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BA Music

The bachelor of arts in music provides the student with a comprehensive liberal arts education. After successfully passing an audition and gaining acceptance into the music major, students will undertake four semesters of music theory, three semesters of music history and literature, one semester of music and culture, four semesters of ear training, four semesters of applied music study, six semesters of ensemble participation, one semester of music technology, a first-year seminar and a senior seminar, choose one elective course and attend recitals.  In addition, students are required to select a minor from a different discipline, fulfill the requirements for foreign language study, and complete the general education requirements for the bachelor of arts degree.

Music Major Flowsheet

Music Minor

A music minor is available to all non-music majors who are interested in pursuing the study of music. Entrance to the minor does not require an audition. Music minor students will have a chance to broaden their musical understanding in theory, history/literature, vocal or instrumental skills, ensemble participation, and performance abilities. In addition to their music courses, minors are required to perform in one or more department ensembles. Applied lessons for music minors are also available for a fee through the music department’s non-credit applied program. 

Music Minor Flowsheet

Music Technology Minor

The music technology minor is designed to develop audio engineering, synthesis and programming skills. A variety of courses have been designed to help students understand standard recording techniques and fundamentals as well as the modern studio environment. Students will utilize the latest in digital audio, synthesis, and programming software in the music department recording studio and electronic music lab.

Music Technology Minor Flowsheet

Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Certificate in Music Technology

The Music Technology Certificate at Salem State University is designed to help develop an understanding of recording production, critical listening, synthesis, beat creation, programing and creative music technology innovation. Individuals who complete the certificate will be able to develop a creative process for producing their own music on a number of digital platforms. Courses include fundamental coursework in audio engineering, record production, sound synthesis and music theory.  This certificate is available to anyone, including community members and Music Majors.

Certificate in Music in Early Childhood Education

This certificate will introduce students to music education for Pre-K children and allow them to develop and ultimately to demonstrate competency in teaching music to young children. The sequence of courses will also provide students with an introductory understanding of cognitive and social development in early childhood and how a music curriculum contributes to that development.  This certificate is available to anyone, including community members and Music Majors.