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Degrees Offered: BA BM BME MM MME DMA PhD

The College of Music offers a range of programs for undergraduate and graduate study, with the perfect combination of access to a diverse university setting and specialized music training. Active as professional performers, composers and scholars, the college’s faculty is committed to helping students develop their talents and succeed in their musical endeavors.

The college offers seven degrees in 23 fields of study. Students benefit from an array of classes and ensembles, in addition to one-on-one instruction from dedicated faculty, while flexible curricula combine tradition and innovation to help students reach their personal career goals.

The College of Music offers certificate programs designed to augment any of our undergraduate music majors:

Certificate Opportunities

The Certificate in Jazz Studies provides specific instruction in jazz performance and improvisation as well as jazz history, theory and arranging. The Certificate in Music Entrepreneurship includes a business minor from the nationally recognized Leeds School of Business and additional coursework related to musical career development.  The Certificate in Music Technology, which is open to music majors and non-majors alike, provides instruction on the specific technology involved with live performance, recording and composition.

The College of Music offers three the following three graduate-level certificate programs:

The Certificate in Opera and Solo Vocal Performance is designed to provide intensive performance studies for those who have the talent and potential for a career in opera, chamber and solo vocal performance. Studies include individualized voice instruction, vocal coaching and performance opportunities in opera, solo, oratorio and other concert work, with elective studies in entrepreneurship, all intended as preparation for a performance career. 

The Certificate in String Quartet Performance is designed to provide intensive performance experiences and coaching for those that have the potential for a career in string quartet performance. Students are provided both coaching and individualized instruction, with extensive opportunities for performance, as well as elective studies in entrepreneurship, in preparation for a performance career. Students are normally expected to audition as a pre­formed ensemble for admission to this program. 

The Certificate in Woodwind Performance provides intensive training and experience for woodwind musicians. Admission to the program is highly selective and is restricted to the most qualified and advanced candidates who have the talent and motivation to succeed in a highly competitive area of music performance. Applicants must have an excellent record of performance and are required to submit a resumé that summarizes their performance experience.

Undergraduate Opportunities

Undergraduate degrees in music emphasize knowledge and awareness of solo and ensemble performance and technique in a variety of musical styles, theoretical studies, formal principles and analytical techniques for tonal music, instruments in score and historical studies. Undergraduate students can choose from a range of degree plans and programs, for which they qualify by audition. 

Bachelor of Arts
The Bachelor of Arts degree focuses on the study of music in the context of a broad program of general studies. Students may select concentrations in music, musicology and world music, and music in conjunction with another degree. 

Bachelor of Music
The Bachelor of Music degree centers on intensive performance in music supported by a program in general studies. Students may select performance concentrations in brass, keyboard, percussion, strings, voice, woodwinds and jazz, as well as composition or musicology.

Bachelor of Music Education
The Bachelor of Music Education degree is designed for musicians electing for a career in school-based teaching. Students may select concentrations in band, choral, strings or general music.

In addition to these undergraduate degree programs, students can earn combined Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education dual degrees. Students may combine any of our classical performance offerings with the Music Education concentration of their choice. Trumpet, Trombone and Saxophone principals may elect a secondary emphasis in Jazz Studies.

Graduate Studies

The College of Music offers a Master of Music, a Master of Music Education, a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music. 

Master of Music
The Master of Music degree concentrates on the refining of skills in music performance, composition (with an optional emphasis in music technology), conducting, music theory, research, and pedagogy. Areas of emphasis in performance and performance/pedagogy include all band and orchestral instruments, guitar, harpsichord, organ, piano, jazz and voice. The Master of Music degree incorporates studies in the major area, support courses in music electives and thesis/recital work.     

Master of Music Education
Students in the Master of Music Education degree program complete advanced studies that are designed to refine their teaching philosophy and practices. These include courses in historical and philosophical foundations of music education, psychological theories of music learning, basic research methods, curriculum development and assessment. The College of Music also offers a Master of Music Education degree coupled with certification and licensing in K-12 teaching.   

Doctor of Musical Arts
The Doctor of Musical Arts degree is designed for composers, conductors and performers that possess both creative and scholarly abilities. A particular focus of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree is the preparation for a career as a college, conservatory or university teacher. Students work closely with an advisor in developing a degree plan that reflects their needs and interests. 

Doctor of Philosophy in Music
The Doctor of Philosophy in Music is intended for the student who seeks a terminal degree emphasizing research in music education, music history, music theory, ethnomusicology or some other aspect of music in culture. Each program plan is developed through collaboration between student and advisor, keeping the specific goals of each individual student in mind. The objective is to prepare the student for a career in research and college teaching. 

Research Opportunities

Opportunities for Facilities and Performance

The College of Music has a number of impressive performance halls, including the 2,000-­seat Macky Auditorium, the 500-­seat Grusin Music Hall, the 270-­seat Music Theatre and the 120-­seat Chamber Hall. The home of the college is the Warner Imig Music Building, which is a large complex of practice rooms, faculty studios, offices, ensemble rehearsal areas, seminar facilities and classrooms. The building also features a 4,300-square-foot rehearsal space with a 35-­foot ceiling and acoustical draping. 

The college maintains extensive facilities for music technology and electronic music study, including the Computer­-Assisted Music Laboratories, which are multi­purpose labs with Musical Instrument Digital Interface; the CRUNCH lab, a fully ­featured electronic music project studio; and the Class Piano Laboratory, which houses 12 digital pianos.

The college is also home to the Howard B. Waltz Music Library. Considered among the nation’s most comprehensive music libraries, it houses more than 150,000 volumes, scores, recordings and periodicals. The library also contains computerized facilities that allow students to listen to recordings and access a wealth of digital resources.

Finally, the College of Music presents more than 400 concerts by students, faculty and guest artists each year. Students have a wide range of opportunities for performance, from individual performances to collaborations with outstanding visiting ensembles, bands, choirs, orchestras and groups. Recitals by students and faculty are supplemented with visits from world-­class guest artists.