Music, BA

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is a 120-credit program that allows students to study music in the context of a liberal arts education. Clayton State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The Division of Music's mission is to provide:

  • Professional preparation for performers, educators, scholars, and creators
  • Broad-based liberal arts education in music
  • Service to the university and the public through performance and community engagement

Music Outcomes

  1. Hear, identify and manipulate with fluency in sound and notation the elements of music such as rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, timbre, and texture
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in solo and collaborative performance including technical competency, sight-reading, interpretive skill and artistic self-expression
  3. Think, speak and write clearly and effectively about music
  4. Develop teaching and coaching skills appropriate to the performance medium

Honor Societies and Clubs

Several honor societies, clubs, and service organizations are designed to support, augment, and supplement the educational and professional development of music students, including Mu Phi Epsilon (Coeducational Professional Music Fraternity) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME Collegiate).


Students who wish to major in Music must successfully audition for members of the faculty. Information about music auditions is available from the office of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and on the Department’s webpage. In addition, students must pass a Sophomore Barrier before enrolling in certain 3000- or 4000-level music courses.

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum (Areas A-E)42
All Core Curriculum requirements for the Music major are shown under Core Curriculum in the Graduation Requirements section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F)18
MUSC 1011Music Theory I3
MUSC 1012Music Theory II3
MUSC 1111Aural Skills I1
MUSC 1112Aural Skills II1
MUSC 1710Major Ensemble (four semesters)4
MUSC 2111Aural Skills III1
MUSC 2112Aural Skills IV1
MUSC 2500Applied Music Primary (four semesters)4
Required Courses24
MUSC 0890Recital Attendance (six semesters)0
MUSC 2011Music Theory III3
MUSC 2012Music Theory IV3
MUSC 2152Class Piano IV1
MUSC 3220Intro to Music Technology3
MUSC 3614Music History Survey I3
MUSC 3615Music History Survey II3
MUSC 3820Improvisation1
MUSC 4990Music Capstone3
Additional Music Courses/Ensembles
Choose four from the following:4
Major Ensemble
Choral Conducting Techniques
Instr. Conducting Techniques
Chamber Ensembles
Music Drama Workshop
Performing Arts Electives18
Choose 18 hours from MUSC, DANC, THEA courses.
Guided Electives18
Choose 18 hours from non-MUSC courses.
Total Credit Hours120

 Other Music Graduation Requirements

  1. A minimum of 39 hours of 3000- or 4000-level courses is required for graduation.
  2. Students are encouraged, but not required, to use Electives to complete a minor program.
  3. No grades of D in upper-division courses are allowed in the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree program. Upper-division courses are all courses other than those of Areas A through F of the core curriculum. 1000- or 2000-level courses used in the upper division are included in this restriction. Additionally:
    1. No grades of D are allowed for any MUSC, THEA, or DANC course at any level.
    2. No grades of D are allowed for any course for students in the Music Education program.
  4. Requirements specific to the Music Program:
    1. To graduate with a BA degree, students must demonstrate proficiency in keyboard skills, in ear training, and in performance, and must attend performances and forums.
    2. Students must pass the Sophomore Barrier (usually at the end of the sophomore year) in order to enroll in upper-division music courses.
    3. MUSC 2301 Introduction to World Music must be taken as an elective if not taken in Area C2 of the Core Curriculum.