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Bachelor of Science in Music

The Bachelor of Science in Music provides a basic foundation of academic courses in general education but focuses more heavily on courses in the major. Concentrations in this degree are designed to give students intensive study and practical experience in their chosen field. Indiana University Southeast offers the B.S. degree in Music with concentrations in the following areas:

What is a Concentration?

A "concentration" is simply a specific area of study. Since music is such a diverse disciplines, students at IU Southeast have the opportunity to pursue a concentration that best develops his/her interests and skills. Each degree concentration has its own set of requirements in addition to those required by the university for the B. A. degree or the B. S. degree. Students must declare an intended concentration and track (if applicable) prior to auditioning to become a music major.

What is a Track?

A "track" is a specific area of study within a concentration. Not every concentration has multiple tracks. For example, Audio Production does not have multiple tracks. In Music Education students may select between Vocal and General Music P-12 or Instrument and General Music P-12.

Degree Information

The optimal development of each student's unique musical abilities is our goal. Our faculty of nationally recognized scholars and artists are strongly committed to fostering student learning and academic achievement in the studio and the classroom. Small class sizes and personal attention are designed to enhance student-faculty work and facilitate the learning experience.

Students engage in a rigorous program that combines all aspects of artistic and academic study. Courses in performance, music education or audio production teach professional skills and foster creative thinking. The core of music theory and music literature/history develop analytical skills and critical thinking and are designed to give students knowledge of the styles, genres and great works of the musical lexicon. Public performance and ensemble work, as well as internships field work provide practical opportunities to hone skills and learn to work cooperatively.

A full array of general academic subjects traditional to the liberal arts provides skills and knowledge in written and oral communication and provides an excellent academic foundation for personal development and professional flexibility.

Assessment of student learning and student success is a major component of the Music program. Student progress is evaluated from the first audition that is required for entrance to the program, through Sophomore Gateway exams and final capstone projects that measure the student's ability to synthesize skills and musical knowledge through the "voice" of their major concentration. In addition, faculty evaluate student progress and achievement of two basic goals at all levels of study: a substantive knowledge of the fundamental areas of the musical language, including theory, music history/literature and basic music technology, as well as the development of skills in their areas of special concentration.

Graduates are prepared for licensing and teaching in the schools or for professional work in audio production as well as additional graduate study.

University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements

All Baccalaureate degrees offered by IU Southeast requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and a minimum of 30 credit hours of upper-level coursework (300-level or above). No more than 64 credit hours earned in accredited junior/community colleges may be applied toward a Baccalaureate degree. The University Residency Requirement dictates that students must complete no less than 26 credit hours at IU Southeast during their senior year and no less than 10 credit hours of coursework in the major field of study.

Department of Music Residency Requirements

The Department of Music enforces the University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements with no additions.

General Education Core Requirements

All music majors are required to take courses that engage the student in the general study of music through music literature, theory, technology, and performance.

All IU Southeast Baccalaureate degrees require 30 credit hours of General Education Core coursework. Students must select a course(s) to satisfy each category listed below. View the list of courses that satisfy the General Education Core requirements.

  • Information Literacy (1 credit)
  • Written Communications I (3 credits)
  • Written Communications II (3 credits)
  • Oral Communications (3 credits)
  • Ethical Reasoning/Diversity (3 credits)
  • Natural Sciences (one lecture – 3 credits, one lab – 2 credits)
  • Arts/Humanities(3 credits)
  • Social Science(3 credits)
  • General Education Additional Requirement (Art, Humanities, or Social Science) (3 credits)

Please note that several courses required for your Major may “double dip” with the general education core courses.

View a list of current course offerings.

Bachelor of Science in Music Requirements

Admission to the Music Department is by audition only. Students applying for admission into the Music Department at Indiana University Southeast to pursue a B.S. in Music degree – as well as those applying for a music scholarship – must attend one of the Music Department's Audition Days. Students must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.0 for admission in Music Education. In addition to the audition, students will take a brief ear training exam and are required to take a Theory Placement Exam.

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