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Music Studies 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

Delivery Format

In Person


Credit Hours



Time to Complete

4 years



Learning Experiences

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

Sample Curriculum

The Music Studies program can be completed in either three or four years. For additional information about the music curriculum, view the following resources:

Interested in teaching music? Check out our Music Education program.

Dean's Scholarship

The Dean's Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in a major within the College of Arts & Sciences. It is a merit-based, renewable scholarship of $1,500 that can be "stacked" on top of other awarded AU academic scholarships. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in unique academic communities with a focus on career coaching and preparation.


Admission to the Music program requires an entrance audition, which also determines the recipients of talent-based scholarships.

Oboe players in the AU Wind Ensemble

Contact Information

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