In addition to learning to play music in the classroom, students also have the opportunity to take courses in music history, music theory, improvisation, conducting and composition, among others.
Each area of music emphasis available is taught by a professor who specializes in that area. Professors, not teaching assistants, teach all courses. Large ensemble rooms are available to the music classes that require the space and accommodations.
Two music degree programs are available at ASU:
Bachelor of Arts in Music
The Bachelor of Arts degree in music (B.A. Music) is designed for students who want to study music within the context of a broad, liberal arts education. This degree program balances applied studies, ensemble participation, and coursework in music theory and music history. The B.A. in Music degree offers preparation for a variety of careers. Students must select a minor area (18 semester credit hours) outside of music.
Bachelor of Music
Specialization in Applied Performance
The B.M. with a specialization in Applied Performance focuses on training the student to perform. This specialization emphasizes the technique, repertoire, pedagogy, and applied performance aspects of the student’s instrument/voice. It features an engaging mix of private instruction, large ensemble and small ensemble experiences, solo performances, and academic coursework in music. Students will declare either a vocal or instrumental emphasis.
Specialization in Teacher Certification
The B.M. with a specialization in Teacher Certification is designed to provide the student with certification to teach music at all public school grade levels in Texas. The student must have been admitted into the Educator Preparation Program and must be currently satisfying admission standards before being allowed to enroll in Education 4315. Students will declare either a vocal or instrumental emphasis.