Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Music

Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Music

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music provides you with the greatest breadth of possibilities.

The BA degree tracks provide a robust and deep professional education in music, while also allowing the greatest elective space of any of our music curricula. This degree program also requires a minor or second major.

The BA is a great choice for students wishing to prepare for careers in business (music plus the General Business Minor), entertainment law (music plus pre-law, including the "3+3 Option" for qualified students), performing arts medicine (music plus pre-med), music engineering (music plus electrical engineering), music technology (music plus the Music Technology minor), etc. However, many of our students who seek careers as professional music performers nevertheless choose the BA program because of its considerable flexibility. It is NOT well suited for students seeking certification to teach music in the schools, however.

Performance or Research Emphasis

In addition to your choice of performance option, you will choose a performance emphasis or research emphasis when pursuing this degree. The primary difference is whether you will do a recital or write a thesis at the end of your degree coursework. For details about the differences in these two tracks, please see the Music Undergraduate Handbook.



  • performer
  • composer
  • arranger
  • church musician
  • music publisher
  • music scholar
  • music librarian
  • music manager
  • music technologist
  • music retailing and merchandising
  • music critic
  • journalist
  • broadcaster/announcer
  • recording engineer
  • music instrument technician
  • private instructor/teacher

Application to this program

Admission to the Glenn Korff School of Music as a major or minor requires acceptance to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and fulfillment of requirements for the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Read more about undergraduate application

Admission to the Glenn Korff School of Music as a music major or minor or as a dance major or minor requires an audition. The audition is in addition to the formal application process for admission to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Read more about the Undergraduate Audition process