Program Highlights

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is for the student who wants to earn a degree in music as well as have opportunities to explore other avenues of intellectual inquiry. Students often complete either a second major or minor in a field outside music. This degree allows you to explore other academic areas, gain competence in a foreign language, and choose elective courses designed by advisor that specifically meets your career goals. In addition, students will receive professional experiences through music internships, internships in secondary areas, and service learning projects.

Major learning objective for this program

  • Demonstrate analytical and critical competence in multiple fields of inquiry within music and/or across disciplines.

Plan of Study

Departmental Course Offerings

Courses change each semester, so this list should not be considered a commitment to these individual topics. However, this does represent a list of many of our current and popular courses. The list is provided so that you can begin to imagine your academic career at Millikin in this major.

Music Theory I Rudiments of music: key signatures, scales, triads, seventh chords. Diatonic harmony, basic rhythm skills, critical listening. Second semester emphasizes diatonic part-writing, analysis of basic modulations, and small forms. **Satisfies University Studies Quantitative Reasoning requirement, Coordinated with MT113, 114. (**Students must meet Quantitative readiness by having a ACT Math sub-score above 21 or Pass MA098 or equivalent)(MT111, MT112)
Music Theory II Study of chromatic harmony and analysis of larger forms in historical perspective. Coordinated with Ear Training 213. Pre-requisite: MT 112/114. (MT211)
Ear Training I Emphasis on reading and singing skills, basic solfege. Rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation; error detection. Coordinated with MT111, 112. (MT113, MT114)
Ear Training II Continue to develop skills acquired in MT 114. Chromatic examples used in dictation, reading, and singing. Co-enroll with Music Theory 211. (MT213)
Intro to Ethnomusicology An introduction to the theoretical principles and research tools that have influenced the history of ethnomusicological inquiry. Various world music's explored through performance, recordings, texts, and primary research. Pre-requisites: MH211 and MH314, music majors only.
Survey of Western Music I Introduction to the critical study of Western music history, including representative composers, works, and genres, as well as significant concepts and issues, antiquity-1800. Pre-requisite: MT111/113. (MH211)
Survey of Western Music II Introduction to the critical study of Western music history, including representative composers, works, and genres, as well as significant concepts and issues, 1800-present. Pre-requisite: MT111/113. (MH314)
Twentieth Century Music Twentieth Century compositional techniques, with an introduction to jazz and popular harmonic practice. Pre-requisite: MT211/213.(MT212)
Introduction to Ethnomusicology An introduction to the theoretical principles and research tools used in ethnomusicological inquiry. Various musical traditions are explored through performance, recordings, texts, and primary research. Pre-requisites: MH211 and MH314, music majors and minors only. (MH316)
B.A. Capstone in Music (MU400)
Electives Many electives to round out your education