Music - B.A.

College of the Arts
School of Music
E101 Center for the Performing Arts
Kent Campus
330-672-2172
schoolofmusic@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/music


 

Description

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music gives music majors an opportunity to study music and liberal arts with an optional minor, available in most academic areas of the university, or as a dual degree program with a major in another field. Although not as music intensive as the Bachelor of Music degree programs, this degree includes study on a main instrument and ensemble participation throughout the program. A concentration in contemporary popular music is available as an optional concentration. This concentration gives students the opportunity to study contemporary instruments such as electric guitar, electric bass and voice, as well as participate in a variety of styles including Rock, Pop, Motown and other popular styles. An optional concentration in jazz studies is also available.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus
  • Stark Campus (Contemporary Popular Music concentration only)

Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Music

Admission Requirements

Admission to this major is selective.

Freshman Students: Students must audition before being admitted to the School of Music. Inquiries can be directed to:

Coordinator of Admissions and Scholarships
School of Music
E-101 Music and Speech
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
(or call 330-672-2172)

Audition information can be found by visiting, www.kent.edu/music.

Transfer Students: In addition to meeting the general transfer admission requirement (2.0 overall GPA), students must audition before being admitted to the School of Music. Additional information is available from:

School of Music Office
E-101 Music and Speech Center
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
(or call 330-672-2172)

Audition information can be found by visiting, www.kent.edu/music.

For more information on admissions, visit the admission website.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of these programs will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate their knowledge of music history and theory by means of a standardized test.
  2. Bachelor of Arts graduates will be able to demonstrate high level skills in recitals, ensembles or music research.

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA) (min C grade in all required courses)
MUS 11121THEORY I 4
MUS 11122THEORY II 4
MUS 21111THEORY III 4
MUS 21112THEORY IV 4
MUS 22111THE UNDERSTANDING OF MUSIC (KFA) (music major section)3
MUS 22121MUSIC AS A WORLD PHENOMENON (DIVG) (KFA) (music major section)3
MUS 34111INTRODUCTION TO CONDUCTING 2
Piano Class, choose from the following: 12
PIANO CLASS
PIANO CLASS
PIANO CLASS
PIANO CLASS
Major Ensemble, choose from the following: 21
UNIVERSITY CHOIR
KENT STATE UNIVERSITY CHORALE
MEN'S CHORUS
WOMEN'S CHORUS
ORCHESTRA
SYMPHONY BAND
WIND ENSEMBLE
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities3
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional 6
Non Music (MUS) Electives35
Additional Requirements or Concentration Requirements
Choose from the following:27
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

Piano Class (2 credit hours): placement test required. Students who have piano as their main instrument and students placed into Applied Music-Piano replace with music (MUS) electives.

2

Major ensemble (8 separate semesters of music ensemble are required): Students must enroll in an ensemble appropriate to their major performance area. Students in the Contemporary Popular Music concentration take 1 semester of major ensemble and 7 separate semesters of MUS 35213. MUS 25011 and MUS 25225 can be used for major ensemble credit. Students in the Jazz Studies concentration take one semester of major ensemble and 4 semesters of MUS 45321 and 4 semesters of MUS 45312. Voice students in the Jazz Studies concentration replace MUS 45321 with MUS 45313.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.250 2.000
  • All Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degree students must complete the Major Field Test (MFT) and meet recital attendance requirements.

  • Students must earn a grade of C in all music courses. This program requires a senior recital or MUS 48598.

  • Students who begin their music or music education major program as first semester freshmen are required to attend a minimum of 84 concerts or recitals. Music or music education majors who transfer from a non-music program or university must attend an average of 10 music recitals or concerts for semesters of full time enrollment.

  • To graduate from Kent State University with the degree B.M. or B.A. in music, it is required that students take a major field achievement test in music history and music theory during their senior year. Specific score level achievement is not required.

Additional Major Requirements

[CA-BA-MUS]

Students declaring the Contemporary Popular Music or the Jazz Studies concentrations should instead take the requirements listed under that concentration.

Additional Requirements (courses count in major GPA) (min C grade required in all courses)
MUS 32211MUSIC HISTORY I 3
MUS 32212MUSIC HISTORY II (WIC) 3
Senior Recital or Research Electives, choose from the following:2
MUSIC RESEARCH (ELR)
MUS 36XXX
Applied Music (Senior Recital) 1
Applied Music Electives, choose from the following: 212
COMPOSITION 3
APPLIED MUSIC-PIANO 4
APPLIED MUSIC-VOICE
APPLIED MUSIC-VIOLIN
APPLIED MUSIC-VIOLA
APPLIED MUSIC-CELLO
APPLIED MUSIC-DOUBLE BASS
APPLIED MUSIC-FLUTE
APPLIED MUSIC-OBOE
APPLIED MUSIC-CLARINET
APPLIED MUSIC-BASSOON
APPLIED MUSIC-SAXOPHONE
APPLIED MUSIC-TRUMPET
APPLIED MUSIC-HORN
APPLIED MUSIC-TROMBONE
APPLIED MUSIC-EUPHONIUM
APPLIED MUSIC-TUBA
APPLIED MUSIC-PERCUSSION
APPLIED MUSIC-GUITAR
Major Ensemble Electives, choose from the following: 57
UNIVERSITY CHOIR
KENT STATE UNIVERSITY CHORALE
MEN'S CHORUS
WOMEN'S CHORUS
ORCHESTRA
SYMPHONY BAND
WIND ENSEMBLE
Minimum Total Credit Hours:27
1

 The Senior Recital may be used to satisfy the Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR), with approval.

2

Applied Music: Students not declaring a concentration will need to take a total of 6 semesters and 12 credit hours of Applied Music or MUS 36111 for two semesters and MUS 31211 for four semesters. Based on instrument of music degree acceptance. Students must meet the 46000 entry level prior to graduation. The 46000 level may be taken following a successful 46000-level barrier exam. One semester of MUS 21211 can replace one semester of MUS 31211

3

One semester of MUS 21211 can replace one semester of MUS 31211. This option requires 2 semesters of MUS 36111 in the Major Program Requirements. 

4

Piano Class (2 credit hours): placement test required. Students who have piano as their main instrument and students placed into applied Music-Piano replace with music (MUS) electives. 

5

Major ensemble (8 separate semesters of music ensemble are required): Students must enroll in a major ensemble appropriate to their major performance area.

Contemporary Popular Music Concentration Requirements

[CA-BA-MUS-CPM]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA) (min C grade required in all courses)
MUS 21341CONTEMPORARY POPULAR MUSIC THEORY 13
MUS 35213STUDIO ENSEMBLE 17
MUS 36913APPLIED STUDIO MUSICIANSHIP 22
or MUS 48598 MUSIC RESEARCH (ELR)
MUS 42165HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY POPULAR MUSIC (DIVD) (WIC) 3
Composition or Applied Studio Musicianship Electives, choose from the following: 38
COMPOSITION 4
APPLIED STUDIO MUSICIANSHIP 1
ELECTRIC GUITAR APPLIED STUDIO MUSICIANSHIP 1
ELECTRIC BASS APPLIED STUDIO MUSICIANSHIP 1
DRUM SET PERCUSSION APPLIED STUDIO MUSICIANSHIP 1
KEYBOARD APPLIED STUDIO MUSICIANSHIP 1
CONTEMPORARY VOICE APPLIED STUDIO MUSICIANSHIP 1
Applied Music Electives, choose from the following:4
APPLIED MUSIC-PIANO
APPLIED MUSIC-VOICE
APPLIED MUSIC-DOUBLE BASS
APPLIED MUSIC-FLUTE
APPLIED MUSIC-OBOE
APPLIED MUSIC-CLARINET
APPLIED MUSIC-BASSOON
APPLIED MUSIC-SAXOPHONE
APPLIED MUSIC-TRUMPET
APPLIED MUSIC-HORN
APPLIED MUSIC-TROMBONE
APPLIED MUSIC-EUPHONIUM
APPLIED MUSIC-TUBA
APPLIED MUSIC-PERCUSSION
APPLIED MUSIC-GUITAR
Minimum Total Credit Hours:27
1

Only available at the Stark Campus. 

2

MUS 36913 Applied Studio Musicianship (Senior Recital) may be used to satisfy the Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR), with approval.

3

Applied Music: Students in the Contemporary Popular Music concentration must take 2 semesters and 4 credit hours of Applied Music and 8 credit hours of MUS 36913, MUS 36914, MUS 36915, MUS 36916, MUS 36917, MUS 36918 or MUS 31211 (one semester of MUS 21211 can be included). Students must also meet the 46000 entry level prior to graduation, the 46000 level may be taken following a successful 46000-level barrier exam.

4

One semester of MUS 21211 can replace one semester of MUS 31211.

Jazz Studies Concentration Requirements

[CA-BA-MUS-JAZZ]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA) (min C grade require in all courses)
MUS 17013FUNDAMENTALS OF JAZZ PIANO 1
MUS 36011APPLIED MUSIC - JAZZ 14
MUS 36011APPLIED MUSIC - JAZZ 22
or MUS 48598 MUSIC RESEARCH (ELR)
MUS 41341JAZZ IMPROVISATION I 1
MUS 41342JAZZ COMPOSING AND ARRANGING 2
MUS 41351JAZZ IMPROVISATION II 1
MUS 42162JAZZ STYLES AND ANALYSIS 3
MUS 45231JAZZ ENSEMBLE 34
or MUS 45313 NOVA JAZZ SINGERS
MUS 45312JAZZ COMBO DEVELOPMENT 34
TECH 31000CULTURAL DYNAMICS OF TECHNOLOGY (DIVD) (WIC) 3
Applied Music Electives, choose from the following: 12
APPLIED MUSIC-PIANO 1
APPLIED MUSIC-VOICE
APPLIED MUSIC-VIOLIN
APPLIED MUSIC-VIOLA
APPLIED MUSIC-CELLO
APPLIED MUSIC-DOUBLE BASS
APPLIED MUSIC-FLUTE
APPLIED MUSIC-OBOE
APPLIED MUSIC-CLARINET
APPLIED MUSIC-BASSOON
APPLIED MUSIC-SAXOPHONE
APPLIED MUSIC-TRUMPET
APPLIED MUSIC-HORN
APPLIED MUSIC-TROMBONE
APPLIED MUSIC-EUPHONIUM
APPLIED MUSIC-TUBA
APPLIED MUSIC-PERCUSSION
APPLIED MUSIC-GUITAR
Minimum Total Credit Hours:27
1

Applied Music: Students in the Jazz Studies concentration must take one semester and 2 credit hours of Applied Music and two semesters and 4 credit hours of MUS 36011.

2

MUS 36011 Applied Music Jazz (Senior Recital) may be used to satisfy the Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR), with approval.

3

Major Ensemble (8 separate semesters of music ensemble are required): Students in the Jazz Studies concentration take one semester of major ensemble and 4 semesters of MUS 45231 and 4 semesters of MUS 45312. Voice students in the Jazz Studies concentration replace MUS 45321 with MUS 45313.

Roadmaps


 

Music

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!MUS 11121 THEORY I 4
!MUS 22111 THE UNDERSTANDING OF MUSIC (KFA) 3
!MUS 36XXX Applied Music2
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
!Major Ensemble Elective 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Two
!MUS 11122 THEORY II 4
!MUS 22121 MUSIC AS A WORLD PHENOMENON (DIVG) (KFA) 3
!MUS 36XXX Applied Music2
!Major Ensemble Elective 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
!MUS 21111 THEORY III 4
!MUS 36XXX Applied Music2
!Major Ensemble Elective 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Non-Music Electives 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Four
!MUS 21112 THEORY IV 4
!MUS 36XXX Applied Music2
!Major Ensemble Elective 1
Piano Class Elective 1-2
Kent Core Requirement 3
Non-Music Electives 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Five
!MUS 32211 MUSIC HISTORY I 3
MUS 34111 INTRODUCTION TO CONDUCTING 2
!MUS 36XXX Applied Music2
!Major Ensemble Elective 1
Piano Class Elective 0-1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Non-Music Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
!MUS 32212 MUSIC HISTORY II (WIC) 3
!MUS 36XXX Applied Music2
!Major Ensemble Elective 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Non-Music Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
!Major Ensemble Elective 1
Senior Recital or Research Elective 2
Kent Core Requirement 3
Non-Music Electives 10
 Credit Hours16
Semester Eight
Successful completion of a major-field achievement test in music history and music theory.  
!Major Ensemble Elective 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Non-Music Electives 10
 Credit Hours14
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
 

Contemporary Popular Music Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!MUS 11121 THEORY I 4
!MUS 22111 THE UNDERSTANDING OF MUSIC (KFA) 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Applied Music Electives 2
!Major Ensemble or MUS 35213 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Two
!MUS 11122 THEORY II 4
!MUS 22121 MUSIC AS A WORLD PHENOMENON (DIVG) (KFA) 3
Applied Music Electives 2
!Major Ensemble or MUS 35213 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
!MUS 21111 THEORY III 4
!Composition or Applied Studio Musicianship Elective 2
!Major Ensemble or MUS 35213 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Non-Music Electives 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Four
!MUS 21112 THEORY IV 4
!Composition or Applied Studio Musicianship Elective 2
!Major Ensemble or MUS 35213 1
Piano Class Elective 1-2
Kent Core Requirement 3
Non-Music Elecctives 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Five
!MUS 21341 CONTEMPORARY POPULAR MUSIC THEORY 3
MUS 34111 INTRODUCTION TO CONDUCTING 2
!Composition or Applied Studio Musicianship Elective 2
!Major Ensemble or MUS 35213 1
Piano Class Elective 0-1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Non-Music Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
!Composition or Applied Studio Musicianship Elective 2
!Major Ensemble or MUS 35213 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Non-Music Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
MUS 36913
APPLIED STUDIO MUSICIANSHIP
or MUSIC RESEARCH (ELR)
2
MUS 42165 HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY POPULAR MUSIC (DIVD) (WIC) 3
!Major Ensemble or MUS 35213 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Non-Music Electives 7
 Credit Hours16
Semester Eight
Successful completion of a major-field achievement test in music history and music theory.  
!Major Ensemble or MUS 35213 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Non-Music Electives 10
 Credit Hours14
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
 

Jazz Studies Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!MUS 11121 THEORY I 4
!MUS 22111 THE UNDERSTANDING OF MUSIC (KFA) 3
MUS 41341 JAZZ IMPROVISATION I 1
MUS 45231
JAZZ ENSEMBLE
or JAZZ COMBO DEVELOPMENT
or NOVA JAZZ SINGERS
1
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Applied Music Elective 2
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Two
!MUS 11122 THEORY II 4
!MUS 22121 MUSIC AS A WORLD PHENOMENON (DIVG) (KFA) 3
MUS 45231
JAZZ ENSEMBLE
or JAZZ COMBO DEVELOPMENT
or NOVA JAZZ SINGERS
1
Applied Music Elective 2
Piano Class Elective 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Three
!MUS 21111 THEORY III 4
MUS 41351 JAZZ IMPROVISATION II 1
MUS 45231
JAZZ ENSEMBLE
or JAZZ COMBO DEVELOPMENT
or NOVA JAZZ SINGERS
1
Piano Class Elective 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Non-Music Electives 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Four
MUS 17013 FUNDAMENTALS OF JAZZ PIANO 1
!MUS 21112 THEORY IV 4
MUS 45231
JAZZ ENSEMBLE
or JAZZ COMBO DEVELOPMENT
or NOVA JAZZ SINGERS
1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Non-Music Elecctives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
MUS 34111 INTRODUCTION TO CONDUCTING 2
MUS 42162 JAZZ STYLES AND ANALYSIS 3
MUS 45231
JAZZ ENSEMBLE
or JAZZ COMBO DEVELOPMENT
or NOVA JAZZ SINGERS
1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Non-Music Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
MUS 41342 JAZZ COMPOSING AND ARRANGING 2
MUS 45231
JAZZ ENSEMBLE
or JAZZ COMBO DEVELOPMENT
or NOVA JAZZ SINGERS
1
Applied Music Elective 2
Kent Core Requirement 3
Non-Music Electives 6
 Credit Hours14
Semester Seven
MUS 36011
APPLIED MUSIC - JAZZ
or MUSIC RESEARCH (ELR)
2
MUS 45231
JAZZ ENSEMBLE
or JAZZ COMBO DEVELOPMENT
or NOVA JAZZ SINGERS
1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Non-Music Electives 10
 Credit Hours16
Semester Eight
Successful completion of a major-field achievement test in music history and music theory.  
MUS 45231
JAZZ ENSEMBLE
or JAZZ COMBO DEVELOPMENT
or NOVA JAZZ SINGERS
1
TECH 31000 CULTURAL DYNAMICS OF TECHNOLOGY (DIVD) (WIC) 3
Major Ensemble Elective 1
Non-Music Electives 10
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120