UT Tyler's Patriot Singers 2023 spring concert at First Baptist Church in downtown Tyler

Bachelor of Arts in Music


Flexibility and In-Depth Music Education

Push the boundaries of creativity while exploring music’s artistic and practical applications. UT Tyler’s Bachelor of Arts in music combines high-quality musical training with the versatility and breadth of a liberal arts education.

Our program stands on a history of excellence, innovation and insight from dedicated faculty. UT Tyler’s nurturing, inclusive environment supports your path and prepares you for several careers and opportunities.

Why Major in Music at UT Tyler?

UT Tyler’s School of Performing Arts provides academic and performance training for careers in private studio teaching, church programs, K-12 teaching and graduate study in music.

Our program's strengths include:

  • Expert Faculty: As acclaimed musicians, our faculty perform nationally and internationally. On a national level, the American Prize recognized Dr. Sooah Park and the UT Tyler Opera and Musical Theater program in directing and opera performance categories.
  • Small Classes: The School of Performing Arts keeps our student-faculty ratio low, ensuring interaction and personal attention from faculty.
  • Performance Opportunities: Students gain performance experience in large and small groups, including the Patriot Singers, the Concert Chorale, the Wind Ensemble, jazz ensembles and combos, and chamber ensembles.
  • Accreditation: UT Tyler is an All-Steinway School and an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
  • Teacher Certification: Introduce students to the potential and wonder of music. Earn teacher certification through the College of Education and Psychology in conjunction with a BA in music. Learn more about obtaining EC-12 certification in music.


This specialized study of music begins in the first year with an exploration of Music Theory, Aural Skills, Music Literature, and Harmony and Keyboard, plus applied study (private lessons) in voice, an instrument or composition with an assigned faculty member.

From here, students refine their knowledge of musical skills and contexts through upper-division courses in Music History I and II, Musics of the World, Counterpoint, Arranging for Choral and Instrumental Ensembles, Conducting, and Form and Analysis. Unlike the Bachelor of Music, the BA in music does not require a solo recital.

In addition, all BA in music students take 12 credit hours of a foreign language and produce a substantial formal paper in music theory, history, or another topic or complete an independent study project.

Music Major Requirements

What Can You Do With a Bachelor’s Degree in Music?

Prepare for employment in music-related organizations, as well as for performing and teaching as a well-rounded musician. 
Career options include:

  • Arts Organization Manager
  • Arts Programmer
  • Band Leader
  • Composer
  • Concert Promoter
  • Conductor
  • Educator
  • Music Agent
  • Music Historian
  • Music Journalist
  • Music Producer
  • Music Promoter
  • Performer
  • Sound Engineer

Graduates of the UT Tyler BA in music program engage others in the joy and techniques of making music at Cedar Valley Elementary in Killeen Independent School District, Carlisle High School, Westwood Junior High, high schools in Palestine and All-Saints Episcopal School in Tyler, among other locations.

How to Apply

The University of Texas at Tyler offers a streamlined admissions process for all undergraduate students. Have questions or concerns? Our admissions team can guide you through all requirements and answer any questions you may have. Reflecting our reputation as one of the most affordable colleges in the state, our financial aid team helps you explore all scholarships, grants and other forms of assistance.

For admissions decisions in general:

  • UT Tyler automatically accepts students from the Top 25% of graduating classes in Texas.
  • Students from the 2nd to 4th quartiles must have a 2.75 or higher GPA.

Note: Students must additionally complete an audition for admission to the School of Performing Arts. Review requirements for prospective voice, instrument and composition students.

Ready to apply? Review all undergraduate requirements to get started.

Start Your Application

UT Tyler has established partnerships with community colleges across Texas, allowing for a seamless transfer of your credits. Our relationships let you stick with your degree plan and graduate on time, right on your schedule.

Learn More About Transfer Pathways

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

July 1

ApplyTexas application opens for incoming first-year students.

July 15

Deadline for fall Talent Scholarship application.

October 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid opens for the upcoming academic year.

December 1

Application deadline to be eligible for scholarships. Deadline for spring Talent Scholarship application.

April 15

Deadline for summer Talent Scholarship application.

May 1

Deadline for Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Transfer Presidential scholarships.

August 1

Deadline for Patriot Promise Scholarship.

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Next Steps

Set the stage for a flexible, creative career. Take the next step with a music degree from UT Tyler.