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Academic Degrees in Music

Undergraduate Degrees in Music

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts, major in Music, is a Liberal Arts degree. [#583] 120 credit hours total, 48 or 36 in Music. This degree allows for a strong liberal arts education with a non-professional emphasis in music that can be combined with other fields of study such as: advertising, art, business, communications, English, foreign languages, history, journalism, marketing, philosophy, psychology, religion, and sciences. 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 Arts Degree GENERAL Checklist (36hrs Music, Second Major or Minor required)

Bachelor of Arts Degree EXTENDED Checklist (48hrs Music)

Bachelor of Music

Performance (Instrumental or Vocal) [#593] 120-122 credit hours total, 70-72 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.

Bachelor of Music in Performance Degree Checklist

Music Education (Instrumental, Vocal, or Integrated) [#593] 127-132 credit hours total, 69-74 in Music. The Bachelor of Music in Music Education provides preparation for Music Teacher Certification and graduate study. Students earning this degree are preparing for careers as public/private school teachers, private studio teachers, and/or pursuing additional study at the graduate level.

Bachelor of Music in Music Education Degree Checklists

             Instrumental Strings

             Instrumental Winds/Percussion

             Instrumental Strings Integrated

             Instrumental Winds/Percussion Integrated


             Vocal Integrated

Graduate Degrees in Music

WKU offers a Master of Music Degree with four specializations in Music Education (Teacher/Leader), Conducting (Teacher/Leader), Conducting, and Pedagogy. Admission into either the Conducting (TL) or the Music Education (TL) specialization require a valid teaching certificate. These degrees will train young professional musicians who have already received undergraduate degrees in music to further hone their skills. Contact Dr. Jeff Bright, graduate advisor, to learn more.

Graduate Degree Checklists


            Conducting (Teacher Leader)

            Music Education (Teacher Leader)


Graduate assistantships are available in orchestra, choir and band.  To be considered for these competitive assistantships, complete the graduate assistantship application by April 1 for the upcoming fall semester.

Graduate Assistantship Application

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.

Music Minor


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 Last Modified 5/23/18