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Bachelor of Arts in Music


What will I learn?

The CSU Bakersfield Music Program contributes to the musical, intellectual, and cultural environment of the university and surrounding region through programs of study and courses for music majors, minors, general education students, and liberal studies students; music electives for non-majors; and concerts, recitals, workshops, and festivals that provide performance opportunities for students and feature distinguished guest artists. The Bachelor of Arts in Music offers a robust undergraduate musical education set within a broader liberal arts curriculum. There are two degree emphases, both of which rest upon foundational studies in performance, music theory and analysis, musicianship, music history and literature, and music technology. The General Music emphasis features significant elective content in and beyond music, preparing students for graduate studies in performance, composition, music theory, and musicology, or for a life of musical fulfillment in conjunction with any number of careers. The Music Education emphasis offers substantial preparation in vocal, instrumental, and general music education that readies students for the Single Subject Credential Program in Music and the teaching profession.

Program Mission
The mission of the CSU Bakersfield Music Program is to develop knowledgeable, skilled musicians and audiences through high-quality musical experiences, deep exploration of musical topics, and musical service to the community.

Program Goals
Artistry in Performance: Develop student ability to work individually and collaboratively toward effective public performance.

Critical Thinking, Speaking and Writing: Develop student ability to think, speak, and write critically about music.

Career-Oriented Knowledge: Prepare students to succeed in the varied field of music and in a professional environment broadly.

Career Opportunities
The Music curriculum prepares students for a wide range of careers in music. Many of our alumni go on to work as independent professional musicians or as members of a symphony, opera company, chamber group, or other ensemble. Some find work in churches or in the recording and publishing industries. Other pursue rewarding careers in education, serving as music teachers in elementary or secondary schools, or becoming professors at colleges and universities. Still another group moves into fields other than music, such as law, the ministry, and business, using their musical training to inform and support their new endeavors and often continuing their performance activities in music.

Which department am I in?

School of Arts and Humanities

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$17,112.00 per year
Full‐Time Students w/24 units
Start date

23 January 2023


School of Arts and Humanities

9001 Stockdale Highway,



93311, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

High school graduate (with supporting transcripts)

Minimum GPA: 2.5 high school (4.0 scale, first-time students)

Submission of one of the following:

TOEFL: Minimum score of 61 iBT

IELTS: Minimum 6.0 Band Score; otherwise, 5.5 Band Score with 5.5 in each section

Duolingo English Test: Minimum score of 95

Pearson Test Examination (PTE): Minimum score of 43

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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