Two things set Marietta's music program apart from what you'll find at other schools — the sheer number of opportunities you will have to perform, and the strength of our faculty. From choirs to applied lessons to full-scale musical productions, you can express yourself musically and cultivate your talents — and it all starts your freshman year. Along the way, you'll receive thorough preparation for graduate school or a career as a musician by studying and working closely with professors, who are active performers themselves.
Marietta's Department of Music offers three programs:
Bachelor of Arts in Music
The Bachelor of Arts in Music program offers a well-rounded music education and the chance to focus on areas such as performance, composition, or historical research. After completing the required core courses, you can develop an elective program that reinforces the fields of music that interest you most. This combination helps to prepare you for work in the music profession or for graduate school.
Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance
The Bachelor of Music in Music Performance is a selective program designed to allow students to pursue in-depth study in the area of instrumental or vocal performance. The coursework is designed to guide each student to a better understanding and mastery of their chosen instrument in an environment that provides the individual attention needed to develop both technical and interpretive skills. It will also help each student to develop a broad understanding of the field of music and the factors that influence its role in the United States and abroad. In addition to their core music courses, students will find many opportunities for performance in both solo and ensemble settings and elective courses organized to help students prepare for continued study at the graduate level.
Bachelor of Music in Music Education
The Bachelor of Music in Music Education is a selective-admission program (annually admitting 16 students through audition and interview) designed to prepare the future leaders of the profession. This diverse coursework is designed to guide each student to licensure in music education in a selective environment that provides the individual attention needed to guarantee success as a musician and educator. It will also help each student develop a broad understanding of the issues and theories impacting the future of music education in the United States. In addition to their core music and education courses, students will refine their skills through more than 180 contact hours in conducting and rehearsal techniques, over 150 field experience hours prior to student teaching, and special courses in teaching with technology, and vocal or instrumental pedagogy.
Requirements for a Minor
24 hours required in music: Music 111, 112, 171, 172, and either 330 or 331; 4 hours of an approved ensemble; 4 hours of applied music (excluding preparatory study — Music 150); 5 hours of elective study (excluding Music 101). For complete details of these requirements the students should refer to the Marietta College Music Handbook available from the Music Office, Hermann Fine Arts Building.