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Courses for a Degree in Music

A major in music includes learning the history of music, all about the different types of music, and performing music.

For this major you’ll take lots of music classes. But you’ll also need to take classes in the arts, science, math, and social sciences to earn your bachelor’s degree. These extra courses help make sure that you graduate from college with all of the skills you’ll need to prepare for a successful career in music.

Here are some of the courses you might take to earn a degree in music:

Music Courses:

  • Music Theory
  • Music Composition
  • Music Publishing with Computers
  • Form and Analysis
  • Twentieth Century Techniques
  • Eighteenth Century Counterpoint
  • Sixteenth Century Counterpoint
  • Orchestration
  • Electro Acoustic Composition
  • Performance Media
  • Music History I - IV
  • Conducting
  • Applied Major Instrument (8 Semesters)
  • Music Performance

General Curriculum Requirements

  • Arts Courses: Art, History, Languages, Literature, Music
  • Math Courses: Algebra, Calculus, Computer Science, Logic, Statistics
  • Natural Sciences Courses: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics
  • Social Sciences Courses: Anthropology, Economics, Government, Psychology, Sociology