The Bachelor of Arts in Music provides you with a liberal arts education with heavy emphasis on musical study and performance.
Degree candidates choose an Option: Contract or Music Technology. Students in the Music Technology Option present a Music Technology Junior Project and a Music Technology Senior Project. Students in the Contract Option work with the Music faculty to tailor a course of study suited to your individual interests.
The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance offers the BS degree in Music Education and BA degrees in Music and Theatre Arts (for information on the options offered under each degree, please see the individual listings below). The Department also offers minors in Music and Theatre as well as coursework in these three areas that can be applied toward Interdisciplinary Studies majors.
Applicants to all Departmental majors or minors must meet the regular requirements for admission to the University and must also pass an audition/interview with Departmental faculty in their area. Prospective students should contact the Department Chair for audition/interview guidelines and scheduling. Students interested in auditioning for Departmental Talent Grants must do so on specific dates, as outlined in the audition/interview guidelines.
Several specific policies concerning academic work and degree requirements for Music, Music Education, and Theatre Arts majors are contained in the Music Student Handbook and Theatre Student Handbook, available online at the Department’s Web page. Students should carefully consult the handbook for their major area.
In addition to its academic degrees, the Department sponsors several groups that provide students from across campus with opportunities to perform. These include: Chamber Ensemble, Chamber Singers, University Chorale, Contemporary Dance Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Workshop (combos), The Music Theatre Company, Percussion Ensemble, Piano Ensemble, PSU Theatre, and Symphonic Band. Please contact the Department Office for information about audition requirements and credit-earning opportunities with these organizations.
Degree candidates are required to choose from one of the two options: Contract or Music Technology. The Contract Option allows students to design an individualized program of study based on their musical interests and instrument(s) of choice. Students in the Music Technology Option present a Music Technology Junior Project and a Music Technology Senior Project.