Music, BA/BS


Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Music are liberal arts programs that allow students flexibility while offering a comprehensive training in core musical areas. These program facilitate careers and graduate study in a variety of fields both inside and outside of Music.

Program Curriculum

120 credits

Utah Tech General Education Requirements

All Utah Tech General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to Utah Tech's minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
Bachelor of Arts: Foreign Language Requirement3-16
Complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits in a single foreign language, through earned credit (grade C or higher), credit by examination, or vertical credit from the courses listed on the GE Foreign Language Requirement page 1
- Complete a 2020 or higher foreign language course (grade C or higher)
- Complete a 3060 foreign language course listed below (grade C or higher)
- Receive 16 transfer credits for GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (8) in a single foreign language (grade C or higher)
Complete a 1010 course listed below in a second foreign language (grade C or higher) AND one of the following:
1. In a language not taught at Utah Tech, receive 12 FLATS exam credits for FLAT 1000 (8) and FLAT 2000 (4)
2. In a language not taught at Utah Tech, receive 12 transfer credits articulated as GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (4) (all grade C or higher)
Available only to students who are nonnative English speakers, complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits of ESL courses listed below (grade B or higher)
- Complete ESL 2750 or ESL 2760 (grade B or higher).
- Submit one of the following test scores required for unconditional Utah Tech admission: TOEFL (61 iBT, 173 CBT, or 500 PBT); or Michigan (70); or USU-IELE equivalent score. Other tests may be accepted for admission to Utah Tech but will not fulfill this requirement. Official scores must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Total Hours3-16
Discipline Core Requirements
Complete a minimum of four semesters:
MUSC 1000RConcert Attendance0
Complete all of the following:
MUSC 1001First Year Experience: Music2
MUSC 1110Music Theory I (Prerequisite: MUSC 1100 or C or higher on Music Department theory test) 23
MUSC 1120Music Theory II3
MUSC 1130Ear Training & Sight Singing I1
MUSC 1140Ear Training/Sight Singing II1
MUSC 2110Music Theory III3
MUSC 2120Music Theory IV3
MUSC 2130Ear Training/Sight Singing III1
MUSC 2140Ear Training/Sight Singing IV1
MUSC 2350Fundamentals of Conducting2
MUSC 4890Senior Recital1
or MUSC 4870 Music Capstone Project
Complete two (2) of the following:
MUSC 3630Music History & Literature I3
MUSC 3640Music History & Literature II3
MUSC 3650Music History and Literature III3
Private Lesson & Ensemble Requirements
Complete 4 credits from the following:
MUSC 1810RPrivate Lesson I Major: Vocal1
MUSC 1811RPrivate Lesson I Major: Piano1
MUSC 1812RPrivate Lesson I Major: Brass1
MUSC 1813RPrivate Lesson I Major: String1
MUSC 1814RPrivate Lesson I Major: Woodwind1
MUSC 1815RPrivate Lesson I Major: Guitar1
MUSC 1816RPrivate Lesson I Major: Organ1
MUSC 1821RPrivate Lesson I Major: Percussion1
MUSC 2810RPrivate Lesson II Major: Vocal1
MUSC 2811RPrivate Lesson II Major: Piano1
MUSC 2812RPrivate Lesson II Major: Brass1
MUSC 2813RPrivate Lesson II Major: String1
MUSC 2814RPrivate Lesson II Major: Woodwind1
MUSC 2815RPrivate Lesson II Major: Guitar1
MUSC 2816RPrivate Lesson II Major: Organ1
MUSC 2821RPrivate Lesson II Major: Percussion1
Complete 4 credits from the following:
MUSC 3810RPrivate Lesson III Major: Vocal1
MUSC 3811RPrivate Lesson III Major: Piano1
MUSC 3812RPrivate Lesson III Major: Brass1
MUSC 3813RPrivate Lesson III Major: String1
MUSC 3814RPrivate Lesson III Major: Woodwind1
MUSC 3815RPrivate Lesson III Major: Guitar1
MUSC 3816RPrivate Lesson III Major: Organ1
MUSC 3821RPrivate Lesson III Major: Percussion1
MUSC 4610RPrivate Lesson IV Major: Vocal1
MUSC 4611RPrivate Lesson IV Major: Piano1
MUSC 4612RPrivate Lesson IV Major: Brass1
MUSC 4613RPrivate Lesson IV Major: Strings1
MUSC 4614RPrivate Lesson IV Major: Woodwinds1
MUSC 4615RPrivate Lesson IV Major: Guitar1
MUSC 4616RPrivate Lesson IV Major: Organ1
MUSC 4621RPrivate Lesson IV Major: Percussion1
Complete 8 credits from the following large ensembles:
MUSC 3250RConcert Choir1
MUSC 3310RSymphonic Band1
MUSC 3350RUniversity Orchestra1
Complete 2 credits from the following small ensembles:
MUSC 3270RChamber Singers1
MUSC 3360RUniversity Chamber Orchestra1
MUSC 3370RGuitar Ensemble1
MUSC 4430RString Chamber Music1
MUSC 4431RWoodwind Chamber Music1
MUSC 4432RBrass Chamber Music1
MUSC 4433RPiano Ensemble1
MUSC 4485RPercussion Ensemble1
Music Elective Requirements
Complete 12 credits of additional Music electives:
Any non-Core MUSC courses12
Non-Music Elective Requirements
Complete 16 upper-division credits of non-Music electives:
Any upper-division non-MUSC courses16
Piano Proficiency 3


  • No more than 4 credits of private lessons may be transferred from another institution.
  • No more than 4 credits of ensembles may be transferred from another institution.
  • Each Private Lesson course may be repeated up to 2 credits.
  • Each Ensemble course may be repeated up to 8 credits. Students are limited to no more than three ensemble courses per semester.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher required in each music core course, ensemble, and private lessons. 

Graduation Plan

1st Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
MUSC 10012MUSC 1000R0
MUSC 1000R0MUSC 11203
MUSC 11103MUSC 11401
MUSC 11301MUSC 1160R1
MUSC 1150R1ENGL 20103
ENGL 10103MUSC 18XX Private Lesson1
MATH 1030 (recommended for General Education)3MUSC Ensemble (L)Large Ensemble: Band, Choir, Orchestra1
MUSC 18XX Private Lesson1MUSC Ensemble (S) Small Ensemble: See Catalog1
MUSC Ensemble (L)Large Ensemble: Band, Choir, Orchestra1MUSC Elective (any non-core music course)1
MUSC Ensemble (S) Small Ensemble1General Elective 3
 16 15
2nd Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
MUSC 1000R0MUSC 1000R0
MUSC 21103MUSC 21203
MUSC 21301MUSC 21401
MUSC 23502MUSC 28XX Private Lesson1
MUSC 28XX Private Lesson1MUSC Ensemble (L)Large Ensemble: Band, Choir, Orchestra1
MUSC Ensemble (L)Large Ensemble: Band, Choir, Orchestra1General Education (Physical Sciences)3
General Education (Life Sciences & Lab)4General Education (Literature/Humanities)3
General Education (American Institutions)3MUSC Elective(s)4
 15 16
3rd Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
MUSC 3630, 3640, or 36503MUSC 36403
MUSC 38XX Private Lesson1MUSC 38XX Private Lesson1
MUSC Elective (Any Non-Core Music Elective(s))3MUSC Ensemble (L) Large Ensemble (Band, Choir, Orchestra)1
MUSC Ensemble (L)Large Ensemble (Band, Choir, Orchestra)1MUSC Elective (Any Non-Core Music Elective(s))3
General Education (Fine Arts)3General Education (Exploration)3
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences)General Elective3
Elective (Any upper-division non-music course)3 
 14 14
4th Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
MUSC 46XX Private Lesson1MUSC 4890 or 48701
MUSC Ensemble (L)Large Ensemble (Band, Choir, Orchestra)1MUSC 48XX Private Lesson1
MUSC Elective (MUSC Elective)3MUSC Ensemble (L)Large Ensemble (Band, Choir, Orchestra)1
Elective (MDIA 4920R: DOCUTAH, Recommended)1Elective (Any upper-division non-music course(s))3
Elective (Any upper-division non-music course(s))3Elective (Any upper-division non-music course(s))3
Elective (Any upper-division non-music course(s))3MUSC Elective1
Elective (Any upper-division non-music course(s))3General Elective3
 General Elective2
 15 15
Total Hours 120

BA/BS Music Program Learning Outcomes:

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:
1. Analyze and evaluate the elements, forms, and processes in music.

2. Describe, categorize, and assess the major historical periods, composers, styles, and genres of music.

3. Develop and defend musical judgements, and self-assess their efforts.

4. Perform associated repertoire with technical proficiency and artistic expression on their instrument or voice.

5. Use collaboration and leadership skills in making music.

6. Apply pedagogical skills in their area by appropriately critiquing student work and designing an applicable learning strategy.