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The Bachelor of Arts in Music curriculum provides a comprehensive exposure to music performance, history, and theory and currently allows an individual to pursue an emphasis in Music Education (additional emphases in Performance, Music Technology and Church Music are scheduled to come on stream soon). Students receive hands-on supervised teaching experience in studio or classroom instruction and are exposed to a curriculum which provides competence in choral as well as a broad range of instrumental techniques. The programme is designed for students wishing to pursue concerted musical study within a liberal arts context.


The curriculum combines classroom studies, in-the-field experience, research and lab experiences, and numerous performing opportunities to prepare the student to be a well-rounded, professional musician.
Total credits

127 cr

Courses required for the Music Core (37 credits)

MUCT123 Ear Training and Sight-Singing I (2)
MUCT124 Ear Training and Sight Singing II (2)
MUCT133 Music Theory I (3)
MUCT134 Music Theory II (3)
MUCT211 Ear Training and Sight Singing III (1)
MUCT212 Ear Training and Sight Singing IV (1)
MUCT231 Music Theory III (3)
MUCT232 Music Theory IV (3)
MUCT321 Form and Analysis (2)
MUCT322 Counterpoint (2)
MUCT323 Orchestration (2)
MUED222 Fundamentals of Conducting (2)
*MUET132 Intro. to Music Technology (3)
MUHL231 Music History I (3)
MUHL232 Music History II (3)
MUHL321 Caribbean and World Music (2)
*Satisfies General Education requirement for Science and Technology

Courses required for the Performance Component (18 Credits)

(for non-performance emphases)

MUPF110-410 Performance Studies (8)
     (Primary Instrument)
MUPF___ (Major) Ensemble (8)
     Select from:
     MUPF225 University Concert Band (1)
     MUPF230 University Choir & Orchestra (1)
     MUPF240 University Steel Orchestra (1)
     MUPF260 University Symphony Orchestra (1)
     (one ensemble must be taken for at least 6 semesters):
MUPF315 Junior Recital (1)
*MUPF415 Senior Recital (1)
*Music Education emphasis majors may also have the option of completing MUED400 Research Project in place of MUPF415 as recommended by his/her advisor.

Courses required for the Music Education Component (28 Credits)

MUCT422 Arranging for Vocal Ensemble (2)
MUED321 Choral Techniques (2)
MUED331 Music Education Methods I (3)
MUED332 Music Education Methods II (3)
MUED421 Studio Methods (2)
MUED422 Introduction to Music Education for Special Learners (2)
MUED423 Steel Orchestra Techniques (2)
MUED425 Woodwind Techniques (2)
MUED426 Brass Techniques (2)
MUED427 Percussion Techniques (2)
MUED428 String Techniques (2)
MUPF110-X Performance Studies (1st Secondary Instr.) (1, 1)
MUPF110-X Performance Studies (2nd Secondary Instr.) (1, 1)
     Note: Secondary Instruments: Steelpan and one other instrument

General Education Requirement (44 credits)


a. Religion (12 credits)

     RELT100 God and Human Life (3)
     MURE232 Christian Music and Worship (3)
     Select two of the following:
        RELB210 Jesus in His Time and Ours (3)
        RELT250 Personal Spirituality and Faith (3)
        RELB340 Religion and Ethics in Modern Society (3)

b. Arts/Humanities/Philosophy (05 credits)

     (1) HIST104 OR HIST105 World Civilizations I, II (3/3)
         HIST147 West Indian History (3)
              Note: If Caribbean History was not passed at GCE/CXC or CSEC level, HIST147 must be taken
     (2) Credits for IDSC205/MUHL220/Ensembles (e.g. MUPF225, MUPF230, MUPF240) are fulfilled in the Music major programme
     (3) EDTE354 Philosophy for Education (2)

c. Social Sciences (03 credits)

     Select one of the following:
         PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
         SOCI119  Principles of Sociology (3)

d. Language and Communication (12 credits)

     (1) COMM104 Communication Skills (3)
         (Must be completed in the first or second year)
     (2) ENGL125 Academic Writing I (3)
     (3) ENGL225 Academic Writing II (3)
     (4) Foreign Language (3)
          Choose one of the following:-
                FREN101 Conversational French (3)
               SPAN101 Conversational Spanish (3)

e. Science (03 credits)

     Choose one of the following:
         CHEM107 Chemistry in Society (3)
         FDNT230 Nutrition (3)
         PHYS115 Concepts of Physics (3)

f. Technology (00 credits)

     CPTR100 Introductory Computer Tools
            (Fulfilled in Major – MUPF132)

g. Mathematics (03 credits)

     MATH165 College Algebra (3)
         Note: Students should have fulfilled any one of the following to be allowed to register for MATH165:
              (1) Grade 1, 2 or 3 pass (from 1998) in CXC/CSEC Mathematics
              (2) A minimum score of 2.0 in the Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE)
              Students who have a pass in Additional Mathematics may petition to waive MATH165 upon earning a minimum score of 3.5 in the MPE.
              Any student who scores a 4.0 in the MPE may petition to waive MATH165.

h. Health and Wellness (04 credits)

     (1) HLED220 Community and Environmental Health (3)
     (2) One of:
         PEAC110 Personal Physical Fitness (1)
         PEAC130 Special Activities (1)

i. Vocational/Career Planning (02 credits)

     IDSC110 College Success and Career Planning (1)
     Select one course from:
         HMEC129 Social and Professional Ethics (1)
        TCED285 Upholstery (1)


N.B. Students who would want to qualify for Teacher III status in the Ministry of Education, Trinidad and Tobago, are advised to pursue the Post-Graduate Diploma in Education, offered by the School of Education.