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Majors and Minors

The DePauw University School offers a variety of degree programs to help students prepare for their careers! We also host a number of minors both for School of Music (SOM) students as well as College of Liberal Arts (CLA) students.

Bachelor of Music

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.

Chart of course distribution for BM degree

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Music Education

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. This degree includes field experience, teaching opportunities throughout the four years, and a student teaching capstone.

Course distribution for BME degree

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Musical Arts

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.

Course distribution for BMA degree

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts

The B.A. degree with a major in music provides an excellent liberal arts experience. 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. 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.

Chart of course distribution for BA degree

Degree Requirements


The DePauw University School of Music also offers a variety of minors to enhance your musical experience:

Minor in Music (for Bachelor of Arts students pursing a non-music degree) | Minor in Musical Theatre | Minor in Jazz Studies | Minor in Music Creation and Technology

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5 year Double Degree Program

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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