Music Bachelor of Arts majors typically take the following courses in the fall semester of their first year:

First-Year Experience Learning Community Courses

We will register you in these courses.

  1. Philosophy (PHIL 201)
  2. English Composition (ENG 101) OR Theology (TRS 201)

Why am I taking these classes?   Honors students take equivalent honors courses.

Major Courses

You will need to choose and register for these courses.

  1. Studio X (master classes, information sessions, and workshops; MUS 100)
  2. Private Instruction (MUPI 191) depending on emphasis
  3. Performing Ensemble (MUS) depending on emphasis
  4. Piano: Class (MUS) or private instruction (MUPI)
  5. Music Theory (MUS) based on placement (details on the test, due by June 27th, are below)

You will need to choose and register for these courses. You will also need to take the online Theory Evaluation placement test between June 10th and June 30th (see details below). The results of music placement exams will come out in July.

Studying music at Catholic University will allow you to develop technically and artistically while also improving your ability to think critically, write and speak eloquently, and solve problems creatively. Students taking a Bachelor of Arts in Music may choose an emphasis in performance, music history and literature, or a general program that allows them the greatest freedom to pursue a course of study that suits their specific interests.

Rigorous musical training is accomplished within a broader liberal arts curriculum. Courses in theology, philosophy, literature, and English composition round out your musical education. As you develop your ear, tune your voice, and polish your movement, you'll also study great works of literature, theology, and philosophy, allowing you to experience beauty in other forms, refine your critical faculties, and develop the cultural knowledge necessary to fully appreciate the music you study or perform.

1 st Semester Courses

Most of your music classes progress sequentially. It's important, therefore, to get and stay on track. Courses you take this semester will lay the foundation for much of the work you will do here. Accordingly, we have registered you for most of your courses this semester. Please consult with Dr. Andrew Weaver about the choice of elective courses. You also need to take the Theory Evaluation Test (see below).

You will be registered for the following courses:

Studio X: Master classes, information sessions, and workshops.

Private Instruction (depending on emphasis)

Performing Ensemble (depending on emphasis)

Piano: Class or private instruction

Music Theory: Based on placement. All entering freshmen will take the Theory Evaluation Test (TET) online through the university's Blackboard site. The TET must be completed for proper course level placement. The TET may be taken only once, and may not be repeated. Following your completion of the TET, you will be enrolled in the appropriate music theory course.

Instructions for the TET

By now, you should have received your CUA network ID and password. Your network ID is the first part of your CUA email address and if you don't remember it, you can reset your password. To take the Theory Evaluation Test, you will need to have this ID and password set up and handy. If you have trouble, please contact the Help Desk at (202) 319-4357.

  1. Open up any web browser, and go to the university Blackboard site.
  2. Click “user login”, located on the left portion of your screen and log in using your CUA network ID and password.
  3. On the right side of the screen, you should see a list of “My Courses”.
  4. Click on “Theory Evaluation Test”. You will be taken directly to the Assignments page, where you will see a link to the TET and instructions. Please note that the link you should click on will be the title Theory Evaluation Test, in red. Please read the instructions below this link before proceeding further.

As the TET instructions explain, you are limited to one hour, and the exam must be taken in one sitting. We've put together some information about what is on the test and how to prepare for it.