Jun 18, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 [Archived Catalog]

Music Major (B.A. in Music) [offered through Honors Tutorial College]

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Major Code BA1938

Honors Tutorial College  
35 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2723

Roger Braun, director of studies/contact person

Program Overview

The tutorial program in music is designed for excellent scholar-musicians who wish to work closely with dedicated faculty through tutorials, individual lessons, and ensembles. The program balances a commitment to breadth and rigor, while providing opportunities for self-disciplined and highly motivated students to creatively explore fundamental and cutting-edge issues. The four-year program includes a tutorial each semester, applied study and upper-division music courses, language courses, and collateral studies. Individualized instruction and a flexible curriculum allow each Honors Tutorial College student to pursue a course of study tailored to his or her interests, including music history, theory, composition, performance, or some combination.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

All undergraduates, whether prospective freshmen or transfer students, are required to audition for admission to the degree programs offered by the School of Music. In general, students may not pursue coursework in the major until they have successfully auditioned and been admitted to a music degree program. In the HTC program in music, applicants are selected on the basis of superior academic ability and the potential for self-motivated study and research. Applicants typically are required to submit additional essays, and an interview with the director of studies is required for admission. More information, including materials and deadlines, is available at www.ohio.edu/honors/tutorial-college/apply.

Change of Program Policy

First-year students at Ohio University may apply to transfer into the music tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen.

External Transfer Admission

First-year students at another institution may also apply to transfer into the music tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. 

Opportunities Upon Graduation

This program is for high ability students who prefer a more independent approach than is usually available in traditional programs. This rigorous and comprehensive educational experience is sensitive to the needs and interests of the individual student. Students have the opportunity to progress well beyond material covered in conventional courses, and the program provides excellent preparation for graduate study.


HTC Grade Requirements

Earn at least 120 semester hours and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher overall.

University English Composition Requirement

Complete one Written Communication course (ENG 1510) and one Advanced Writing course (FAW).

HTC Seminar

First-year students must complete the following course:

Transfer students

Transfer students may substitute an HC special topics seminar for their HC 2500 requirement.

Music Tutorials

Complete the following tutorials:

Senior Honors Tutorial Thesis

Complete the following tutorials during final year of study focused on the development and completion of an advisor approved thesis:

Upper Level Music Theory, History/Literature or Composition Courses

Complete three of the following courses or any other 3000- or 4000-level music theory/composition/history course approved by the director of studies:

Complete one of the following courses:


Complete 6 semesters of large ensemble participation for a minimum of 1 hour each semester. Eight semesters of ensemble participation are strongly recommended. See School of Music Undergraduate Handbook for ensembles appropriate to the principal instrument and major.

Performance Lab

Complete 4 semesters of the following course:

Applied Music

Complete 2 hours per semester for 6 semesters on appropriate applied instrument or voice for major. Eight semesters of applied study are strongly recommended. Regular School of Music jury requirements apply.

Foreign Language

Two years of foreign language study are strongly recommended but not required.

Additional Courses

The tutorial program offers students the opportunity to design a curriculum specifically tailored to the needs and interests of the individual. The only constraint is that the curriculum must be approved by the director of studies. B.A. students are expected to complete approximately 42 hours outside of music to earn the degree.

HTC Thesis Requirement

Approval of a completed thesis or professional project by the advisor, director of studies, and Dean of the College.

Piano Proficiency

Instrumentalists, other than pianists, must achieve an intermediate level of piano proficiency as determined by Director of Studies. May take either class piano or studio piano courses, or demonstrate proficiency.

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