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Music History and Literature, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Berea, SC, United States
Understanding the diverse traditions, styles, historic and cultural contexts through which music has and continues to define itself is at the core of Baldwin Wallace's music history and literature major. We offer a bachelor degree in Music History and Literature at the Baldwin Wallace University. 
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The comprehensive program in Music History and Literature at the Baldwin Wallace University explores the evolution of musical styles through rigorous studies of masterworks, major composers, historic developments and societal influences.

You'll learn how music can powerfully connect with a listener. You'll build competencies in reading, hearing, understanding and appreciating music.

In your senior year, you'll complete in-depth scholarly research and accompanying work reflective of graduate-level studies. You'll also participate in a practicum offering professional leadership opportunities. These impressive experiences have helped BW students gain admittance to top graduate programs.

At Baldwin Wallace, you'll gain technical, professional and artistic skills. You'll receive individual attention and faculty mentoring. The faculty-student ratio is 7:1.

BW Conservatory faculty are established professionals with real-world experience, impressive credentials and networking connections.

Career Opportunities

Most students who major in music history and literature pursue graduate degrees. You'll receive excellent preparation through BW's liberal arts-focused curriculum and Conservatory of Music coursework and practical experiences. Career possibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Music librarian
  • Author
  • Professor
  • Music critic

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure


  • Rigorous coursework coupled with intensive and extensive practical experiences provide comprehensive learning.
  • You'll learn about non-Western and Western traditions, including Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th and 21st century eras.
  • Through your studies, you'll learn to employ analytical methods and modes of inquiry similar to those used in other disciplines – language, literary criticism, mathematics and psychology.
  • Music history and literature offers an outstanding foundation for graduate school. It can be studied as a single major or companion field of study for a double major. 

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.

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    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.

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    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

  • Application
  • Secondary School Transcripts
  • Secondary School Report Form
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • Complete the International Student Certification of Financial Support Form

Tuition Fee

  • International

    37380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37380 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    37380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37380 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Berea

  • 1575 - 2740 USD/month
    Living Costs

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