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Music, B.A.

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Share your talents. Expand your interests. Make your passion for music into a career.

It’s impossible to imagine a life without music. The B.A. in Music allows you to incorporate music into your academic experience in ways that prepare you for a wide range of careers, from performance to music technology to arts management.

You’ll be inspired by our award-winning faculty, who will help you develop your musicianship, gain new skills, and see music—and the world—in new ways.

Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Penn State

Ready for the next note in your score? We’ll make sure you’re in tune with your future.

You can compose your future with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Penn State. You’ll take a broad range of classes in the School of Music, choosing a focus in Music Technology or General Music Studies. Develop your musicianship, hone your performance skills, and learn more about how music touches every part of our lives. Small class sizes mean you get individualized attention from our award-winning faculty, whose experiences span stages across the country and the world. You’ll have an academic experience that works in harmony with your career goals or plans for graduate study.


Next Steps

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Is the Bachelor of Arts in Music right for you?

The B.A. in Music incorporates your passion for music into a broad education that prepares you for a range of careers.

It’s a more flexible degree that allows you to pursue a double major. Students choose from a General Music Studies or Music Technology option, and have extensive opportunities to develop their musicianship and hone their performance skills by working with our nationally and internationally known faculty.

Students are required to pass a piano proficiency examination, enroll in a core ensemble for two semesters, and complete a senior project.

Auditions are required for all majors in the School of Music.

Level Up

Pursue your passion—and more.

Minors and Options

International Programs

  • IES Vienna
    Music Summer and Academic Year Programs. Select from English- and German-taught course options focusing on music and European culture and society.
  • IES Milan
    Immerse yourself in the language and culture of Italy while taking a variety of courses, including an Italian language course tailored to your level.
  • University of Leeds Summer Program
    One of the largest universities in Great Britain and located in a city known for its rich musical tradition and thriving local music scene.


    • Community Outreach and Beyond
      Performances in the community and on campus; musical presentations at conferences and schools throughout the region; teaching private lessons.

    Considering the B.A. in Music? Consider this.

    Employers value broad knowledge in the liberal arts—and that’s what you get from this degree.

    • This degree allows you to incorporate a study of music into a broader academic experience.
    • Develop your musicianship and performance skills with faculty whose experiences span the world.
    • When you finish your degree, you’ll be prepared for a wide range of careers in music and beyond.
    • Music students enjoy and contribute to Penn State’s vibrant and diverse campus community.
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    alumni spotlight

    Annie Burridge

    As general director and CEO of Austin Opera, Annie has led the development of a new strategic plan and launched an artistic initiative – Opera ATX – which brings groundbreaking artists to unexpected and unique venues throughout Austin. Before switching her focus to administration, Annie performed with numerous opera companies and orchestras, and was a young artist with Des Moines Metro Opera. In addition to her performance successes, Annie has received many leadership accolades.