B.A. Degree in Music


The B.A. degree in music is for students desiring to study music in a liberal arts curriculum. In the tradition of a liberal arts education, this degree offers preparation for careers and graduate study not only in music, but in many other disciplines.

An OC Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music in Education degrees in Music will:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to hear, identify, and worked conceptually with the elements of music: rhythm, melody, harmony and structure.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of compositional processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the ways these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces. 
  3. Demonstrate an acquaintance with a wide selection of musical literature, the principal eras, genres, and cultural sources.
  4.  Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and think independently, critically, and creatively regarding musical judgments.
  5. Demonstrate an ability in performing areas appropriate to the student’s needs and interests, and the standards of the department, and the ability to perform from a cross-section of that repertory. 
  6. Demonstrate an ability to sight read. 
  7. Demonstrate acquaintance with repertories beyond the area of specialization through attending recitals, concerts, musical theater and opera productions, and other performances.

51 hours, minor required plus 6 hours of same foreign language

The B.A. Degree is for students pursuing a teaching career in music. The degree provides the student with the necessary coursework required for the standard teaching certificate as outlined by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

An OC graduate with a B.A. with instrumental emphasis will demonstrate

  1. Ability to hear and analyze rhythm, melody, harmony, and form.
  2. Ability to sight-read music and perform with other musicians.
  3. Understanding of compositional and aesthetic properties of style, and how the art of music is shaped by cultural forces.
  4. Acquaintance with a wide selection of music literature beyond the student’s specialization through lectures, assignments, and concert attendance.
  5. Ability to perform a cross-section of that repertory according to the student’s interest and departmental standards.
  6. Ability to communicate clearly, critically, and creatively about music.

Student must complete a minimum of 126 hours including the major, core, and minor if required. Elective hours may be needed to reach 126 hours. 

1. 11 hours basic theory

  • MUSC-1112 - Music theory I
  • MUSC-1211 - Ear Training II
  • MUSC-1212 - Music Theory II
  • MUSC-2111 - Ear Training IIII
  • MUSC-2112 - Music theory III
  • MUSC-2211 - Ear Training IV
  • MUSC-2212 - Music Theory IV

2. 4 hours class piano 

  • MUSC-1581 - Class Piano I
  • MUSC-1681 - Class Piano II
  • MUSC-2581 - Class Piano III
  • MUSC-2681 - Class Piano IV

3. 9 hours music history 

  • MUSC-3323 - Music History I: Ancient Music Through the Renaissance
  • MUSC-3333 - Music History II: Baroque and Classical Music
  • MUSC-3343 - Leading Music in Worship

4. 2 hours advanced theory and technique 

  • MUSC-3412 - Orchestration

5. 2 hours conducting chosen from

  • MUSC-4212 - Choral Conducting I
  • MUSC-4312 - Instrumental Conducting I

6. 3 hours music technology 

  • MUSC-3513 - Music Education Technology

7. 10 hours applied music selected from vocal and instrumental study with consent of advisor

8. 5 hours music electives other than ensembles

9. 4 hours music ensemble (1300 or 1400 level courses)

10. 1 hour capstone project or recital 

  • MUSC-4001 - Senior Recital


  • MUSC-4011 - Senior Project

11. 6 hours same foreign language

Related Careers

  • Director
  • Music Therapist
  • Private Instructor
  • Symphony or Opera Company Performer
  • Teacher/University Professor
  • Worship/Youth Minister

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