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Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree (B.A. in Music) includes a core of intensive music study alongside Bachelor of Music peers: Musicianship (music theory and aural skills), Historical and Cultural Studies in Music, and an array of Music Electives (including applied instrumental/vocal studio, large and small ensemble performance, Music Technology). At the same time, the B.A. degree emphasizes the study of music in the context of TCNJ’s competitive Liberal Arts experience. In addition to fulfilling the Liberal Learning requirements for all TCNJ students, B.A. in Music students plan a course of Free Electives and are mentored to pursue interdisciplinary academic and creative perspectives on music. Secondary majors, minors, and/or concentrations are also possible, and encouraged, as is study abroad.  B.A. in Music students have successfully double majored or minored in a variety of fields, such as African American Studies, Anthropology, Business, Communications, History, Interactive Multimedia, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Nursing, Religion, Sociology, and Women’s and Gender Studies.  And while at TCNJ, B.A. in Music majors have embarked on semester-length courses at universities in Austria, China, and England.

The B.A. in Music degree prepares students for a diverse range of careers depending on their individualized courses of study.  Recent B.A. students are pursuing graduate degrees and careers in Composition, Education, Library and Information Science, Music Therapy, Musical Theater, Musicology, and interdisciplinary Performance Studies, at prestigious institutions including Brooklyn College, Kings College (London), Minnesota State, Rutgers University, Texas A&M University, the University of Florida, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Note that applicants for the B.A. in Music degree must demonstrate that they possess the skills to participate successfully in a curricular ensemble or in an applied studio as determined through an audition with the applicable area coordinator and ensemble director.


Dr. Wayne Heisler
Associate Professor of Music
Coordinator of Bachelor of Arts in Music

Bachelor of Music in Music Education

The Bachelor of Music in Music Education (MUST) prepares students to be certified public school teachers.  There are three tracks in this degree: Instrumental (Wind, Strings, and Percussion), Keyboard, and Vocal (Keyboard, Guitar and Harp have either a vocal or instrumental emphasis in determining large ensemble requirements).  Successful completion of the degree qualifies students to sit for the Praxis examination as part of the teacher certification process. Graduates of this program also qualify for certification in other states, subject to the individual processes of each state.  The Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree is constructed on a solid core of performance experiences and, as such, also prepares students for graduate study.  Certification qualifies students to teach instrumental and choral classes K-12 in the NJ Public Schools.

The student who pursues this major will graduate with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education.


Colleen Sears
Assistant Professor of Music
Coordinator of Music Education

Bachelor of Music in Performance

The Major in Music Performance (MUSA) degree program is for the student who wants to pursue a performance career.  It can also serve as the foundation for those students who would like to enter graduate school for further performance study as well as study in musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, composition, arrangement and orchestration, music business, advanced pedagogy, music therapy, collaborative musicianship or music law.  In addition, it can serve as the foundation for those students who would like to teach music, especially at the college level.

The student who pursues this major will graduate with a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance.


John Leonard
Department Chair