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A-State Closing at 1 pm on Wednesday, March 4

Arkansas State University will be closing at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 due to incoming winter weather. This includes the main campus at Jonesboro and the Paragould center.

For the convenience of students, faculty/staff and the community:
  • The Acansa Dining Hall will be open until 8 p.m.
  • The Red Wolf Center will close at 3 p.m.
  • The Dean B. Ellis Library will close at 1 p.m.
  • GradStock has been rescheduled to March 9, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Cooper Alumni Center.
  • The Testing Center will close at 1 p.m.
  • Tonight's performance of "12 Angry Men" has been cancelled. Contact the Box Office for refund information.
  • NEA Science Fair has been postponed to March 16 at Hames Room, Convocation Center.
  • Communications Day (March 7) has been cancelled.

The university reminds students to monitor their official Arkansas State student email account for information regarding classes, as explained in an announcement from Provost Lynita Cooksey.

For further updates, watch the A-State website at AState.edu and official social media: Facebook.com/ArkansasState and on Twitter @ArkansasState.

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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.


NASAD LogoThis degree is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. NASM is the national accrediting agency for music and music-related disciplines.