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Music: Theory/History/Criticism

Bachelor of Arts

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The program offers students a liberal arts education focusing on the study of music. While majors study an instrument or voice, the emphasis is less on performance and more on music history and appreciation.

Major Details

College: College of Fine Arts
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MUS 110A Piano Class 1
MUS 120A Musical Skills & Structure I 3
MUS 130A Introduction to Music Literature 2
ENG 101 First Year Composition 3
MATH 105/110/PHIL 110 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
MUS 110B Piano Class I 1
MUS 120B Musical Skills & Structure I 3
MUS 130B Introduction to Music Literature 2
ENG 102 First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
MUS 220A Musical Skills & Structure II 3
Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
MUS 220B Musical Skills & Structure II 3
MUS 231 Jazz History 3
Second Language 4
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
5th Semester
MUS 330A History of Western Music 3
MUS 320 Form & Structure in 20th Century Music 3
MUS 334 Music in World Cultures 3
Second Language 4
Music Elective 3
6th Semester
MUS 330B History of Western Music 3
ENG 300 or PHIL 433 3
Music Elective 3
Second Language 4
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
Music Elective 3
Ensemble and/or Private Instruction 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
8th Semester
Music Elective 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Minor 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

 A Music major in the Theory/History/Criticism concentration combines knowledge of music history, literature, and theory with piano, writing, and analysis skills to form a strong career foundation. Graduates may work as music educators, writers, critics, historians, or cultural promoters. This concentration is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in music, history, library science, or cultural studies.  

Potential Career Areas

  • Writing/journalism
  • Cultural promotion
  • Public relations
  • Advertising
  • Archiving
  • Education

Sample Employers

  • Performing arts centers
  • Schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Arts councils
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Websites
  • Record labels

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Music Critic $40,500 - $57,500
Music Librarian $33,190 - $52,530
Music Journalist $20,180 - $34,850
Middle School Music Teacher $35,000 - $52,000
Box Office Manager $41,490 - $50,559
Audience Development Director $18,000 - $50,000
Freelance Writer $28,020 - $53,070
House Manager $21,828 - $35,000
Public Relations Specialist, Performing Arts $21,000 - $60,000
Talent Director $32,100 - $68,400