Department Head: Dr. Christopher Barrick
Majors and Minor
The Bachelor of Arts in Music provides broad coverage of the entire field of music while simultaneously providing the opportunity for intense study in instrumental or vocal performance. Based on the area of performance, students are encouraged to develop an individualized program tailored to meet their educational and career goals.
The Bachelor of Music Education degree program combines an outstanding faculty with a challenging curriculum designed to develop the professional competencies necessary for a successful career as a music educator. The B.M.E. degree is offered with two areas of concentration – instrumental or vocal – and is designed to prepare students for K-12 music certification in Arkansas.
The minor in music provides students with instruction in the core subjects of the music degree. Students also participate in music ensembles and receive private instruction in their chosen instrument.
What can you do with a degree in Music?
Music Performance (symphony orchestras, operas, jazz, rock, pop, etc.)
Music Education (teaching in schools, teaching privately)
Music Therapy (using music as an aid to healing)
Music Administration (managing symphonies, music societies, rock stars, etc)
Composition (classical, rock, country, film music, advertising, etc.)
Music Software Development
Electronic Musical Instrument Engineering
Retail Music (selling music, instruments, and accessories)
Film Music Orchestration and Editing
Websites for Career Research
Why should you choose to major in Music?
Students who choose to major or minor in music have generally have been active in music programs throughout their lives. They are students who demonstrate the talent, skills, and ability necessary to succeed as professional musicians or educators. The study of music allows students to express themselves in ways that written or spoken word cannot.
While the study of music is a rewarding pursuit in and of itself, research has shown that students who study music often score higher on tests, demonstrate higher abstract reasoning skills, and have less text or performance anxiety.
Special Application Procedures
Unlike study in other academic disciplines, students who wish to major in music must possess a level of proficiency in their chosen instrument, and successfully complete an audition before being accepted as music major.
Second Street Live
Area Arts Organizations
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Academic clubs, Organizations, and Honor Societies
National Association of Schools of Music
Arkansas Small Band and Orchestra Association
National Federation of Music Clubs
Arkansas Federation of Music Clubs
Graduates are employed with:
- Joplin Public Schools
- Green Mountain College
- Fort Smith Public Schools
- Hackett School District