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The Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree is designed for undergraduate students who desire a professional and career-focused education in music.

Available with an emphasis in either composition, jazz, piano, stringstheoryvoice or winds and percussion, the B.M. allows students to study with our renowned performance faculty, play in many of our top ensembles and take part in our innovative music history and theory curriculum. With approximately 60 percent of your studies devoted to music, the B.M. provides professional-level training alongside a school-wide commitment to diversity, community engagement and entrepreneurship. With a B.M., you will be well-prepared to embark on an innovative musical career or enter the nation’s top graduate programs. While challenging, it is possible to pursue the B.M. and another major (many of our B.M. students also earn Bachelor of Music Education by completing an additional semester).


Requirements for the B.M. degrees vary by emphasis, but B.M. students generally complete the following:

  • 74-84 credits in music, including:
    • Eight semesters of private instruction
    • Eight semesters of large ensemble participation
    • Four to eight semesters of chamber music
  • Five semesters of music theory
  • Four semesters of music history
  • Courses in pedagogy, repertoire, conducting, diction and keyboard skills
  • 40-46 credits in general education and electives

The College of Arts and Humanities’ foreign language requirement and 45 upper level credit requirement are waived for B.M. students with the exception of voice. Voice students must take two foreign languages at the 103 level or above.