Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts


A total of 42 credits are required to receive a B.A. in Music. 

Music Theory and Musicianship (11)
Course Number Title Credits
MUSC 144 Music Theory I 3
MUSC 145 Musicianship Lab I 1
MUSC 244 Music Theory II 3
MUSC 245 Musicianship Lab II 1
MUSC 344 Music Theory III 3
Note: MUSC 144 (Music Theory I) and MUSC 145 (Musicianship Lab I), as well as MUSC 244 (Music Theory II) and MUSC 245 (Musicianship Lab II) must be taken concurrently. Students receiving a 3 or 4 on the AP Music Theory Exam are eligible to receive credit for MUSC 144; students receiving a 5 are eligible to receive credit for MUSC 144 and 244. 
Music History (6)
MUSC 353 (Required) Music History II: Golden Age of Western Music 3
MUSC 252 Music History I: Development of Western Music 3
MUSC 354 Music History III: Global Western Music 3
MUSC 256 Jazz Music History 3
Note: MUSC 353 is required. To fulfill the 2nd Music History requirement, students should choose between MUSC 252, 354, or 256. Any of the other Music History courses may be used as electives.
Applied Music (6)
Course Number Title Credits
MUSC 280A-Z Applied Music (Various Instruments)
MUSC 380A-Z Advanced Applied Music (Various Instruments)
Note: Students need 6 total Applied Music Credits. It is preferred that students complete Applied Music credits on the same instrument, though multiple instruments are approved on a case-by-case basis.
Ensembles (6)
Course Number Title Credits
Choose any combination of the following, totaling 6 credits: 
MUSC 105 Symphony Orchestra 1
MUSC 107 Chorus 1
MUSC 108 Liturgical Choir 1
MUSC 109 Jazz Band 1
MUSC 110 Wind Ensemble 1
MUSC 111 Percussion Ensemble 1
MUSC 207 Chamber Choir 1
MUSC 289 Chamber Ensemble 1
MUSC 290 Jazz Combo 1
Senior Capstone Experience (1)
Course Number Title Credits
MUSC 387 Solo Recital 1
MUSC 388 Lecture/Recital 1
Note: It is the expectation of the music faculty that all students will enroll in Solo Recital unless otherwise approved by the Director of Music. 
General Music Choice (9)
 Course number Title Credits
MUSC 122 Introduction to Digital Music 3
MUSC 185 Jazz Improvisation  3
MUSC 201 Music Technology I 3
MUSC 246 Composition I 3
MUSC 247 Composition II 3
MUSC 248 Jazz Composition and Arranging  3
MUSC 252 Music History I: Development of Western Music * 3
MUSC 256 Jazz Music History  3
MUSC 255 Music in Catholic Worship 3
MUSC 260 Conducting 3
MUSC 345 Music History IV 3
MUSC 354 Music History III 3
MUSC 363 Foundations of Voice Technique and Pedagogy 3
MUSC 364 Vocal Repertoire and Performance 3
MUSC 370 The Business of Music 3
MUSC 385 Jazz Improvisation II 3
MUSC 374 Musical Theatre Repertoire  4
MUSC 389 Topics in Music (several courses are offered under "Topics in Music") 3
MUSC 394 Internship in Music 3

Note: With the exception of MUSC 101, 102, 103, or 142, students may choose from any 3 credit hour MUSC course that has not already been taken (see General Music Choice list), or use any combination of 1 credit hour MUSC courses such as Ensembles or Applied Music.

To download a PDF copy of the Music Major curriculum, click here. ‌

Core Curriculum Courses

Many courses offered by the DFPA count towards core curriculum credit in Artistic Knowledge and Experience as well as the area of Engaged Learning. 

Course Rotations

It is important to note that while many courses are offered every semester, more advanced classes are offered less frequently- often once a year, or even every two years. Rotations are subject to change. See your advisor or the director for more information.

Enrollment Problems

If you are a major or minor and are trying to register in a class that is full, contact the director as soon as possible to be put on a waiting list. Keep checking LOCUS to watch for drops. Entry to closed classes cannot be guaranteed.


Make sure to check for prerequisites while enrolling. If you have not taken appropriate prerequisites, then do not enroll in the course. The department will remove you from it later, but meanwhile you’ll prevent others from enrolling. See your advisor if your schedule makes it necessary to take courses out of sequence.