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The School of Music offers several degree options so students can tailor their education to match their level of interest and career goals. All students receive careful and close advising from faculty members in order to choose the program that best suits their needs.

Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Performance

The Bachelor of Music is ideal for the student who wishes to pursue music as a career. The B.M. is the most common professional degree in music and the most music-intensive of all options, with approximately two-thirds of all coursework in music and one-third in liberal arts courses. With careful planning, students in the B.M. program may also complete a second major in a liberal arts discipline or add an emphasis in business.

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Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.)

The Bachelor of Music Education is designed for students who wish to become certified music teachers. The program meets requirements for P-12 teaching certification in Indiana. Two options are available: an instrumental/general music emphasis and a choral/general music emphasis.

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Bachelor of Musical Arts (B.M.A.)

The Bachelor of Musical Arts is an interdisciplinary music degree that combines musical studies with a secondary area of emphasis. Three tracks are available: for the general music emphasis, students individually design an interdisciplinary liberal arts component; the second option combines the music emphasis with another major in a liberal arts discipline; and the emphasis in business combines the music curriculum with career-related courses.

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5-Year Double Degree: Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Performance and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Students in our Five-Year Double Degree Program complete a Bachelor of Music as well as the full liberal arts curriculum required for the Bachelor of Arts in a discipline outside of music. Students accepted into this program are eligible to receive a fifth year of merit-based scholarships and need-based financial assistance.

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a Major in Music

The B.A. degree with a major in music provides an excellent liberal arts experience. Students in the College of Liberal Arts working toward the Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) may major in music. Any student wishing to pursue a B.A. in Music, who has not previously auditioned for the School of Music or for a Music Performance Award, must successfully complete an audition to declare the major. The major can only be officially declared after the completion of a satisfactory audition. Students fulfill all general University requirements, including the specified distribution area and competency requirements expected of students in the College of Liberal Arts, and must complete 21 credits in courses other than music. Approximately one-third of the curriculum is the music major, which is comprised of required sequences in music theory, music history and literature, as well as performance requirements and music electives.

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Minors in Music

The School of Music offers a Minor in Music and a Minor in Musical Theatre to students in the College of Liberal Arts. Additionally, we offer a Minor in Jazz Studies available to students in our College of Liberal Arts and School of Music. School of Music students may also pursue a Minor in Musical Theatre.

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College of Liberal Arts and School of Music students.


At DePauw, we not only teach students to be the best players and singers they can be; we emphasize extended exposure to 21st-century musicians, community leadership and engagement, and practices that help young musicians earn a living while building a meaningful life as a performing musician. Our newly revised curriculum provides a variety of chances for students to grow.

Core Music Courses

The core music courses at DePauw include courses such at Theory I-IV, Musicianship I-V, Conducting, and a sequence of Music History courses.

Private Lessons and Ensembles

All DePauw music students participate in private lessons and major ensembles each semester on campus.  All instrumental students enroll in chamber music courses during their undergraduate studies, while voice students engage in the performance of musical theatre and opera repertoire.

21CM Courses

The 21CM curriculum consists of a set of new and revitalized courses including Musicking – a course to introduce first-year students to 21CM skills such as artistic creation, critical thinking, and everyday advocacy.

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  • Music Entrepreneurship
  • A practicum course and a set of relevant and ever-changing topics courses to prepare students for a career in music in the 21st century.

Degree Specific Courses

Each degree requires a set of courses specific to that degree and instrument area.  Select an area of study to learn more about each degree.