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Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Music provides students with the opportunity to pursue a full major in music together with an expanded emphasis on the liberal arts. The additional elective courses built into this degree allow students to incorporate a minor in another field of study without adding overload credits. Music majors benefit from the same general departmental offerings as those in the performance and education degrees—weekly private lessons, regular participation in ensembles, opportunities for stage roles, and the full range of music core classes—with the additional flexibility to design a broader four-year liberal arts curriculum, add a minor, or even double major with another field of study. This degree provides a solid preparation for graduate study in music, and, in some cases, professional performance opportunities, along with a strong grounding in the broader humanities. Concentrations within the Bachelor of Arts in Music are available in all areas of approved study (winds, piano, percussion, strings, and composition).

Fast Facts

  • Mercyhurst is the only institution in the Erie area that offers accredited Music Degree Programs. Our five programs are B.A. in music, B.M. in composition, B.M. in performance, B.M. in music therapy, and B.M. in music education.
  • Generous performance scholarships are available for music students.
  • Compose scores for live performances by our students, faculty, and ensembles. Develop your creativity through the active writing of music in a variety of forms and styles and for a wide range of instrumental combinations.
  • With the B.A. music degree, enjoy the flexibility of pursuing a minor in an outside area, or perhaps even a double major, to enhance your career options and graduate school opportunities.
  • All majors enroll every semester in at least one large ensemble—such as concert choir, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, or civic orchestra. Choose from one of eight small ensembles. All ensembles are open to non-music majors as well.

    The music minor involves 19 credits in music theory, aural skills, music history, ensembles, and applied instruction on your instrument or voice.

    • MUS 140/240: Large Ensemble (Four semesters, one credit each)
    • MUS 1##/2##: Lessons on Instrument/Voice/Composition (Four semesters, one credit, 30-minute lessons per week)
    • MUS 101/102: Theory I and II (Two semesters, three credits each)
    • MUS 109/113: Theory and Aural Lab I and II (Two semesters, zero credits each)
    • MUS 111/112: Aural Skills I and II (Two semesters, one credit each)

    One Music History course (Three credits), chosen from the following:


    • MUS 104: Music History I (Antiquity to 1750); Fall semester only
    • MUS 105: Music History II (1750 to the present); Spring semester only
    • MUS 114: Music and Media; Fall and spring semesters
    • MUS 206: Orchestral/Chamber Music Lit.; Spring semester, alternating years
    • MUS 207: World Music/Jazz History; Fall semester only

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