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Music (BA)

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; a larger number of electives allows students to craft a degree that meets their needs.

The Bachelor of Music with teacher certification is designed for those wishes 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.

Learn more about the dedicated student and faculty musicians in the Department of Music.

Note: Auditions are required. Major and non-major scholarships are available for voice, piano, band, and orchestra.

Program Overview

Credit hours 72-75
Concentrations 5
Department Music
School/College College of Arts and Sciences


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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  • Music (B.A.)
  • Vocal Performance (B.M.)
  • Piano Performance (B.M.)
  • Teacher Certification - vocal or instrumental (B.M.)
  • Music Minor 

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

Singer Songwriters
Professor with students

Experiential Learning Opportunities

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

Students studying at table

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.