B.A. in Music

If you choose the Bachelor of Arts degree you are choosing a major that offers a broad music preparation which can lead to any number of career interests, including Music Therapy, Music Ministry, and Music Business.  

Program Highlights


Participate in an ensemble.


If you have interests in many areas, you have the opportunity to study a second field of interest such as business, ministry, or psychology. 

B.A. Program Credits: 130

Liberal Arts Credits: 90

Major/Concentration Credits: 40

Standard Completion Time
Four Year Program


What Will I Learn?

The liberal arts major provides a solid music degree with the flexibility to pursue other studies of interest. The BA degree prepares you for a career in music or numerous other fields of interest. Students often double-major with this degree.

Where Will It Take Me?


  • Studio musician
  • Arts journalist
  • Live performer
  • Music librarian
  • Music therapist
  • Opera librettist
  • Worship Leader
  • Actor
  • Private teacher
  • Youth Minister
  • Music Director 
  • Chapel choir musician at Princeton
  • Director, MTV integrated Marketing at Viacom
  • Ph. D student

Graduate Schools

  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Villanova University
  • Queen’s University
  • Syracuse University
  • Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • University of Rochester
  • Conservatory of Music at University of Cincinnati
  • Eastern University
  • Nazareth College
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • SUNY Brockport
  • Roberts Wesleyan College

Examples of Double Major Choices

  • Psychology
  • Communication
  • Business
  • Art
  • Ministry

Alumni Success

Robin Kanak Zwier '12

Ph.D. Student and Teaching Fellow 

University of Pittsburgh, Department of Communication


Nathan Stenberg '14

Masters of Divinity Student

Princeton Theological Seminary

Katherine Curtis

Information Coordinator

Eastman School of Music

Victoria Urbanczyk '13

Medical Social Worker

Monroe Community Hospital

Who Will I Meet?


Dan Barta, Chair, Department of Music and Performing Arts; Professor of Music

Dr. Daniel Barta is Chair of the Department of Music and Performing Arts and Professor of Music Theory and Composition. His portfolio includes compositions in all genres, including solo, chamber, choral and orchestral works. Dr. Barta has collaborated with storyteller Roger Petersen, Ph.D. on a set of Hans Christian Andersen stories for storyteller and chamber ensemble, recorded on the recently released CD, The Pen and the Inkwell. In addition, he has written for Sharon Sweet (soprano), David Kim (concertmaster, Philadelphia Orchestra) and Ann Martindale Williams (cellist, Pittsburgh Symphony).


Rebecca Pfohl, Music

"The BA in music has been the perfect fit for me! I one day hope to start a theater company for students with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and the BA program had given me the freedom to pursue classes in multiple areas of interest, with a deeper focus on music. The faculty here have really guided me and supported me throughout my journey! "




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