Bachelor of Arts | College of Creative Arts

What is Music?

If you like the sound of being a performing musician or teacher, a music major may be right for you. You'll be most successful as a music major if you have these qualities in addition to performing talent: 1) strong motivation to practice, study, and learn more about music on your own; 2) good sight-reading ability and musical ear; 3) an interest in learning more about various types of music; 4) a high level of intellectual curiosity in subjects other than music.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Focus on undergraduates

Miami University is nationally recognized as one of the top undergraduate universities in the country, with a commitment to you shared by the music department. Faculty are dedicated to developing your talent and ability. And as a music student, you'll benefit from a 7:1 student: faculty ratio. Courses for music majors are taught exclusively by faculty members, not graduate assistants.

National recognition

Our students have won national awards in competition with students from music conservatories. Among our faculty are award-winning composers, renowned performers and teachers, and scholars of international reputation.

International performing

Miami is the only university in the U.S. where students and faculty perform annually with a major European music festival.

Individual attention

We offer private lessons on all the major orchestral and band instruments, piano, harp, and voice. Private lessons are required for music majors and music minors. For more information about auditions, contact the music department office.

Top-notch facilities

The Department of Music's primary facility, Presser Hall, contains classrooms, rehearsal rooms, practice rooms, faculty studios and offices, libraries for band, choral, and orchestral music, and the departmental office. Presser Hall also houses the Electronic Music Studio, the Music Technology Classroom, and the Virtual Rehearsal Room (VROOM). Additional resources are housed in the Center for Performing Arts and include piano and voice studios, faculty offices, classrooms, a class piano lab, practice rooms, the Amos Music Library, and Souers Recital Hall. Read more about our facilities »

Study abroad

Miami's music program offers outstanding opportunities for international study. The Department of Music has an agreement with the Luxembourg Conservatory of Music for a student and faculty exchange program which sends Miami students to study music in Luxembourg for a semester or a year. Recent tours and summer study programs have taken Miami music students to France, German, Austria, Italy, Russia, Estonia, Finland, Ghana, and India.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

If you want to major or minor in music at Miami, you will need to audition on your instrument or voice. High school seniors can choose to audition at various times between November and March.

In order to prepare you for your audition, study and practice on your instrument or voice are very important. While it is not a requirement for admission as a music major, most of our students auditioning for acceptance as music majors have had private lessons. All music majors at Miami, regardless of performance area, are required to reach a basic proficiency in piano, so piano study before college is useful. Foreign language study is also helpful, particularly for voice majors; French, German, or Italian is required.

What courses would I take?

The Bachelor of Arts in Music emphasizes study in music as one of the liberal arts. The program is also designed to allow flexibility in combination with another major for those wishing to double major. This major is also appropriate for students who wish to pursue graduate work in musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, or composition.

In addition to performing ensembles and private lessons on your major instrument or voice, the program includes courses in music theory, music history, ear training and sight singing, and keyboard skills. Courses in other subjects are taken as part of the Global Miami Plan for Liberal Education.

Sample Degree Plan: Bachelor of Arts in Music»

What can I do with this major?

With a music degree you can work as a performer after graduating; many of Miami's graduates are doing just that throughout the country. Many graduates are teaching music or working independently as studio teachers. In recent years, Miami's music graduates have been accepted to graduate study at many of the nation's leading conservatories and music schools.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Music
109 Presser Hall
Oxford, OH 45056