Bachelor of Arts in Music

The major in music provides a thorough education in music within the context of a liberal arts education. Studies include music performance, history and literature, music theory and aural skills. Students choose an emphasis in either applied music or academic studies. The curriculum is also designed to prepare the student for study at the graduate level.

Ashland University’s Bachelor of Arts with a major in Music offers you two emphases to concentrate your education either on Applied Music, which is centered on performance skills, or Academic Studies, which is devoted primarily to the study of music theory, history or composition. Whichever path you choose, you will have many opportunities to participate in instrumental or vocal ensembles as you hone your musical skills and grow your confidence as a musician.

What You’ll Love About the Music Program:

  • You can focus your study on musical performance or on music theory, history and composition, depending on your career interests.
  • You will study with professors who give extensive individual mentoring and specialized attention.
  • Music scholarships are available for Music majors, minors and participants.
  • If you select an Applied Music emphasis, you will perform recitals in your junior and senior years.
  • You have the opportunity to play with one or more of the Ashland University bands including the Concert Band, the Wind Ensemble, Ashland Area Community Concert Band, the Jazz Orchestra and the Ashland University Eagle Marching Band.
  • You may have the fun of singing with one of the Ashland University choirs including the University Choir, Chamber Singers, Women's Chorus and the Ashland Area Chorus.
  • You may have the opportunity to travel internationally with the Music department. Recent trips have included the University Choir performing in Germany and Austria and the Jazz Orchestra playing in Barcelona, Spain.
  • The department has a strong sense of community that is shared by professors and students alike.
  • There are nine full time and 15 part-time members of the Music Department faculty, each with their own area of musical expertise.
  • Faculty members are excellent mentors to individual students and outstanding classroom teachers. Through performance preparation, travel and concerts, professors and students form a tight-knit community.


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