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Music (BA) (General)

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Affiliation: School of Arts & Letters

The objectives of the music discipline are as follows:

  • To provide programs of study of the highest quality which enable each student to realize innate scholarly and creative potential.
  • To inculcate in students in all degree programs an understanding of the broad historical and cultural foundations of the art and science of music, and to encourage them to incorporate into their own lives the knowledge and aesthetic appreciation acquired through this experience.
  • To prepare students for graduate study and for professional careers in music.
  • To make available opportunities for academic and creative development through instruction in humanities/general education courses and through participation in ensembles.
  • To offer cultural enrichment through the presentation of solo and ensemble performances of the highest professional caliber.


Prior to declaring a major in music, each student must perform for the appropriate studio faculty in order to determine that the student has reached a sufficiently advanced level of applied proficiency. While a personal audition is highly recommended, in cases where such is not possible, a recording of the student’s performance may be accepted. Transfer students may also be subject to placement examinations in theory and music literature.


  • Achievement levels for the various levels of applied music in the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degrees are listed in the Music Student’s Handbook.
  • Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (General) and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (Pre-Certification) must present a recital consisting of 30 minutes of music during the senior year. Standards applicable to these recitals are available upon request.
  • Candidates for the Bachelor of Music, Performance Emphasis degree must present a recital consisting of 30 minutes of music during the junior year and another recital of 50 minutes of music during the senior year. Candidates for the Bachelor of Music, Composition Emphasis degree must present a recital consisting of 50 minutes of originally composed music during the senior year. Standards applicable to these recitals are available upon request from the office of the Department Chair or School of Arts & Letters.
  • All music majors are required to attend a designated number of student recitals and concerts given on the campus. Evidence of having met the requirement is 6 successful semesters of satisfactory work in MUSI 279 (0 credits).
  • Keyboard Competency. All music majors are required to complete MUSI 254 (Basic Keyboard Skills IV) in order to demonstrate competency at the keyboard. Placement into one of the keyboard skills courses occurs upon admission to the program. Students who possess substantial keyboard background may elect, upon recommendation of the keyboard faculty, to test out of this requirement. A student is deemed competent upon successfully passing the MUSI 254 final examination with a score of 90%. Students who plan to attempt this examination are allowed to do so no later than the end of their first semester at Truman. Students may only attempt the examination one time. Once a student has completed a total of 90 credits hours, he/she will not be allowed to test out of the piano requirement but instead must take the appropriate keyboard skills class.
  • At the end of each semester, every student in an applied music course must perform for the appropriate faculty committee (jury). A recital may also fulfill this requirement. This is an opportunity for the faculty to assess the student’s progress. In the event the student fails to appear and perform the jury examination without evidence of extenuating circumstances, an automatic grade of “F” is assigned as the student’s semester grade for the course. After completing four semesters of applied study in a single instrument or voice, every student is eligible for admittance to upper division applied study after passing the jury examination into upper division.
  • All music majors are required to participate in a major University ensemble on their primary instrument or voice (Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Cantoria, or University Chorus). The individual degree programs should be consulted to determine the specific number of credits required.
  • Students are eligible to earn upper-level ensemble credit only after passing the jury examination into upper division on their major instrument or voice and after completing at least 4 credits of ensemble(s). Maximum: 6 credits.

MUSIC (BA) (General)


The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music combines a liberal arts education in the arts, sciences and humanities with a major in music. Along with the outcomes of a liberal education, music majors develop musicianship skills, performance skills, a broad acquaintance with genres and cultural sources, and the ability to develop and defend musical judgments. It is designed for those who wish to pursue a music major, recognizing that a career in music or in education will require further study.

Music majors intending to pursue music education, especially through the graduate MAE music teaching degree at Truman State University, should instead complete the Bachelor of Arts (Pre-Certification) degree.


All music majors will develop their skills as speakers and writers. Beginning in their first semester, students will develop critical thinking skills in courses such as the four semesters of Music Analysis, Music Literature, and Music History I. These experiences will prepare the student for MUSI 341 Music History II, which is Writing Enhanced. In MUSI 341 students will conduct research throughout the semester that will conclude with a research paper in fulfillment of the WE designation. Throughout the semester students will also give oral presentations of their research, as well as other topics pertaining to the subject matter of the course. For the Music BA with concentration in Liberal Arts there is also the opportunity for research and oral presentation to be a component of the Capstone experience.


  1. 3.50 or above cumulative GPA.
  2. 3.50 or above music course GPA.
  3. A on Senior Recital.
  4. Presentation at a research conference - Truman State University Student Research Conference, NCUR, CMS, MENC, MMTA, other.
  5. Approval of non-abstaining faculty.


Dialogues Requirements: 42-61 Credits

Missouri Statute (1-4 credits)

Bachelor of Arts Requirement: 0-8 Credits

  •  Intermediate proficiency in ONE foreign language


The Music BA major consists of two (2) parts: Required Support and Major Requirements. Each student must complete both parts.

Part I: Required Support: 3 Credits

General option

PART II: Major Requirements: 45-51 Credits

  • Major Ensemble: 7 Credits *
  • One Major Applied Instrument or Voice - Lower Division: 8 Credits
  • Keyboard Competency: 0-4 Credits

Electives to Total: 120 Credits


See Special Requirements for all Bachelor Degrees in Music above.

Most students on a music scholarship are assigned to a secondary ensemble as part of their scholarship obligation.

* For students whose major instrument is the piano, MUSI 282 and MUSI 283 must be substituted for 2 credits of major ensemble required in the Major Requirements of this degree. Up to two additional credits of Major Ensemble may be fulfilled with MUSI 283, totaling a maximum of four credits of accompanying. Remaining ensemble credits must be completed in one of the major ensembles.

♦ Students whose major instrument is the piano must complete


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