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Undergraduate Catalog 2013 - 2014 
Undergraduate Catalog 2013 - 2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, B.A.

A minimum total number of 128 credit hours are required for every student in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. All degree seeking, CLASS students must complete a specific number of General Education (GenEd) requirements which are comprised of University and College requirements.  This is in addition to the credits for their major field of study. Students are responsible for ensuring the appropriate selection of courses to satisfy GenEd requirements. Students are highly encouraged to consult with both their general education advisor and faculty advisor regarding the applicability of selected courses each semester. A comprehensive description of Cleveland State University’s General Education Requirements for undergraduate students is available online at

Music (B.Mus., B.A.)


Minimum hours required for B.A.: 49

Minimum hours required for B.-Mus. Composition: 91

Minimum hours required for B.-Mus. Education: 96

Minimum hours required for B.-Mus. Performance: 78

Minimum hours required for B.-Mus. Music Therapy: 93

Minimum hours required for minor: 24

Contact information: Department chairperson, 216-687-2151.

Two degree programs are offered: the Bachelor of Music, for the student who seeks primarily professional training, and the Bachelor of Arts with a major in music, for the student who seeks to study music in its wider cultural context. The Music Department offers training for music majors in the areas of music education, composition, applied music, and music therapy. These programs have been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The music therapy program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association.

Private lessons in applied music are offered on campus. Students may register for either one or two half-hour weekly lessons. The last digit of the applied music course number indicates the amount of credit earned. Those who register for one half-hour lesson earn one semester hour; two half-hour lessons earn two semester hours. Special tuition fees are assessed for these courses. A successful performance audition is required for admission to music major status.

All music students are urged to consult the Music Department Student Handbook online for further clarification of the degree requirements listed below. The handbook contains other departmental standards and requirements not listed here.

Major-Field Requirements

The program leading to a B.A. with a major in Music requires a total of 128 semester hours. The 33 semester hours listed under Common Experiences are required of B.A. students, except instead of MUS 233  and MUS 234 , B.A. students take MUS 235  and MUS 236 . (Section 1 above) . Eight semester hours in applied music or ensemble, 11 semester hours of music electives and a three-semester-hour senior project are also required.

The Music major provides for numerous electives (26 semester hours) outside of music as well as for the General Education Requirements of the university and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences requirements. The major’s elective requirement provides the opportunity for broad coverage and even intensive work in other academic areas of interest. It also provides the additional background for an individually designed senior project which culminates the degree.

A full-time faculty member will be the principal adviser to and administrator of the program. Acceptance into the B.A. program in Music requires an interview with the program adviser and written confirmation from the program adviser of the student’s acceptance as a candidate for the B.A. in Music. A successful entrance audition before a faculty committee is required of students whose focus in the B.A. program is to be performance. An entrance audition will also be required of applicants who have less than one year of private applied lessons at a recognized institution of higher education.