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The major is a part of the School of Music, an academic unit within the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

The Bachelor of Music degree offers six specialized majors: performance, composition, music industry, music education, jazz studies and music theatre. All music majors must complete the General Education program and a 30 credit hour core program of music courses common to all the majors' curricula. The remaining hours are specified under each of the various majors and concentrations.

All undergraduate music majors must perform on the primary instrument in one assigned ensemble each semester when one or more of the following indicators applies:

  • They are enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours on campus.
  • They are enrolled for applied lessons on the primary instrument.
  • They have not completed all of the requirements in the music major.
  • They are not enrolled in an off-campus internship or in student teaching.

While students are required to participate in only one ensemble each semester, they are encouraged to take advantage of the many performance opportunities offered by the School of Music by participating in more than one ensemble. For information regarding the ensemble audition process, see the Undergraduate Music Student Handbook.

If piano is the primary instrument, see the specific requirements in the Undergraduate Music Student Handbook.

All music students should enroll in class piano each semester until they meet the keyboard skills requirements appropriate to their specific degree or concentration. Graduating seniors must participate in assessment activities including assessment day, as represented by MUS 220.

Another vital aspect of the programs is attendance at recitals and concerts. Attending these events contributes to the breadth of students' knowledge of music literature. Hearing performances also allows students to observe performing techniques from the student to the professional levels. Consequently, undergraduate music majors must attend a minimum of 10 recitals per semester for six semesters, totaling 60 attendances during their degree studies. Students must continue to register for MUS 195 until they fulfill this requirement.

Degrees Offered

  • B.M.


  • Composition
  • Music Industry
  • Music Theatre Emphasis
  • Performance


  • General Music
  • Music Industry
  • Jazz Studies

Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students

  1. Complete a School of Music application available online.
  2. Sign up for an audition and music aptitude test.
  3. If students passed their music audition and have been admitted to the School of Music, declare the Music major when they sign up for orientation.

Currently Enrolled Major Changers 
Contact the School of Music for an audition and music aptitude test.

Progressing in the Major

Students must apply and be fully admitted to the School of Music to progress in the major.

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