Dec 07, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, B.A.

Through the Bachelor Arts in Music, students study music from a broad historical, performative, and theoretical perspective.

Music (MU)

Degrees offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Music  

Bachelor of Music. (B.M.) Major: Music with a choice of concentration - Conducting , Collaborative Piano , or Voice Performance 

The candidate for the Bachelor of Arts in Music and the Bachelor of Music must complete all the general degree requirements as stated in the Core Curriculum. 

A concentration in Conducting includes the preparatory coursework that may count toward K-12 certification in Music.  Although Avila University is not approved to offer certification in music, students may seek graduate work and K-12 certification in Music at universities approved by the State of Missouri or by other states. 

Core Requirements

All students must complete the Avila University Core Curriculum as a part of their degree programs. The Core consists of a minimum of 39 credit hours that meet the requirements listed below. Please go to Core Curriculum  for more information and to view all Core classes.

Core Foundations (9-11 credit hours)

Foundations requirements provide the basic skills essential for effective participation in other classes as well as the professional world.

Core Pillars & Levels (30 credit hours)

Pillars and Levels requirements address the breadth of knowledge expected of a liberal arts education and challenges students to integrate prior knowledge and create new ideas through higher levels of coursework.

Cross-Application Note: All courses that meet a Pillar also meet a Level and may meet a Designation requirement. Some courses taken for major and/or minor requirements may also meet Core requirements.

    Social Justice & Civic Life Pillar 
(6 credit hours required)

Creativity & Culture Pillar
(6 credit hours required)

Belief & Reason Pillar
(6 credit hours required)
Explorations of Nature Pillar 
(6 credit hours required)

24 credit hours required 












6 credit hours required CONTRIBUTE LEVEL




Core Designations

Core Component Designations requirements incorporate assignments and experiences focused on developing and deepening student understanding to prepare students for responsible lifelong contributions to the global community.

CORE Designations

Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)

(9 credit hours)

Global Studies (GS)    

(9 credit hours)     

Community Engagement (CE)    

(3 credit hours) 







Transfer Students

The Core Component Designations requirement for transfer students is determined by the number of credit hours transferred to Avila University. Please see the Transfer Students  page within this catalog.


As noted above, courses can have multiple designations and thus meet multiple requirements at once.

Example: BI 215 - Humans & the Environment (3)  meets all of the following requirements:

  • Belief & Reason Nature Pillar
  • Transform Level
  • Global Studies (GS) Designation
  • Major Requirement

Major Related Requirements

  • Demonstrate competence through two semesters (min. 6 credit hours) of foreign language at the university level

Technology Requirements

Computer competency will be demonstrated by successful completion of:


Outcome 1.

Demonstrate knowledge of harmony, melody and rhythm through analysis.

Outcome 2.

Place music in proper historical and social context; define and apply appropriate vocabulary and terminology to music.


Outcome 1:

Courses MU 272  and MU 274 : 100% of students will analyze a Bach chorale during Music Theory II and compose a final project of 24-36 measures. At least 80% of students will demonstrate proficiency of basic analytical techniques through roman numeral analysis, form analysis [including phrase structure and larger form documentation] and the incorporation of relevant non-chord tones. The juxtaposition of both written analysis and composition will document the competencies of analysis.

Outcome 2:

Course MU 498 : 100% of students will perform a Senior Recital of music literature with a minimum of 50% of the music performed in partnership with another performer; a minimum of 25% must be solo literature. 100% of students will write program notes placing the music in proper historical and social context. 90% of students will demonstrate proficiency through the live performance of solo and collaborative literature.


For a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Theatre with a concentration in Musical Theatre see THEATRE (TR) .