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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music

Student Learning Outcomes: Students in the Music major will (1) become familiar with music of various styles, cultures, and historical eras and will understand how music contributes to diverse academic disciplines; (2) receive training and coursework that meets the highest possible standards of preparation for a successful musical career; (3) receive quality instrumental and/or vocal training, leading to high achievement in music performance; (4) be able to write competently about the elements of music in a theoretical and historical perspective, demonstrating cognitive understanding and critical thinking; and (5) see how music can be used for service in their collegiate career and in their professional, civic, and Christian life.

Vocational Applications: The course of study for music majors is intended to assist each student in achieving a high degree of perfomance ability, artistic growth, and significant development toward the student's musical career goals.

Requirements: See USF course catalogue for detailed music curricula.

All Music majors are required to participate in a USF large music ensemble for seven semesters (excluding internship semester), pass a piano proficiency examination (freshman or sophomore year), receive approval to continue as a Music major during annual evaluations, take applied lessons for seven to eight semesters (in one area) depending on the concentration (these courses may also be taken for no credit), present a partial and a full recital, maintain acceptable attendance at concerts, recitals, and community events (10 per semester), maintain attendance at Department Recitals (4 out of 5) each semester, and perform in at least one Departmental Recital per semester (when enrolled in private lessons).


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music Education

Student Learning Outcomes: Students in the Music Education major will (1) become familiar with music of various styles, cultures, and historical eras and will understand how music contributes to diverse academic disciplines; (2) receive training and coursework that meets the highest possible standards of preparation for a employment as a music educator; (3) receive quality instrumental and/or vocal training, leading to high achievement in music teaching and performance; (4) be able to write competently about the elements of music in a theoretical, historical, and pedagogical perspective, demonstrating cognitive understanding and critical thinking; and (5) see how music can be used for service in their collegiate career and in their professional, civic, and Christian life.

Vocational Applications: This program provides the specialization required by the teaching profession for teaching at different levels, i.e., general music education for grades K-12 or instrumental and/or vocal teaching for elementary and secondary schools.

Requirements: See USF course catalogue for detailed music education curricula.

All Music Education majors are required to participate in a USF large music ensemble for seven semesters (excluding student teaching semester), pass a piano proficiency examination (freshman or sophomore year), receive approval to continue as a Music Education major during annual evaluations, take applied lessons for seven semesters (in one area) depending on concentration (these courses may also be taken for no credit), present a partial recital, maintain acceptable attendance at concerts, recitals, and community events (10 per semester), maintain attendance at Department Recitals (4 out of 5) each semester, and perform in at least one Departmental Recital per semester (when enrolled in private lessons).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music Ministry

This major combines coursework in the area of Music and Theologies, with some Media Studies. 

Student Learning Outcomes: Students in the Music Education major will (1) become familiar with church music of various styles, cultures, and historical eras and will understand how music contributes to diverse worship settings; (2) receive training and coursework in preparation for a career in church music in a local church or parachurch agency, understanding the musical and the theological perspectives necessary to lead a congregation from a Christian perspective, communicating ideas coherently and applying them responsibly; (3) receive quality instrumental and vocal training, leading to high achievement in the leading of music in the worship setting; (4) be able to write competently about the elements of music in a theoretical, historical, and pedagogical perspective, demonstrating cognitive understanding and critical thinking; and (5) see how music can be used for service in their collegiate career and in their professional, civic, and Christian life.

Vocational Applications: Graduates of this program will possess the necessary musical abilities and knowledge of the Word of God to work as ministers of worship and music in local churches, and with supplementary training will be equipped to serve in the pastorate, Christian education, missionary service, campus ministry, media and arts ministry, or institutional chaplaincy.

Requirements: See USF course catalogue for detailed music ministry curricula.

All Music Ministry majors are required to participate in a USF large music ensemble for eight semesters, receive approval to continue as a Music Ministry major during annual evaluations, take applied lessons for eight semesters (these courses may also be taken for no credit), and maintain acceptable attendance at concerts, recitals, and community events (10 per semester).

Music Minor

Student Learning Outcomes: Students in the Music minor will be provided with a broad understanding and appreciation of music as an integral part of the liberal arts, in collaboration with their chosen major field of study.

Vocational Applications: The study of music and participation in musical ensembles prepare the student for future leadership and service in church and community musical organizations.

Requirements: In addition to meeting the regular degree requirements of the University, the student must take a minimum of 18 semester hours of study that includes Music 150, 155, 200, 323; 4 hours of applied music (in one area); and 2 hours from an approved list of courses in the Music Major Handbook.




The Music Department regularly assesses its programs to determine how well it is accomplishing its educational mission.