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

Minimum required: 120 semester hours

Admission Requirements

  1. All students seeking to major in music must be admitted to Texas State University.  For more information on Texas State, visit  Undergraduate students should visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at to learn about undergraduate level admission.
  2. Students wanting to enter the music program as a music major (B.A., B.M., B.S.) must submit an online application and audition on their principal instrument or voice the semester before their desired entrance. For audition guidelines and requirements, prospective undergraduate students should visit:
  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 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with a major in Music requires admission to the university and admission to the program.  Information about the program admissions can be found at:
  2. Piano Proficiency (Level II)
  3. Theory Proficiency
  4. Upper Level Competency Review (ULCR)

Course Requirements 

Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
MU 10000MU 10000
MU 12102MU 12122
MU 12112MU 12132
MUSP 11xx/MUSP 31xx2MUSP 11xx/MUSP 31xx2
MUSE 31xx1MUSE 31xx1
MUSP 11351MUSP 11361
US 11001ENG 13203
ENG 13103HIST 13103
Math Component3 
 15 14
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
MU 20000MU 20000
MU 22602MU 22622
MU 22612MU 22632
Select one of the following:3MU 33153
 MUSP 21xx/MUSP 31xx2
 MUSE 31xx1
 POSI 23103
MUSP 21xx/MUSP 31xx2 
MUSE 31xx1 
HIST 13203 
Social and Behavioral Sciences3 
 16 16
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
MU 30000MU 30000
MU 33163MU 33173
Modern Language 23103Advanced Music elective3
Life and Physical Sciences3Modern Language 23203
POSI 23203Life and Physical Sciences3
Minor 3Minor3
 15 15
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
Advanced Music Elective3Advanced Music Elective2
ENG Literature3Minor6
Math/Science/Logic3English Literature3
PHIL 1305 or 13203COMM 13103
 15 14
Total Hours: 120