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Bachelor of Arts in Music



What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Arts music major provides students with a broad foundation for studying, performing and communicating about music.

The major includes core classes in music theory and history, applied instruction and ensemble involvement within a Liberal Arts context. Students have a great deal of flexibility in determining their possible minors or may choose to double major in several other disciplines. A semester of study abroad may be included in the degree.

A senior capstone project is presented with direction from a faculty mentor. This may be research driven, performance related, or a combination of both. Students are encouraged to develop independent work that may combine various disciplines. The B.A. in music is an excellent choice for many transfer students as well as students who wish to consider future graduate study.


The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree allows students to prepare for professional music careers or graduate study in Music or Liberal Arts. The degree may lead to some of the following possible careers:


Band leader

College professor



Copyright specialist

Film music director/editor

Free-lance performer

Music critic/journalist

Music editor and publisher

Music educator

Music librarian

Music software programmer

Music theatre director


Orchestra librarian


Private studio teacher

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (120 hours)

Tuition fees
US$29,144.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected July, November 2023

Start date

17 January 2023, 28 August 2023


Middle Tennessee State University

1301 East Main Street,



37132, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have official high school or university transcripts must be mailed directly from your high school or university to MTSU.

For international students

Students must have official high school or university transcripts must be mailed directly from your high school or university to MTSU.

English proficiency scores:

IELTS score of 5.5 or above

TOEFL iBT score of 61 or above (Computer-based 173 or above or paper-based 500 or above. The MTSU institution code is 1466.)

Duolingo English Test with a score of 85 or above.

iTEP score of 3.5 or above.

The ELS completion certificate of level 110

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


About Middle Tennessee State University

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