Bachelor of Music Degrees
The liberal arts degree in music affords the student the opportunity to pursue the study of music at the collegiate level and also to combine the study of music with an outside field. In some cases, we have developed some specific areas of emphasis but the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree offers the student a wide array of choices, limited only to his imagination. This degree is popular with students who want to eventually earn an advanced degree in medicine, law, or some other area.
A professional degree in music is a highly concentrated degree with approximately 85 of the 131 hours in music. There is a solid general studies core of subjects included in this degree as well. Most of the students who pursue this degree will go on to graduate school and to more advanced study in music.
Every University of Louisville School of Music student must complete the following degree requirements:
- 2-4 semesters of Piano (individual to major)
- 4 semesters of Theory
- 4 semesters of Music Literature
- Private Lessons
- Principal Ensemble Performance
- Recital Attendance (15 per semester for 6 semesters)
- General Education Requirements (hours vary)
Bachelor of Music Degrees
- Instrumental/Vocal Performance
- Music Composition
- Music Education
- Music Education - Pre-certification
- Music History
- Music Theory
- Music Therapy
Minor in Music
The Minor in Music is a program option for those students who have actively pursued and studied music prior to attending college. It will allow for the opportunity to continue their music study at a serious level, while focusing on a career in a different area. Visit the Minor in Music page for degree requirements and application forms.
Bachelor of Music in Music Education - Visit the Music Education Website
The Bachelor of Music in Music Education program is designed to serve students seeking to develop the skills, experiences, and information to qualify graduates for public school music teacher “New Teacher” certification in the Commonwealth of Kentucky (P-12). While students are tracked in fours areas of emphasis within the program (strings, vocal, keyboard, winds/percussion), all students have comprehensive core music and pedagogical training in teaching children of all types and instructional settings. The program aspires to have students develop strong musicianship and leadership.
The Bachelor of Music in Music Education (pre-certification) degree program is awarded by the School of Music and is designed for students intending to complete the degree in anticipation of enrollment in the Master of Arts in Teaching program (MAT), when additional professional education, music education, research methods, and clinical education course work are required. As in the Bachelor of Music in Music Education program (with certification), students are tracked in four areas of emphasis within the program (strings, vocal, keyboard, winds/ percussion). All students have comprehensive core music and pedagogical training in teaching music to children of all types and in a variety of instructional settings. The program aspires to have students develop strong musicianship and leadership skills while progressing toward the attainment of KERA and MENC teacher and education standards for quality music experiences and training.
Bachelor of Music in Music History - Visit the Music History Web Site
The Bachelor of Music in Music History
degree is offered for students who have academic aspirations and are
developing an interest in pursuing the study of music history at the
graduate level, perhaps with a goal of teaching in higher education and
pursuing music research, or who are interested in careers as music
librarians. In addition to the goals of the School relating to all
professional degrees in music, the music history undergraduate degree
seeks to develop foundations and knowledge in particular areas for
continued study in the field: music analysis; understanding the
development of musical form and its relationship to music literature;
relationship between music and the cultural/historical context of time
and place; exposure to a variety of musical cultures. Research
techniques and effective written/oral communication skills must be
demonstrated by the development and presentation of a senior paper.
Requirements for Emphasis in Music History
Bachelor of Music in Instrumental/Vocal Performance - Visit the Instrumental/Vocal Performance Web Site
The Bachelor of Music in Performance degree is appropriate for students who wish to prepare for a career in music performance and related fields. Among the particular career emphases for which the BM in Performance is an appropriate preparation are professional performer, university teacher, private music studio teacher, or pre-professional preparation for music teacher certification study. Since it is unlikely that graduates of the program will have developed all the requisite skills to enter the professional ranks of performers or university teachers, most graduates will continue to develop their skills through further study. Students who have completed the BM in Performance at UofL typically do very well in gaining admission to strong graduate programs nationwide.
Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance - Visit the Jazz Web Site
The Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance degree is appropriate for students who wish to prepare for a career in music performance and related fields. The Bachelor of Music degree with an Emphasis in Jazz Performance is intended to prepare students with the skills needed to perform, compose and arrange within the jazz idiom. Among the goals of the degree are to prepare students to be skilled in the art of jazz improvisation, be well versed in a variety of performance techniques, be able to compose and arrange within the jazz idiom, and to have an understanding and appreciation of the jazz tradition through the study of and performance with jazz masters. Among the particular career emphases for which the BM in Jazz Performance is an appropriate preparation are professional performer, music arranger or composer, or teacher. Since it is unlikely that graduates of the program will have developed all the requisite skills to enter the professional ranks of performers or university teachers, most graduates will continue to develop their skills through additional study.
Bachelor of Music in Music Composition - Visit the Music Composition Web Site
The Bachelor of Music in Composition
degree is for students who desire to acquire skill and competency in
composition at a sufficient level to convey musical thought in various
genres at an artistic level. Upon completion of this degree most
students in composition will pursue graduate studies. In addition to
those goals common to all professional baccalaureate degrees in music,
students in music composition develop a high degree of creativity and
facility in composing and arranging new musical works, as well as
mastery of acoustic and digital compositional techniques, notational
principles, computer notation systems, and scoring music for vocal and
Requirements for Emphasis in Composition
Bachelor of Music in Theory - Visit the Music Theory Web Site
The Bachelor of Music in Theory degree is designed for students interested in understanding and eventually teaching music theory. Many of the graduates of this degree will pursue graduate studies in music theory. In addition to those goals common to all professional baccalaureate degrees in music, students in music theory develop an advanced capability for music analysis, including sophisticated communication skills about analysis and the ability to analyze a musical work from multiple perspectives. Students also develop a sophisticated knowledge of the relationship between music theory and music composition, including the ability to compose music with acoustic and digital sources, and with a degree of technical mastery of music notation, arranging, and computer notation. Theory majors use the tools of music analysis and theoretical research, including keyboard, knowledge of foreign languages, and bibliographic tools. Research techniques and effective written and oral communication skills must be demonstrated by the development and presentation of a senior paper.Requirements for Emphasis in Theory
Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy - Visit the Music Therapy Web Site
The music therapy program is designed for students who want to provide therapeutic services to people using music. Students must be strong musicians and find satisfaction in using music to help with non-music areas and skills, rather than as a goal in itself. Students’ music skills will expand during their music therapy course work from performing on their principal instrument to also including functional piano, guitar, and voice skills, using other accompanying instruments such as the Q-chord and autoharp, and developing skill in using percussion instruments. The music therapy program requires good intellectual skills as music therapists are required to use analytical skills in determining clinical goals and writing skills in documentation.
Music therapy majors may work with any age group and with people with a variety of disabilities. As a member of a therapeutic team or private practitioner, the music therapist participates in the analysis of individual problems and the establishment of treatment goals before planning and carrying out music-related treatment. Music therapists may also do administration in various health-related settings and, with advanced degrees, may become university faculty.