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Bachelor of Music in Performance

 

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The Bachelor of Music (B.M) in Performance focuses on experiences needed to pursue a career in music performance. The B.M. is the most common professional degree in music and the most music-intensive of all options. Students may also complete a second major in a liberal arts discipline, an emphasis in business, or choose to pursue the Five-Year Double Degree (B.M./B.A.).

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BACHELOR OF MUSIC EDUCATION

 

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The Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E) prepares students who wish to become music teachers. The program meets requirements for P-12 teaching certification in Indiana, leading to teaching opportunities throughout the United States. Two options are available: an instrumental/general music emphasis and a vocal/general music emphasis.

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BACHELOR OF MUSICAL ARTS

 

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The Bachelor of Musical Arts (B.M.A.) combines in-depth musical studies with a secondary area of emphasis. Three tracks are available: general music, an emphasis in business, or study in a second major.

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BACHELOR OF ARTS (MAJOR IN MUSIC)

 

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The Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Music (B.A.) provides music in the liberal arts experience. This degree empowers students to study music while engaging in a breadth of interdisciplinary experiences in our College of Liberal Arts.

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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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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.

Areas of Study

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Ensembles

The DePauw University Band, University Orchestra, University Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Jazz Ensemble are open to all students through auditions that occur prior to the beginning of each semester. The Symphonic Band and Putnam County Festival Chorus do not require an audition. A wide range of jazz combos and chamber ensembles are available as well.

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CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

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.

  • State of the Art
  • 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.

ALL SCHOOL OF MUSIC DEGREE PROGRAMS REQUIRE A MINIMUM OF 36 CREDITS TO GRADUATE.
VISIT THE DEPAUW UNIVERSITY COURSE CATALOG FOR A FULL LISTING OF COURSES.  SPECIFIC DEGREE REQUIREMENTS CAN BE FOUND UNDER EACH AREA OF STUDY.