Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree program is designed for those who wish to develop good general musicianship within the context of a strong liberal arts education. The curriculum does not require certain specialized upper-level music courses; instead, greater breadth of education is provided through expanded opportunities for elective courses.

The chief goal of music study at Anna Maria College is the development of sensitivity, intellectual background and technical dexterity in order to realize to the greatest extent possible each student’s potential for self-expression and communication through music.

Upon completion of a Bachelor of Arts in the Music Degree Program, students will gain:

  • The ability to think, speak, and write clearly and effectively, and to communicate with precision, cogency, and rhetorical force
  • An informed acquaintance with the mathematical and experimental methods of the physical and biological sciences; with the main forms of analysis and the historical and quantitative techniques needed for investigating the workings and developments of modern society
  • An ability to address culture and history from a variety of perspectives
  • Understanding of, and experience in thinking about, moral and ethical problems
  • The ability to respect, understand, and evaluate work in a variety of disciplines
  • The capacity to explain and defend views effectively and rationally
  • Understanding of and experience in one or more art forms other than music
  • The ability to hear, identify, and work conceptually with the elements of music such as rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, timbre, texture
  • An understanding of and the ability to read and realize musical notation
  • An understanding of compositional processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the ways these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces
  • An acquaintance with a wide selection of musical literature, the principal eras, genres, and cultural sources
  • The ability to develop and defend musical judgments
  • Ability in performing areas at levels consistent with the goals and objectives of the specific liberal arts degree program being followed
  • Understanding of procedures for realizing a variety of musical styles
  • Knowledge and/or skills in one or more areas of music beyond basic musicianship appropriate to the individual’s needs and interests, and consistent with the purposes of the specific liberal arts degree program being followed