B.A. in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree is a liberal arts degree, and like all liberal arts degrees, is designed to ensure students have a broad-base of knowledge to compliment the deeper mastery in the major area (music in this case). The liberal arts foster the flexibility needed to adapt to our rapidly changing society by developing skills in observation, analysis, communication, research, and judgment that are applicable in any situation.

Compared to the Bachelor of Music degrees the Crane School of Music offers, the elective components of the B.A. in Music degree are fairly large. Students have 11 credits of free music electives, 6 credits of upper-division music history or theory courses, and at least 32 credits of free non-music electives. (To see all of the coursework required for the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree, click here for our degree plan sheets, or here for the catalog copy for this degree. )

With all of the options these electives provide, students should consider organizing these electives so that they leave SUNY Potsdam with the knowledge and skills they wish to have. Below are some ideas we have put together to help students begin to think about these elective hours. In most cases, the suggestions below combine courses in music with a related area outside of music. These are not degree tracks, so feel free to take from them what you wish – hopefully these suggestions will spur other ideas for this flexible degree, and, if so, we hope you will share them with us.

Music Technology:

Music courses:
MUCT 411 Computer Music Composition (3 cr)
MUCT 412: Advanced Computer Music Composition (3 cr)
MUAI 431 Recording and Production (3 cr)*
MUAI 432 Advanced Recording & Production Techniques (3 cr)*
MUAI 340 Music Business Technology (3 cr)*

Courses outside of music: the Computer Science Minor (18 credits)

*Normally these music business courses are only available to Music Business majors and minors, so B.A. students would need special permission to take them.

Pre-Music Therapy:

Course work designed to prepare students for entry into a Masters degree in Music Therapy.

Music Courses:
MUCE 345 Introduction to Music Therapy (3 cr)
MUCE 445 Special Education Music (3 cr) or MUCE 447 Strategies for Teaching Music in the Self-Contained Special Ed Classroom (3 cr)
MUCE 446 Practicum in Special Music Education (2 cr)
MUCE 448 Psychology of Music (3 cr)

Courses outside of music: the Psychology Minor (22 credits) or the Pre-Creative Arts Therapy Minor (18-22 credits)

Music History:

This is a variation on the Musical Studies – Music History degree plan.

Music Courses:MUCR 410 Music Bibliography (1 cr)

A course in Vernacular Music (3 cr) from this list:
MUCH 340 Music of the Beatles
MUCH 337 European Folk Music
MUCH 338 Music in America
MUCH 440 Historical Development of Jazz
MUCH 441 American Musical

A course in Ethnomusicology (3 cr) from this list:
MUCH 360 World Music Cultures
MUCH 461Gender and Music in Cross-Cultural Perspective
MUCH 495 Introduction to Ethnomusicology

Two courses in Western Music History (6 cr) from this list:
MUCH 302 Music of Baroque
MUCH 405 The German Lied
MUCH 423 Music of the Viennese Classicists
MUCH 424 Music of the Nineteenth Century
MUCH 431 J. S. Bach
MUCH 433 Rhetoric and Music
MUCH 434 Renaissance Culture and Music
MUCH 439 The Concerto
MUCH 455 Ludwig van Beethoven
MUCH 470 Post-Romantic Music: 1870-1914

A music theory course (upper–division) (3 cr) – any MUCT 3XX or 4XX course

Courses outside of music: the History Minor (18-20 credits) or the Art History Minor (18 credits)

Ethnomusicology:

Music courses are the same as Music History option above, but students would take two to three courses in ethnomusicology and either zero or one course in Western music history.

Courses outside of music: the Anthropology Minor (18-21 credits)

Music Business:

Music courses: the Business of Music minor (23 credits)

Courses outside of music: for the Business of Music minor, three business courses (from a list of 11) are required. Students in the B.A. could opt to take additional courses in this area, including the option to complete a Business Administration Minor (18 credits). Or students could choose other options depending on their interests. For example, for students interested in production and design in the performing arts, the Design and Technical Theater Minor (20-22 credits) might be a good option.

Jazz Studies:

Music courses: the Jazz Studies minor (19 credits)

Courses outside music:no particular suggestions

Singer/Songwriter:

Music courses: MUCT 301 Composition I (3 cr) and possibly MUCT 302 Composition II (3 cr)

A course in Vernacular Music (3 cr.) from this list:
MUCH 340 Music of the Beatles
MUCH 338 Music in America
MUCH 440 Historical Development of Jazz
MUCH 441 American Musical
MUAI 327 Music Business I (3 cr)* and possibly MUAI 328 Music Business II (3 cr)*
MUAI 431 Recording and Production (3 cr)*
MUAI 400 Legal Aspects of the Music Industry (3 cr)*

Courses outside of music: Writing Minor (18-19 credits), with an emphasis on Poetry Writing

or

COMP 202 Introduction to Creative Writing (4 cr)
COMP 303 Poetry Workshop I (4 cr)
COMP 413 Poetry Workshop II (4 cr)

and

ACCT 201 Principles of Accounting I (3 cr)
MKTG 301 Principles of Marketing (3 cr)

Other coursework in business

 *Normally these music business courses are only available to Music Business majors and minors, so B.A. students would need permission to take them.