This degree builds on a strong set of core requirements, then sends students through a well-orchestrated curriculum that includes private lessons, a performance exam, and major ensemble experience.

This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (N.A.S.M.).

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Arts in Music?

Try to imagine a world without music. Can you? It's with good reason that music is called the universal language. For most of us, it's a never-ending inspiration-the soundtrack of our lives. If you're inspired to compose a life in music, then one of our programs could be the perfect prelude.

We provide a thriving environment for performance, study, and creation, and work to develop well-rounded musicians equipped to become successful teachers and accomplished performers. You will receive intensive private instruction with faculty musicians, plenty of performance experience, and strong academic preparation for traveling your musical path. You'll be exposed to a comprehensive curriculum, which includes music theory, music history, and applied lessons on all instruments. The School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Note: If you want to major in Music, you must apply and be accepted to the School of Music's program in addition to being admitted to the university.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:

  • Education
  • Collegiate band
  • Horn ensemble
  • Jazz band

With further education, one of these paths is possible:

  • Choir director
  • Conductor
  • Music therapist
  • University professor

University Requirements

To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

  • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
  • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
  • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
  • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.

Campus Availability

  • Flagstaff
Program taught in:
  • English

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