Do you plan to have a music-related career or pursue graduate music study? This program will equip you with musical expertise, within a broad liberal arts education, to meet your goal. It is an innovative degree program flexibly designed for real-world integration of music and the arts. You can combine the music major with a minor or second major in fields as diverse as arts management, communications, entrepreneurship, film studies, journalism, marketing, technology, etc. We are focused on inspiring 21st-century music professionals!
The students will demonstrate fluent musicianship skills, including an understanding of music theory, proficiency with aural skills and sight reading, competency as a soloist on her/his main instrument, basic piano skills, and the ability to rehearse and perform collaboratively and contribute to an ensemble. The students will define the eras of music history, identify and distinguish the musical styles and genres associated with each, accumulate music history vocabulary, concepts, and understanding as a basis for developing musicianship and as a foundation for professional expertise in music. The students will create original, insightful research into music history and analysis, resulting in an individual capstone project in the form of a research paper suitable for submission to graduate schools or publication in a relevant scholarly field.
Students choose the music major because they wish to combine music study with another area of interest, either a minor or a double major. The BA in Music is an innovative degree program flexibly designed to enable real-world integration of music and the arts. Many students combine the music major with a minor or second major in fields as diverse as arts management, communications, entrepreneurship, film studies, journalism, marketing, technology, etc. Others prepare for graduate or advanced professional studies in music-related fields. Students perform in multiple campus venues, including the historic Pease Auditorium, and readily access the arts-rich environment of Southeast Michigan.
School of Music & Dance Admission
All prospective students (including transfers) must apply to the School of Music and Dance and complete an entrance audition. Admissions information and access to the School’s online application are available here. Applications must be submitted at least seven days in advance of the requested audition day.
In addition to the degree requirements stated below, students must learn and abide by additional School of Music and Dance policies on the School’s website.
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Major Requirements: 51–52 hours
Restricted Electives: 4–5 hours
Major Ensemble: 6 hours
Only one hour per semester counted toward degree.
Applied Music (principal instrument): 12 hours
Music majors enrolled in Applied Music will also participate in a weekly studio class. Studio class times vary; please contact the Applied Music teacher for schedule.
Recital Attendance Requirement
- Each undergraduate music major must attend a total of 80 recitals/concerts (events) during their time of undergraduate studies; they will receive credit for no more than 25 events per academic year. Students who fail to meet this requirement will not be permitted to graduate.
- The number of events that transfer students and students seeking a second bachelor’s degree must attend will be prorated, based on the number of semesters of work remaining at the time of their matriculation.
- Normally, each semester the student will attend at least ten musical events, of which five are usually the School of Music and Dance weekly student recitals.
- Credit will be received for attendance at any School of Music and Dance event.
- Students must be present for an entire event to receive credit. The cards are collected at the end of the program. A student who is performing in an event may receive recital attendance credit for that event if the student performs in less than 50 percent of the event.
- Attendance at many non-school musical events may be credited toward the recital attendance requirement. To obtain credit, bring a ticket stub and program to the School of Music & Dance office. The Director of the School of Music and Dance will determine whether or not the event qualifies for recital credit.
This major requires a minor | For a list of available minors, please see Academic Programs or contact your major advisor.
Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.
Critical Graduation Information
The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the on-line catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
- Complete a Writing Intensive (GEWI) Course in your major.
- Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
- Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
- Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
- Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
- Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
- Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
- Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
- Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
- Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
- Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credits for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education section of the catalog.
Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.