Bachelor of Music

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Programs.

Declaring a major in music assumes evidence of musicianship and performance ability.  To demonstrate music skills, all incoming freshmen and transfer students are required to complete an audition/performance examination and music theory placement examination prior to their first semester. This assists faculty in determining each student’s readiness for entry into juried private lessons, ensembles, and academic music classes. Students judged not ready for juried private lessons will be required to complete non-juried private lessons to build performance skills. To develop prerequisite understanding of music theory, those students not ready for theory and aural skills courses will be required to complete MUS A111. Upon completion of the performance evaluation, faculty advisors will assist students in planning a first year of study best suited to their needs.

Academic Requirements

At the end of the sophomore year, all music majors must demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency of performance on their applied instrument in order to advance to upper division courses. A student may elect to continue private instruction at the 163 level while attempting to pass requirements for admission to upper division study. Students must also have completed a music technical training workshop and demonstrated proficiency in all aspects of recital technical support.

MUS A154D and the piano proficiency examination by jury must be passed prior to completion of 60 credits in the program. Music majors may not enroll in certain upper division music courses until this jury examination is passed. See music degree listings for specific requirements.

Graduation Requirements

Major Requirements

Core Courses
MUS A131Music Theory I3
MUS A132Music Theory II3
MUS A133Aural Skills I2
MUS A134Aural Skills II2
MUS A154DFunctional Piano IV1
Choose one of the following:3
Music of Alaska Natives and Indigenous Peoples of Northern Regions
World Indigenous Music
MUS A221History of Western Art Music I3
MUS A222History of Western Art Music II3
MUS A231Music Theory III3
MUS A232Music Theory IV3
MUS A233Aural Skills III2
MUS A234Aural Skills IV2
MUS A280Basic Conducting2
MUS A331Form and Analysis3
MUS A381Choral Conducting2
or MUS A382 Instrumental Conducting
Total Credits37

Music majors may not enroll in certain upper division academic courses (MUS A331, MUS A421, MUS A422, MUS A423, MUS A424, MUS A431 or MUS A432, for example) or in upper division private lessons (MUS A361) until they have passed the Piano Proficiency examination by jury.

Additional Major Requirements

Private Lessons on the major instrument
MUS A161Private Lessons2
MUS A162Private Lessons2
MUS A261Private Lessons2
MUS A262Private Lessons2
MUS A361Private Lessons2
MUS A362Private Lessons2
MUS A461Private Lessons2
MUS A462Private Lessons2
Total Credits16

All music majors enrolled in juried private music lessons must, during each semester of enrollment:

  • Perform in at least one student recital.
  • Stand for jury finals.
  • Participate in an appropriate ensemble. See the ensemble requirements specific to each degree below.
  • Attend department-approved recitals and concerts which provide a variety of musical experiences and expand the curriculum. A minimum attendance requirement is set by the department each semester; failure to meet this number will lower by one letter the grade assigned for private lessons.
Select the class appropriate to the major instrument:
University Singers
Chamber Music and Accompanying
University Wind Ensemble
University Sinfonia
University Guitar Ensemble
Piano and guitar majors must choose 4 credits from the following ensembles:
University Singers
University Wind Ensemble
University Sinfonia
Chamber Ensemble2-4
Wind, voice and string majors only must meet a two-semester, small ensemble requirement. This requirement is fulfilled by performing on the major instrument in one of these courses:
Chamber Music and Accompanying
Opera Workshop
Chamber Ensemble
Jazz Combo
University Percussion Ensemble
University Guitar Ensemble
Master Class8-16
Eight semesters of master class are required. Choose the class appropriate to the major instrument:
University Percussion Ensemble
String and Wind Master Class
Piano Master Class
Voice Master Class
Guitar Master Class

Music Performance Concentration

Music History Elective
Choose from the following:6
Music in the Baroque Period
Music in the Classical Period
Music in the Romantic Period
Music in the 20th Century
Orchestration and Counterpoint
Choose from the following:3
Select an additional music history or theory course from the above list.3
Select two oral language courses.8
Total Credits20

Students choosing the Music Performance concentration must complete a 30-minute junior year recital and a 60-minute senior year recital.  In these recitals students must demonstrate the ability to satisfactorily perform a program of artistic merit in public.

A minimum of 125 credits is required for the Bachelor of Music, Music Performance Concentration, of which 42 credits must be upper division.

Music Education Concentration

Music History Elective3
Choose one of the following:
Music in the Baroque Period
Music in the Classical Period
Music in the Romantic Period
Music in the 20th Century
Methods and Techniques Courses12
Brass Methods and Techniques
Woodwind Methods and Techniques
String Methods and Techniques
Voice Methods and Techniques
Percussion Methods and Techniques
Elementary Music Methods and Techniques
Total Credits18

Students choosing the Music Education Emphasis Concentration must complete a 30-minute senior year recital.  In this recital students must demonstrate the ability to satisfactorily perform a program of artistic merit in public.

A minimum of 126 credits is required for the Bachelor of Music, Music Performance Concentration, of which 42 credits must be upper division.

Jazz Emphasis

In addition to seeking a Music Performance and/or Music Education Concentration, students may elect to add a Jazz Emphasis by completing the following courses:

Jazz Theory6
Jazz Theory I
Jazz Theory II
Jazz History3
History of Jazz
Private jazz lessons on the major instrument:4
Private Lessons
Private Lessons
University Jazz Ensemble
Total Credits19

Music K-12 Certification Information

  • Students seeking certification in Music K-12 must complete a one-year Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program through the School of Education (SOE). Admission to the program is limited.
  • Application for admission into the SOE MAT program must be completed in the Spring semester for admission to the program the following summer.  Contact the School of Education for application deadlines.
  • Students seeking music certification must have completed all requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree, Music Education Emphasis Concentration, with a minimum GPA of 2.75 for admission to the SOE MAT program.
  • Students must take the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educations (CASE) examination and the Praxis II Music Content examination for admission to the SOE MAT program.
  • Students seeking certification should contact the College of Education for an application packet and a detailed description of the MAT program.

Honors in Music

The Department of Music recognizes students who demonstrate exceptional promise in their discipline by awarding them departmental honors in Music upon graduation. To graduate with honors, the student must:

  1. Be a declared Music major.
  2. Meet all requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, Music or the Bachelor of Music degree.
  3. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher in all Music courses applicable to the degree.
  4. Meet the requirements for Graduation with Honors. These include:
    1. A cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher in all college work attempted at both UAA and at all other accredited institutions attended and for all courses used to fulfill the degree program.
    2. Completion of at least 30 academic credits at this institution.
  5. Complete MUS A462, which includes a senior recital, with a grade of B or above.
    Bachelor of Arts Music majors may, upon successful completion of MUS A262 with a grade of A, offer an honors performance for faculty adjudicators selected by the department chair and the candidate.
  6. Receive an honors score (based on criteria established by the department) on a comprehensive examination for majors.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing a degree in Music will be able to:

  • Demonstrate technical proficiency on a chosen instrument appropriate to the degree with an attendant functional proficiency on piano.
  • Demonstrate and analyze through musical literacy the basic technical principles used in the construction of music and its basic forms.
  • Communicate a knowledge of the various musical periods and representative forms from those periods in the social, artistic and political context of each.