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Bachelor of Arts in Music

It's a fact of life that a college degree serves as your ticket to a brighter future, opening doors that lead to higher income, career advancement, and job security. The music profession is no exception to this rule, and Rhode Island College's Bachelor of Arts in Music degree opens doors.


Designed to meet the needs for a wide range of musical pursuits, the Bachelor of Arts in Music is a great choice for students with a variety of musical backgrounds and goals. Students with years of classical training, as well as musicians with informal, "on-the-job" experience, will benefit from the flexibility built into the degree.

In contrast to the music performance and music education programs, the Bachelor of Arts curriculum allows for over forty credit hours of elective courses. These courses may be taken in any academic area offered at Rhode Island College, allowing students to design a personalized academic plan. Here are just a few of the possibilities for your electives:

  • Courses in business and accounting to prepare you for a career in music merchandising.
  • Courses in management and marketing, leading to a career in arts management.
  • Courses in theatre, dance, and the visual arts for a diverse arts background.
  • Additional, highly focused courses in music, which will prepare you for graduate study in theory, composition, or musicology.

Suggested Program of Study BA in Music

Course Requirements

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Page last updated: August 29, 2018