Music Major: Music Liberal Studies Option B.A.

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Music Major: Music Liberal Studies Option B.A.

What is liberal studies in music?

If you’re serious about your interest in music, but also want a broad liberal arts education, the liberal studies option is the music degree program for you. You’ll study music history and music in world cultures, as well as music theory and analysis. At the same time, you’ll continue to train your ear and practice through lessons and performance ensembles. This Bachelor of Arts degree option also requires study of a foreign language. As a student of this program, you’ll be prepared for graduate study leading to a master's or doctoral degree.

Why study liberal studies in music at UNH?

As a music student at UNH, you’ll engage with nationally and internationally known faculty musicologists. You’ll be able to participate in the university’s dynamic undergraduate research conference, which each spring highlights student research and creative work, often leading to publication. Our ensembles include touring chamber and choral groups, as well as orchestras and bands that inspire from the stage to the football field. You’ll also be able to engage with the community through our many outreach programs. Take advantage of an exchange program in Cardiff, Wales, or pair music with another major, such as math or business.

Potential careers 

  • Artistic director
  • Arts administrator
  • Music teacher
  • Musicologist

Department of Music
Paul Creative Arts Center
30 Academic Way
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH  03824

Phone: (603) 862-2404
Fax: (603) 862-3155

Curriculum & Requirements

Students enrolling in the B.A. music liberal studies program—a program that stresses the development of skills in analysis, writing, and critical thinking about a wide variety of music and the larger connection with history, culture, and society—are required to submit a writing sample and interview with one of the music liberal studies program faculty members. The writing sample should be non-fiction, preferably an assignment for a course in English, history, or a similar subject, 500 words or more in length.

The Discovery Program capstone requirement is fulfilled by a final project or a public performance given during the senior year. For students in the music liberal studies option, there is a choice of completing a half recital or comparable final project.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second major. B.A. in music majors may use MUSI 502 History and Literature of Music (a required core course for the major) to satisfy the Inquiry Discovery requirement.

Bachelor of Arts in Music Core Curriculum

MUSI 471
MUSI 472
Theory I
and Theory I
MUSI 473
MUSI 474
Ear Training I
and Ear Training I
MUSI 475
MUSI 476
Functional Piano I
and Functional Piano I 1
MUSI 571
MUSI 572
Theory II
and Theory II
MUSI 573
MUSI 574
Ear Training II
and Ear Training II
MUSI 575
MUSI 576
Functional Piano II
and Functional Piano II 1
MUSI 501
MUSI 502
History and Literature of Music
and History and Literature of Music
MUSI 515Music in World Cultures4
Advanced Music History: select one of the following3
Music of the Renaissance
Music of the Baroque
Music of the Classical Period
Music of the Romantic Period
Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries
Art Song
Survey of Opera
Select one of the following:3
Analysis: Form and Structure
Analysis: Form and Structure
Performance Study (Applied Lessons): select from the following coursesVariable
Performing Ensemble: select from the following courses 2Variable
Total Credits36

Music Liberal Studies Option Requirements

Degree program has plan approval from the National Association of Schools of Music.

Select 12 credits of the following: 112
Advanced Composition
Analysis: Form and Structure
Analysis: Form and Structure
Music of the Renaissance
Music of the Baroque
Music of the Classical Period
Music of the Romantic Period
Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries
Art Song
Survey of Opera
Performance Study/Ensemble: select 8 credits of the following: 28
Performance Study courses:
Performance Ensemble courses:
Total Credits20

Explore Program Details

Use this checklist to track your completion of major requirements. Always check with your advisor if you have any questions.

B.A., Music Major, Liberal Arts

For majors entering fall of 2014 or later

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