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Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is a rigorous academic program that prepares the student for graduate study in music or other disciplines. Students in this program receive a broad overview of musical study with a heavy concentration on music history and theory.

Students in this program take the same core courses as other Hartt School students, such as harmony, ear training, form and analysis, piano keyboard class, and music history. They also take advanced courses in theory and history and must complete a senior project, generally an essay.

In addition, B.A. Music majors take courses from a variety of non-music disciplines, including the physical sciences, social sciences, language arts, communication skills, mathematics, philosophy, history, and computer science as part of their general education.

There are no performance requirements for the B.A. in Music. Students who wish their programs to include musical performance may take private lessons through either the school (by audition) or the Community Division.

Music courses and other required courses may not be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis. An average of C or better in all required music courses is necessary for completion of the major.


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