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Bachelor's in Musical Arts (BMA)

Chicago College of Performing Arts
The Bachelor of Musical Arts degree is an interdisciplinary program with intentional curricular flexibility. It is designed for the student with a strong academic background who wishes to combine the study of music with an emphasis in a second field outside music. Students' programs are individualized according to their interests and culminate in a senior project that melds their work in music with their second discipline.
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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Major
The BMA's curricular flexibility serves students with a tremendous passion for music as well as aptitude and interest in other fields. Senior projects have been very creative: they have included research papers, lecture-recitals, comparative studies, original dramatic works such as one-act operas, and pieces combining narration and music with both text and score written by the student.

Expectations & Requirements


The BMA program includes:

  • Completion of the core two-year sequences in musicianship and music history, performance studies, and electives in music
  • Intensive study of a second field of the student's choice (students have elected fields such as language, literature, history, psychology, and business)
  • The opportunity to pursue independent studies and formulate a senior project combining knowledge and ability in music with the material, methodology, and perspectives of another discipline

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Performance Opportunities

Students will participate in Music Conservatory ensembles as assigned.


The BMA program at CCPA is perfectly positioned to serve students interested in the profession of music at its broadest levels. The professional activities of the faculty, as well as the thriving and diverse arts environment of Chicago, offers myriad opportunities for rewarding gainful employment in music and music-related fields like arts administration, various entrepreneurial ventures, and public arts advocacy - fields that are well-served by professionals possessing a mixture of liberal arts breadth and conservatory depth.
Linda Berna
‚ÄčAssociate Dean and Director, Music Conservatory; Professor, Core Music Studies, Roosevelt University