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Music (B.M.)

Major, Minor

Program Overview

If you want to pursue a career as a musician — as a vocalist, composer or instrumentalist — our Bachelor of Music programs blend close faculty mentorships with skill-building classes and continual opportunities to perform as you hone your craft.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 4 years
Credit Hours: 89

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Take advantage of our professional-grade facilities, expert faculty and extensive musical community while choosing the concentration best suited to your interests as a musician.

All of our Bachelor of Music students take a core curriculum full of theory, history, technology and technique courses. You'll also study your own instrument or specialty in-depth and grow under close faculty mentorship.;

You'll have the opportunity to live in the School of Music Residential College, surrounded by peers who share your interests and goals. Our ensembles, chamber groups, and solo performers participate in festivals, competitions, and conferences at the state, national and international levels. You'll never run out of ways to practice your art here.

Program Highlights

As a bachelor of music student here, you'll:

  • Live with music students in CMU's unique, music-focused residential hall to form friendships with passionate peers and have convenient access to practice rooms.
  • Attend master classes presented by guest artists visiting campus or soloists with the Midland Symphony Orchestra.
  • Gain diverse performance experience in our symphony orchestra, band, choir, marching band, jazz band and opera.
  • Have access to our 119,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility. This includes a 500-seat concert hall with a 61-rank Casavant organ and a 100-seat recital hall.

Concentrations

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In our orchestral instruments concentration, you can specialize in your chosen instrument for a career in performance, teaching and more. Learn from accomplished faculty in the areas of performance, theory and history, and gain the skills to perform on and teach your specialty instrument to others.
Elevate your skills and knowledge as a pianist with our piano concentration. Learn from our accomplished faculty alongside talented peers of all musical backgrounds. Whether you hope to perform for thousands or teach scales to a beginner, you’ll be prepared for several careers related to piano.
In our theory and composition concentration, you'll explore the intricacies of music to develop as a theorist, composer, and conductor. Our rigorous program blends music composition, scoring and theory with science and philosophy to prepare you for careers in music and graduate programs.
As a voice student, your education will focus on making you the strongest singer you can be. You'll participate in private voice lessons with expert faculty. You'll acquire knowledge in music performance, theory and history. Complement your knowledge in voice with foreign language and piano courses to become a well-rounded musician. You'll be ready for careers in voice and music as well as competitive graduate schools.

Careers & Outcomes

Our bachelor of music graduates are equipped for many fulfilling careers in performance, music, teaching, arts administration and more.

Career Projected Salary
Musician/Singer $65,158
Music Director $56,847
Music Teacher $56,882
Composer $82,504
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