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EIU Department of Music

Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree provides the study of music within the context of a liberal arts framework. The music content allows students to develop their musicianship skills, while the program grants the flexibility to choose elective courses within an area of interest either within the Department of Music or in another field of study.  This program would be an attractive option for students who wish to pursue a double major at Eastern Illinois University or would also provide a curricular platform for students who wish to prepare for graduate work in areas such as music theory, music history, music composition, music therapy, ethnomusicology, and arts administration.

The Bachelor of Arts in Music offers two concentrations for students to choose from:

The Open Studies Concentration is intended for those students who wish to further their study of music at the university level, but are yet undecided on their future career goals.  This concentration will allow students the flexibility of combining their music studies with course work in areas of broader interest.  Other disciplines might include:

  • Music & business – leading to professions in music management & marketing
  • Music & technology – leading to professions in the recording/sound industry
  • Music & journalism/English/or history – leading to professions with music related publications.  

B.Arts in Music:  Open Studies Course Sequence (24-25)

The Music Theory and Composition Concentration offers students interested in composition another avenue for studies that allows greater flexibility than the current B.Mus: Performance Option: Composition Concentration.  Students in this composition may easily combine interests in music theory, composition, and technology by making use of the number of elective hours in the concentration.  

B.Arts in Music:  Music Theory/Composition Course Sequence (24-25)

A full audition or musical skills assessment is required for full admission to all concentrations in the Bachelor of Arts in Music program.

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Doudna Fine Arts Center
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

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