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Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music combines and balances four kinds of study: courses in the major concentration, ensemble performance, academic music courses, and courses in general education. These shared artistic and academic goals are basic to the philosophy that governs the study of music within a university context. The breadth of study in the liberal arts combined with a strong foundation in music allows for future professional flexibility. Indiana University Southeast offers the B.A. degree in Music with concentrations in the following areas:

Degree Information

The optimal development of each student's unique musical abilities is our goal. Our faculty of nationally recognized scholars and artists are strongly committed to fostering student learning and academic achievement in the studio and the classroom. The Music Department at IU Southeast offers one of the most musically intensive Bachelor of Arts degrees in the region. Small class sizes and personal attention are designed to enhance student-faculty work and facilitate the learning experience.

Students engage in a rigorous program that combines all aspects of artistic and academic study. Courses in performance or composition and those focused on concentrations in music business and sound engineering teach professional skills and foster creative thinking. The core of music theory and music literature/history develop analytical skills and critical thinking and are designed to give students knowledge of the styles, genres and great works of the musical lexicon. Public performance and ensemble work, as well as internships, provide practical opportunities to hone skills and learn to work cooperatively.

A full array of general academic subjects traditional to the liberal arts provides skills and knowledge in written and oral communication and provides an excellent academic foundation for personal development and professional flexibility.

Assessment of student learning and student success is a major component of the Music program. Student progress is evaluated from the first audition that is required for entrance to the program, through Sophomore Gateway exams and final capstone projects that measure the student's ability to synthesize skills and musical knowledge through the "voice" of their major concentration. In addition, faculty evaluate student progress and achievement of two basic goals at all levels of study: a substantive knowledge of the fundamental areas of the musical language, including theory, music history/literature and basic music technology, as well as the development of skills in their areas of special concentration such as performance, sound engineering, composition, music business or pre-music therapy.

Graduates are prepared for graduate study or for entrance into career paths such as studio teaching, teaching in the private schools, professional performance, music management, studio recording, arts journalism, composition for video games, movies or the concert stage, intellectual property law, and music librarianship.

University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements

All Baccalaureate degrees offered by IU Southeast requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and a minimum of 30 credit hours of upper-level coursework (300-level or above). No more than 64 credit hours earned in accredited junior/community colleges may be applied toward a Baccalaureate degree. The University Residency Requirement dictates that students must complete no less than 26 credit hours at IU Southeast during their senior year and no less than 10 credit hours of coursework in the major field of study.

Department of Music Residency Requirements

The Department of Music enforces the University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements with no additions.

General Education Core Requirements

All music majors are required to take courses that engage the student in the general study of music through music literature, theory, technology, and performance. 

All IU Southeast Baccalaureate degrees require 30 credit hours of General Education Core coursework. Students must select a course(s) to satisfy each category listed below. View the list of courses that satisfy the General Education Core requirements.

  • Information Literacy (1 credit)
  • Written Communications I (3 credits)
  • Written Communications II (3 credits)
  • Oral Communications (3 credits)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)
  • Ethical Reasoning/Diversity (3 credits)
  • Natural Sciences (one lecture – 3 credits, one lab – 2 credits)
  • Arts/Humanities(3 credits)
  • Social Science(3 credits)
  • General Education Additional Requirement (Art, Humanities, or Social Science) (3 credits)

Please note that several courses required for your Major may “double dip” with the general education core courses.

View a list of current course offerings.

Bachelor of Arts Distribution Requirements

In addition to the requirements stated in the General Education Core, students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete the following BA Distribution Requirements. There is no limit to the number of hours a student may take in any one discipline. In some rare instances, it is possible to "double dip" BA Distribution courses with some General Education Core courses and major courses. When "double dipping," the minimum grade required is the higher of the two. The additional distribution requirements are as follows:

  • Additional Ethical Reasoning/Diversity
    In addition to the three credit hours required for the campus general education Ethical Reasoning/Diversity requirement, choose one additional course for a minimum total of 6 credit hours in the Ethical Reasoning/Diversity. One course must be in Ethical Reasoning and one course must be in Diversity. (May not "double dip" with the General Education Core Ethical Reasoning/Diversity Requirement, the BA Distribution Historical Investigation Requirement, or the BA Distribution Social & Behavioral Science Requirement.)
  • Additional Natural Science
    In addition to the five credit hours (lecture + lab) required for the campus general education Natural Science requirement, choose one additional course for a minimum total of 8 credit hours in the natural sciences. One course must be in the life sciences and one course must be in the physical sciences.
  • Additional Social Science
    In addition to the three credit hours required for the campus general education Social Science requirement, choose one additional course in any discipline for a minimum total of 6 credit hours in the social/behavioral sciences. (May not "double dip" with General Education Core Social & Behavioral Science or the BA Distribution Historical Investigation requirement.)
  • Historical Investigation
    Two courses in Historical Investigation. (May not “double dip” with the additional Social & Behavioral Science for the BA Distribution requirements.)
  • Foreign Language
    All BA degree candidates must satisfactorily complete (D- or higher) four semesters of a single foreign language, or they must earn an achievement examination or placement test score sufficient for placement in foreign language classes at the 300 level or above.

Bachelor of Arts in Music Requirements

Admission to the Music Department is by audition only. Students applying for admission into the Music Department at Indiana University Southeast to pursue a B.A. in Music degree – as well as those applying for a music scholarship – must attend one of the Music Department’s Audition Days. Students can audition in any one of our tracks from our four major concentrations: Music Industry, Composition, Vocal/Instrumental Performance, and Pre-Music Therapy.