The B.A. degree concentration in Music & Culture from the School of Music offers students the opportunity to study music from the perspectives of research, criticism, and interpretation with an emphasis on historical and ethnographic scholarly approaches. The degree’s goal is to highlight music as a culturally expressive form rather than solely as an objectified art. Courses in music performance are required and are positioned within the major as a means to explore interrelationships of music and performance as part of culturally- and historically-situated forms.
Undergraduates should consider the B.A. degree concentration in Music & Culture who want to engage in the study of music from the perspective of humanistic and social science scholarship. Such students will gain a strong foundation in these areas and may choose to pursue advanced degrees in historical musicology or ethnomusicology. Or, students may follow the Music and Culture concentration to pursue other music careers ranging from music librarianship to employment in music publishing and media industries. Finally, students will find that the high degree of collaborative-work activities, critical thinking, and communication skills required by the B.A. in Music and Culture provides excellent preparation for a wide number of pursuits outside music. (See Music & Culture Program Outline)
Students following the B.A. concentration in Music and Culture are encouraged to consider a minor in one of the College of Arts and Sciences’ interdisciplinary degree programs.