Bachelor of Arts in Music / Bachelor of Music

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 tailored to meet your personal and professional goals.

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 tailored to meet your personal and professional goals.

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Mission

The ACU Department of Music provides a welcoming liberal arts experience rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity in a Christian environment. We desire to graduate informed and inquisitive musicians, who embrace diverse musical styles and cultures while pursuing a career in a rapidly evolving field.

Program Structure

B.A. in Music Degree Details

These are the important details you will need to keep in mind as you prepare your application and degree plan. 

Required Hours

University Requirements: 56 credit hours + Major Requirements: 60 credit hours (choice of 5 tracks) + Electives: 12 credit hours = Total Required: 128 credit hours

Example Coursework

Advanced Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training

Music in World Cultures

Music Literature and History

Applied Lessons

Minor Available

Yes

Department

Music

Application Deadlines

Early Bird: Nov. 1 

Regular: Feb. 1 

National Candidates: May 1

Curriculum

Learning from the Best

As you hone your talent both in and out of the classroom, you’ll be guided by experienced Christian faculty with years of practical and professional experience. Our faculty have performed, taught and presented research all over the world. They are active members of the Texas Music Educators Association, in addition to a variety of both state and national music organizations.

Hands-On Experience

Here are some hands-on learning and performance experiences you can enjoy while earning your music degree:

  • Study Abroad program in Leipzig, Germany
  • Prestigious guest artist concerts and master classes
  • Tours with student ensembles
  • Attendance at conferences such as TMEA, NATS, CBDNA and NCUR
  • Service opportunities such as The Disney Outreach Show, Christmas for Kids and Brown Bag Concerts for children in the community

Facilities

The Williams Performing Arts Center provides music and theatre students an exceptional venue for academic study, artistic growth and performance. The center includes:

  • A 282-seat Recital Hall acoustically “tuneable” to accommodate the performing artist(s) and number of patrons
  • Large instrument and choral rehearsal halls
  • A computer lab featuring Macs, PCs and 16 digital pianos
  • 44 acoustically treated practice rooms and faculty studios
  • The 325-seat Lewis and Jerry Fulks Theatre, a thrust-stage facility designed to the Theatre Department’s specifications with the help of acoustical and theatre consultants
  • The Clara and James Culp Theatre, a multi-form facility designed to allow multiple stage/audience configurations
  • A box office, courtyard and sculpture garden.

Careers

A bachelor’s degree in music offers a wide range of exciting careers, including: 

  • K-12 music teacher
  • Band, orchestra or choir director
  • Vocal coach
  • Conductor
  • Composer
  • Studio musician
  • Private lesson teacher
  • Performer
  • Church music director