courses and a minor.
  3. Majors must select a minor from the approved list of Undergraduate Minors.
  4. Piano Proficiency (Level II)
  5. Theory Proficiency
  6. Upper Level Competency Review (ULCR)
  7. For transfer students, 31 semester credit hours in Music (or equivalents) may be transferred from a Texas public institution of higher education for the Music Field of Study and be applied to the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music at Texas State University. More information about the Field of Study is available in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. Transfer students may not reach the 36 advanced hours required in the degree without taking additional coursework. See your academic advisor for details. The transferable Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) is listed below the Texas State University course number in the following course list.

    MU 1315Music Theory I3
    TCCN: MUSI 1311
    MU 1316Music Theory II3
    TCCN: MUSI 1312
    MU 2315Music Theory III3
    TCCN: MUSI 2311
    MU 2316Music Theory IV3
    TCCN: MUSI 2312
    MU 1115Aural Skills I1
    TCCN: MUSI 1116
    MU 1116Aural Skills II1
    TCCN: MUSI 1117
    MU 2115Aural Skills III1
    TCCN: MUSI 2116
    MU 2116Aural Skills IV1
    TCCN: MUSI 2117
    MU 2303Survey of Music Literature3
    TCCN: MUSI 1307
    4 semester credit hours of Ensembles from the following: MUSE 3120, MUSE 3123, MUSE 3124, MUSE 3125, MUSE 3130, MUSE 3131, MUSE 3140, MUSE 3141, MUSE 3150, MUSE 3160, MUSE 3161, MUSE 3162, MUSE 3170 and MUSE 31904
    TCCN: 4 hours from MUEN 11XX and 21XX
    8 semester credit hours of Applied Study from the following: MUSP 1120, MUSP 1130, MUSP 1140, MUSP 1150, MUSP 1160, MUSP 1170, MUSP 2120, MUSP 2130, MUSP 2140, MUSP 2150, MUSP 2160, MUSP 2170, MUSP 3120, MUSP 3130, MUSP 3140, MUSP 3150, MUSP 3160 and MUSP 31708
    TCCN: 8 hours from MUAP 11XX, 12XX, 21XX and 22XX
    Total Hours31

Course Requirements

Freshman
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
MU 10000MU 10000
MU 11151MU 11161
MU 13153MU 13163
MUSP 11xx/MUSP 31xx2MUSP 11xx/MUSP 31xx2
MUSE 31xx1MUSE 31xx1
MUSP 11351MUSP 11361
US 11001ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3
Mathematics Component Code 0203 
 15 14
Sophomore
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
MU 20000MU 20000
MU 21151MU 21161
MU 23153MU 23163
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3MU 33153
MUSP 21xx/MUSP 31xx2MUSP 21xx/MUSP 31xx2
MUSE 31xx1MUSE 31xx1
HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803Minor3
 16 16
Junior
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
MU 30000MU 30000
MU 33163MU 33173
Modern Language 23103Advanced Music Elective3
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303Modern Language 23203
POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
Minor 3Minor3
 15 15
Senior
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
Advanced Music Elective3Advanced Music Elective2
BA ENG Literature3Minor6
BA Computer Science. Logic, Mathematics or science3ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3
Minor3 
 15 14
Total Hours: 120