Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in Music

Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in Music

Upon completing the BA degree with a major in Music, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an intermediate level of technical and musical competence in performance.
  2. Possess rudimentary skills in music theory and an understanding of how those skills are related to music performance.
  3. Acquire a fundamental understanding and appreciation of the various historical periods of music literature.

Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in Music

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Music must complete:

  • A minimum of 19 courses (43-51 credit hours) to satisfy major requirements.
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours outside the major.
  • A minimum of 14 courses (30 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor (or official certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credits Hours Required for the Major in Music43-51
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in Music 120

Degree Requirements

Music Theory
MUSI 211THEORY I3
MUSI 212THEORY II3
MUSI 311THEORETICAL STUDIES III3
MUSI 312THEORETICAL STUDIES IV3
Select 1 from the following:3
EXPERIMENTAL SOUND AND VIDEO
CLASSICAL, CONTEMPORARY, AND CROSS-CULTURAL ASIAN MUSIC
BASIC ELECTRONIC MUSIC
ELECTRONIC MUSIC COMPOSITION
MUSIC BUSINESS AND LAW
ORCHESTRATION
MUSIC FOR MEDIA
ANALYTICAL SYSTEMS
MODAL COUNTERPOINT
SCORE READING AND THEORY AT THE KEYBOARD
EARLY MODERN MASTERS
TONAL COUNTERPOINT
MUSIC SINCE 1950
Aural Skills and Performance Techniques
MUSI 231AURAL SKILLS AND PERFORMANCE TECHNIQUE I2
MUSI 232AURAL SKILLS AND PERFORMANCE TECHNIQUE II2
Music History
MUSI 222 / MDEM 222MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE ERAS3
MUSI 321BAROQUE AND EARLY CLASSICAL ERAS3
MUSI 322CLASSICAL AND ROMANTIC ERAS3
MUSI 421THE MODERN ERA3
Individual Instrumental or Vocal Study (minimum of 4 semesters) 1
Select 4 courses from the following:8-12
Any 300-level individual instrumental or vocal study course (see below for course list)
Any 400-level individual instrumental or vocal study course (see below for course list)
Ensemble (minimum of 4 semesters)
Select 4 courses from the following:4-8
UNDERGRADUATE CHORUS
UNDERGRADUATE ORCHESTRA
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Music 43-51
Additional Credit Hours to Complete BA Degree Requirements9-17
University Graduation Requirements *60
Total Credit Hours120

 Footnotes and Additional Information

Individual Instrumental or Vocal Study

Individual Instrumental or Vocal Study Courses (300-level) 1
CONCENTRATION FLUTE
CONCENTRATION OBOE
CONCENTRATION CLARINET
CONCENTRATION BASSOON
CONCENTRATION HORN
CONCENTRATION TRUMPET
CONCENTRATION TROMBONE
CONCENTRATION TUBA
CONCENTRATION PERCUSSION
CONCENTRATION VOICE
CONCENTRATION PIANO
CONCENTRATION ORGAN
CONCENTRATION HARP
CONCENTRATION VIOLIN
CONCENTRATION VIOLA
CONCENTRATION VIOLONCELLO
CONCENTRATION DOUBLE BASS
Individual Instrumental or Vocal Study Courses (400-level) 1
FLUTE FOR MAJORS
OBOE FOR MAJORS
CLARINET FOR MAJORS
BASSOON FOR MAJORS
HORN FOR MAJORS
TRUMPET FOR MAJORS
TROMBONE FOR MAJORS
TUBA FOR MAJORS
PERCUSSION FOR MAJORS
VOICE FOR MAJORS
PIANO FOR MAJORS
ORGAN FOR MAJORS
HARP FOR MAJORS
VIOLIN FOR MAJORS
VIOLA FOR MAJORS
VIOLONCELLO FOR MAJORS
DOUBLE BASS FOR MAJORS
Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in Music

Admission

The Shepherd School does not admit students to the BA degree with a major in Music. It is provided as an option for those BMus performance majors who no longer wish to pursue the performance degree.

Academic Standards

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Further information on curricular requirements for all majors and degree programs is available from the Shepherd School of Music.

Grading Policy

A minimum grade of “B-“ is expected of all music students in their major applied area. A grade of “C+” or lower is considered unsatisfactory and will be evaluated in the following manner:

A music major who receives a grade of “C+” or lower in their major applied area will be placed on music probation. Music probation signifies that the student’s work has been sufficiently unsatisfactory to preclude graduation unless marked improvement is achieved promptly. A student on music probation may be absent from class only for extraordinary reasons and may not represent the school in any public function not directly a part of a degree program.

If a student receives a second semester of “C+” or lower in their major applied area, whether for consecutive semesters or not, the student will be discontinued as a BMus degree seeking student and merit scholarship from the Shepherd School will be discontinued.

Note: For music history and musicology majors, a grade of “C+” or lower in any music history course is considered unsatisfactory and will be evaluated as noted above. For music theory majors, a grade of "C+" or lower in any advanced music theory course is considered unsatisfactory and will be evaluated as noted above.

Leaves of Absence and Voluntary Withdrawal

Music majors must obtain permission in writing from the dean of the Shepherd School before requesting a leave of absence from the university. Requests must be in the dean’s office before the first day of classes in the semester for which leave is requested.

Music majors taking voluntary withdrawal from the university are not guaranteed readmission into the Shepherd School and may be asked to reapply/reaudition. Students should explain the reasons for their withdrawal to the dean before leaving campus.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: http://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Performance

Students are expected to perform frequently during their residence at Rice. Students are expected to attend both faculty and student recitals. In addition, all music majors must participate in the school’s conducted ensembles as assigned.

Examination

At the end of each semester, a jury examination in applied music may be given over the material studied during the semester.

For additional information, please see the School of Music website at: http://music.rice.edu

Opportunities for the BA Degree with a Major in Music

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

For additional information, please see the School of Music website at: http://music.rice.edu