With a solid foundation of broad-based knowledge in the liberal arts, along with a focus in music courses, our music major will give you the ability and flexibility to pursue all of your interests and prepare for your career.
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a major in music provides a liberal arts education with an emphasis on music courses. Many students combine this degree with a second major, allowing for a variety of career opportunities. There are two concentrations in the program: music studies and jazz studies.
If you pursue the B.A. with a major in music, you will also complete a language requirement. You may satisfy the requirement by taking a proficiency examination, completing an intermediate-level language course or participating in an approved education abroad experience.
The Department of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The music therapy program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association, and the music education degree is licensed by the state of Ohio.
For more information, visit the Department of Music website.
Music Studies Concentration
Our program provides a strong grounding in the liberal arts while emphasizing music courses. Coursework and hands-on opportunities allow you to grow as a musician while providing the skills you need to work with others in this diverse field.
As part of the curriculum, you will be exposed to music from all eras and all parts of the world, including gospel, jazz, popular music and world music. You will be encouraged to learn from music of the past and explore the possibilities inherent in the music of the present and future as you develop aesthetic, creative, critical and intellectual music skills.
Jazz Studies Concentration
The B.A. with a concentration in jazz studies is a program that focuses on the musical and historical elements of jazz. You will study jazz improvisation, jazz theory, jazz history, and jazz composition and arranging, in addition to core studies in music theory, aural skills and functional keyboard. You will also receive weekly jazz lessons in your area of expertise each semester. In addition, you are expected to perform in one of three jazz ensembles and one of the many faculty-coached combos.
The first year of academic preparation is similar to music majors in other music degree programs, as you will take classes theory and aural skills, in addition to other general education and music courses required for your degree. During the second year of study, you will begin studies in improvisation. You can also expect to take courses in jazz history and arranging as part of the curriculum.
An important component of the B.A. in music with a jazz studies concentration is a jazz-related senior capstone research project developed in conjunction with the your adviser and the coordinator of jazz studies. This project can take the form of a major recital, a written jazz composition or arrangement, or a full concert or other jazz related activity or project. You will work closely with a jazz faculty adviser to plan, organize and complete your project.
Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Simply select the area of study and click "Explore".
A variety of opportunities are available to students majoring in music. Whether you're curious what career opportunities await you; what internships, research projects or student clubs are available; or who your professors will be, we can help you find the answers.