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B.A. in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music combines conservatory-level music experiences with a strong liberal arts education to prepare students for success in the 21st century. Twenty-seven percent of this degree program is elective credits, facilitating completion of double and triple majors or a broad array of minors within four years of study. B.A. students may complete Pre-Med, Pre-Law, Engineering, Business, Computer Science or other programs in conjunction with a well-rounded music degree.

Students intending to major in the Music must perform an audition on their principal instrument (includes Voice) as outlined in the Required Undergraduate Audition Repertoire section of this website, and complete a theory and aural skills examination.

View additional information on undergraduate admissions and auditions.

Degree Program

The following is the current course of study for the degree. Current students should refer to the SMU Catalog (maintained by the Registrar's Office) listings under their year of matriculation to find their authoritative degree plan.

Requirements for the Degree Credit Hours
UC/GEC Requirements varies

Music Arts and Skills


Music Arts and Skills


Composition and Theory


Music History and Literature


Composition and Theory or Music History


Class Instruction for Performance (PERB Class Piano)


Private Studies 3200 or 3100 (eight credits required/14 credits maximum) (or composition in combination with private studies)


PERE Ensemble (minimum four terms)


Music Electives (may include senior project)*


Meadows Elective/Corequirement


Community Experience


Free Electives (hours vary as needed to meet University residency and degree requirements


*Of the 11 music elective credits, a minimum of three credits must be music classes from the 3000 level or higher, selected from the following areas: MPED, MPSY, MUED, MUHI, MUPD, MUTH, MUTY. Multiple one- or two-credit electives may be taken in place of a three-credit elective.

The B.A. degree is intended to serve students seeking to combine a music degree with interests in one or more of the following: a broad liberal arts education, the possibility of exploring the interdisciplinary relationship of music coursework to coursework in other areas of the Meadows School and the University as a whole, a dual degree, a minor, preparation for medical school or law school, preparation for graduate study in music, participation in the SMU Honors Program, or a term or summer of study abroad.

Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Communication Studies

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts



Welcome to the Division of Music

About the Division of Music

Undergraduate Studies


B.A. in Music

B.M. in Performance

B.M. in Composition

B.M. in Music Therapy

B.M. in Music Education (Teacher Certification)

Dual Degree in Performance and Music Education

Minor in Music

Music Minor in Songwriting

Minor In Musical Theatre

Minor in the History of Visual and Performing Arts

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Graduate Studies




Prospective Student Class Schedule


Faculty and Staff

Dallas Resources

Student Resources

Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence

SMU Meadows Licensed Music Rights

Workshops and Special Programs

Opportunities for Non-Music Majors