Music (Music and Culture), BA

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The BA in music with a concentration in music and culture offers the most elective flexibility of any ASU music major.  The degree provides skills applicable to careers in music and many other fields (e.g., librarianship, arts festival management/production, criticism, audience educator, recruitment, artist representation, publishing, creative writing). Students may develop mainstream competencies such as performing or writing about Western European musics, conducting, and teaching about music. They may also pursue coursework in popular song writing, beat-making, acoustics, advocacy of wellness through music, dance as musical embodiment, and selected musical competencies of Asia, Latin America, and other areas. Let your imagination shape your degree!

Musicology faculty members include Sabine Feisst, Dave Fossum, Kay Norton, Catherine Saucier, Peter Schmelz, Ted Solis, Christopher J. Wells, and faculty associate Bliss Little.

The BA in music with a concentration in music and culture provides students with a broadly based liberal arts degree applicable to careers in music and many other fields. The music curricular core is combined with elective flexibility, leading students to develop mainstream and alternative musical competencies; to explore music as human history, cultural artifact and social behavior; and to pursue other areas of interest. This is a liberal arts-based degree program in which students have a higher percentage of elective courses, allowing them to tailor both the General Studies courses and the music electives to suit their career goals.

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Music (Music and Culture), BA

Offered by
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts


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Application Deadlines
Spring 2020: October 15, 2019
Fall 2020: January 5, 2020

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Career Outlook

The program prepares students for potential careers in fields that require skilled written communication; the ability to conduct research both in electronic and print media; critical and logical thinking; the dissection of an argument; and careful time management. In addition to the careers listed below, graduates may pursue jobs in music and medical humanities or copyright and entertainment law. Graduates are prepared to work in various professional capacities, including:

  • music criticism and research, ethnomusicology and musicology
  • music entrepreneurship, concert management and promotion
  • music in culture, music blogging
  • music publishing, program annotation
  • performing in community and professional ensembles in a variety of styles and traditions
  • teaching in a private studio or community program
  • work as a music librarian
  • work in music-related fields

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
Curators 14%$53,770
Music Composers and Arrangers5.7%$50,590
Music Directors5.7%$50,590
Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners1.2%$36,530
Musicians, Instrumental6%*

* 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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