The Bachelor of Arts degree is a liberal arts degree with a major in music. Students are exposed to a broad program of general education and incorporate eighteen elective credits in an area of their choice. This allows students to prepare for graduate studies in or entry into areas such as Music Therapy, Music Business, Technology, and Law. Emphasis is placed upon development of musicianship, performing ability and overall student growth.
Music degree students are required to audition before the music faculty to demonstrate the extent of their music proficiency for placement and potential scholarships. Music scholarship students are required to participate in performances by their ensembles in order to maintain this financial assistance. Applicants entering with extensive musical training, knowledge, and experience will have the opportunity to test out of some of the first and second year music courses. Majors are required to be enrolled in applied instruction on a primary instrument or voice unless an exception is granted by the faculty. Additionally, each student must prepare at least one selection per semester for student recitals or forums.
Students with an interest in Music Business or research may, in lieu of a senior recital, present a significant related project approved by the faculty. Majors must participate in at least one performing ensemble as required by their degree program. These ensembles serve as laboratories for the development of musical skills, knowledge and exposure to method, technique and principles of wellness. This requirement helps students become practiced in actual performance with the best literature in their ensemble medium. However, since some graduates might want to teach in addition to performing in their chosen profession, they are advised to complete the minimum courses in education that are required for certification
The Music Program assists students in the development of their full musical potential, active engagement in the community and the global music industry, and in other creative and intellectual endeavors.
- To prepare students to direct music programs and ensembles.
- To prepare students to arrange, compose and perform music.
- To prepare students for graduate study.
Student Learning Objectives
- demonstrate a general knowledge of music history
- demonstrate the ability to recognize elements of melody, rhythm, harmony, structure and form in both aural and written form
- demonstrate the ability to sight-sing and to sight-read
- demonstrate the ability to work with the latest music technologies and to apply this knowledge in their field
- demonstrate basic keyboard competency
- complete a final internship or research project demonstrating proficiency in their area of study
This degree program requires a minimum of 122 semester hours for completion and is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate studies or careers in musical theater, music therapy, the recording industry management, or music business. Students take 18 elective credits in a minor area of their choice. Students should check with the respective departments on minor requirements in their chosen field of study.