Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Musical Arts
College of Musical Arts
Bachelor of Arts
College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Musical Arts prepares music professionals for state and national leadership roles in teaching, research and creativity in all of the musical arts. We aspire to be recognized nationally as a premier music learning community.
The College of Musical Arts offers the following majors and specializations pertaining to the bachelor of music degree: Jazz Studies, Music Composition, Music Education, Music History and Literature, Music Performance and World Music. The following descriptions focus on each area of music study available. Individual curriculum sheets are available.
The bachelor of musical arts degree provides undergraduate preparation involving music and multidisciplinary curricula with intellectual, pragmatic, and professional objectives. The curriculum for each bachelor of musical arts degree stresses an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary approach developed to a particular discrete competence for each student on the basis of a counseling process.
The College of Arts and Sciences also offers a bachelor of arts degree in music in collaboration with the College of Musical Arts.

Jazz Studies

The jazz studies major prepares students for careers in jazz performance, composition and jazz education. The major also focuses on helping students understand what is needed to maintain a career in the jazz-related field and develop a broad-based cultural experience. All music students enroll in the music core courses which include music theory, ear training and history. These and additional jazz courses such as jazz pedagogy, arranging and improvisation, conducting and jazz piano help students to achieve a broad experience in music study and support the primary focus of applied jazz study. All jazz studies majors are expected to perform in the various BGSU jazz performance ensembles such as the Jazz Lab Bands, Jazz Combos and Jazz Guitar Ensemble, as well as support their colleagues and faculty in the jazz community at large.

Music Composition

The music composition major provides training in the fundamentals of writing and analyzing music. Beyond the core courses in Music Theory, Music History and Aural Skills, students majoring in composition have the opportunity to take such specialized courses as Composition, Orchestration, Band Scoring, Choral Arranging, Counterpoint, Music Technology, Keyboard Harmony and Contemporary Music. Upon acceptance as a music composition major, students meet with their department adviser to develop a program of courses that will meet individual needs as well as fulfill major requirements.
Students who wish to major in composition must also submit a portfolio of works before or at the time of their entrance audition.

Music Education

The music education major is designed to prepare students to teach music in elementary and secondary schools. Three specializations are offered: choral, classroom/general music and instrumental. Regardless of specialization, students will be prepared to teach all music areas. Opportunities for teaching music are excellent-the record of employment traditionally has been outstanding.

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the music education major meets the most recent requirements for obtaining a teaching license in the state of Ohio.

Music History and Literature

The music history and literature major provides training in the fundamentals of research and scholarship in the fields of musicology and ethnomusicology. Beyond the core courses in Music Theory, Music History and Aural Skills, students majoring in music history have the opportunity to take such specialized courses as Problems in Music History, Performance Practice, Symphonic Literature, Chamber Music Literature, Opera Literature, African Music, Indonesian Music and Japanese Music. Normally students apply at the end of the sophomore year. Students already majoring in other areas of music may wish to add world music as a double major. Students should submit sample papers to the department chair.

Music Performance Studies

The music performance major prepares students for careers in orchestral, band, opera and musical theater performance, commercial music and private studio teaching, as well as for further study at the graduate level. There is also a specialization in church music which prepares students for careers in church-related fields.

The following music performance specializations are available: instrumental, keyboard/literature, keyboard/accompanying, keyboard/pedagogy, voice, vocal pedagogy, guitar: jazz emphasis, church music, organ, harpsichord and woodwind specialist.

World Music

The world music major provides training in the fundamentals of research, scholarship and performance in the fields of ethnomusicology and musicology. Beyond the core courses in Music Theory, Music History and Aural Skills, students have the opportunity to also take specialized courses in Music in African Culture, Music in Indonesian Culture, Aesthetics of Black Music, Music in Japanese Culture, Jazz History and Introduction to Ethnomusicology.
Students also take courses in popular culture, anthropology and ensemble courses such as Balinese Gamelan and Afro-Caribbean. Music workshops are offered in Indonesia, Africa, Greece and Italy.

Students who have developed an interest in world music and have demonstrated a strong aptitude in this area may apply for acceptance as a major. Normally students apply at the end of the sophomore year. Students already majoring in other areas of music may wish to add world music as a double major. Applicants should submit sample papers to the department chair.

Music Minors

The following minors are offered as supplementary programs that may complement other degrees in the College of Musical Arts or other colleges within the University.

Jazz minor

The jazz minor includes courses in Jazz Improvisation and Repertoire, Jazz Pedagogy, Jazz History and Jazz Arranging and Analysis. The jazz minor may be added to existing undergraduate degree programs in music composition, music education, music history and literature, music performance or World Music.

Recording technology minor

The recording technology minor provides students with appropriate terminology and allows them to become familiar with the equipment and techniques of a recording studio. By means of elective courses students can emphasize either the business or technological aspects of the program, or create combinations of them.

Admission/Scholarship Requirements

Incoming freshmen or transfer students who fall into one or more of the following categories are required to pass an entrance audition in their primary performance area prior to registration as a music major/minor:

  1. Students wishing to major in music through the bachelor of music or bachelor of musical arts degree in the College of Musical Arts or the bachelor of arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  2. Students who wish to minor in music who are enrolled in any college in the University.
  3. Students from any college at BGSU who wish to be considered for a Music Talent Award from the College of Musical Arts.
  4. Students from any college at BGSU who wish to enroll for private music lessons for credit. (Non-credit applied music lessons are available through the Creative Arts Program without an audition.)

Entrance auditions prior to enrollment are not required for students who do not meet the criteria listed above and only want to perform in a University ensemble.

Students auditioning to be majors or minors are required to take a diagnostic examination in general musicianship to determine placement in music theory courses. A study guide is available online at Notification of an audition decision may occur at any time after the music audition has been evaluated. However, most applicants will be notified of their audition decision by mid-March.
There may be additional requirements to be fully accepted into your major within music. Applicants with performance skills in other areas are encouraged to audition in those areas as well.

Faculty and Instruction

There are nearly 60 full-time music faculty who are active in their respective professional fields. Private instruction is offered by artist-faculty in flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, harp, piano, harpsichord, organ, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar and voice.

Performance Opportunities

Music students enjoy a sizable selection of small and large ensembles as part of their curriculum.

Students are offered a wide variety of performing experiences through the philharmonia (orchestra), wind symphony, concert bands, marching band, collegiate chorale, a cappella choir, women’s chorus, men’s chorus, university choral society, vocal chamber lab, jazz lab bands, brass choir, trumpet ensemble, trombone choir, horn ensemble, sax ensemble, classical and jazz guitar ensembles, percussion ensemble, gamelan ensemble, opera theater, new music ensemble and numerous other chamber ensembles and jazz combos.

The Moore Musical Arts Center hosts more than 500 public concerts each year, including the Festival Series, a professional concert series that brings renowned artists to our campus performances and master classes.

Preparation for College

Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.

Instruction in music theory and piano is highly recommended for all prospective applicants.

For Further Information

Internet Access

BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at

The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Music, please check the undergraduate catalog online at: