Undergraduate Degrees in Music
Advisement Forms detailing degree requirements and outlining a 4-year schedule for each of the Undergraduate Music Degrees can be found in the drop-down menu under "Degrees and Programs" located in the red band above.
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 44 hours in General Education it includes 28 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] 129-131 credit hours total, 73-75 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] 138-144 credit hours total, 72-77 in Music
The Bachelor of Music in Music Education provides preparation for Music Teacher Certification and graduate study
Three concentrations are offered and lead to differentiated certifications as listed below.
All 3 Concentrations (Instrumental, Vocal, or Integrated): General Music and A&H, P-12
Instrumental concentration = Band and Orchestra, P-12
Vocal concentration = Choir, P-12
Integrated concentration = Band, Choir and Orchestra, P-12
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.