This major allows students to study music within a larger context of a liberal education. In comparison to majors leading to the bachelor of music (B.M.), less emphasis is placed on studies specific to music. In lieu of fewer credits in music, the student completes a 21-credit option in an area outside of music. In addition, completion of a major paper, lecture/recital, or full recital is required during the senior year.

A successful audition is required prior to entrance into this B.A. Music degree program.

A minimum grade of C is required in all music courses used to satisfy the requirements of the major programs (B.A. and B.M.) in music.

Effective Fall 2017

CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
MU 117Music Theory I 3
MU 118Music Theory II 3
MU 127Aural Skills I 1
MU 128Aural Skills II 1
MU 131Introduction to Music History and Literature (GT-AH1)3B3
MU 1501Piano Class I 1
MU 151B1Piano Class II: Performance, Composition, and General Studies 1
Select one group from the following:2 2-4
Group A:
Freshman Voice Studio: English/Italian  
Freshman Voice Studio: German, French  
Group B:
Applied Music Instruction (see list below)2
MU *** Ensemble (see list below)3 2
Electives 5-7
 Total Credits 30
MU 217Music Theory III 3
MU 218Music Theory IV 3
MU 227Aural Skills III 1
MU 228Aural Skills IV 1
Applied Music Instruction (see list below)2 2
MU *** Ensemble (see list below)3 2
Advanced Writing23
Arts and Humanities3B3
Foreign language 6
Second Field4 6
 Total Credits 30
MU 334Music History I4A,4B3
MU 335Music History II4A,4B3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Second Field4 6
Upper-Division Music Theory (see list below) 2-3
Electives 7-8
 Total Credits 31
Select one from the following: 1
Biological and Physical Sciences3A4
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
Second Field4 9
Elective6 3
 Total Credits 29
 Program Total Credits: 120

Applied Music Instruction - Lower-Division

MU 272AApplied Music Instruction: Euphonium1-2
MU 272BApplied Music Instruction: French Horn1-2
MU 272CApplied Music Instruction: Trombone1-2
MU 272DApplied Music Instruction: Trumpet1-2
MU 272EApplied Music Instruction: Tuba1-2
MU 272GApplied Music Instruction: Harpsichord1-2
MU 272HApplied Music Instruction: Organ1-2
MU 272IApplied Music Instruction: Piano1-2
MU 272JApplied Music Instruction: Percussion1-2
MU 272KApplied Music Instruction: Guitar1-2
MU 272LApplied Music Instruction: Harp1-2
MU 272MApplied Music Instruction: String Bass1-2
MU 272NApplied Music Instruction: Viola1-2
MU 272OApplied Music Instruction: Violin1-2
MU 272PApplied Music Instruction: Violoncello1-2
MU 272QApplied Music Instruction: Voice1-2
MU 272RApplied Music Instruction: Bassoon1-2
MU 272SApplied Music Instruction: Clarinet1-2
MU 272TApplied Music Instruction: Flute1-2
MU 272UApplied Music Instruction: Oboe1-2
MU 272VApplied Music Instruction: Saxophone (Alto)1-2

Ensemble Courses

MU 201Men's Chorus1
MU 202University Chorus1
MU 204Marching Band1
MU 205Concert Band1
MU 206Colorado State University Concert Orchestra1
MU 300Women's Chorus1
MU 302University Orchestra1
MU 304Symphonic Band1
MU 305Colorado State University Concert Choir1
MU 309Jazz Ensemble1
MU 310Jazz Combo1
MU 400Colorado State University Chamber Choir1
MU 401Opera Theater1-2
MU 402Theater/Chamber Orchestra1
MU 404Symphonic Wind Ensemble1
MU 407Accompanying1
MU 408Chamber Music1

Upper-Division Music Theory

MU 317Music Theory V2
MU 318Arranging and Orchestration2
MU 417Counterpoint3
MU 418Advanced Orchestration2
MU 419Electronic Music Composition2

 Students with previous keyboard experience can test out of MU 150 and/or MU 151B and use the extra credit(s) toward electives.


First-year voice students must take MU 172A and MU 172B (total of four credits), and then take MU 272Q for one credit each semester of the second year (a total of two credits); instrumentalists take MU 272A-MU 272P or MU 272R-MU 272V on major instrument for one credit each semester of the first 2 years (total of four credits).


Students must participate in an ensemble during each semester in which they are enrolled in MU 172A, MU 172B, MU 272A-MU 272VMU 472A-MU 472V. At least once during the program of study, this must be achieved by taking MU 408 or through another small ensemble experience.


A Second Field of study outside the field of music, including at least 12 upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits.


Excludes MU 472A-MU 472V; maximum 4 credits of ensemble.


Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level). 

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
To declare this major, must audition with department. A grade of C or better is required in all music courses used to satisfy major requirements.

Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
MU 117Music Theory IX  3
MU 127Aural Skills IX  1
MU 150Piano Class IX  1
Select one course from the following:   1-2
Freshman Voice Studio: English/ItalianX   
MU 272* Applied Music Instruction
Mathematics X1B3
MU*** Ensemble (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  1
Elective   2-3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MU 118Music Theory IIX  3
MU 128Aural Skills IIX  1
MU 131Introduction to Music History and Literature (GT-AH1)X 3B3
MU 151BPiano Class II: Performance, Composition, and General StudiesX  1
Select one course from the following:   1-2
Freshman Voice Studio: German, FrenchX   
MU 272* Applied Music Instruction
MU*** Ensemble (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   1
Electives   3-4
AUCC 1B (MATH) and CO 150 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   14
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MU 217Music Theory IIIX  3
MU 227Aural Skills IIIX  1
Advanced Writing  23
L*** *** Foreign Language   3
MU 272* Applied Music InstructionX  1
MU*** Ensemble (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  1
Second Field   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MU 218Music Theory IVX  3
MU 228Aural Skills IVX  1
MU 272* Applied Music InstructionX  1
MU*** Ensemble (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  1
L*** *** Foreign Language   3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Second Field   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MU 334Music History IX 4A,4B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
Second Field   3
Upper-Division Music Theory (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MU 335Music History IIX 4A,4B3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Music XXX   3
Second Field   3
Electives   4
MU 335 must be completed by the end of Semester 6.X   
 Total Credits   16
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Music XXX   3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A4
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
Second Field   3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   1
RecitalX 4C 
ThesisX 4C 
Music XXXX  3
Global and Cultural AwarenessX 3E3
Second FieldX  6
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study. X   
 Total Credits   13
 Program Total Credits:   120