Areas of Study
The School of Music at USF offers four undergraduate degree programs, with 2 Bachelor of Music (BM) degrees available. Music minors are no longer available at the school. Details for each program are below. For further information contact Dr. William Hayden, Undergraduate Academic Advisor, and refer to the Undergraduate Catalog.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education is a professional degree for students who are interested in teaching music in k-12 schools. This program is an intense study of music and education that culminates in state certification as a teacher of music. In addition to private study on their principle instrument and participation in ensembles, students complete the music theory, history and literature sequences, and take a variety of music education courses that include study in instrumental, choral and general music for all grade levels. The music education faculty at USF take a progressive approach to teaching in the schools, acknowledging that the musical world outside the schools has changed drastically, and will continue to change in the near future. Admission into the BS in music education program requires an audition on your major instrument.
The Bachelor of Music Degree is a professional degree for students who wish to pursue a career in music. Students interested in a BM degree can choose between concentrations in performance, composition, jazz studies and electronic music. These programs require 120 credit hours of study that include private study on their principle instrument and participation in ensembles. Additionally, students complete the music theory, history and literature sequences, and take additional course work in their chosen concentration. Graduates from BM programs at USF find themselves in very competitive positions for graduate study and musical careers. Admission into the BM in music degree requires an audition on your major instrument.
The Bachelor of Arts in Music Studies degree is a non-professional degree for students who wish to supplement other interests with music study. This program is ideal as part of a double major with a field outside of music. Requirements include approximately 50 hours in music with emphasis choices in performance, composition, history and theory. Admission into the BA in music degree requires an audition on your major instrument.