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Overview  Music History

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College of Arts and Sciences


Music History



Degrees Available at SIUE

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music, History and Literature Specialization

Why Music History/Literature?

The BA in music history/literature is an ideal degree for students who not only want to perform music but are interested in the evolution of musical styles and how these relate to developments in the other arts and in history in general. Majors explore the masterworks, major composers and prominent performers in the history of Western music, become familiar with changes in instruments and performance practices and hone their skills in music research, analysis, and writing.

Music History/Literature at SIUE

SIUE has been preparing music majors for satisfying careers for more than 50 years. Its program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music—an asset when graduates begin applying for graduate programs. SIUE’s music history/literature faculty members are musicians whose scholarly work has been published and presented nationally and internationally. As such, they are able to provide students with the benefits of their broad experience in both classroom instruction and musicological research. Class sizes are kept small and faculty members are able to offer students ample personalized instruction.

Career Outlook

Most graduates with music history/literature degrees continue their studies at the graduate level. They find work as music journalists, music librarians, music critics, music publicists, music promoters and educators.

Other Music Programs at SIUE

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Bachelor of Music
    Specializations available:
  • Jazz Performance
  • Music Business
    - Instrumental/Voice
  • Music Education
  • Music Performance
    - Instrumental/Piano/Voice
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Musical Theater

Contact Information
Department of Music
Phone: (618) 650‑3900

Music History

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College of Arts and Sciences
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(618) 650‑3900

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