Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree
What is the difference between the Bachelor of
In short, a B.M. at ETSU is for students wanting to be a
The ETSU Department of Music has designed six different Concentrations that can be pursued under the B.A. degree. These are very flexible programs that include many elective choices.
Designed for students who would like to improve their skills in performance, but
not to the extent of a B.M. performance major. Coursework supports the prospective home studio teacher and those interested in performing non-classical genres.
Music & Culture
Designed for students who have an interest in the history of art music,
especially as it relates to other arts and/or to world history, but not necessarily as a performance outlet. This concentration is appropriate for those who want to pursue music history (musicology) or graduate-level sacred music.
Designed for students who wants to compose music in any genre. The concentration provides advanced theory courses beyond the core and the option to take one-on-one composition lessons with music faculty. This degree is also preparation for those planning to attend graduate school in music theory and/or music composition.
Contemporary Music Performance and Production
Designed for students interested in the creation, production, performance, and
marketing of commercial music. This degree offers the option to take classes in recording and engineering music, and it is perfect for singer-songwriters developing their own careers as solo performers.
Designed for students who want to work with public school marching bands
without being licensed to teach, or for those who want to work in professional drum corps as a non-performer (such as drill, chart writing, design, management, and more).
Designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career as a conductor/director in non-education fields and non-classical fields. This includes church music director, community band or choir
director, children's chorus, and more.
Note the following:
Performance Requirement: All music majors, regardless of degree or concentration, must perform a 30-minute recital. The requirements for the recital vary by concentration.
Sight Reading Proficiency: Music majors must successfully pass two sight-reading proficiency examinations. These exams are taken as part of the end-of-semester jury for advancement in applied lessons from level one to two and from level two to three.
Piano Proficiency: All music majors are required to meet minimum proficiency levels on piano. Beginning with the first semester of residence, music majors must enroll for piano study either through group keyboard classes for through private lessons and continue every semester until the piano proficiency examination is passed.
Recital Attendance: All music majors are required to attend a minimum number of recitals in designated performance areas. CLICK HERE for a complete list of requirements.
Ensemble: Performing experience in ensembles is a vital part of the training of all musicians. Thus, all Bachelor of Arts concentrations require participation in an ensemble. The number of semesters required varies by concentration.