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Music (BA, BM, Minor)

Develop your musical talents.

Whether you want to teach, conduct, perform, or pursue graduate studies, a degree in music prepares you for a rewarding career using your God-given talent. ACU’s Department of Music offers several distinct degree options; choose the one that best meets your personal and professional goals:

  • The Bachelor of Arts in Music is a general degree in the liberal arts tradition with a larger number of electives.
  • The Bachelor of Music with teacher certification is designed for those wishing to teach in a school setting.
  • The Bachelor of Music in vocal performance is designed to prepare students for graduate study and pursue a career as a performer.
  • The Music Minor is designed for students who wish to study music at the college level while pursuing their primary major.
Note: Auditions are required for departmental scholarships. Major and non-major scholarships are available for band, orchestra, piano, and voice. (Participation scholarships for the Big Purple Marching Band do not require an audition.)

Program Overview

Credit hours University Requirements: 56 credit hours
+ Major Requirements: 60 credit hours (choice of 5 tracks)
+ Electives: 12 credit hours
= Total Required: 128 credit hours*
*Based on track selection
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Department Music
School/College College of Arts and Sciences

Coursework

You’ll take courses such as:

  • Advanced Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training
  • Music in World Cultures
  • Music Literature and History
  • Applied Lessons 
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What can you do after graduation?

  • K-12 Music Teacher
  • Band, Orchestra, Choir Director
  • Vocal Coach
  • Graduate School
  • Conductor
  • Studio Musician
  • Private lesson teacher
  • Performance
  • Church Music

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Experiential Learning

From guest artists to recitals to dozens of performance opportunities, musicians at ACU have no shortage of ways to grow musically outside the classroom.

  • Chamber Ensembles
  • Bands
  • Choirs
  • Jazz ensemble/combos
  • Orchestra
  • Opera workshop
  • Percussion ensemble/Steelband

About the Music Department

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The ACU Music Department is committed to preparing outstanding musicians and leaders in our profession, and to reflect God's creative force and presence in our lives and art.

They teach and mentor in the classroom and studio using a wealth of experience gained from their performing, conducting, teaching, and composing careers. The faculty assists students in becoming outstanding performers, teachers, conductors, composers, and leaders in the music industry.

Abilene Christian University's Department of Music is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music and of the Texas Association of Music Schools. Courses and degree plans have been designed to satisfy the requirements of these accrediting agencies.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.