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» BA in Music

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Under the direction of Dr. Jessica Sternfeld, the Bachelor of Arts in Music at Chapman University is designed to give students a solid foundation in the major styles and trends of Western music from Ancient Greece to the present and to prepare the undergraduate student to investigate a wide range of research topics in musicology, ethnomusicology, and related fields. Students gain insight into music's historical and cultural contexts through a series of courses ranging from the introductory level through  four upper-division courses that explore the chronological style periods of music, to the advanced study of individual topics in the music history seminar.

Getting Started

To begin your application process, please visit the Admissions web page to complete the Common Application for Chapman University. Please note in your application that you intend to major in Bachelor of Arts in Music.

All students auditioning for acceptance into the Bachelor of Arts in Music should visit the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music website for a detailed listing of audition requirements. To schedule an in-person audition appointment, please complete your Creative Supplement at Additionally, please indicate whether or not you will require an accompanist at your audition.

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Program Learning Outcomes

PLO1: Musicianship
The student will demonstrate fluent musicianship skills, including an understanding of music theory, proficiency with aural skills and sight reading, proficiency as a soloist on his or her main instrument, a demonstration of basic piano skills, and the ability to rehearse and perform collaboratively and contribute to an ensemble.

PLO2: Music History
The student will define the eras of music history and will identify and distinguish the musical styles and genres associated with each.

PLO3: Research
The student will create original, insightful research into music history and analysis, resulting in an individual capstone project in the form of a research paper suitable for submission to graduate schools or publication in relevant scholarly field.

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Dr. Jessica Sternfeld
Director of BA Music Program
(714) 289-3561