What You'll Learn as a Music Major
Our nationally accredited Bachelor of Arts in Music program is designed to develop well-rounded musical leaders while simultaneously allowing each student to experience broad exposure to music study within a liberal arts context.
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The program may be pursued alone or may be easily combined with other majors and minors. It is primarily designed for students who wish to combine a more extensive study of music with degree studies in other fields such as Pre-Med, business, psychology, or history. After completing a core of required courses, students may elect to pursue a set of music electives of their own choosing. Students within the program will work with a faculty advisor to design a selection of courses that will lead to a senior capstone project that may combine their work in music with another field of study.
The major’s design allows one the opportunity to discover interests in the varied fields of music creation and scholarship or to explore music’s intersection with interests in other fields of study. Admission each year is based on previous academic success, a performance audition, and a personal interview. This program can help you discover music’s important role and become a successful musician and leader, regardless of the desired career path.
Students who major in Music at Marietta are serious about honing their skills and have countless opportunities to be involved in choral and instrumental ensembles, and musical performances. Admission to the program requires an audition and an interview with faculty in the department. Because Marietta College offers a Bachelor of Arts in Music, our students may choose to pursue a second major.
- Instrumental Ensembles
- Symphonic Band
- Wind Ensemble
- Jazz Combo
- Jazz Ensemble
- Chamber Ensembles
- New Music Ensemble
- Pep Band
- Vocal Ensembles
- Concert Choir (mixed)
- Women’s Choir
- Men’s Choir
- Oratorio Chorus
- Floodstage (Contemporary A Cappella)
- Opera Scenes
- Honor Societies
Music-related majors and non-majors who excel in various areas are inducted to Mu Psi Kappa, a music honorary. Candidates are evaluated by full-time Music faculty on a set of 10 criteria, including grade point average, scholarship, dependability, ability to take guidance and corrections well, being a strong member of a music ensemble, setting a proper example for fellow students, leadership skills, good decision-making skills, going beyond the expected, and acceptable musical growth in both ensembles and applied lessons.
- Does the department accept AP credit toward the major?
The department recognizes the accomplishments of students who have AP credit in music. Any student who scores a 4 in AP Music Theory will get credit for MUSC 111/112.
- Can I double major with Music?
Yes. Many of our student choose to do a double major (and oftentimes Music is the second major).
- Are there any scholarships available for Music majors?
Yes. Each year, the Department hosts a Music Audition Day for incoming students. This is where you can compete for a scholarship. Music scholarships are available for both Music majors and non-majors.