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Music B.A.

  • Two students play cellos

    Music B.A.

    Earn your Bachelor of Arts degree from a top-performing music school. The University of Alaska Anchorage is a statewide leader in teaching, performance, composition, recording, publication and community outreach for the musical arts.

Explore the music bachelor’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

Surrounded by a distinct regional culture and dynamic, UAA is situated in a prime location for an education and career in music.

Music scholarships and financial aid
UAA offers numerous scholarship opportunities you may qualify for, including the Marguerite Downey Memorial Music Scholarship, Brown Schoenheit Memorial Scholarship, Edward Rolling Clinton Memorial Endowment, Friends of the Performing Arts Scholarship, John (Wendy) Williamson Memorial Scholarship, Mickey Belden Vocal Performance Scholarship, Excellence in Music Scholarship and Music Tuition Waiver Scholarship.

Student advising and support for music majors
An academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences and music program faculty advisors in your chosen instrument help you develop and stick to a plan of study that fits your personal interests and career goals.

Online classes
Choose from a growing selection of online classes that offer flexibility in earning your music degree.

Music departmental honors
Graduate with honors in recognition of your achievements in the Department of Music by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher in degree courses and earning a B or above in the Private Lesson course with a senior recital. Read full details in the Course Catalog.

Student clubs and activities for music majors
UAA offers a variety of opportunities to get musically involved on campus as a performer or a spectator, from weekly student and faculty recitals to annual events such as Jazz Week, Symphony of Sounds and the Guitar Symposium. You can also audition to join a variety of small and large ensembles, including Opera Ensemble, University Singers, Sinfonia, Wind Ensemble, University Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and several jazz combos.

Music B.A.

Degree Type:

  • Baccalaureate

Program Length: Four Years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Accredited by: National Association of Schools of Music

Other program options: Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in performance or education

Did you know..

Students and faculty are connected and involved with Anchorage Concert Chorus and Orchestra, Alaska Jazz Workshop, Anchorage Opera, the Alaska Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, the Anchorage Festival of Music, Anchorage Civic Orchestra, Anchorage Youth Orchestras and the Alaska Fine Arts Academy—to name a few.

What can you do with a music degree from UAA?

The University of Alaska Anchorage’s Bachelor of Arts in music prepares you for graduate school, teacher training and professional careers in music.

Music graduate programs

  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Music theory
  • Music history
  • Music performance

Music major jobs

  • Music and recreational therapists
  • Broadcast and sound engineering technicians
  • Sound designers
  • Music teachers and instructors
  • Music composers, directors and producers
  • Session musicians and backup performers
  • Professional musicians, music artists and performers

By the numbers..

$125k
Total amount of scholarships awarded to music majors on average each year.
UAA Department of Music
$4k
Average amount of scholarships each music major receives annually.

Music bachelor’s degree program highlights

The University of Alaska Anchorage connects with many diverse musical arts organizations to enhance your academic and performance opportunities.

  • Stand in the limelight at one of the best performance halls in Anchorage: UAA Recital Hall. UAA’s performance venue hosts undergraduate student musical lessons, rehearsals and recitals. As a music major, you will have access to high-quality musical instruments and equipment, practice rooms, a piano lab and a computer lab, which is equipped with some of the best music software on the market.
  • Practice and perform with leaders in the musical arts in Anchorage and throughout Alaska. Program faculty are nationally recognized composers, writers, recording artists, conductors and directors who have presented concerts locally, regionally and internationally. Deeply involved with local community arts organizations, they help facilitate pre-professional and professional activities for undergraduate students.
  • Develop your musical knowledge, skills and technique through internship and performance opportunities. You can perform at local music events, teach in the community, work at local music stores, join local chapters of music societies and compete in district and national competitions.

Amazing stories from music majors

While most of my peers studied music through the B.M., I elected to pursue a B.A. The flexibility of my required course load allowed me to pursue my academic interests outside of music while still working towards my graduation date. UAA’s mix of residential and commuter-campus atmosphere helped me make many personal and professional connections that in turn helped me find work after I graduated. I am now the choir director of a local church and the music director of a start-up chamber orchestra.

Kyle Lindsey
B.A. Music, Psychology ’16; Freelance Violist and Conductor
A student plays a violin

Attend UAA music performances, including student and faculty concerts and recitals on the Anchorage campus, shows in the community and annual music department events such as Guitar Symposium, Jazz Week, Symphony of Sounds and the AK Piano Competition.

UAA Music Performances
Aerial view of a Symphony of Sounds showcase

An inspiring showcase of young musical talent in Alaska, Symphony of Sounds features a wide range of musical styles from undergraduate students who compete to perform in the program.

UAA Symphony of Sounds
Two students playing woodwind instruments

The annual conference highlights extraordinary student work while creating opportunities for open dialogue. Undergraduate students have represented excellence in music at the UAA Student Showcase through solo and group performances.

UAA Student Showcase

Music bachelor’s degree program curriculum

What’s the difference between the Bachelor of Arts in music and the Bachelor of Music degree programs at UAA?

  • The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in music allows for more flexibility to explore academic disciplines outside of music. Whether you’re interested in other fields of study or you’re not sure you want a career in music, the B.A. in music is probably best for you.
  • The Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in performance or education is an intensive, immersive musical degree. If you’re confident you want to pursue a professional life in music, the B.M. in performance or education is right for you.

Top classes for music majors

  • Receive one-on-one, personalized attention and instruction in a Private Lessons course.
  • Prepare for a career or avocation in music in one of the performing ensembles: Singers, Guitar, Orchestra and Wind.
  • Develop your “pop” voice with country, rap, folk, Broadway and rock styles of singing in Contemporary Commercial Music.
  • Visit with successful UAA music alumni and get answers to real questions, such as how to market yourself as an artist, in Voice Masterclass.