Bachelor of Arts in Music

(continued from the Associate in Performing Arts)


The Bachelor of Arts curriculum spans three established subject areas, namely, arts, entertainment and cultural studies. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts is primarily multidisciplinary at the lower level. However at the upper level, students will be able to specialize in one of the following (Dance, Drama or Music) which is designed specifically to focus on current and innovative practices in the Performing Arts. As such, graduates are equipped with firsthand experience of collaboration and self-management skills, which will equip them to be effective practitioners. 


This programme aims, accordingly, to:
•   Iimprove students’ knowledge, competencies and attitudes for effective performances in the Arts.
•  Povide access for a diverse performing arts experience that spans history and theory, as well as technical and performance contexts.
•    Promote the practitioner’s continuous personal and professional development for employment and or entrepreneurship.
•   Expand student’s knowledge about integrating their artistic work with contemporary information communication technology practices.
•    Create a forum for the continued exploration of the integrative approach to the study and work in the Performing Arts.
•    Develop the foundation for participants desirous of working professionally in the Performing Arts.
•    Encourage students to use the Performing Arts as a medium for inspiring and unifying mankind.


Two (2) years – 4 semesters

Entry Requirements

To matriculate into Bachelor’s Degree programme, applicants must satisfy the general entry requirements:

1.    Complete the Associate Degree programme.
2.    Complete a program that is comparable with the Associate Degree in Performing Arts.
3.   Mature Student Entry. Applicants falling in this category must, normally, be over the age twenty-five (25) years, with a minimum of five (5) years experience in an area related to the field of study which the applicant wishes to pursue - e.g. marketing, accounts, office administration, and management. Each applicant will be required to develop and submit for evaluation, a portfolio detailing his/her prior experiential learning. Such a portfolio may consist of certificates of achievement, positions held, along with job descriptions, references and testimonials, and proof of community involvement, among other documentary evidence.

Programme Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this programme participant should be able to:
1.   Exhibit solid artistic competencies and synthesize relevant academic concepts and theories.
2.   Demonstrate a broad based knowledge of integrated performing arts education and, at the upper level, a high level of proficiency in a discrete area of study - Music, Dance or Drama.
3.   Create original, professional level works and innovative full productions through processes of evaluation and analysis of research.
4.    Demonstrate a lifelong appreciation and exploration of collaborative creative problem solving in ensemble work.
5.    Integrate information communication technology in inter disciplinary and cross disciplinary processes.
6.    Practise his/her profession with respect for social values and attitudes while adhering to legal and ethical societal norms.  
7.    Phow initiative and self management whether as an employee or as an entrepreneur.


Course Structure - Weekend (continued from the Associate in Performing Arts)

Semester V Semester VI
Drumming & Chanting             Critiquing Performance Arts   
Principles of Creativity & Aesthetics  Business Ethics for the Arts   
Gender Studies First Instrument II (Voice/Piano) 
Studies in Jamaican Folk Music  Music Theory 11                   
First Instrument I (Voice/Piano) Second Instrument I (Guitar/Woodwind) 
Music Theory I                         Aural, Sight Singing & Dictation II 
Vocal Ensemble                            Survey of World Music          
Listening & Appraising Western Art Music   
Aural, Sight Singing & Dictation I   
Semester VII  Semester VIII
Research Methods BFA Final Project – Specialized Production
Musical Theatre Elective
Makeup for Stage & TV Digital Sound, Design & Production II 
Elective First Instrument 1V       
First Instrument III              Musical Director’s Workshop 
Second instrument II (Jazz Guitar/ Percussion) Pop & Jazz Ensemble  
Harmony & Arranging             
Pop & Jazz Ensemble I  
Digital sound, Design & Production I  
Music in Modern Culture: Vocal Ensemble