Degrees & Areas of Study

The School of Music prepares music majors for a variety of careers, in music and other fields, and provides opportunities for all students to study music as an essential part of a liberal arts education. The School of Music offers several degree options so students can tailor their educations to match their levels of interest and future plans. All students receive careful and close advising from faculty members in order to choose the program that best suits their needs.

School of Music Degree Programs

Bachelor of Music

Bachelor of MusicThe Bachelor of Music degree (B.M.) is ideal for the student who wishes to pursue music as a career. The B.M. is the most common professional degree in music and the most music-intensive of all options, with approximately two-thirds of all coursework in music and one-third in other liberal arts courses. Individual and ensemble performance standards are high for all majors. Students choosing the B.M. generally practice several hours daily on a primary instrument, in addition to carrying a normal class load. With careful planning, students in the B.M. degree program may also complete a second major in a liberal arts discipline or an emphasis in business.

Bachelor of Music Education

Bachelor of Music EducationThe Bachelor of Music Education degree (B.M.E.) is designed for students who wish to become certified music teachers. The program meets requirements for P-12 teaching certification in Indiana and reciprocal states. The curriculum for the B.M.E. degree involves approximately one-half of the coursework in music (performance and musicianship studies) and approximately one-half in liberal arts courses and professional education courses. Two majors are available: an instrumental/general music emphasis and a vocal/general music emphasis.

Bachelor of Musical Arts

Bachelor of Musical ArtsThe Bachelor of Musical Arts degree (B.M.A.) is an interdisciplinary music degree which requires students to develop a secondary area of emphasis outside of music. Students personally design these interdisciplinary liberal arts components through a process of individual advising with faculty members. The program culminates in a capstone experience relating studies in music to the secondary area of emphasis. As with the B.M. degree, students complete a rigorous core curriculum in theory, musicianship, music history and literature. Three tracks are available. For the general music emphasis, students individually design an interdisciplinary liberal arts component. The second major curriculum combines the general music emphasis with another major in a liberal arts discipline.  For the emphasis in business, the liberal arts curriculum combines core and career-related elective courses. Students will complete approximately half of their courses in music and half of their courses in liberal arts.

For full details on degree programs, visit the University Handbook.

Five-year Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts Double Degree

Students may complete the professional study in music required for the Bachelor of Music degree as well as the full liberal arts curriculum required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in a discipline outside of music in the Five-Year Double Degree program.