Degree Programs

Flexible degrees hit just the right note.

The music department offers degree options for musicians of many levels and career interests. Within the degree options, students can pursue a focus in music performance, music education, music therapy, church music, composition, or the music industry.

Professional Majors

The professional majors offer certification for students who wish to enter the music profession as performing musicians, music educators, and music therapists. Students majoring in one of these intensive professional programs will have music as their only major.

This degree program is designed to prepare students for professional employment or graduate study in music. The degree program includes three tracks (performance, church music, and composition), and requires 74-86 credit hours in music, depending on a student’s chosen track.

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This degree prepares students for certification as music educators. The curriculum includes 66 credit hours in vocal, instrumental, and general music as well as 31 credit hours in professional education, including supervised teaching.

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This degree program prepares students for national board certification (MT-BC) as music therapists. The curriculum includes 64 credits in music therapy and 31 credits in music, including supervised field training and internship.

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Liberal Arts Majors

The bachelor of arts in music provides students with a liberal arts education and the ability to concentrate in a music area of their choice. All of the B.A. options include 40 hours of coursework in music and allow students the flexibility to major or minor in another field.

This option is designed for students who expect to make their career in church music or related fields. The degree’s 40 hours of music coursework include a practical internship and selected studies in church music and liturgy.

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Students looking for careers in the music industry can take courses in music careers, entrepreneurship, and copyright law and complete an internship in a music field of their interest. Because this music major is only 40 credits, there is opportunity to take a minor or a second major in a complementary field.

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For students who seek a full music major curriculum, this degree option offers full performance opportunities and plenty of flexibility for an additional major or minor.

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Music Handbook

The Handbook for Music Students details requirements for all music students, including keyboard proficiency, ensemble participation, studio instruction, and concert attendance.

Music Minor

The requirements for a music minor can be easily coordinated with most academic majors. The minor consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours in music, a keyboard competency test, participation in a musical ensemble, plus attendance at 20 authorized concerts.

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