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Department of Music

Undergraduate Programs

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Undergraduate Degrees

Music majors are required to complete specific departmental and general education courses leading to the chosen degree. Acceptance into the following programs requires the successful completion of an audition: Performance (major and minor), Music Education and Music Industry.

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)


Emphasis is on developing each individual's musicianship through applied music lessons and participation in a variety of ensembles along with a foundation in music theory and history. Concentrations are available in voice, piano, organ, orchestral instruments, and guitar.


The development of analysis, composition, and computer skills is based on a comprehensive study of the theoretical background of music from all periods and various cultures.

Music Education

Students completing this degree will be recommended for the appropriate license to teach music in the public schools. Concentrations are available in vocal or instrumental music for grades K-12. Music Education graduates that complete the approved teacher education program (including student teaching) are eligible for teaching licensure from the Virginia Department of Education, which is reciprocal in 47 states.

Music Education Curriculum Guide for Instrumentalists (Strings, Brass, Woodwind, Percussion)

Music Education Curriculum Guide for Vocalists

Music Education Curriculum Guide for Pianists or Organists (Keyboard Concentration)

Music Education Curriculum Guide for Guitarists

Music Education Cyclical Courses for the Instrumental Concentration

Music Education Cyclical Courses for the Vocal, Guitar or Keyboard Concentration

Music Education Pathway

Music Education Dual Certification

Post-Baccalaureate Endorsement Program, Instrumental Music Education PreK-12

Post-Baccalaureate Endorsement Program, Vocal/Choral Music Education PreK-12

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


The Bachelor of Arts in Music allows students to specialize in music within a broad liberal arts degree program. Students planning on graduate study in music theory or history should consider this program.

Bachelor of Music - Music Industry Major

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Music Industry degree will have hands-on experience with state-of-the-art existing and emerging technology, thorough grounding in the fundamentals of the theory, the practice, and the artistry involved in Live Sound, Sound Recording, and Music Production, and through field-specific practicum and coursework will gain an understanding of the inner workings of the Music Industry. Focusing on both mastery of musical skills as well as the practical, technical, and business aspects of the Music Industry will give students completing this degree adequate preparation to pursue a career in the field.

Minors in Music: History, Composition, Performance