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Undergraduate Degrees


Undergraduate Degrees in Music


Bachelor of Arts

              The Bachelor of Arts, major in Music is a Liberal Arts degree. [#583] 120 credit hours total, 48 in Music. This degree allows for a strong liberal arts education with a non-professional emphasis in music. Requiring 48 hours in music and 36 hours in General Education through the Colonnade Program it includes 36 elective hours, thus allowing students to pursue a second major, a minor, or simply elective study in music or other areas. WKU students earning this degree have moved on to graduate study in Music (history, theory/composition, performance), Performing Arts Management, medical school, retail and banking positions, and university staff positions in admissions, graduate studies, development, and alumni relations.


Bachelor of Music

              Performance (Instrumental or Vocal) [#593] 120-122 credit hours total, 70-72 in Music. The Bachelor of Music in Performance provides preparation for graduate study in music performance. Students earning this degree are preparing for careers as college studio teachers and/or professional performers as soloists or members of professional ensembles: opera, chorus, chamber ensemble, orchestra, band, service groups.

              Music Education (Instrumental, Vocal, or Integrated) [#593] 127-132 credit hours total, 69-74 in Music. The Bachelor of Music in Music Education provides preparation for Music Teacher Certification and graduate study.


Graduate Degrees in Music

WKU offers a Master of Music Degree with four specializations in Music Education (Teacher/Leader), Conducting (Teacher/Leader), Conducting, and Pedagogy. Admission into either the Conducting (TL) or the Music Education (TL) specialization require a valid teaching certificate. These degrees will train young professional musicians who have already received undergraduate degrees in music to further hone their skills. Contact Dr. Robyn Swanson, graduate advisor, to learn more.

Graduate assistantships are available in orchestra, choir and band.  To be considered for these competitive assistantships, complete the graduate assistantship application by April 1 for the upcoming fall semester.

Graduate Assistantship Application


Minor in Music

             The Minor in Music [#423] requires 24 credit hours in Music: 15 hours of study in music theory, literature, applied lessons, and ensembles and 9 hours of music electives. One-half (12) of the hours must be at the upper division level.

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