A Bachelor of Music in Applied Music prepares students for careers in musical performance and equips them for private teaching after graduation. Applied music coursework focuses on applied lessons, conducting, and performance pedagogy in addition to the music theory and music history classes common to all Bachelor of Music majors. Many students choose to pursue graduate study. Students choose a concentration in Piano Pedagogy, Piano Performance, Organ Performance, Instrumental Performance (Winds, Brass, Strings, or Percussion), or Vocal Performance.In addition, to the Applied Music Degree Requirements (Undergraduate Catalog), students must successfully complete a sophomore barrier examination to progress to the junior level of applied study.
Suggested Degree Plans
The Bachelor of Music in Composition prepares students for careers that involve the composition of concert music or graduate work in composition. In addition to music theory and music history courses required by all Bachelor of Music degrees, the coursework includes applied lessons in composition and the student’s major instrument. A strong emphasis is placed on obtaining high quality live performances of compositions and becoming thoroughly acquainted with the concert music repertoire of the last 100 years. Upon completion of the degree, students will have had performances of at least 60 minutes of compositions.
The Bachelor of Music in Music Theory is designed to prepare students for graduate work in music theory, with the career goal of a becoming a university professor and theorist. The music theory coursework places special emphasis on musical form and structure and other technical and expressive elements of music. The program has a strong research component that culminates in a senior thesis project.
Music with Elective Studies
The Bachelor of Music in Music with Elective Studies programs provide students with a rigorous, well-rounded musical education plus a complementary specialty. Music with Elective Studies degree requirements are available in the Undergraduate Catalog. The areas of elective studies are:
Music Education (Teacher Certification)
NonProfit Music Leadership