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The curricula for undergraduate students majoring in music lead to the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degrees. All programs in music provide effective preparation for graduate study.
The programs in the Bachelor of Music degree are directed to those who intend to become professional musicians. They offer majors in Music Education, Composition, Theory, Music History/Literature and Applied Music.
The Bachelor of Arts degree offers the opportunity for professional study in music within a liberal arts context and includes an optional concentration in music management.
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The Bachelor of Music in Applied Music is designed to develop the highest level of proficiency in instrumental or vocal performance.
The Bachelor of Music in Composition emphasizes instruction in musical composition. For more information about this program please visit the Composition Website.
The Bachelor of Music in Jazz Improvisation is a new program that offers an innovative concentration in jazz and contemporary improvisation that fits students' interest and specialization. The jazz program is meant to encourage students to develop opportunities across disciplines to engage in creative ideation and problem solving through creative sound production, and it utilizes faculty expertise in improvisation across genres and styles, including contemporary improvisational practices. Students who graduate from this program will have a competitive edge as they enter the professional world or apply to graduate programs in jazz and contemporary improvisation.
The Bachelor of Music in Music Education is designed specifically to educate and provide certification for those intending to teach music in elementary or secondary schools. The major offers two tracks: instrumental music education and choral/general music education. Students in both tracks are able to gain classroom experience through extensive, field-based teaching opportunities that begin as early as the sophomore year.
The Bachelor of Music in Music History and Literature focuses on the history of Western music. It is primarily designed for students who wish to pursue graduate study in musicology.
The Bachelor of Music in Music Theory emphasizes instruction in music theory.
The Bachelor of Arts in Music is structured to provide broad coverage of music theory, music history/literature, and applied music combined with a liberal arts education applicable to a variety of career interests. Many students in this major are talented musicians who have studied an instrument extensively during their high school years and wish to continue their musical studies while exploring other academic and career interests.
The Bachelor of Arts in Music with concentration in Music Management Studies provides opportunities that prepare students for administrative careers within the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors of the music industry. Students in this major also have the option of applying to the 4+1 BA/MBA program through the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics.
Freshmen majors receive advisement during New Student Orientation and are also assigned faculty advisors in the School of Music.
Freshmen are required to meet with their music advisors early in the year and are encouraged to visit and talk with their advisors frequently throughout their college career. Discussion may include course selection, problems with specific courses, professional opportunities, connecting with campus resources or just sharing the excitement of learning something new.
Prospective music majors who submit all application materials to Undergraduate Admissions by January 15 are automatically considered for merit-based scholarship at the time of their audition for the School of Music in January or February. There is no additional application to indicate interest in a Music Scholarship. These awards are guaranteed for eight consecutive semesters, provided the student remains a music major, participates in an approved university ensemble, and maintains the minimum 3.00 major GPA requirement each semester.
Music Scholarships are awarded based on the needs of the School's ensembles and reflect a combination of both a student's musical potential and his or her academic achievements. Because the School of Music takes into account a student's academic merits when determining Music Scholarships, Undergraduate Admissions does not distribute additional academic merit scholarship to music majors. Non-music majors are not eligible for Music Scholarships.
In addition to Music Scholarships, the School of Music also distributes named scholarships, to students pursuing special areas of interest:
Undergraduate music majors participating in Marching Band receive an additional stipend of approximately $400 per year, pending annual budgetary approval. For additional information about Marching Band scholarships, please contact Heidi Sarver, director.