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Degree & Programs

The School of Music offers degree programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, and Bachelor of Arts in Music Recording Technology. Admission to all programs is determined by audition. Students applying to become music majors or minors must: (1) gain admission to the University; (2) complete an “Application for Music Admissions;” and (3) audition successfully with a principal instrument or voice. Recorded auditions may be acceptable when a live audition is not possible.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music Education

The Bachelor of Arts in Music Education is offered through the School of Education in conjunction with the Department of Music. This degree provides professional training for students seeking to pursue a career as a public school music teacher. Required courses help students to develop musicianship, performance skills, and instructional strategies. Various field and clinical experiences, in addition to a solo senior recital, are major components of this degree. Students desiring a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education must satisfy all requirements of the Department of Music as well as those of the School of Education. Those requirements are listed under the School of Education portion of this catalog. Graduates from this degree program are certified to teach music K-12, vocal and instrumental in the state of Florida.

BA in Music Education Requirements (125 credit hours)

Music Education Majors must follow the Professional Education requirements established by the School of Education according to the State Department of Education Certification Standards. The program is also accredited through The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Prior to student teaching in the senior year, students must pass all components of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination for Music K-12. Majors must complete a Senior Recital on a principal instrument or voice and complete the student teaching internship.

Specific requirements regarding current curriculum, certification requirements and examinations may be obtained from the School of Education or the Coordinator of Music Education.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music offers students a liberal arts education with a concentration in music. Graduates of the program will have a comprehensive background in core musicianship and performance requirements in addition to a minor in an outside field suited to each student’s career goals. Students will consult with an advisor to choose the minor and concentration in music that is most appropriate. This degree allows students to craft a degree that is suited to their needs while allowing them the flexibility to pursue a wide range of interests in order to craft an individualized educational experience.

BA in Music Requirements (120 credit hours)

Music Majors must complete all courses listed in the Music Vertical Curriculum, in addition to a minor in an outside field.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music Recording Technology

The Bachelor of Arts in Music Recording Technology is a focused degree that, in addition to providing a strong musical foundation through required musicianship and performance courses, covers the fundamental aspects of audio, music production and music business to prepare students for a career in the music and audio industries. Some of the more specific topics covered include: digital audio, fundamentals of sound, microphone technique, music production, arranging, MIDI production, songwriting, music licensing, artist management, record label structure, audio for post production, live sound reinforcement, and sound design. Students can also complete coursework leading towards Pro Tools certification and have the opportunity to become a Pro Tools Certified Operator. Students graduate with a portfolio and clinical experience through an internship. View Audio Logic Calendar & Studio 119

BA in Music Recording Technology Requirements (121 credit hours)

Music Technology Majors must complete all courses listed in the Music Technology Vertical Curriculum, successfully complete a senior-level portfolio, and complete a field-related internship.

All degree programs in music require completion the following core courses with a minimum grade of “C”:

Course Title Credit Hours
Fundamentals of Musicianship 0 hours
Class Piano I & II 2 hours
Musicianship Skills I, II, III, IV 8 hours
Aural Skills I, II, III IV 4 hours
Music History & Culture I & II 6 hours
Senior Seminar in Music 1 hours
Applied Music Major 6 hours
Ensemble (4 large & 3 small) 7 hours
Performance Seminar 0 hours
Total 34 hours

Requirements and policies are discussed in greater detail in the Department of Music Student Handbook. (Please see current students tab for student handbook.)

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