Bachelor of Arts Degree in Performing Arts in USA

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Performing Arts

A BA (Bachelor of Arts) is a popular undergraduate degree that provides the education necessary for many types of careers.  A BA also prepares students for advanced paths of study, such as a master’s or doctorate degree.

Studying the performing arts can be as much an academic pursuit as it is a technical one. Explore the depths of the theory and practice of dance, theater, music and performance art in one interdisciplinary field.

The USA remains the world’s most popular destination for international students. Universities in the US dominate the world rankings and the country also offers a wide variety of exciting study locations. State university systems are partially subsidized by state governments, and may have many campuses spread around the state, with hundreds of thousands of students.

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Bachelor of Arts: Emphasis in Music Business

Los Angeles College of Music
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Pasadena

The Music Business program at L.A.C.M. is a liberal arts degree (BA or AA) that prepares professionals to tackle challenges of the modern music industry, understanding revenue streams and opportunities for innovative business models. It develops proficiency in applied business and accounting, marketing, digital distribution and monetization, A&R, publishing, licensing, music supervision, artist management, tour strategies and more, while also establishing a strong foundation in musicianship. [+]

Since the digital revolution, a new model has been established that empowers musicians and entrepreneurs to play a major role in the industry.

The Music Business program at L.A.C.M. is a liberal arts degree (BA or AA) that prepares professionals to tackle challenges of the modern music industry, understanding revenue streams and opportunities for innovative business models. It develops proficiency in applied business and accounting, marketing, digital distribution and monetization, A&R, publishing, licensing, music supervision, artist management, tour strategies and more, while also establishing a strong foundation in musicianship. Courses are specially sequenced to maximize learning potential throughout the program.... [-]


Theatre

International Accelerator
Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA Boston

As a major in theatre design/technology, you’ll train in the many aspects of design and technical functions of the performing arts, including set and costume design, props, drafting, lighting design and pulling it all together as a producer. [+]

Theatre

Acting. Set design. Theater technology. Students in the Department of Theatre learn the ropes on stage or in the wings. Taught by faculty and staff with extensive experience, our programs immerse you in the various roles of theater life. Whether you prefer the spotlight or the relative anonymity of the backstage, you’ll not only study a variety of artistic genres, from the traditional to the avant-garde, but you’ll gain practical skills by participating in more than 20 productions throughout the academic year, held in our state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center. And in your off-hours, attend performances just 23 miles away in Manhattan, the cultural capital of the world. Regardless of the role you want to play, our B.F.A. programs in Acting and Design/Technology can help you to explore your talent, expand your horizons and prepare you for an exciting career in theater, film or television.... [-]


Bachelor in Music (BA)

University of Central Missouri
Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 USA Warrensburg

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree is designed for students who wish to pursue a liberal arts degree or across-discipline, individualized programs, such as music business. Music programs at U.C.M. offer a balanced curriculum of classroom studies and practical experiences. [+]

Bachelor in Music (BA)

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree is designed for students who wish to pursue a liberal arts degree or across-discipline, individualized programs, such as music business. Music programs at U.C.M. offer a balanced curriculum of classroom studies and practical experiences. Music is an essential part of the academic, social and cultural life at U.C.M. Each year more than 100 student and faculty recitals, concerts, and other musical performances delight campus audiences and provide academic experiences for students.

About the Faculty

Music courses at U.C.M. are taught by experienced, caring faculty members who offer specialized instruction in diverse music disciplines. Twenty of the department's 22 full-time faculty members have doctoral degrees, and all teach beginning and advanced classes. Their busy schedules include solo and ensemble recitals, master classes, workshops, and adjudication. In addition, music faculty members are often engaged in scholarly activities that include book projects and articles for professional journals.... [-]


Bachelor of Arts in Music

Claflin University
Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 USA Orangeburg

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is a liberal arts degree designed for those students who plan careers as musicians and who wish to enter graduate or professional music schools, or for those who wish to pursue music as a vocation. Performing areas include Piano, Vocal, or Instrumental Music. [+]

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is a liberal arts degree designed for those students who plan careers as musicians and who wish to enter graduate or professional music schools, or for those who wish to pursue music as a vocation. Performing areas include Piano, Vocal, or Instrumental Music.

Curriculum

Courses vary based on performing area.

Vocal Concentration

Applied Voice University Choir Sightsinging Piano

Instrumental Concentration

University Band Class Piano Applied Instrument General Conducting Counterpoint

Piano Concentration

Applied Piano World Music Arranging Piano Literature Admissions Requirements

All students preparing for an audition for admission into the Claflin University Department of Music should observe the following policies and procedures:... [-]


Bachelor of Arts in Music

University of Delaware
Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 USA Newark

The Department of Music offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees. The Bachelor of Arts in Music provides broad coverage of music combined with a liberal arts education applicable to a variety of career interests. It is structured to provide broad coverage of music theory, music history/literature, and applied music combined with a liberal arts education applicable to a variety of career interests. [+]

The Department of Music offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees. The Bachelor of Arts in Music provides broad coverage of music combined with a liberal arts education applicable to a variety of career interests. It is structured to provide broad coverage of music theory, music history/literature, and applied music combined with a liberal arts education applicable to a variety of career interests. Many students in this major are talented musicians who have studied an instrument extensively during their high school years and wish to continue their musical studies while exploring other academic and career interests. This program is ideal for those students wishing to pursue a dual degree, a double major, or a music major with a non-music minor.... [-]


BA in Dance

The College At Brockport State University Of New York
Campus September 2018 USA Rochester

The Department of Dance at The College at Brockport comprises artists, scholars, and educators who train dancers on the graduate and undergraduate level for a wide variety of careers in the arts as choreographers, performers, teachers, scholars, and leaders in the dance field. [+]

The Department of Dance at The College at Brockport comprises artists, scholars, and educators who train dancers on the graduate and undergraduate level for a wide variety of careers in the arts as choreographers, performers, teachers, scholars, and leaders in the dance field. The students in the department’s highly selective degree programs excel not only in the studio and on stage, but also as critical thinkers, writers, and teachers.

The department has some of the best dance facilities in the country, including its own fully equipped proscenium dance theater, a large-space studio theater, five studios, a body-conditioning lab, health pool, costume and scene shops, and computerized music and design studios. Faculty and professional staff are nationally and internationally recognized in their areas of expertise and are leaders in professional organizations such as CORD, NASD and NDEO.... [-]


Bachelor in Music Production

California Lutheran University
Campus Full time USA Thousand Oaks

Ever wanted to produce your own recordings? How about compose music for a soundtrack? At Cal Lutheran, you can learn the latest music production techniques using state of the art audio workstations. [+]

BA in Music Production Ever wanted to produce your own recordings? How about compose music for a soundtrack? At Cal Lutheran, you can learn the latest music production techniques using state of the art audio workstations.

The crown jewel of our music technology program is a fully equipped Pro Tools HD2 Accel recording workstation housed in the Spies-Bornemann TV Studio. With this workstation, you can record, edit, and mix your projects with the highest level of professionalism.

Programs

Offered as a major (B.A.)

Popular Minor Pairings

Entrepreneurship

THE CURRICULUM An ideal location

Our location just outside of Los Angeles and Hollywood offers you an immersive experience into the music industry. With an emphasis on small class sizes and hands-on learning, you'll learn by doing.... [-]


BA in Music

Wartburg College
Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 USA Waverly

Wartburg College is an accredited, institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (N.A.S.M.). Students completing the American Music Therapy Association (A.M.T.A.) approved music therapy degree program are eligible to sit for board certification by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (C.B.M.T.). [+]

Wartburg College is an accredited, institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (N.A.S.M.). Students completing the American Music Therapy Association (A.M.T.A.) approved music therapy degree program are eligible to sit for board certification by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (C.B.M.T.). Wartburg is the only private college in Iowa to offer the music therapy major. Completion of the Bachelor of Music Education or the Bachelor of Music Education/Music Therapy degree leads to licensure in education in the state of Iowa.

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree provides you with a variety of career options in the music field. You may choose the general music major, which allows you to combine a music major with another major or minor field. Or you may choose the Church Music track, which combines coursework in music and religion to prepare you for leading music programs in churches or for further study in graduate school.... [-]


BA in Communication, Media and Theatre

Northeastern Illinois University
Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 USA Chicago Grayslake + 1 more

The Department of Communication, Media and Theatre links three creative and demanding disciplines, all of which take as their focus social interaction, technology, and performance. As a student in our department, you will acquire proficiency in the theory and practice of communication, media, and theatre and develop an appreciation of differing values and perceptions of your world. [+]

The Department of Communication, Media and Theatre links three creative and demanding disciplines, all of which take as their focus social interaction, technology, and performance. As a student in our department, you will acquire proficiency in the theory and practice of communication, media, and theatre and develop an appreciation of differing values and perceptions of your world.

The Communication, Media and Theatre (C.M.T.) Department, as suggested by its name, includes three distinct, creative and demanding disciplines that are linked with their foundation in the study of communication in a variety of contexts. Students majoring in these areas will learn to become more proficient in the theory and practice of communication, media and theatre arts, while developing an appreciation of differing values and perceptions of the world in which they live.... [-]


B.A. in Music

Maryville College
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Maryville

Located in the new Clayton Center for the Arts, the Maryville College Music Department offers a comprehensive, NASM-accredited music curriculum within the acclaimed Maryville College liberal arts experience. [+]

Music

PROGRAMS OF STUDY:

B.A. in Music B.M. in Music Theory-Composition B.M. in Music Education, Vocal Emphasis B.M. in Music Education, Instrumental Emphasis B.M. in Performance, Voice - Minor in Music Why study Music at MC?

Located in the new Clayton Center for the Arts, the Maryville College Music Department offers a comprehensive, NASM-accredited music curriculum within the acclaimed Maryville College liberal arts experience. The National Association of Schools of Music is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities with approximately 650 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for music and music-related disciplines, and provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational, and other music-related endeavors. Students at Maryville College will receive expert instruction in music theory, music history, and performance. Our five music majors‚ the Bachelor of Arts in Music, the Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Choral), the Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Instrumental), the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, the Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition‚ provide ample preparation and flexibility for the pursuit of careers involving music or graduate school.... [-]


Bachelor in Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media

Academy of Art University
Campus or Online Full time 4 years September 2018 USA San Francisco

The BFA program provides specialized training across many interdisciplinary aspects of music and sound design. Curriculum focuses on advanced music and sound production techniques, creating sound for video games, music notation, and film score preparation. [+]

The BFA program provides specialized training across many interdisciplinary aspects of music and sound design. Curriculum focuses on advanced music and sound production techniques, creating sound for video games, music notation, and film score preparation.

BFA Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media Unit Requirements

Major Coursework

Core 36 Units Major 42 Units Electives 9 units Liberal Arts 45 units

TOTAL 132 units

BFA Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media Degree Requirements

Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 108 Composition for the Artist

Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements:... [-]


BA in Music

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 USA Flagstaff

This degree builds on a strong set of core requirements, then sends students through a well orchestrated curriculum that includes private lessons, a performance exam, and major ensemble experience. [+]

This degree builds on a strong set of core requirements, then sends students through a well-orchestrated curriculum that includes private lessons, a performance exam, and major ensemble experience.

This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (N.A.S.M.).

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Arts in Music?

Try to imagine a world without music. Can you? It's with good reason that music is called the universal language. For most of us, it's a never-ending inspiration-the soundtrack of our lives. If you're inspired to compose a life in music, then one of our programs could be the perfect prelude.

We provide a thriving environment for performance, study, and creation, and work to develop well-rounded musicians equipped to become successful teachers and accomplished performers. You will receive intensive private instruction with faculty musicians, plenty of performance experience, and strong academic preparation for traveling your musical path. You'll be exposed to a comprehensive curriculum, which includes music theory, music history, and applied lessons on all instruments. The School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).... [-]


Musical Theatre

Lees-McRae College
Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA Banner Elk

The BFA degree in Musical Theatre is rooted in the liberal arts tradition of Lees-McRae College and is designed to prepare you to pursue a career as a performer and or leader in musical theatre. [+]

Musical Theatre

The BFA degree in Musical Theatre is rooted in the liberal arts tradition of Lees-McRae College and is designed to prepare you to pursue a career as a performer and or leader in musical theatre. Entrance into the BFA in Musical Theatre is by audition only. Transfer students should audition in the semester before they plan to enter Lees-McRae College.

Fast facts

Musical theatre students are eligible for scholarships provided through the performing arts program. Three mainstage productions are produced each year as well as student directed scenes. You'll receive one hour of private voice, a half hour of accompaniment and a master class each week during the academic year. ... [-]

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Simpson College
Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 USA Indianola

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a major in music is a 128-credit degree in which the number of courses in music is less than in the professionally-oriented Bachelor of Music degree, thereby making more hours available for non-music courses. The degree does, however, require a well-rounded set of courses that will leave the student with excellent musical understanding and performance skills. In addition, the student has the freedom to pursue a secondary area of interest, which might form the basis of a specific kind of professional training. Most students pursuing a double major (music and another field) choose the BA degree. [+]

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a major in music is a 128-credit degree in which the number of courses in music is less than in the professionally-oriented Bachelor of Music degree, thereby making more hours available for non-music courses. The degree does, however, require a well-rounded set of courses that will leave the student with excellent musical understanding and performance skills. In addition, the student has the freedom to pursue a secondary area of interest, which might form the basis of a specific kind of professional training. Most students pursuing a double major (music and another field) choose the BA degree.

Students who earned the BA degree in music at Simpson College have enjoyed employment as administrators with arts organizations, attended graduate school to earn MBA degrees, attended graduate school in music, become private music teachers, and numerous other options. The BA allows the greatest amount of curricular flexibility.... [-]


BA in Theatre

Millikin University
Campus Full time 8 semesters September 2018 USA Decatur

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre is an exciting degree for those seeking a broad-based theatre education. Designed to allow maximum flexibility, the B.A. offers students the opportunity to tailor their degrees to meet their individual academic and career goals. [+]

Program Highlights

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre is an exciting degree for those seeking a broad-based theatre education. Designed to allow maximum flexibility, the B.A. offers students the opportunity to tailor their degrees to meet their individual academic and career goals.

Core Learning Goals

Our core departmental learning goals have been woven into all aspects of this rigorous four-year program from classroom and studio work, to rehearsals and productions in our mainstage season.

Technique Analysis Professionalism Collaboration Versatility in the Curriculum

The flexibility of the B.A. program enables students to customize their education to suit their individual interests. Areas of focus may include:... [-]