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Programs of Study

Bachelor of Music Degree in: 

  1. Vocal/Choral Music with a Minor in Secondary Education PreK-12

  2. Instrumental Music with a Minor in Secondary education PreK-12

Twelve semester hours of applied music are required of all Music Education majors. Beginning with the second semester of matriculation, each student is required to perform at least once each semester on Student Seminar Recitals. All students are required to give a full senior recital. A jury examination is required six weeks prior to the recital.

Bachelor of Music Performance Programs:

  1. Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance

  2. Bachelor of Music Degree in Keyboard Performance

  3. Bachelor of Music Degree in Instrumental Performance

The Bachelor of Music Degree in performance prepares a student for a career in performance. Instruction is available in the following applied areas: Voice, Piano, String, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion.

Twenty-one semester hours of applied music are required of all Performance Majors in their major applied area and three additional hours for the senior recital. Beginning with the second semester of matriculation each student is required to perform at least twice each semester on Student Seminar Recitals.

Proficiency requirements for graduation include, along with the core curriculum, the development of advanced performance skills which meet professional musical standards (e.g. the ability to execute music from memory, an outstanding sense of musicianship, and a substantial knowledge of the repertoire of his/her instrument.)

All performance majors are required to give a full recital at the end of their junior and senior years as partial fulfillment for the performance degree. A jury examination is required and must be passed six weeks prior to each recital.

Bachelor of Music Degree with Emphasis in Sound Recording Technology

The Bachelor of Music Degree with an Emphasis in Sound Recording Technology prepares students to work in the recording industry.  Students gain hands-on experience using Pro Tools Technology to prepare recording projects, while studying microphone design and the basics of electronic sound production, waveform theory, modulation theory and the basics of acoustics. Students will also study the basics of music publishing, copyright, unions, guilds, performance rights, music licensing, recording production, and artist management. Additional hands-on experience includes digital technology, MIDI technology, CD and MP3 technology; music writing software, and the basics of sampling and synthesis. 

All course work culminates in an Internship in the music industry field. 

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music allows students to elect a solid liberal arts baccalaureate degree with music as the chosen major. This would be recommended for students whose background in music prior to entering VSU has not prepared them for the rigors of a Bachelor of Music in Performance and who have no desire to teach public school music. Instruction is available in the following applied areas: Voice, Piano, Organ, String, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion.

Minor in Music

Students at VSU may obtain a Minor in Music by completing a total of 18 credit hours following the approved minor in music curriculum, which includes a balance of academic and applied music courses.  A music minor must also be accepted by audition and demonstrate music reading ability to begin the minor curriculum. All students are required to take a jury examination each semester of applied study.

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