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Bachelor of Arts


The Bachelor of Arts in Music is a general degree intended for students who desire a broad liberal arts education while fulfilling their aspirations for musical studies. The program is designed to enable student and adviser to work together in planning either 1) a general program of music study, which may include a self-defined focus based on student interests (e.g. musicology, ethnomusicology, piano/voice/instrumental), or 2) a focus that allows students to engage with advanced work with a specific emphasis in Hawaiian Music or Musical Theatre.

All BA students complete a capstone project to prepare them for independent work in the music professions. The capstone experience provides both exposure to a possible career path and hands-on experience in seeing what this path entails. Depending on the studentís interests, course preparation, and career goals, those enrolled in the BA General and BA Hawaiian Music degrees follow either a Senior Project or junior-level recital track. The Senior Project is planned and executed in close cooperation with the studentís adviser and may be a research paper, creative project, outreach activity, or internship. The decision to pursue the recital track is made on the advisement of the studentís applied music teacher and the chair of the respective area (instrumental, piano, or voice). All BA Musical Theatre students are required to do a junior recital.

The Capstone Experience for all BA students is either a Junior Recital or a Senior Project.

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The BA (General) Degree

Music Requirements

The degree requirements posted here are effective Fall 2013. Students who declared the major before this date may have slightly different requirements. Students are advised to meet with a major advisor regarding the specific requirements that apply to them.

Please consult the degree checklist for the most current information regarding required courses for this degree. Semester advising with a faculty member will decide the proper choice of classes for each semester based on those checklists.

Course Credits
Theory and Aural Training 12
281-2, 283-4, 285-6, 287-8
Music History 6
265, 266
Applied Music/Ensembles* 7
Senior Project Track: as advised from 114, 12_, 125-26, 225-26, 23_, 31_, 33_, 41_
Recital Track: 232_ (1 cr.) 4x; 332_ (1 cr.); 332_ (2 cr.)
Advanced Music Courses 14
minimum of 7 credits from
360, 370, 38_, 400, 407, 46_, 47_, 484, and 488
The remaining credits from the preceding or:
325-6, 358-59, 420B, 421, 423-424, 459.
Ethnomusicology
(270, which counts toward HAP focus, or any Ethnomusicology course. May include credits taken under Applied Music / Ensembles or Advanced Music Courses.)
Recital attendance 0
199 [4 times]
Capstone Experience 1
Senior Project 495 (1 credit) **
OR
Junior Recital [credits included under Applied Music]
Total in Music 40

*The requirement of 7 credits of performance may be met in one of the following ways:

  1. MUS 125-26, 225-6 plus 3 ensemble courses. (Students exempted from 125 must substitute either one credit of applied music or one additional ensemble credit. Students exempted for 126 are NOT eligible for this option.)
  2. Students in the recital track take 4 credits of 232 and 3 credits of 332, including Junior Recital.
  3. 2 credits of 232 in one area of applied music, plus 5 ensemble courses.
  4. 4 credits in two different applied music areas plus three ensemble courses.
  5. Any combination of applied music and/or ensembles approved by the music faculty advisor.

** Student who select option #2 for performance are exempt from the Senior Project (MUS 495) requirements.

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Bachelor of Arts (emphasis in Hawaiian music)

Music Requirements

The degree requirements posted here are effective Fall 2011. Students who declared the major before this date may have slightly different requirements. Students are advised to meet with a major advisor regarding the specific requirements that apply to them.

Please consult the degree checklist for the most current information regarding required courses for this degree. Semester advising with a faculty member will decide the proper choice of classes for each semester based on those checklists.

Course Credits
Theory and Aural Training 12
281-2, 283-4, 285-6, 287-8
Music History 6
265, 266
Applied Music / Ensembles 7
Senior Project Track: As advised from 114, 121-26, 225-26, 230 (E or I), 23_, 311(B, J, K or M), 312, 33_, 410B, 411(B or J), 412-413.
OR
Recital Track: 232_ (1 cr.) 4x; 332_ (1 cr.); 332_ (2 cr.)
Advanced Music Courses 14
Music in World Cultures 407 (3 credits)
Music Cultures: Hawai`i 478B (3 credits)
Remaining 8 credits from: 325, 326, 36_, 370, 478_, 479
Recital attendance 0
199 [4x]
Capstone Experience 1
Senior Project 495 (1 credit) **
OR
Junior Recital [credits under Applied Music]
Total Credits in Music 40

* All applied music is for one (1) credit per semester, unless for recital preparation.

**Registration in Hawaiian Chant 230E or 330E requires completion of two years of Hawaiian language and Hula & Chant 413.

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BACHELOR OF ARTS (Emphasis in Musical Theatre)

Music Requirements

The degree requirements posted here are effective Fall 2011. Students who declared the major before this date may have slightly different requirements. Students are advised to meet with a major advisor regarding the specific requirements that apply to them.

Please consult the degree checklist for the most current information regarding required courses for this degree. Semester advising with a faculty member will decide the proper choice of classes for each semester based on those checklists.

Course Credits
Theory and Aural Training 12
281-2, 283-4, 285-6, 287-8
Music History 6
265, 266
Applied Music/Ensembles 7
232 [4x], 332 [2x]
Advanced courses: 14
360 or 370
421 [2x]
Minimum of 4 cr from 38_, 400, 407, 46_, 47_, and 488
Remaining credit from above courses, OR
325-26, 459, 420B
Ethnomusicology
(270, which counts toward HAP focus, or any Ethnomusicology course. May include credits taken under Advanced Music Courses.)
Capstone Experience
Junior Recital [credits under Applied Music]
Recital Attendance 0
199 [4x]
Elective in music 1
As needed to total 40 credits in Music.]
Total in Music 40

Note: Students who are interested in courses such as Mus 414 (Choir), Mus 410C (Chamber Singers), Mus 415 (Opera Workshop), Thea 221, 222, 321 (Acting) and Dnce 131 should find this emphasis very attractive.

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