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Degrees and Academics  

These pages describe the various degrees offered by the Department of Music and Theatre Arts.  The suggested degree program outlines will provide you an idea of the way to progress through all of the departmental offerings while the specific division pages will highlight their particular degree programs.    Below is a brief description of each of the degree programs.



Music and Theatre Arts Degree Programs


Note:  All music degrees have been accredited
by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Bachelor of Music—Applied Music
The BM-Applied Music program is designed for performance oriented students whose abilities and desires will lead to careers as concert artists, orchestral musicians, or private studio instructors. Concentrations are offered in all instruments and voice. The program also serves to prepare students for entrance into graduate level performance programs. The degree requires a high level of technical competency and musical maturity. It does not require professional education courses; therefore, certification for public school teaching is not included in the program.

Bachelor of Music—Composition
The BM-Composition program is designed for students interested in careers as professional composers and arrangers. The program also provides sound training for graduate study in composition. Certification for public school teaching is not included in this degree program.

Bachelor of Music-Theory
The BM-Theory program is designed for students who want to develop skills and interest in music research and analysis. The program also provides excellent preparation for graduate study in theory or musicology. Certification for public school teaching is not included in this program.

Bachelor of Music Education
The BME programs are designed for students who plan to teach music in the public schools. The degree provides various curricula needed for musicianship and professional education. Candidates for the degree may concentrate in one of the following areas: Instrumental music (winds, percussion, and/or strings), which qualifies for certification in instrumental music, K-12 and general music, 7-12; or Choral music, which qualifies for certification in choral music, 7-12 and general music, K-12.

Bachelor of Arts or Science—Music History
The BA/BS Music History program is designed for students who want to develop skills and interest in music research and music history. The program would offer the student hoping to go on in musicology a balance between an intensive technical understanding of music and a broad understanding of related disciplines outside of music. Certification for public school teaching is not included in this program.

Bachelor of Arts or Science—Music
The BA or BS degree in music provides a strong, broad-based major complemented by a minor (or second major) in another area of study. It presents a wide range of career options in music, in music-related fields, and in multi-disciplinary careers. It also provides excellent preparation for graduate study in music research and the humanities.

Bachelor of Arts or Science—Theatre Arts
The BA or BS degree is available in theatre arts-liberal arts (including a comprehensive major) and in theatre arts-teaching. The programs offer focus on the arts of acting, directing, stagecraft, and theatre history. The programs provide for a range of career offerings, including professional theatre, preparation for graduate study, and public school teaching.

Minors—Music, Theatre Arts, Dance
The Department offers liberal arts minors in music, theatre arts and dance for programs that require a minor area of study, and the Department also offers a teaching minor in theatre arts. Students complete a 24-credit core of courses that provides comprehensive overviews of the disciplines.

Certificate Program—Fine Arts Administration
The 18-credit certificate program provides students with a core body of knowledge and skills to effectively manage community or institutionally-based arts organizations and provides a foundation for continued study in fine arts administration.

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