2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 23, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived]

Music Liberal Arts Major

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(48 credits)

Degree Map

This program is intended for those who wish to pursue a serious study of music and to acquire a broad liberal arts education. 

Required Courses:

History and Literature (12 credits):

Other Basic Musicianship Courses (5 credits):

Performance (6 credits):

Six semesters

Choose two credits from the following:

Choose two credits from the following:

Secondary Piano (2 credits):


(Piano and organ principals are excused from this requirement but must take 2 additional credits of music electives.)

Ensembles (2 credits)

Music majors must participate in ensembles at least seven semesters of their baccalaureate program. After degree requirements are satisfied, ensembles may be taken for zero or one credit.

Music Electives (5 credits)


All liberal arts majors complete a total of at least 66 credits of General Education outside music in order to meet the National Association of Schools of Music Standard: General studies normally occupy 55 percent to 70 percent of the total curriculum.

Keyboard Proficiency

All music majors must pass a keyboard proficiency examination before graduation. Music education majors must pass the keyboard proficiency examination before student teaching. Further information about this requirement is available on the school’s web site.

Event Attendance

A large number of concerts and recitals representing a broad spectrum of musical styles and genres occurs every semester. This resource of musical events is an integral part of a musician’s training. All music majors and minors must attend a specified number of concerts, recitals, and Contemporary Music Festival events before graduation. Information concerning this requirement is available in the school office.

Degree Map

This program has the following minimum GPA requirements: 2.00 overall GPA; 2.20 in all Major course work.

Fall 1st Year

Spring 1st Year

Fall 2nd Year

Spring 2nd Year

Fall 3rd Year

Spring 3rd Year

Fall 4th Year

  • Foundational Studies:  UDIE | Credits/Units 3
  • Major Elective | Credits/Units 0-1 (Major Ensemble)
  • Major Elective | Credits/Units 3 (Music Elective)
  • Major Elective | Credits/Units 3 (Upper Division non-music Elective)
  • Elective | Credits/Units 3

    12-13 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • Foundational Studies:  Ethics and Social Responsibility | Credits/Units 3
  • Major Elective | Credits/Units 3 (Music Elective)
  • Major Elective | Credits/Units 3 (Upper Division non-music Elective)
  • Elective | Credits/Units 6

    15 Credits

For more information on 15 to Finish please visit https://learnmoreindiana.org/college/succeeding-incollege/graduating-on-time/


Indiana State University’s priority date for filing the FAFSA is April 15. Students must earn 30 credit hours each academic year in order to maximize financial aid from the state of Indiana. Details about how to apply for financial aid, eligibility criteria, and awarding rules are available online at https://www.indstate.edu/financial-aid/apply. Students may view their specific financial file by logging into the MyISU Portal at https://www.isuportal.indstate.edu


Program Description and Career Resources: https://www.indstate.edu/academics/undergraduate/majors/music-liberal-arts

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