B.A. in Music

If you choose the Bachelor of Arts degree you are choosing a major that offers a broad music preparation which can lead to any number of career interests, including Music Therapy, Music Ministry, and Music Business.  

Program Highlights


Participate in an ensemble.


If you have interests in many areas, you have the opportunity to study a second field of interest such as business, ministry, or psychology. 

B.A. Program Credits: 130

Liberal Arts Credits: 90

Major/Concentration Credits: 40

Standard Completion Time
Four Year Program


What Will I Learn?

The liberal arts major provides a solid music degree with the flexibility to pursue other studies of interest. The BA degree prepares you for a career in music or numerous other fields of interest. Students often double-major with this degree.

Where Can It Take Me?


  • Music business
  • Music therapy
  • Community, school, or university music & arts director
  • Private studio teacher
  • Studio musician
  • Arts journalist
  • Worship leader
  • Live performer
  • Music librarian
  • Conductor
  • Music theorist
  • Musicologist
  • Ethnomusicologist
  • Opera librettist
  • Actor
  • Composer/arranger
  • Film scoring
  • Jazz musician
  • Youth minister
  • Chapel choir musician 
  • Director
  • Ph. D student

Graduate Schools Our Graduates Have Attended

  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Villanova University
  • Queen’s University
  • Syracuse University
  • Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • University of Rochester
  • Conservatory of Music at University of Cincinnati
  • Eastern University
  • Nazareth College
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • SUNY Brockport
  • Roberts Wesleyan College

Examples of Double Major Choices

  • Psychology
  • Communication
  • Business
  • Art
  • Ministry
  • Physics

Alumni Success

Robin Kanak Zwier '12

Ph.D. Student and Teaching Fellow 

University of Pittsburgh, Department of Communication

Nathan Stenberg '14

B.A. in Music
Roberts Wesleyan College '14

MDiv, Performativity of Religion and Disability
Princeton Theological Seminary '17

Katherine Curtis

Information Coordinator

Eastman School of Music

Victoria Urbanczyk '13

Medical Social Worker

Monroe Community Hospital

Who Will I Meet?


Dan Barta,  Professor of Music

Dr. Daniel Barta is the Professor of Music Theory and Composition. His portfolio includes compositions in all genres, including solo, chamber, choral and orchestral works. Dr. Barta has collaborated with storyteller Roger Petersen, Ph.D. on a set of Hans Christian Andersen stories for storyteller and chamber ensemble, recorded on the recently released CD, The Pen and the Inkwell. In addition, he has written for Sharon Sweet (soprano), David Kim (concertmaster, Philadelphia Orchestra) and Ann Martindale Williams (cellist, Pittsburgh Symphony).


Orlando Boxx, Music

"Choosing to double major in Music (BA) and Physics has been a difficult but very good decision for me. Being a BA doesn’t limit what I can do, but it does have less requirements, which gives me the time and freedom to pursue my other interests. Roberts has been a solid fit for me. People here are very welcoming and warm. Being such a small school, everyone has seen each other, and for the most part everyone knows each other. This gives a sense of community to the college that continues to grow. I am a second semester freshman, and as a dual major it has been challenging balancing all my requirements, working, and still making time for my family, friends, and myself. But, there have been a number of people who have been there to support me and get me through the rough patches. Roberts is a supportive and safe environment, and I am glad it’s where I ended up."




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