BA in Music

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Music prepares adults for career change, advancement or graduate education, while providing personal enrichment. The program offers a well-rounded preparation and enriches the comprehensive awareness of the musician. Students develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while developing a greater depth of knowledge in music.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Western music theory, including harmony, rhythm and thematic development
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of world music and current trends, including classical, jazz, folk and popular expressions
  • Write descriptively and analytically about music and performance

BA in Music Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
  • College-Level Math Course
  • Electives in Intellectual and Practical Skills
B. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 18
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences or Interdisciplinary
C. Personal and Social Responsibility 9
  • Diversity/Global Literacy
  • Responsible Ethical Leadership
  • Other Ethics or Diversity Course
D. General Education Electives 18
II. Area of Study: Music 33
A. Required Courses 12
  • Survey of Music History I & II
  • Music Theory/Harmony I & II
    B. Capstone 3
  • LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone

C. Music Electives*

  • African-American Influence on Music
  • Applied Music: Instrumental or Voice
  • Arranging
  • Art of Accompanying
  • Aural Perception
  • Chorus
  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Counterpoint
  • Diction (e.g., English, French, German, Italian, etc.)
  • Electronic Music
  • History and Literature Analysis
  • Introduction to Non-Western Music
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Literature of the Opera
  • Marching Band
  • Modern Musical Trends
  • Music of a Specific Era (e.g., Baroque, Classical, etc.)
  • Music Theatre
  • Orchestra
  • Small Ensemble
  • Special - Topic/Period History and Literature
  • Specific Composer (e.g., Beethoven, Handel, Mozart, Wagner, etc.)
  • Survey of Jazz
  • Survey of Music Literature
  • Symphonic Band
D. Requirements  
  • Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State College are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
III. Free Electives 27
Total 120


*This list is a guide. Other music courses may be appropriate for this area of study.


Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The College also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit - all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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