Bachelor of Music

Students playing flutes in an orchestra

The Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree requires 120 to 125 credits (45 at the Jr/Sr 300+ level) and is designed to further the student’s knowledge, practice and experience in one of the following areas of study:

  • Performance instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, organ and church music, piano, or voice
  • Musicology - study of the history of music
  • Music Composition
  • Music Education
  • Music Theory
  • Music Therapy

All students applying for School of Music undergraduate degrees (B.A., B.F.A., B.M., B.M.E. & music minor) must audition on an approved instrument or voice.

Students will study with faculty members who are nationally and internationally recognized in their fields and their instruments. Courses in music theory and musicology are part of the in-depth exploration of music, as are private instruction, ensemble and chamber music opportunities. All students pursuing the B.M. degree will perform a senior recital on their primary instrument/voice. In addition, performance majors will also complete a junior recital and music composition majors will also give a music composition recital.

With this degree, students can go on to pursue graduate studies in music, establish private studios, audition for music ensembles, or create their own paths in music or music-related endeavors.

Completion of the music therapy curriculum prepares individuals for clinical practice in hospitals and rehabilitation centers, educational or supportive home environments for exceptional children and adults, community mental health settings, facilities for older adults, correctional settings for juveniles or adults, in addition to private practice.