2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Music

R. Hourigan, Director


The School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and offers four-year undergraduate degrees in music, music education, music performance, music media production, music composition, and jazz studies. Each degree requires core experiences in applied study, conducting, music history and musicology, music theory, and ensemble participation.

Admission to major or principal study within the School of Music is based on an audition in applied music. Aspiring undergraduate music majors are required to demonstrate proficiency on one or more of the following: keyboard (piano or organ), a symphonic instrument (strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion), the guitar, voice, or harp. Students admitted to the School of Music are expected to attend weekly recitals and perform regularly on their primary instrument. All undergraduate music students must remain in compliance with the ensemble participation policy as required by curricula. 

The School of Music also offers several minor programs. Minors include Jazz – Commercial Music, Music History, Music Literature, Music Recording, Music Theory and Composition, Piano, Sacred Music, Symphonic Instruments or Guitar, and Voice. For information, audition, and admission processes for a specific minor, please contact the School of Music, as these requirements vary depending on the program.

Transfer credit for any music course must be cleared by the School of Music’s Associate Director for Academic Affairs. Students are encouraged to consult the School of Music Undergraduate Handbook, located on the School of Music website: https://www.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/music/current-students 

For more information, contact the School of Music, 765-285-5400.