• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Salem, IL, United States
The Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree at Salem State University provides students with a solid musical foundation in the areas of music theory, music history, and solo and ensemble performance studies. This major offers a well-balanced, multi-faceted, and highly integrated degree program, which fulfills the true spirit and mission of the liberal arts.
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After successfully passing an audition and gaining acceptance into the music major, students will undertake four semesters of music theory, three semesters of music history and literature, one semester of music and culture, four semesters of ear training, four semesters of applied music study, six semesters of ensemble participation, one semester of music technology, a first-year seminar and a senior seminar, choose one elective course and attend recitals.  

In addition, students are required to select a minor from a different discipline, fulfill the requirements for foreign language study, and complete the general education requirements for the bachelor of arts degree.

The study of music will help students develop the ability to hear, identify, and work conceptually with the elements of music. The Music curriculum is designed to foster an understanding of compositional processes, an aesthetic sense, and the ways these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces. Students in the program will develop the ability to make and defend musical judgments.Students will acquire the tools necessary to work with a varied repertory, including music from various cultures of the world and music of their own time. Students will also understand basic interrelationships and interdependencies among the various professions and activities that constitute the music industry.First-semester and final-year Seminars in Music provide “bookend” support, creating a first-year experience that lays out the foundations of music study for the ensuing four years and a capstone course that synthesizes and integrates that four-year learning.Studies in music theory and music history provide an understanding of Western European art music with regard to musical styles and compositional genres. Students will also explore music from around the world, developing an appreciation for the complexity, richness and diversity of individuals and groups.Music performance is emphasized, as nearly one-fourth of the Music Major curriculum is comprised of requirements in ensemble participation and applied music study.

The technology course in music will foster an understanding of how technology serves the field of music as a whole.

Our Mission

Salem State University's mission is to provide a high quality, student-centered education that prepares a diverse community of learners to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society, and serve as a resource to advance the region's cultural, social and economic development.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seminar for Music Majors I
  • Introduction to Computers and Music
  • Ear Training I
  • Music Theory I
  • Music Theory II
  • Ear Training II
  • Music Literature to 1780
  • Music Literature 1780 to 1914
  • Music Theory III
  • Ear Training III
  • Music Literature After World War I
  • Ear Training IV
  • Music Theory IV
  • Music and Culture
  • Seminar for Music Majors II

For more information please visit the program website.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Complete the online application
  • Send us your transcripts
  • Submit your standardized test scores
  • Submit Proof of English Language Proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11675 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11675 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Salem

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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