Music - B.A. and B.M.

DESCRIPTION: The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree gives music majors an opportunity to study music and liberal arts with an optional minor, available in most academic areas of the university, or as a dual degree program with a major in another field. Although not as music intensive as the Bachelor of Music degree programs, this degree includes study on a main instrument and ensemble participation throughout the program.

T
he Bachelor of Music (B.M.) is a professional degree and provides intensive specialization in one of the following areas: music composition, music education and instrumental, piano or vocal performance. The primary emphasis is on the development of the skills, concepts and sensitivity essential for those wishing to pursue music as a profession.

The degree in instrumental performance is available on the following instruments: violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba and percussion. Applied music offerings are subject to the availability of performance faculty members.

The composition concentration leads to a professional degree and includes intensive specialization in music composition. Students with an interest in this concentration audition on their main instrument for acceptance into the Bachelor of Arts degree program as music majors. Following the completion of the second year of music theory, students can request acceptance into this program. This degree program provides preparation for graduate study in the field, a credential for private instruction, and the ability to compose and use technology in a variety of musical styles.

The instrumental concentration leads to a professional degree and includes intensive specialization in instrumental performance. This degree program provides preparation for graduate study in the field, a credential for private instruction, and the ability to perform as a soloist, in chamber music and in large ensembles.

The piano performance concentration leads to a professional degree and includes intensive specialization in piano performance. This degree program provides preparation for graduate study in the field, a credential for private instruction and the ability to perform as a soloist, as an accompanist, in chamber music and in large ensembles.

The voice performance concentration leads to a professional degree and includes intensive specialization in voice performance. This degree program provides preparation for graduate study in the field, a credential for private instruction and the ability to perform as a soloist, in opera, in chamber music and in large ensembles

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
Musicians, singers, and related workers are employed in a variety of settings. Of those who earn a wage or salary, 33 percent were employed by religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations and 12 percent by performing arts companies, such as professional orchestras, small chamber music groups, opera companies, musical theater companies, and ballet troupes. Musicians and singers also perform in nightclubs and restaurants and for weddings and other events. Well-known musicians and groups may perform in concerts, appear on radio and television broadcasts, and make recordings and music videos. The U.S. Armed Forces also offer careers in their bands and smaller musical groups.

Teachers of self-enrichment education held about 253,600 jobs in 2008. The largest numbers of teachers were employed by public and private educational institutions and providers of social assistance.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

ADMISSION
REQUIREMENTS:
Freshman Students: Students must audition before being admitted to the School of Music. Inquiries can be directed to the Coordinator of Admissions and Scholarships, School of Music, E-101 Music and Speech, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001(or call 330-672-2172).

Transfer Students: In addition to meeting the general transfer admission requirement (2.0 cumulative GPA), students must audition before being admitted to the School of Music. Additional information is available from the School of Music Office, E-101 Music and Speech Center, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001 (or call 330-672-2172).

GRADUATION
REQUIREMENTS:
The Bachelor's of Arts in Music requires a minimum 121 total credit hours  and  39 upper-division hours for graduation.

The Bachelor's of Music in Music:
In addition to completing the required courses, student must meet the individual concentration requirements to graduate.

The Music Composition concentration students must do the following: (1) pass a theory/composition piano proficiency exam as a prerequisite for required courses MUS 41131, 41151 and 48251; and (2) present a senior applied recital. The applied recital may be performed concurrently with the composition recital required as a part of the senior composition project.

The Instrumental Performance concentration students are required to complete one-half junior and one full senior recital.

The Piano Performance concentration students are required to complete one-half junior and one full senior recital. Their 8-credit-hour major ensemble requirement should comprise 2 credits of major ensemble and 6 credits of MUS 45321 Accompanying and MUS 45311 Chamber Music.

The Vocal Performance concentration students are required to complete one-half junior and one full senior recital.
CULMINATING REQUIREMENT:
Major field achievement test in music history and music theory.  Recitals in Bachelor of Music programs.

LANGUAGE
REQUIREMENT:
None

STUDY ABROAD/AWAY OPPORTUNITIES: Contact the School of Music (330-672-2172).

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.
PROGRAM FEE:
$100/semester
ACCREDITATION: National Association of Schools of Music

STUDENT
ORGANIZATIONS:
Kappa Kappa Si, Delta Omicron, American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association (OCMEA).

GRADUATE
PROGRAMS:
Conducting (M.A.), Ethnomusicology (M.A.), Music Composition (M.A.), Music Theory (M.A.), Musicology (M.A.), Music Education (M.M.), Performance: Chamber Music (M.M.)

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