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College
College of the Arts
Department
School of Music

E101 Kent State University's Center for the Performing Arts
Tel: 330-672-2172
Undergraduate Programs E-mail: dabrown@kent.edu
Graduate Programs E-mail: mchunn@kent.edu
Web: http://www.kent.edu/music/index.cfm

Description

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree gives music majors an opportunity to study music and liberal arts with an optional minor, available in most academic areas of the university, or as a dual degree program with a major in another field. Although not as music intensive as the Bachelor of Music degree programs, this degree includes study on a main instrument and ensemble participation throughout the program. ADMISSIONS SUSPENDED

The Bachelor of Music (B.M.) is a professional degree and provides intensive specialization in one of the following areas: music composition, music education and instrumental, piano or vocal performance. The primary emphasis is on the development of the skills, concepts and sensitivity essential for those wishing to pursue music as a profession.

The degree in instrumental performance is available on the following instruments: violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba and percussion. Applied music offerings are subject to the availability of performance faculty members.

The composition concentration leads to a professional degree and includes intensive specialization in music composition. This degree program provides preparation for graduate study in the field, a credential for private instruction, and the ability to compose and use technology in a variety of musical styles.

The instrumental concentration leads to a professional degree and includes intensive specialization in instrumental performance. This degree program provides preparation for graduate study in the field, a credential for private instruction, and the ability to perform as a soloist, in chamber music and in large ensembles.

The piano performance concentration leads to a professional degree and includes intensive specialization in piano performance. This degree program provides preparation for graduate study in the field, a credential for private instruction and the ability to perform as a soloist, as an accompanist, in chamber music and in large ensembles.

The voice performance concentration leads to a professional degree and includes intensive specialization in voice performance. This degree program provides preparation for graduate study in the field, a credential for private instruction and the ability to perform as a soloist, in opera, in chamber music and in large ensembles
 

Career Opportunities

Musicians, singers, and related workers are employed in a variety of settings. Of those who earn a wage or salary, 33 percent were employed by religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations and 12 percent by performing arts companies, such as professional orchestras, small chamber music groups, opera companies, musical theater companies, and ballet troupes. Musicians and singers also perform in nightclubs and restaurants and for weddings and other events. Well-known musicians and groups may perform in concerts, appear on radio and television broadcasts, and make recordings and music videos. The U.S. Armed Forces also offer careers in their bands and smaller musical groups.

Teachers of self-enrichment education held about 253,600 jobs in 2008. The largest numbers of teachers were employed by public and private educational institutions and providers of social assistance.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
 

Admission Requirements

ADMISSIONS SUSPENDED for The Bachelor's of Arts in Music.

The Bachelor's of Music in Music:
Freshman Students: Students must audition before being admitted to the School of Music. Inquiries can be directed to the Coordinator of Admissions and Scholarships, School of Music, E-101 Music and Speech, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001(or call 330-672-2172).

Transfer Students: In addition to meeting the general transfer admission requirement (2.0 cumulative GPA), students must audition before being admitted to the School of Music. Additional information is available from the School of Music Office, E-101 Music and Speech Center, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001 (or call 330-672-2172).
 

Graduation Requirements

The Bachelor's of Arts in Music requires a minimum 121 total credit hours  and  39 upper-division hours for graduation. ADMISSIONS SUSPENDED

The Bachelor's of Music in Music: In addition to completing the required courses, student must meet the individual concentration requirements to graduate.

The Music Composition concentration students must do the following: (1) pass a theory/composition piano proficiency exam as a prerequisite for required courses MUS 41131, 41151 and 48251; and (2) present a senior applied recital. The applied recital may be performed concurrently with the composition recital required as a part of the senior composition project.

The Instrumental Performance concentration students are required to complete one-half junior and one full senior recital.

The Piano Performance concentration students are required to complete one-half junior and one full senior recital. Their 8-credit-hour major ensemble requirement should comprise 2 credits of major ensemble and 6 credits of MUS 45321 Accompanying and MUS 45311 Chamber Music. One semester of DAN 28010 can be used to replace one semester of chamber music or major ensemble.

The Vocal Performance concentration students are required to complete one-half junior and one full senior recital.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of music history and theory by means of a standardized test..

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

Contact the School of Music (330-672-2172).
 

Program Fee

$100/semester

Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Music
 

Student Organizations

Kappa Kappa Si, Delta Omicron, American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association (OCMEA).
 

Advanced Degree Programs

Conducting (M.M.), Ethnomusicology (M.A.), Music Composition (M.A.), Music Theory (M.A.), Music Education (M.M. and Ph.D.), Performance (M.M), Music Theory - Composition (Ph.D.)
 

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity and writing-intensive requirements.

I. DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE  (1 credit)
Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (56 credits)  Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  MUS 11121 Theory 3
    11122 Theory 3
    21121 Music Theory to 1750 3
    21122 Music Theory, 1750-1900 3
KFA   22111 The Understanding of Music (music major section) 3
KFA
DG
  22121 Music As a World Phenomenon (music major section) 3
    31121 Western Music Since 1900 2
    32211 Music History to 1750 3
WIC   32212 Music History, 1750-1900* 3
    34111 Elementary Conducting 2
    41341

45131
Jazz Improvisation I (2)**
or
Opera: Singer-Actor techniques (2)**
2
  Choose from the following: Applied Music*** 16
  MUS 36111 Applied Music-Piano (2)  
    36311 Applied Music-Voice (2)  
    36411 Applied Music-Violin (2)  
    36412 Applied Music-Viola (2)  
    36413 Applied Music-Cello (2)  
    36414 Applied Music-Double Bass (2)  
    36511 Applied Music-Flute (2)  
    36512 Applied Music-Oboe (2)  
    36513 Applied Music-Clarinet (2)  
    36514 Applied Music-Bassoon (2)  
    36515 Applied Music-Saxophone (2)  
    36611 Applied Music-Trumpet (2)  
    36612 Applied Music-Horn (2)  
    36613 Applied Music-Trombone (2)  
    36614 Applied Music-Euphonium (2)  
    36615 Applied Music-Tuba (2)  
    36711 Applied Music-Percussion (2)  
  Choose from the following: Major Ensemble**** 8
  MUS 45111 University Choir (1)  
    45121 Kent Chorus (1)  
    45141 Kent State University Chorale (1)  
    45142 Men's Chorus (1)  
    45143 Women's Chorus (1)  
    45212 Orchestra (1)  
    45221 Concert Band (1)  
    45223 Wind Ensemble (1)  
  Choose from the following: Applied Music - Piano or Piano Class***** 2
  MUS 27111 Piano Class (2)  
    27112 Piano Class (2)  
    36111 Applied Music-Piano (2)  
    46111 Applied Music-Piano (2)  
III. ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (64 credits)  
Type Title   Credits
  Kent Core Additional (must be from two categories) 6
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities 3
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 6
  General Electives (minimum 7 upper-division credit hours) 34
MINIMUM TOTAL  121


Important Notes:

 

  • Minimum C- (1.70) grade required in all music courses.
  • Students who begin their music or music education major program as first semester freshmen are required to attend a minimum of 84 concerts or recitals.  Music or music education majors who transfer from a non-music program or university must attend an average of 10 music recitals or concerts for semesters of full time enrollment.
  • To graduate from Kent State University with the degree B.M. or B.A. in music, it is required that students take a major field achievement test in music history and music theory during their senior year.  Specific score level achievement is not required.
  • Applied music courses are available in the summer on selected instruments. Composition may also be taken in the summer.


* A minimum C (2.0) grade must be earned in MUS  32212 to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

** Instrumental principals take MUS 41341; Voice principals take MUS 45131.

*** Applied Music (8 semesters and 16 credit hours): Based on instrument of music degree acceptance. the 46000 level may be taken following a successful 46000-level barrier exam. Students must meet the 46000 entry level prior to graduation.

**** Major ensemble (8 semesters and 8 credit hours): Students must enroll in a major ensemble appropriate to their major performance area each semester they are registered full time as music majors.

***** Applied Music-Piano or Piano Class (2 credit hours): placement test required. MUS 17111 and 17112 do not count toward graduation. Students who have piano as the primary instrument replace these hours with electives.