Making A Career in Music

Do you want to explore the world of music? The Bachelor of Arts in Music provides a thorough musical education within the context of a liberal arts education.

Contact Us

Department Chair

Dr. Tom Reed
Chair, Departments of Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
206, Center for the Arts
419.289.5158
treed@ashland.edu

Auditions and General Information

Brittany Kohut
Administrative Assistant
419.289.5100
music@ashland.edu

Curriculum

Brochures, Course Rotations & Four-Year Guides

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

COURSE ROTATIONS & FOUR YEAR GUIDES

Current Academic Year
BA in Music, Music Studies Four-Year Guide
BA in Music, Music Studies Three-Year Guide

Minor in Music

The music minor programs are designed for students majoring in another field that want significant music study as a part of their education.  The required courses for the music minor can be distributed over several years, to ease scheduling.  Students select either an Applied performance track (the applied Music Minor) or a general track (the Music Minor).

Applied Music Minor

University Band OR Choir 4
Applied Music Lessons 5
Class Piano 1-2 2
Select 4 hours from: 4
Aural Skills, Music Theory, Music History, Add'l Piano
Music electives (see catalog) 3
18 hrs.

Music Minor

University Band OR Choir 4
Applied Music Lessons 2
Music History 3
Select 4 hours from: 4
Aural Skills, Music Theory, Class Piano
Music electives (see catalog) 5
18 hrs.

Faculty

Dr. Rowland Blackley
Dr. Rowland Blackley
Director of Choral Activities, Professor of Music, Coordinator of Music Education
209, Center for the Arts
419.289.5114 / rblackle@ashland.edu
Department of Music
Scott Garlock
Dr. Scott Garlock
Professor of Music
104, Center for the Arts
419.289.5134 / sgarlock@ashland.edu
Department of Music
Joseph Lewis Jr
Joseph Lewis, Jr.
Director of Bands
106, Center for the Arts
419.289.5132 / jlewisjr@ashland.edu
Department of Music
Dr. Tom Reed, Chair, Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
Dr. Tom Reed
Chair, Departments of Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
206, Center for the Arts
419.289.5158 / treed@ashland.edu
Department of Music , Department of Theatre

Auditions & Admissions

Audition Process

GetAcceptd.com

Admission to the Department of Music requires an entrance audition which also determines a variety of talent-based scholarships for majors, minors and participants. For strong scholarship consideration, all scholarship auditions must be completed by March 18 prior to the proposed academic year of enrollment. All department majors, minors and ensemble participants are eligible, but a limited number of awards are available.

Prospective students must complete the formal Ashland University application process and be accepted to the University before they can be awarded a scholarship. It is highly recommended that students complete the Ashland University Application for Admission prior to an audition. Please refer to the checklist page for details about applying to the Department of Music and for auditioning information which includes:

Ensemble auditions for students not completing a scholarship audition are held in summer and fall; contact the ensemble director or email music@ashland.edu for more information. No audition is required for Marching Band.

Music placement testing takes place after admission to the music program, but before the start of classes. Placement testing is typically completed during summer. The placement tests do not affect admissions decisions.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Department Chair

Dr. Tom Reed
Chair, Departments of Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
206, Center for the Arts
419.289.5158
treed@ashland.edu

Auditions and General Information

Brittany Kohut
Administrative Assistant
419.289.5100
music@ashland.edu

Curriculum

Curriculum

Brochures, Course Rotations & Four-Year Guides

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

COURSE ROTATIONS & FOUR YEAR GUIDES

Current Academic Year
BA in Music, Music Studies Four-Year Guide
BA in Music, Music Studies Three-Year Guide

Minor in Music

Minor in Music

The music minor programs are designed for students majoring in another field that want significant music study as a part of their education.  The required courses for the music minor can be distributed over several years, to ease scheduling.  Students select either an Applied performance track (the applied Music Minor) or a general track (the Music Minor).

Applied Music Minor

University Band OR Choir 4
Applied Music Lessons 5
Class Piano 1-2 2
Select 4 hours from: 4
Aural Skills, Music Theory, Music History, Add'l Piano
Music electives (see catalog) 3
18 hrs.

Music Minor

University Band OR Choir 4
Applied Music Lessons 2
Music History 3
Select 4 hours from: 4
Aural Skills, Music Theory, Class Piano
Music electives (see catalog) 5
18 hrs.

Faculty

Faculty

Dr. Rowland Blackley
Dr. Rowland Blackley
Director of Choral Activities, Professor of Music, Coordinator of Music Education
209, Center for the Arts
419.289.5114 / rblackle@ashland.edu
Department of Music
Scott Garlock
Dr. Scott Garlock
Professor of Music
104, Center for the Arts
419.289.5134 / sgarlock@ashland.edu
Department of Music
Joseph Lewis Jr
Joseph Lewis, Jr.
Director of Bands
106, Center for the Arts
419.289.5132 / jlewisjr@ashland.edu
Department of Music
Dr. Tom Reed, Chair, Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
Dr. Tom Reed
Chair, Departments of Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
206, Center for the Arts
419.289.5158 / treed@ashland.edu
Department of Music , Department of Theatre

Auditions & Admissions

Auditions & Admissions

Audition Process

GetAcceptd.com

Admission to the Department of Music requires an entrance audition which also determines a variety of talent-based scholarships for majors, minors and participants. For strong scholarship consideration, all scholarship auditions must be completed by March 18 prior to the proposed academic year of enrollment. All department majors, minors and ensemble participants are eligible, but a limited number of awards are available.

Prospective students must complete the formal Ashland University application process and be accepted to the University before they can be awarded a scholarship. It is highly recommended that students complete the Ashland University Application for Admission prior to an audition. Please refer to the checklist page for details about applying to the Department of Music and for auditioning information which includes:

Ensemble auditions for students not completing a scholarship audition are held in summer and fall; contact the ensemble director or email music@ashland.edu for more information. No audition is required for Marching Band.

Music placement testing takes place after admission to the music program, but before the start of classes. Placement testing is typically completed during summer. The placement tests do not affect admissions decisions.

What to Expect in the Bachelor of Arts in Music Program

This program combines a core curriculum of music studies with both general education and liberal arts courses. Courses include music performance, history and literature, and music theory and aural skills. Through elective courses, you can focus your study on performance, music theory, or history depending on your career objective.

Program Benefits

In this degree program, you’ll:

  • Study with quality music faculty who provide extensive individualized mentoring

  • Benefit from a potential music scholarship available to music majors, minors, and participants

  • Get first hand experience by performing with the Ashland University band or choirs

  • Travel abroad on an international tour—recent trips have included performances in Germany, Italy, Austria, and Spain

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