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Interdisciplinary Studies (BMA)

The Bachelor of Musical Arts program is designed as the academic vehicle to educate and prepare undergraduate students in the field of church music and worship for service in the local church through broad and comprehensive musical instruction with practical applications in the field of church music and worship, with strong general academic instruction and additional specialized studies in ministry.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (bMa)

Developing A Christian Mind
DCM 2301 - Developing a Christian Mind

3

English

9

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

or

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

Foundations for Excellence
FOUN 1101 is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours.

(AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)

1

History

6

Choose two:

HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865

HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865

HIST 2301 - World Civilization I

HIST 2302 - World Civilization II

Kinesiology

2

KNES 1101 - Fitness for Living

and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.

Mathematics

3

Choose one:

MATH 1301 - Math for Liberal Arts

MATH 1303 - College Algebra

MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

4

One laboratory science from Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics

Religion

9

RELI 1301 - Old Testament Survey

RELI 1302 - New Testament Survey

RELI 4342/MUSI 4342 - Ethnomusicology in Cross-Cultural Service

Social Science
POLS 2301 - American National Government

3

TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES HOURS

40

Bachelor of Musical Arts Major (42 hours):

Required Music Courses:

29

MUSI 1011 - Written MPE (Music Proficiency Exam) Level II

MUSI 1012 - Dictation MPE (Music Proficiency Exam) Level II

MUSI 1013 - Sight-singing MPE (Music Proficiency Exam) Level II

MUSI 1111 - Aural Skills I

MUSI 1112 - Aural Skills II

MUSI 1311 - Music Theory I

MUSI 1312 - Music Theory II

MUSI 2011 - Written MPE (Music Proficiency Exam) Level IV*

MUSI 2012 - Dictation MPE (Music Proficiency Exam) Level IV*

MUSI 2013 - Sight-singing MPE (Music Proficiency Exam) Level IV*

MUSI 2111 - Aural Skills III

MUSI 2112 - Aural Skills IV

MUSI 2305 - Introduction to Music Literature and Fine Arts

MUSI 2311 - Music Theory III

MUSI 2312 - Music Theory IV

MUSI 3204 - Music History and Literature I

MUSI 3205 - Music History and Literature II

MUSI 3206 - Music History and Literature III

MUSI 3207 - Basic Conducting

MUSI 3208 - Advanced Choral Conducting

or

MUSI 4201 - Orchestration

MUSI 4089 - Senior Recital for Music Education

* (Music Proficiency Exam Level IV courses are requisites for all upper-level Music courses, including recital courses).

Select an additional 13 credit hours of Music courses to complete the 42 hours in Music:*

13

MUSI 2207 - Introduction to Church Music and Worship (Philosophy)

MUSI 3201 - Analysis of Musical Structure

MUSI 3270 - Church Music and Worship Administration (Practice)

MUSI 3271 - Contemporary Worship and Technology (Practice)

MUSI 3316 - Jazz Theory

MUSI 4203 - Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint

MUSI 4204 - Choral Arranging

MUSI 4211 - Vocal Pedagogy

MUSI 4212 - Vocal Literature and Performance Practice

MUSI 4305 - Congregational Song

MUSI 4308 - Internship in Church Music (S-L)

*Other music courses may be considered upon approval from the advisor.

Applied Study

14

The student in the BMA degree program must complete a minimum of 14 credit hours of applied study.

The student selecting a Vocal Primary Concentration must complete at least Vocal Proficiency Level II (ten credit hours in voice) and Piano Proficiency Level IV (usually 4 semesters of applied study).

The student selecting a Piano Primary Concentration must complete Piano Proficiency Level VIIb (ten credit hours in piano) and Vocal Proficiency Level 2 (usually four semesters).

Ensembles

8

All BMA majors must enroll in an ensemble every semester until graduation, including at least 6 semesters of Patriot Chorus (Tenor/Bass) or Liberty Singers (Treble), and at least 2 semesters of DBU Doxology, University Concert Chorale, Piano Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Opera Workshop, Theater Practicum, or any combination thereof. 

Seminar/Performance Lab

8 sem.

8 semesters (noncredit-hour requirement)
MUSI 1000/1001 (S-L)

Total Music Requirements

64

Required Secondary Discipline/Area of Study (15 hours)

15

The student will work with his/her advisor in developing a carefully guided 15-credit hour program of study (like a minor) from another University discipline(s) relative to the student's career interests and goals.

Total Secondary Discipline

Electives

Upper-Level

0

Lower or Upper-Level

1

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED

120

A 120-credit-hour minimum for a bachelor’s degree is required, including 36 upper-level credit hours.

A minimum grade of C- is required for all music courses within a music major field of study.

At least 12 credit hours in the major program must be completed at Dallas Baptist University, including nine upper-level course hours.

Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University: DBU requires a minimum institutional cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0 (comprised of transfer and DBU hours).

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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