The School of Music at Alderson Broaddus University offers a vigorous curriculum leading to a four-year Bachelor’s degree in one of three areas:
The Bachelor of Music Education degree prepares you to teach in the public schools. As a Music Education major, you will take core music classes, lessons on your chosen instrument or voice, and complete the requirements for an exit senior recital (at Level 6) or senior project (at Level 5). In addition, you will take a number of music methods and education courses and will begin observing in the public school classroom your first semester. After various requirements are met, usually by your junior year, you will be accepted into the Teacher Education Program and will be allowed to continue in music education. Student teaching is done spring semester of the senior year. Upon certification, you will be qualified to teach vocal and instrumental music, Pre K-Adult. Certification in West Virginia automatically qualifies you for certification in 35 other states.
Musical Arts (MUAR.BA) I Download Checksheet
The Bachelor of Arts in Musical Arts is a unique degree designed for those who want to combine their music degree with another discipline. You will take core music classes, lessons on your primary instrument or voice, and complete the requirements for an exit senior recital (at Level 6) or senior project (at Level 5). In addition, you will choose another major or a minor, in any School or Department except music, and fulfill those requirements to complete your Musical Arts degree. Upon graduation, you may find primary employment as a musician (for example, as a private piano teacher in your home, a Music Minister in a church, an audio engineer, etc.), or combine it with the training you received in your other major or minor. Examples of this combined degree are Musical Arts/Religious Studies, Musical Arts/Business, Musical Arts/Computer Science, etc. The choice is up to you.
Music Performance (MUSP.BM) I Download Checksheet
The Bachelor of Music in Music Performance degree requires the highest level of excellence on your instrument or voice. You will take higher level core music classes, three semesters of a foreign language, an oral comprehensive exam, and two major solo recitals (at Level 7 and Level 10.) Your training emphasizes music performance as a career and prepares you for further performance study in graduate school.
*Note: Some music majors earn more than one music degree (e.g. Music Education & Music Performance). This choice may mean additional semesters of study.
The School of Music at Alderson Broaddus University also offers two minors: the Music Performance Minor and an Audio-Engineering Minor.