Music Major (BA)

The Perfect Harmony of Music Theory and Liberal Arts.

Get ready to embrace your passion for exploring performance and sound with Houghton’s B.A. in Music. The pursuit of a professional career in music is vast, with an expansive market of jobs to choose from. The B.A. in Music at Houghton will not only equip you with the flexibility to help you become a versatile musician and achieve your ambitions of executive-level performance, but will provide you a high-quality liberal arts education to underline the cultural significance of your music studies in the face of the arts, history, politics, science, and literature.

Explore Your Passion of Sound Your Way

You will have the opportunity to study with instructors who have acquired passion and proficiency in their musical discipline while experiencing international tours with one of our acclaimed ensembles—orchestra, band, choir, jazz, and chamber. Or if you prefer to pursue a career behind the scenes, discover your potential as a recording artist, earning a Pro Tools certification in our state-of-the-art recording studios.

A Reputable Name in Music

From its dedicated faculty and top-notch facilities, Houghton is a top accredited member of NASM (National Association of Schools of Music), the principal U.S. accreditor for music in higher education.

What will I learn?

Through Houghton’s B.A. in Music, you will learn to master the expression of art through sound by:

  • Acquiring a critical understanding of the fundamentals in Music Theory.
  • Diving into the complex eras of Music History
  • Exploring novel performance methods.
  • Developing a proficiency in the usage of Music Technology.
  • Delving into an in-depth review of Music Composition.
  • Performing recitals and additional performances; music accompaniment is free to students



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Program Outcomes

Students earning a B.A. degree in Music from Houghton University are prepared to for careers in many areas of the music industry, including but not limited to:

Employment Expected to Grow 10%

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Application Requirements


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Documents and supporting materials:

You’ll be asked to provide your official high school transcript and your test scores (can be waived)
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Personal Statement

The personal statement portion of our application for admission is perhaps the best place to truly tell your story, to tell who you are and what is important to you.
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