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.