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If you want to develop mainstream and alternative musical comptencies or explore music as human history, cultural artifact and social behavior, the BA in music is the major for you.

The BA in music provides students with a broadly based liberal arts degree. Students receive a strong foundation in music theory and music history while completing lessons on their major instrument. The curricular core provides students the opportunity to explore music as human history, cultural artifact and social behavior. Students may combine the degree with another major or minor within ASU.

At A Glance

Music, BA

Required Courses

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Application requirements

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Application Deadlines
Spring 2021: October 15, 2020
Fall 2021: January 5, 2021

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Admission requirements

Important: Applicants must submit an ASU application for undergraduate admission in addition to a separate School of Music application. Students should visit https://music.asu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-steps-to-apply for details. Admission to the School of Music is based on an audition. Live auditions take place on campus in November (spring admission) and in January and February (fall admission) of each year. Applicants may review audition information at http://music.asu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-auditions.

Admission to the School of Music is highly selective and based on an audition process. Students are admitted as music audition students and must successfully complete the audition before enrolling in music major courses. Upon admission to both ASU and the School of Music, the applicant's major will be changed to music. In the event a student is admitted to ASU but not to the School of Music or misses the audition deadline, the student will remain as a music audition major and will need to successfully pass the music audition milestone in the first semester in order to gain admission into the program.

Application Deadlines: Students should visit https://music.asu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-deadlines-fees for complete music deadlines.

Spring 2020: The deadline to apply for admission to this program is Oct. 15, 2019.

Fall 2020: The deadline to apply for admission to this program is Jan. 5, 2020.

Career outlook

Graduates are prepared to work in various professional or entrepreneurial capacities, including:

  • music criticism and research, ethnomusicology and musicology
  • music entrepreneurship, concert management and promotion
  • music publishing
  • performing in community and professional ensembles in a variety of styles and traditions
  • teaching in a private studio or community program

Many graduates pursue a master's degree or a doctorate in music or another professional field.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Music Composers and Arrangers5.7%$50,590
Music Directors5.7%$50,590
Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners1.2%$36,530
Musicians, Instrumental6%*
Singers6%*

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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