The Bachelor of Arts in Music 

 

Bachelor of Arts in Music students must complete fifteen hours of music emphasis coursework and twelve hours in a secondary field of study. Students interested in pursuing an emphasis in Music Composition, Ethnomusicology or Historical Musicology must be officially accepted into these emphases. Current students should speak to the undergraduate advisor in music for instructions on pursuing one of the above emphases. Students who do not intend to pursue an emphasis in Music Composition, Ethnomusicology or Historical Musicology should read the guidelines below for the Emphasis in Music (general track). 

Emphasis in Music (general track)

For the Emphasis in Music (general track), BA in Music students must complete the following:

  • Three credit hours of MUS 321J, 325L, 325M, 331J, 334, 337, 342, 343J or 379K 
  • Twelve credit hours of approved music emphasis coursework (eight hours of which must be upper-division)

Choosing Music Emphasis Coursework

Students will work with their assigned faculty mentor and the undergraduate advisor in music to select music emphasis coursework. Typically, the emphasis is made up of twelve hours of MUS coursework (eight hours of which must be upper-division). Only four credits of performance-based MUS coursework may be counted (such as MUS 259 Chamber Music, MUS 178c Independent Study in Performance or MUS 276c). Allowable exceptions are noted below:

  • Three credit hours offered through the College of Fine Arts (such as FA 340 Fine Arts Internship) may be used toward the music emphasis. 
  • Students who have been approved to perform a Recognition Recital may use up to two semesters of Instrument 260 private lessons toward the music emphasis. 
  • Four credit hours of ENS coursework beyond those required to fulfill the ensemble degree requirement may be used toward the music emphasis. 

All other exceptions must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. 

Emphasis in Music, Music Composition

Students must have the approval of the music composition faculty to pursue this emphasis. 

Note: Students in the Music Composition emphases may petition to substitute MUS 224G and 224J Composition lessons for the four semesters of private instrument lessons required in the degree. Please contact the undergraduate advisor in music for more information. 

The Emphasis in Music, Music Composition requires the following coursework:

  • Three credit hours of MUS 321J, 325L, 325M, 331J, 334, 337, 342, 343J or 379K and
  • Twelve credit hours of approved coursework chosen from MUS 319D, 321J, 222J, 223J, 226J, 226K, 325L, 325M, 329E, 329F, 329G, 329J, 160C, 364L​

Emphasis in Music, Ethnomusicology

Students must have the approval of the ethnomusicology faculty to pursue this emphasis. 

The Emphasis in Music, Ethnomusicology requires the following coursework:

  • Three credit hours of MUS 321J, 325L, 325M, 331J, 334, 337, 342, 343J or 379K 
  • Three credit hours of Ethnomusicology Ensemble coursework (such as Hispanic Caribbean, Javanese Gamelan, Middle Eastern, etc.) beyond those required to fulfill the ensemble degree requirement. 
  • Six credit hours of MUS 334 or 342 (in addition to requirement listed above).
  • MUS 378G Independent Study in Music Literature Ethnomusicology Capstone Project.

Emphasis in Music, Historical Musicology

Students must have the approval of the historical musicology faculty to pursue this emphasis. 

The Emphasis in Music, Historical Musicology requires the following coursework:

  • Three credit hours of MUS 321J325L325M331J, 334, 337, 342, 343J or 379K
  • ​Three credit hours of MUS 379K (in addition to requirement listed above).
  • Six additional credit hours chosen from MUS 321J, 325L, 334, 337, 342, 379K, and up to three semesters of Early Music Ensemble or African American Vocal Ensemble (one semester in either ensemble plus an MUS 278G Independent Project may be used with faculty mentor approval). 
  • MUS 378G Independent Study in Music Literature, Historical Musicology Project.

Secondary Field of Study

This requirement is referred to as the Minor in the 2014-2016 and earlier catalogs. 

All BA in Music students must complete twelve credit hours of coursework (including at least six hours of upper division coursework) in an approved secondary field of study.  

The secondary field of study must be coursework outside of the School of Music with a cohesive focus of study. UT Austin offers a wide variety of coursework that can be used to fulfill this degree requirement. A great place to start is by browsing the course schedule by semester to see which areas and courses are commonly offered. 

Popular options for secondary fields of study include:

  • Business Foundations coursework
  • Foreign Language and Culture coursework 
  • Pre-Health Professions coursework
  • Fine Arts areas outside of the School of Music such as: Art History, Theatre & Dance, Art & Entertainment Technologies, and Arts Management and Administration (F A). 

Choosing a secondary field of study does not guarantee access to any courses offered outside the School of Music. Students are encouraged to choose unrestricted coursework to fulfill this degree requirement. Students interested in taking restricted coursework to fulfill this degree requirement will need to contact the department offering the course to find out whether they can seek permission to take the restricted course. 

Students completing an official certificate (such as Bridging Disciplines) or simultaneous major at UT Austin may use coursework from the certificate/simultaneous major toward the secondary field of study requirement. 

Students in the 2016-2018 catalog who declare an official minor at UT Austin may use coursework from their minor to fulfill their secondary field of study requirement.