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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Fine Arts in Music Degree

The B.A. in Fine Arts in Music is offered for students with interests in any area of music: Jazz, Musicology, Music composition, Music theory, Piano/organ/orchestral instruments, or Voice who also want to pursue a second degree, major or minor not in the School of Music.

A total of 120 credit hours is required. To graduate, a student must earn a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in all major courses and a minimum average of 2.0 in all course work.

Students will gain knowledge in a variety of areas while pursuing the B.A. and may include any approved KU degree, major or minor without adding extra credit hours to their degree program.  This also works well with student pursuing pre-med or pre-law.  Students will be studying with faculty members who are nationally and internationally recognized.  Courses in music theory and musicology are part of the exploration of music as are private instruction, ensemble and chamber music opportunities, as well as a senior performance recital.

With this degree, students will be well-rounded prospects for nearly any employer upon graduation.  Students can also go on to pursue graduate studies in music, establish private studios, audition for music ensembles, or create their own paths in music or music-related endeavors.

All students applying for School of Music undergraduate degrees (B.A., B.F.A., B.M., B.M.E.) and the music minor must audition on an approved instrument/voice.


School of Music Calendar
Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.