Degrees

A major in music offers students comprehensive training in education, performance, or liberal arts.  Most music graduates move directly into the profession as teachers or performers, while others opt for advanced training in graduate programs or internships with professional organizations.  A number of our alums have used their undergraduate training as a foundation for other professions, including medicine and law.

Bachelor of Music

The Department of Music offers a B.A. degree in Music, which is a relatively structured program, and B.M. degrees in Music Education and Performance, which are very structured programs.  All three degrees typically require eight semesters of study, regardless of previous coursework.  All music majors must take 23 hours in the Musicianship Courses and 26-33 hours in Performance Courses, which include private lessons, ensembles, music theory, ear training, piano, and music history.  In addition to the Core Music Curriculum, B.A. in Music majors must take 26 hours of electives outside of music; B.M. in Music Education majors must take 44-45 hours of the major’s concentration courses; and B.M. in Performance majors must take 20-22 hours of concentration courses and electives for the instrumental performance concentration, or 28-30 hours for the vocal performance concentration.

Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Department of Music offers a B.A. degree in Music, a somewhat structured program, and a B.M. degree with concentrations in Music Education (instrumental/general concentration and choral/general music concentration) and Performance (instrumental performance concentration or vocal performance concentration), which are very structured programs.  All three degrees typically require eight semesters of study, regardless of previous coursework.  All music majors must take at least 23 hours in the Musicianship Courses and 26-33 hours in Performance Courses, which include private lessons, ensembles, music theory, ear training, piano, and music history.  In addition to the Core Music Curriculum, B.A. in Music majors must take 26 hours of electives outside of music; B.M. in Music Education majors must take 44-45 hours of the major’s concentration courses; and B.M. in Performance majors must take 20-22 hours of concentration courses and electives for the instrumental performance concentration, or 28-30 hours for the vocal performance concentration.

Undergraduate Certificate in Jazz

The Undergraduate Certificate in Jazz is designed for instrumentalists who wish to enhance their undergraduate study with intensive training in jazz. The curriculum consists of 20 credits of jazz studies that combine instruction in performance and musicianship, including ensembles, lessons, improvisation, history, and a course in either arranging or pedagogy. All required courses must be passed with a grade of B or better to earn the Undergraduate Certificate in Jazz. 

Music Minor

The Minor in Music is designed for students who wish to study music while working towards a degree in another field. Music minors receive private lessons, participate in ensembles, and take introductory courses in music theory, ear training, and piano, as well as LBST 1103 (The Arts and Society: Music), which can also be used to satisfy a General Education requirement. The total unit requirement for the Minor in Music is 21 hours, all of which must be passed with grades of C or better to graduate with a minor in music.

Graduate Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy

The Graduate Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy is designed to provide the advanced student with a concentrated program focusing on the methodology and practice of teaching voice. The curriculum consists of 17 hours of graduate level work that can be completed in two semesters over one academic year. The course of study includes ensembles, private lessons, and masterclasses, as well as applied teaching and a graduate pedagogy sequence culminating in a directed project.