Bachelor of Arts in Music (Liberal Arts)


The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with an emphasis in Liberal Arts allows you to combine the exciting elements of collegiate music study, including performance, ensembles, theory, and history, with a broad range of electives from other areas of study. The result is a versatile degree which can lead to a wide variety of imaginative careers in the arts and other fields or to further study at the graduate level.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Collaboration - work effectively with others toward a common goal​.
  2. Analysis -  think and understand in patterns.
  3. Time-management - handle multiple projects simultaneously​.


All applicants must meet the general undergraduate admission requirements.

In addition, applicants must:

  1. Fill out the online TWU Music Audition Application via Acceptd.
  2. A letter of recommendation from your current private teacher or ensemble director will be required for each application. The letter must be received prior to your audition date and must be submitted by the letter writer through the Acceptd platform.
  3. Audition and participate in a placement evaluation.

You also may choose to compete for scholarships that are available to new and transferring music students each year. These are awarded based on musical excellence, as verified through your entrance audition and placement examination, and supported by teacher recommendations.

Please visit the TWU Music Auditions website for audition dates, area-specific audition criteria, and a Step-by-Step Guide to admission into music degree programs.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH): 120   

Major: 48 SCH

Program Code: MUSIC.BA.LIBERALARTS;   CIP Code: 50.0901.00

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government3
POLS 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major

MU 1021Keyboard Musicianship I1
MU 1031Keyboard Musicianship II1
MU 2061Keyboard Musicianship III (A grade of "B" or higher for course to be counted toward the degree)1
MU 1521Aural Skills I1
MU 1531Aural Skills II1
MU 2521Aural Skills III1
MU 2531Aural Skills IV1
MU 1523Music Theory I3
MU 1533Music Theory II3
MU 2523Music Theory III3
MU 2533Music Theory IV3
MU 3313Music History I3
MU 3323Music History II3
MU 3542Conducting I2
Music Ensembles (advanced) 8
Principal Instrument (4 SCH advanced)12
MU 4911Independent Study (Final Project)1
Total SCHs48

Departmental Requirements

Foreign Language (6 SCH of same language)6
Electives (9 SCH advanced)21
MU 2913Music and Cultures3
or MU 3713 Music and World Cultures
Total SCHs30

Recommended Plan of Study

First Year
MU 1021Keyboard Musicianship I MUSI 11811
MU 1112Music and Wellness 2
MU 1521Aural Skills I MUSI 11161
MU 1523Music Theory I MUSI 13113
Large Ensemble 1
Applied Music: Primary Instrument2
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: First-Year Seminar EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
 SCHs 14
MU 1031Keyboard Musicianship II MUSI 11821
MU 1531Aural Skills II MUSI 11171
MU 1533Music Theory II MUSI 13123
MU 2913
or 3713
Music and Cultures
or Music and World Cultures
MUSI 13073
Large Ensemble 1
Applied Music: Primary Instrument2
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
 SCHs 16
Second Year
MU 2061Keyboard Musicianship III MUSI 21811
MU 2521Aural Skills III MUSI 21161
MU 2523Music Theory III MUSI 23113
Large Ensemble 1
Applied Music: Primary Instrument2
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
Language, Philosophy, Culture Core3
 SCHs 15
MU 2531Aural Skills IV MUSI 21171
MU 2533Music Theory IV MUSI 23123
MU 3703Women in Music 3
Large Ensemble 1
Applied Music: Primary Instrument2
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
 SCHs 14
Third Year
MU 3313Music History I 3
MU 3542Conducting I 2
Large Ensemble 1
Applied Music: Primary Instrument (upper level)2
Foreign Language3
 SCHs 15
MU 3323Music History II 3
Large Ensemble 1
Applied Music: Primary Instrument (upper level)2
Foreign Language3
Life/Physical Science Core3
Social/Behavioral Science Core3
 SCHs 15
Fourth Year
Large Ensemble1
Life/Physical Science Core3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Mathematics Core3
 SCHs 15
MU 4911Independent Study 1
Large Ensemble 1
POLS 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
Elective (upper level)2
Elective (upper level)3
Elective (upper level)3
 SCHs 16
 Total SCHs:  120