BA in Music

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music is for students who want to major in music while receiving a comprehensive, liberal arts education. Many undergraduate students combine musical study with another area of study through a double major or dual degree. The BA in Music offers excellent preparation for graduate work in music or for professional studies in other fields.

CWRU students participate in a SAGES Capstone project over one or two semesters, culminating in a final public presentation of their work in a university-wide celebration of scholarship and service. This is a self-designed project, which explores a subject of particular interest. It may take the form of a research paper, a presentation, a presentation with a performance component, a recording project, or any other format that demonstrates the student’s achievement.

After completing the BA in Music, students are able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate technical and artistic proficiency on a primary performance medium (instrument or voice)
  • Contribute positively to musical ensembles of various sizes and types, and collaborate effectively with fellow ensemble members and ensemble directors
  • Demonstrate facility with the major concepts and techniques of tonal and post-tonal music theory and analysis
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major musicians, musical thinkers, musical styles, techniques, procedures, and cultural trends of all periods in the history of Western music
  • Draw on knowledge and skills in performance, music theory, music history, and/or music education to write a substantial critical assessment of musical works, concepts, and/or practices in the Western classical and/or popular traditions


Requires the Common Application with corresponding Music Arts Supplement (video audition and questionnaire) for acceptance into the major.

Application Procedures