Achieve excellence in music performance,
scholarship, and appreciation.
The Bachelor of Arts in Music is designed as a second degree added to another degree outside the Department of Music. The B.A. allows students to receive a music degree while concentrating on career preparation in a non-related field. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Music are eligible to apply for the Performer's Certificate or for the Piano Pedagogy Certificate.
The SBU Advantage
Our professors’ backgrounds include previous experience as
teachers, church musicians, members of orchestras, composers, arrangers and
even working within a recording studio.
The SBU Department of Music is
an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of
Nearly 100% of our music major graduates find positions within
their field upon graduation.
SBU offers more than a dozen performance
Our performing groups tour internationally,
nationally and regionally.
The Department of Music is a close-knit
Through a variety of choral and
instrumental performance groups, students put into practice what they learn
in the classroom. These groups perform concerts on campus, and many of them
also perform off campus.
Bachelor of Arts in general music is SBU’s most flexible music degree by
allowing the student to combine the study of music as a first or second
major, with a major in another discipline. Students may also choose to
combine this degree with a minor area or simply a combination of varied
courses of interest to the student. All Music majors must complete 27
hours of core music classes in addition to SBU’s general education
requirements. A B.A. requires 7 hours of Applied Music, 6 semesters of Major
Ensemble, and 32 hours in a Minor, Second Major or Electives.
The SBU Department of Music has both choral and
instrumental performing groups.
Choral and Vocal Studies groups
include Chorale, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Masterworks Chorus, Higher
Ground, and Opera Workshop.
Instrumental Studies groups include Wind
Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Clara Fuson String Quartet,
Woodwind Ensembles, Brass Ensembles, Percussion Ensemble and Pep Band.
In addition to admission to the University, a
student pursuing a music degree must be admitted to the department of music.
Upon successful completion of an entrance audition, all new students
(freshmen and transfer students) are first admitted to the department as
pre-music majors. Upon completion of specific courses and evaluation by the
music faculty, pre-music majors may be formally admitted into a music degree
The majority of SBU music students are selected to receive financial
assistance through a music performance scholarship in one or more areas
(keyboard, vocal and instrumental). Awards are renewable annually.
Requirements for receiving scholarships are listed with each scholarship:
Choral and Instrumental Scholarships. Participate in an assigned role in SBU
Keyboard Scholarships. Perform assigned accompanying duties
for soloists and/or ensembles in the department.
Maintain a 2.5 minimum grade point average in all college course work.
Most students majoring in music complete an internship in
Graduate and Career Opportunities
are equipped to showcase their proficiency not only in the classroom but
also in professional settings. Graduates from the Music Department have
found employment in music education, worship leadership, venue/arts
management, and other administrative positions related to music.
Performer's Certificate: Earning this certificate
provides concentrated training and performance experiences for students who
demonstrate superior performance ability, and it is considered as
preparation for graduate school or a performing career.
Certificate: Earning this certificate provides piano students with courses
in piano teaching, literature and supervised teaching experience as
preparation for a career in piano teaching.
Continued work toward mastery of the basic skills of conducting.
Emphasis upon the development of choral rehearsal and performance
techniques. Survey of stylistic characteristics of the five major
periods of choral literature.
Continued work toward mastery of the basic skills of conducting,
including score study, score arranging, and baton technique.
Emphasis upon the development of band and orchestra rehearsal and
performance techniques. Survey of stylistic characteristics of the
major periods of band literature.