Liberal Arts in Music
Michael Thrasher - ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AND DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE STUDIES
Students may pursue rigorous training in music, coupled with a double major or substantial coursework in areas of study outside of music.
The Bachelor of Arts in Music offers students curricular flexibility to pursue their passion for music along with other interests in the arts and humanities, social science, or natural and physical sciences. Music majors who complete the BA in Music must still meet core musical requirements in musicianship, study of repertory, and performance, but they are able to combine their coursework in music with formal training in one or more academic fields outside of the College of Music. Students can choose to complete electives in one or more of those fields, one or more minors outside of music, or even a double major.
The Master of Arts in Music is a general graduate degree that includes a central core of academic and performance coursework, while simultaneously allowing students the flexibility to explore specialized interests as appropriate to their individual needs and aspirations. The core music courses assure advanced competencies in performance, music history (or ethnomusicology), and music theory, as well as a familiarity with research methodologies. Students may pursue a diversity of courses among their elective choices, including studies in commercial music, sacred music, entrepreneurship, or other subjects dependent upon student interest and aptitude. The plan offers both a thesis (30- credit) and a non-thesis (32-credit) option.
Double-Majoring in the College of Music
Approximately twelve percent of current College of Music students have declared a second major. While some elect to pursue two majors within the College of Music, many choose a second program outside of music.
Recent Double Majors