Degrees Offered

The Department of Music offers three undergraduate degrees: the Bachelor of Music, the Bachelor of Arts in Music, and the Bachelor of Science in Music. The department also offers a Minor in Music and a Master of Music Education Degree.

The degree programs listed below reflect a core of basic musicianship and general study common to all musicians. The attendant specialized courses help students develop and refine competencies toward careers and interests in music.

Bachelor of Music (Education or Performance)

The Bachelor of Music is a professional degree in music and has two options: Performance and Music Education.

The Bachelor of Music: Performance Option has a high level of emphasis on the development of performance skills. Performance majors study applied music for a minimum of eight semesters. Period jury and proficiency exams are required. A half-recital is required in the junior year and a full recital is required in the senior year. A solo appearance with a performing ensemble approved by the applied teacher and the Chair is also required.

Admission to this degree is conditional for the first year. Continuation in the program is dependent upon the advice of the applied teacher and department chair after assessment of performance talent, achievement, and general musicianship. The student in pursuit of this degree is advised to gain an academic minor or minors and/or a companion degree.
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Music

The Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science major serves individuals who seek broad musical and general education training background rather than intense specialization in the undergraduate years.

BA and BS music majors major choose a performance emphasis or a research emphasis on the degree. They study applied music for eight semesters.  Non-keyboard majors must study piano or take the appropriate functional keyboard class for two semesters.
A student must be in at least one ensemble each semester for eight semesters, three of which must involve the major applied instrument being studied. At least four of the ensembles must be major ensembles. Piano and organ majors may elect vocal or instrumental ensembles or accompanying classes in cooperation with the academic advisor and permission of the Chair.

Minor in Music

A minor in music is a secondary field of study which may be pursued in conjunction with any major program (other than music) offered at Murray State University. The music minor degree program requires a minimum of 25 credits including 4 credits of electives from an approved list. The course of study includes keyboard, music theory, aural skills, applied music, music history, and participation in a music ensemble.
Master of Music Education 
The Department of Music offers the Master of Music Education degree. The purpose is to develop the candidate's qualities of professional leadership. The curriculum is planned to (1) emphasize the investigation of important ideas and practices pertaining to school music, (2) continue the development of musical skills and concepts, and (3) provide opportunities to acquire both greater breadth of musicianship and a useful degree of specialization as it affects the music teaching/learning process.