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Program Overview

If you want a career in music, Ashland University’s Bachelor of Arts in Music provides thorough musical training within the context of a liberal arts education.

Members of the Ashland University Choir performing

Learning Experience

The program combines music studies with general education and liberal arts courses. Required courses include music performance, history, literature, music theory and aural skills. Depending on your career objectives, you can select elective courses in performance, music theory or history.

This degree program offers:

  • Extensive individualized mentoring
  • Music scholarships for music majors, minors and participants
  • Experience performing with Ashland University’s bands or choirs
  • The opportunity to travel on a domestic or international tour
Clarinet members of the symphonic band


You can orient your studies toward music or music education. If you choose music, you can finish your degree in three or four years.

View the Four-Year Curriculum Guide for the Bachelor of Arts in Music-Music Studies track. 

View the Three-Year Curriculum Guide for the Bachelor of Arts in Music-Music Studies track.

View the Four-Year Curriculum Guide for the Bachelor of Music in Music Education.

Checklist for Prospective Music Students

Complete the following steps to become a music student at Ashland University:

  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Complete the required music forms.
  3. Choose your audition pieces.
  4. Schedule your audition. 
  5. For music education majors auditioning via video upload, schedule a Skype interview by emailing
  6. Submit piano accompaniment at least one week prior to the audition for Music major and minor vocal auditions (not required for participant auditions or instrumentalists).
  7. After admission and before the start of classes, complete Music Placement Testing. Placement testing is typically completed during the summer and does not affect admission decisions.

Contact Information

Ron Blackley, DMA, Chair, Music and Theatre Departments, Professor of Music
209 Center for the Arts


Auditions and General Information
Joanna Riffle, Administrative Assistant
204 Center for the Arts