Would you like to earn a Music degree that’s tailored to your passions and strengths? The University of Central Missouri’s Bachelor of Arts in Music allows you to compose your own pathway to a music career no matter what your background is. We take an interdisciplinary approach to our Music major, so you can specialize in an area that interests you.
Curiosity and creativity define this Music degree
UCM Music faculty work closely with all students majoring in Music and can help you design a customized undergraduate course of study in the Music BA program. This flexible approach means you can choose the courses that are most appropriate for your future career field, whether you want to be an ethnomusicologist, anthropologist, music therapist, historian, music producer, arts administrator or something entirely different.
Diverse student ensembles and bands
Interdisciplinary studies encouraged
NASM-accredited program since 1947
Internationally renowned faculty
Self-designed capstone projects
Close to exciting Kansas City arts scene
When you major in Music at the University of Central Missouri, you’ll study music history, music theory and aural training, music technology, composition and improvisation. In addition to these core curriculum classes, students majoring in Music take private lessons and enjoy many opportunities to perform in our ensembles.
Depending on your interests and career goals, you can focus on study areas such as music composition, music history or theory or music technology. Some of the undergraduate courses you could take while you major in Music at UCM include:
Since all undergraduate students complete at least two semesters in a foreign language of their choice, your BA in Music degree can open doors to a more global approach to a career in music.
One-on-one advising sessions with your faculty advisor and real-world experiences will help you forge a clear career pathway with your undergraduate Music degree:
The advantage of UCM’s Bachelor of Arts in Music degree is its flexibility, which lays a broad creative foundation for pursuing a music career.
Students majoring in Music may choose to become researchers who study cultures around the world and use technology tools to record musical instruments and customs. If you want to be a songwriter, a Music major coupled with courses in creative writing or theatre could lead to a career as a lyricist or music director. If you take electives in business or sound design, you might work for a company that creates commercial advertising or tours with Broadway plays. You could combine your love of music with a career in video game development or film production as a music soundtrack composer or producer. The career possibilities after majoring in Music are seemingly endless.
Wide-ranging career paths for BA degrees in Music
Use the interactive tool below to learn more about the potential salaries and career pathways available when you earn a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from UCM.
The University of Central Missouri has a variety of resources to help finance your college education and keep your college costs and student debt low.
Beyond general university awards and scholarships, UCM offers numerous scholarships for students earning degrees in Music, including:
You can learn more about program-specific scholarships using the UCM Scholarship Finder.
UCM Service awards
Students earning degrees in Music may also qualify for UCM Service awards. These awards recognize students playing in the Service Jazz Combo, the String Quartet or the Marching Mules, as well as those who tutor other music students or provide other music services to the university.
If you are interested in pursuing a B.A. in music you will need to complete the following three items.
1) After you have completed your application to UCM, then apply to UCM Music.
2) Fundamentals of Music Examination
3) Your Audition