Degree Requirements Overview
The music department offers the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, the Bachelor of Music degree in Performance, the Bachelor of Arts degree, and a music minor. Performance is central to each degree program. Areas of concentration include voice, piano, organ, guitar, or one of the brass, percussion, string, or woodwind instruments. All music majors are required to participate in an appropriate ensemble for their performance concentration.
Bachelor of Music Degree Program
Music Education: The music education curriculum is designed to prepare the student for a professional career as a choral and/or instrumental music teacher in grades K–12. Susquehanna University requires education majors to demonstrate professional knowledge and skills in four domains of teaching: (1) preparation and planning, (2) instruction and assessment, (3) creating a positive classroom environment, and (4) professional responsibility. Collaborative programs between the university and area schools afford a variety of opportunities to develop and demonstrate professional knowledge and teaching skills.
Performance: The performance curriculum is designed to prepare outstanding musicians and performers for public concerts and recitals, studio teaching, and other professional endeavors. To be accepted as a major in this program, it is necessary to possess superior performance ability and musicianship. Students planning to attend graduate school in preparation for a career in college teaching or in professional performance often choose this degree program.
Bachelor of Arts Degree Program
The Bachelor of Arts in Music at Susquehanna University is designed for students who may wish to take advantage in the many areas of study offered by the university or to enroll in an interdisciplinary curriculum, combining music study with a non-music discipline.
Double Major: Bachelor of Arts student may earn a double major by satisfying the major requirements in another field in addition to the requirements in music. If the pursuit of a double major involves satisfying requirements that would lead to two different degrees (Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science, for example), the student must elect to receive only one of those degrees at graduation.
Self-designed Majors: Self-designed majors are considered part of the university’s Bachelor of Arts curriculum. These majors must be approved by the respective departments and by the faculty members involved.
Minors in Music
The music minor programs enable the non-music major to pursue specialized study. Students minoring in music must complete 20 semester hours of coursework in music with a grade of C- or above. A student who is minoring in music is encouraged to have an advisor in the music department. The minors in music are music performance, music theory/literature and music technology.
A non-music major may enroll in music literature and theory courses, take private lessons, or perform in small ensembles or large performance groups with permission of the instructor.