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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


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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WKU Department of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1948.


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 Last Modified 6/2/21