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Tuition Fees:$19,241 /year
Applications Begin:January 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Arts in Music Arts
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Campus:Cairo Campus
Application Deadline: March 2021
Programme Overview

The mission of the Music Program is to teach the theory, literature, and performance of music, and the theory and practice of music technology, to the highest attainable standard in the context of a liberal arts environment, with an orientation towards performance and study in both Western and Arab music.

The program lays a special emphasis on two aspects of what musicians do which are of particular value to students, whether they aspire to a career in music, or only seek to broaden their understanding of the world by enrolling in one or two courses. First, all students who take private instruction in voice or an instrument will learn to sight-read musical notation fluently, and to comprehend what they hear. Second, in the classroom and studio, lessons, rehearsals, and performances, all students in the program are expected to conform to a professional standard: to be punctual and prepared, and to treat their colleagues, and the material to be studied or performed, with the respect that is their due.

Students who major in music may pursue either a Bachelor of Arts degree in music technology, or a Bachelor of Musical Arts (B.M.A.) degree in Performance. The Bachelor of Musical Arts in Performance is a professional degree built on a liberal arts core which prepares students for a career in teaching or performance in voice or an instrument, or for graduate study in performance.

The Institute for Music Technology offers a sequence of courses in music recording, editing, and production, music for video and film, and electronic music. Such training is crucial not only to students interested in a career in these professions, but also to performers and teachers who need to create and edit demos and audition tracks, to use music files in web sites and other internet applications, or to prepare and market recordings of their own performances and compositions. The Institute for Music Technology is responsible for the recording studio, which is used both as a teaching space and for professional recording.

The Cairo Choral Society is a community chorus dedicated to the study, promotion, and performance of the great choral works in the Western musical tradition. It presents performances with a professional orchestra (the Cairo Festival Orchestra) and soloists at various venues in Cairo. The membership is voluntary, multinational, and cross-generational. The Cairo Choral Society was founded in 1983; in the fall of 2009 it became an ensemble-in-residence within the Department of the Arts. One of the leading large choral ensembles in Egypt, it is both a community-based organization and a for-credit course at AUC. Students may also participate in the chorus on a not-for-credit basis.

Requirements for the Concentration in Performance
In order to complete the Bachelor of Musical Arts with a concentration in performance, a student will:
– Learn to read music fluently, and demonstrate advanced listening and sight-reading skills.
– Demonstrate the ability to play the piano at an intermediate level or better.
– Develop a significant understanding of Western and Arab music theory.
– Study representative great works of Western and Arab music literature and the composers who produced them.
– Demonstrate the ability to sing or play an instrument at or near a professional level; as a final project the student would present a solo recital.
– Sing in choir, and/or play in an instrumental ensemble.

Students who enter the concentration in performance must choose a primary instrument or voice, in which they must complete at least five semesters of private applied instruction, plus MUSC 4980, the Capstone Solo Recital. In order to be accepted into the major, all students will be required to audition before the faculty in their primary instrument or voice, normally by the end of the freshman year.

All students entering the Bachelor of Musical Arts program must either pass the music literacy placement exam or take MUSC 1805, How to Read Music, concurrently with MUSC 1800, the first semester of Private Applied Instruction. Students who choose a primary instrument other than piano will also be required to pass a piano proficiency exam by the end of the sophomore year in order to graduate; those who fail to pass this exam are required to take three semesters of MUSC 2850, Private Applied Instruction for Piano Proficiency.


A total of 120 credits are required for the Bachelor of Musical Arts degree. Students who wish to add a second major in another subject can do so by completing 140-145 credits.

Core Curriculum (40 credits)
Concentration Requirements (51 – 63 credits)
Literature (9 credits)
– Introduction to Music (3 cr.)
– Music in the Arab Tradition (3 cr.)
– Music in the Western Tradition (3 cr.)

Theory (20 credits)
– Western Music Theory I (3 cr.)
– Sight-Singing and Aural Skills I (1 cr.)
– Arab Music Theory I (3 cr.)
– Maqam I (Arab Music Sight-Singing and Aural Skills) (1 cr.)
– Western Music Theory II (3 cr.)
– Sight-Singing and Aural Skills II (1 cr.)
– Arab Music Theory II (3 cr.)
– Maqam II (Arab Music Sight-Singing and Aural Skills) (1 cr.)
– Western Music Theory III (3 cr.)
– Sight-Singing and Aural Skills III (1 cr.)

Performance (22 – 31 cr.)
– Private Lessons in Voice or an Instrument (1 cr.)
– Advanced Private Lessons in Voice or an Instrument (3 cr.)
– Capstone Final Recital (3 cr.)

Performance majors must complete eight sections of Private Lessons. Double majors, and students in exceptional circumstances, may use as many as two sections of MUSC 1800 in place of MUSC 4800 , with the prior permission of the Music Program.

Eight semesters of ensemble, chosen from among the following:
– Arab Music Ensemble (1 cr.)
– Guitar Ensemble (1 cr.)
– Chamber Music Ensembles (1 cr.)
– Rehearsal/Performance Practicum (1 cr.)
– Chamber Singers (1 cr.)
– Cairo Choral Society (1 cr.)
Students entering the B.M.A. must either pass a music literacy placement exam or achieve a passing grade in the following:
– How to Read Music (3 cr.)

All students with a primary instrument other than piano must take the piano proficiency exam. Those who do not achieve a passing grade are required to take the following:
– Private Instruction for Piano Proficiency (1 cr.)

Specialization Requirements (0 – 3 credits)

Students specialized in Voice will take the following course:
– Diction for Singers in the Western Tradition (3 cr.)

Students specialized in Guitar will take the following course:
– Guitar Pedagogy (3 cr.)

Electives (9 – 29 credits)

Students who choose to add a second major will in most cases need to complete an additional fifteen to twenty credits. Students with interest in opera are encouraged to add a minor in Theater.

Admission Requirements

The university and the Egyptian Ministry of Education require that all students joining AUC undergraduate program complete a minimum of twelve years of primary and secondary education prior to enrollment in university courses. Applicants must provide proof, that they have completed at least twelve years of education.

All undergraduate degree-seeking admission applicants are required to submit official secondary school academic transcripts, and certificates. Applicants who have attempted post-secondary studies must also submit official academic transcripts, and/ certificates from each post-secondary school attended regardless of whether they have earned credit or seek transfer credit. All academic records not in English or Arabic must be accompanied by certified English translations.

All undergraduate degree applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting valid Academic IELTS, or International TOEFL or completed college-level English coursework.

Non-Egyptian Applicants and/or their sponsors must provide official evidence indicating that a minimum of $36,000 is available to cover the tuition, fees, travel, and living expenses for the first year of study at the University’

Application Process
Application Fees for Egyptian Students: $84
Application Fees for International Students: $84

How to Apply
1- Submit the online application form. (Application is available online only). The application can be renewed from the fall to the spring semester of the same academic year only. A new application should be submitted for a new academic year.
2- Fulfill the requirements of your secondary school certificate. The most common secondary school certificates accepted by AUC are listed below. The minimum cut-off scores for each certificate may change from one semester to another according to University requirements. Having the minimum academic requirements does not grant you an offer of a place but rather ensures entry to the selection process.
– Thanawiya Amma
– German Abitur
– IGCSE/GCSE/GCE British Certificate
– International Baccalaureate
– French Baccalaureate
– American High School Diploma
– Canadian Certificates
– Other Certificates

1. Late submission of admission credentials decreases your chances of declaring science and engineering majors because places in these programs are limited.
2. Check that you have fulfilled all the University’s language requirements, as demonstrated by your TOEFL/IELTS scores.
– Results of the TOEFL/IELTS exams may be sent directly to the admissions office. AUC’s code number is 0903
– Both tests should be completed no more than two years prior to the first day of the term for which you are applying for admission
– English placement depends on your TOEFL/IELTS test scores
– Students who believe their placement in the ELI is not appropriate for their level of English proficiency are encouraged to re-take the TOEFL or IELTS. AUC does not offer “exemption” exams of any kind
– The deadline to submit improved English placement test scores is the last working day before the first day of classes each semester

3. Check that you have submitted all required documents by the set deadlines. Your application and a final admission decision will be pending the submission of all these documents. Applications submitted after the set deadlines will be considered according to space availability.
4. Provisional Admission: AUC considers the most academically qualified applicants for provisional admission if they earned excellent grades or submitted the necessary documents prior to the set deadlines.
5. Final acceptance will be given after submitting your final transcript and proof of graduation by or before the assigned deadlines.

About the Application Deadlines:
**Spring Semester (American system) which begins in January and ends in early May, has as Undergraduate Application Deadline October 1, 2020.
**Fall Semester (American system) which starts in late August and ends in late December, has as Undergraduate Application Deadline March 1, 2021.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities for Bachelor in Music Arts include:
– Music Therapist
– Music Composer
– Instrumentalist
– High school music teacher
– Music Journalist
– Record Producer
– Music Librarian

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Tuition Fees for Egyptian Students: $19,241
Tuition Fees for International Students: $21,858

**Tuition Fee per year for Egyptian Students: 305,827EGP ($19,410)
**Tuition Fee per year for International Students: 347,424EGP ($22,050)
– The tuition rate is based on a flat rate of $647 for Egyptian students per credit hour and $735 for international students per credit hour.
– Tuition fees for Egyptian students may be paid in Egyptian pounds according to CIB (Commercial International Bank) exchange rate on the day of payment. Tuition fees for international students must be paid in US dollars.
– Tuition fees are collected each semester. No student with an outstanding bill (including charges for breakage or library fines) will be admitted to any examination, given any certificate or report of academic standing, or be permitted to register for a subsequent semester.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Zeinab Taha
Interim Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries