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Bachelor of Music


This degree emphasizes composition or performance, depending on emphasis area.

Available Emphases

Performance Emphasis: Instrumental, Voice, Keyboard

Students in the performance emphasis areas will develop comprehensive capabilities in the major performing medium including the ability to work independently to prepare performances at the highest possible level; knowledge of applicable solo and ensemble literature; and orientation to and experience with the fundamentals of pedagogy.

Composition Emphasis

Students with an emphasis in composition will demonstrate achievement of the highest possible level of skill in the use of basic concepts, tools, techniques, and procedures to develop a composition from concept to finished product. This involves the competency to work with both electronic and acoustic media; work with a variety of forms, styles, and notations; and apply principles of scoring appropriate to particular compositions.

Required Courses

Students must meet requirements set by the College of Fine Arts for entry into the Music Program.

  • THEA 2503 - Fine Arts – Theatre
  • ART 2503 - Fine Arts - Visual

Admission to the University is required. A strong background in music ensembles and private study is recommended.

Career Opportunities

This degree prepares students to pursue performance careers as soloists, collaborative performers in ensemble, and composers in various genres. Most students seek graduate work before embarking on their careers.


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