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Bachelor of Arts Degree

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The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree is designed for students who wish to pursue a liberal arts degree or across-discipline, individualized programs, such as music business. Music programs at UCM offer a balanced curriculum of classroom studies and practical experiences. Music is an essential part of the academic, social and cultural life at UCM. Each year more than 100 student and faculty recitals, concerts and other musical performances delight campus audiences and provide academic experiences for students.

About the Faculty

Music courses at UCM are taught by experienced, caring faculty members who offer specialized instruction in diverse music disciplines. Twenty of the department's 22 full-time faculty members have doctoral degrees, and all teach beginning and advanced classes. Their busy schedules include solo and ensemble recitals, master classes, workshops, and adjudication. In addition, music faculty members are often engaged in scholarly activities that include book projects and articles for professional journals.


The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Career Opportunities

UCM has been successful in placing graduates in prestigious teaching, performing and other music-related careers. Central Missouri alumni include the concertmaster of a major symphony orchestra, a member of the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters, a vocal soloist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, winners of national composition contests and highly successful educators.

Financial Assistance

The Department of Music's Achievement Awards, Service Awards and Music Foundation Scholarships are awarded based on ability and willingness to participate in ensembles. Foundation Scholarships and Achievement Awards are reserved primarily for music majors and minors. Service Awards are available to all students. Auditions are held in November, on Presidents Day weekend each February, or by appointment.

Performing Groups

The Marching Mules perform at all home football games and for the Kansas City Chiefs. Members receive a Service Award. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band fulfill the needs of students participating in music as an avocation and those preparing for a career. Small ensembles include two jazz bands, Percussion Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, Jazz-Rock Combo and brass and woodwind quintets.

The orchestra program provides a solid foundation for students who are pursuing careers as college professors, high school and elementary music teachers, members of professional symphony orchestras and concert artists. The University Symphony Orchestra plays four concerts each year and recently performed at the Missouri Music Educators Conference. Chamber music opportunities include string quartet playing with coaching by members of the faculty.

Voice and choral students who take private lessons have many opportunities to perform at recitals and competitions. The Opera Workshop stages both full productions and programs of opera scenes. The University Concert Choir has appeared on national television and toured extensively in the U.S. and abroad. The Collegiate Choir combines with the University Concert Choir annually to perform a major oratorio with the orchestra as well as presenting campus concerts. The Chamber Singers and barbershop quartets round out choral offerings.

Keyboard students refine their skills through private lessons, studio classes, weekly student recitals and evening solo and ensemble recitals. There are many opportunities for accompanying and participating in an annual concerto contest.


Theory and music history courses provide insights into the music of the past and present. The first two years of theory stress building a good foundation in ear training and understanding patterns and grouping of sounds to improve creativity, performance and teaching ability. Advanced courses in form and analysis, counterpoint, composition and instrumentation are taught by specialists in those areas. Composition courses explore 20th century techniques. Students receive instruction and studio time in well-equipped electronic music facilities. A well-equipped recording studio provides practical experience for music technology students.

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