Bachelor of Arts [BA] (Music) - Course Overview




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Bachelor of Arts in Music Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

B.A. in Music is a 3-year undergraduate course in music. Music comprises a combination of vocal music, instrumental music and various dance forms. Major course components involve:

  • music theory
  • music interpretation
  • history of music
  • music composition
  • voice instruction, etc.

The course aims to build in eligible candidates:

  • foundation in music literature and history.
  • musical (vocal & instrumental) skills.

The basic eligibility for pursuing the course is a 10+2 or equivalent qualification in any stream, completed from a recognized educational Board of the country. Music should have been an elective subject at the 10+2 level of education. For those not having studied Music as an elective subject, qualification of an audition/ aptitude test is an option.

Such graduates are hired in capacities such as:

  • Artist & Repertoire (A&R) Person
  • Band Leader
  • Composer/Arranger
  • Music Attorney
  • Assistant Art Director
  • Concert Promoter
  • Disc Jockey
  • Film Music Director/Editor
  • Music Critic
  • Advertising Specialist
  • Studio Musician
  • Music Teacher
  • Recording Technician
  • Music Publisher
  • Singer/Performer
  • Writer/Music Journalist etc.

The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 2,000 and 5 Lacs for a span of 3 years.

The average annual salary offered to successful graduates of the course ranges between INR 4 and 10 lacs per annum.

Similar Course Bachelor of Music

B.A. in Music: Course Highlights

Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Course LevelGraduation
Duration3 years
Examination TypeSemester System
Eligibility10+2 from a recognized Board of education
Admission ProcessDirect admission to colleges. Entrance test in some cases.
Course FeeINR 2,000 to 5 Lacs
Average Starting SalaryINR 4 to 10 lacs per annum
Top Recruiting CompaniesCommission of Fine Arts, Cultural Affairs, Department of Education, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Archives, National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, NJ Department of Education, Office of International Education, Peace Corps/AmeriCorps, Smithsonian Institution, Travel and Tourism Department, Indian Idol, Bollywood, AIR, Voice of America, etc.
Top Recruiting AreasMagazines, Advertising Agencies , Colleges and Universities, Music and Video Stores, Department of Cultural Affairs, Entertainment Companies, Music Companies, Department of Education, Music and Film Studios, Music Industry Associations, Orchestras and Bands, Performing Arts Centers, and such.
Job PositionsArtist & Repertoire (A&R) Person, Band Leader, Composer/Arranger, Music Attorney, Assist. Art Director, Concert Promoter, Disc Jockey, Film Music Director/Editor, Music Critic, Advertising Specialist, Studio Musician, Music Teacher, Recording Technician, Music Publisher, Singer/Performer, Writer/Music Journalist, among others.


B.A. in Music: What is it About?

Students enrolled to the course are prepared to:

  • effectively work as:

  1. music educators
  2. music therapists
  3. performers
  4. music composers/ conductors.
  • teach, perform, and research in music.

Ideal candidates for the course would possess:

  • good communication skills
  • teamwork
  • self-management
  • technical skills
  • critical reflection
  • awareness of professional ethics in the arts world
  • understanding of different perspectives and cultures
  • understanding of music in community projects
  • world/ethnic traditions related to music.

Top Institutes offering B.A. in Music

Listed below are some of the top institutes in India that offer the course.

Name of InstituteCity Average Fees
Christ UniversityBangaloreINR 56,667 (course)
Miranda House CollegeNew DelhiINR 12,160 (course)
Hindu CollegeNew DelhiINR 14,333 (course)
Ramjas CollegeNew DelhiINR 9,712 (course)
Indraprastha College For WomenNew DelhiINR 6,663 (course)
Ranchi UniversityRanchiINR 2,370 (course)
Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj UniversityKanpurINR 28,000 (course)
Government Maharani Laxmi Bai Girls PG CollegeIndoreINR 1,030 (course)
Kanoria PG Mahila MahavidyalayaJaipurINR 3,667 (course)
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi VishwavidyalayaBhopalINR 7,633 (course)
Dhirendra Mahila MahavidyalayaVaranasiINR 2,055 (course)
Maharaja's CollegeErnakulamINR 1,985 (course)
Banasthali UniversityJaipurINR 54,333 (course)
Mahatma Gandhi Kashi VidyapithVaranasiINR 2,055 (course)
University of MumbaiMumbaiINR 4,261 (course)
Bharati Vidyapeeth UniversityPuneINR 16,000 (course)
University of CalicutCalicutINR 1,127 (course)
Annamalai UniversityCuddaloreINR 4,127 (course)
Savitribai Phule Pune UniversityPuneINR 26,090 (course)
MIT Art, Design and Technology UniversityPuneINR 3,50,000 (course)
Banaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiINR 2,374 (course)
Chaudhary Charan Singh UniversityMeerutINR 24,820 (course)

Eligibility for B.A. in Music

Listed below are the minimum criteria which candidates interested in pursuing the course are required to fulfil, in order to be eligible to apply for the course.

  • 10+2 education completed in any stream from a recognized educational Board.
  • Preferably, Music as an elective subject at the 10+2 level.
  • A minimum aggregate score of 50% (45% for SC/ST/OBC candidates) at the 10+2 level.
  • Basic proficiency in Music.

B.A. in Music: Admission Process

Most institutes offering the course admit students based on performance in a relevant entrance test. Admission process generally varies across colleges.

A few institutes also provide direct admission based on the candidate’s performance at the 10+2 level.

Some such entrance tests held in the country for admission to the course are:

  • BMI University Lucknow Entrance Exam
  • Annamalai University Entrance Exam
  • BHU Performing Arts Entrance Exam
  • Bangalore University Entrance Exam
  • Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Entrance Exam
  • Chennai Government College of Music Entrance Exam
  • Indian Institute of Fine Arts Entrance Exam
  • Mahatma Gandhi University Entrance Exam
  • KU – Faculty of Arts Entrance Exam
  • University of Delhi – The Faculty of Music and Fine Arts Entrance Exam.

B.A. in Music: Syllabus and Course Description

A year-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.

Year IYear IIYear III
Appreciation of MusicConcert SingingLaws of Acoustics
Bada Khayal and Chhota KhayalDifferent Gharanas and their historyMusical Sound, Wave Motion, Frequency, Pitch and Volume
Brief history of Bharat Natya Shastra and Sangeet RatnakarEvolution of Notation systemMusic & Literature
Classification of MusicForms of Light MusicPlace of Music in Fine Arts
Concepts of Ragas and Tala in Indian MusicHistory of Indian MusicRole of Music in Multi-Media
Classification of RagasImportance of Music Festivals/Seminars/ConferencesTaal Study
--Vocal and Instrumental Music

B.A. in Music: Career Prospects

Such graduates can join various fields in the discipline, such as:

  • art studios
  • advertising companies
  • publishing houses
  • magazines/ Art houses as Art Critics or Arts Specialists.

Artists and craftsmen at times work as freelancers and make a living by selling artwork created by them. Mostly in a freelancing, acquiring a steady income is not possible. However, people with outstanding talent at times receive outstanding commissions for exquisite work.

Within this Fine Arts field, success prospects depend on an individual’s:

  • interest, talent
  • exposure
  • experience
  • creativity
  • market awareness.

Some of the popular professional avenues open to successful graduates of the course are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

Bachelor of Arts [BA] in Music annual salary
Job PositionJob DescriptionAverage Annual Pay Scale in INR
Artist/PerformerThey perform music for live crowds and recordings. They work for orchestras, symphonies, tunes, bands, and different sorts of music groups. They may work on playing instruments or sing to enhance their technique.9,30,680
ProfessorProfessors teach students a wide range of subjects at the post-secondary level. They deliver scholarly articles, perform research, and instruct in the discipline.9,13,657
ComposerA composer composes and coordinates unique music used across different sorts of media platforms. The scores written need to be technically correct in order to create flawless performances by choruses, themes, musicians, or instrumental teams.6,72,240
Music DirectorMusic Directors lead bands, for example, orchestras and choirs. They select music to perform, manage performances, and work with artists to ensure that they perform well. They lead practices and performances.9,90,535
Audio TechnicianAn Audio Technician is in charge of setting up sound and recording gear, making alterations and testing the hardware, and helping with recordings or sound generation. They work frequently in recording studios and show settings, however, may likewise work in TV, film or radio.3,67,287




I want to take any kind of exam so that I can get scholarship and get admission in some international college of Music.

02 Dec, 2019 00:53
Shubangi Patil Patil

How can i start my carrier in music

11 Nov, 2019 10:15
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Shubhangi, one should pursue certification courses after completing your B. Sc. and M. Sc., since these degrees provide very basic knowledge, which in today’s time is insufficient to get good jobs in the concerned stream.

11 Nov, 2019 10:22
Pankaj Vaswani

Does any university offer distance learning in BA music. I am a software engineer and want to pursue degree in music

29 Sep, 2019 13:35
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Pankaj, yes, you can check some of the best BA Music Colleges from here.

16 Nov, 2019 17:09
sunny mittakola

I want u take the course of B.A(music) .... And at present i have finished my 10 2 education.......I doesn't have any basics in music.....Am i eligible for it

02 Sep, 2019 13:35
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Sunny, this depends on the college/university in which you are applying for admission. Some of the universities demand previous training in the concerned while others give chance to all who have passed intermediate. But generally, admission is based on skill test conducted by the respective university/college.

02 Sep, 2019 14:13

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