Undergraduate – Bachelor in Music Degree
A Music degree from Kennesaw State University prepares you to enter various careers in music such as a solo performer, a studio teacher, a university professor, or a composer. The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and it includes several tracks for you to persue, including:
- Piano Performance
- Vocal Performance
- Strings Performance
- Jazz Performance
- Winds Performance
- Percussion Performance
- Music Theory
You will be taught by our exceptional piano faculty, all of whom are active performers as well as teachers. In addition to daily interactions with faculty, the Bailey School of Music offers masterclass performance opportunities with internationally acclaimed pianists. Recent and upcoming guests include Jean Yves Thibaudet, Jeremy Denk, Alessio Bax, Yakov Kasman, Simone Dinnerstein, and Ian Hobson.
You will have the opportunity to compete in local, state, and national competitions as well as opportunities for frequent recital performances, both on- and off-campus. Our students are
regularly accepted into notable schools of music for graduate studies. KSU offers robust courses in entrepreneurship, piano literature, and piano pedagogy (with hands-on teaching opportunities), and together with organizations such as CCMTA, GMTA, and MTNA, KSU prepares the performers and teachers of the future.
Certified as an All-Steinway School, KSU particularly focuses on the collaborative aspects of keyboard playing, with courses in Piano Ensemble, Accompanying, and Chamber Music. Hymn-playing and basic organ skills are also developed, as well as the study and performance of piano concerti.
Voice, Opera, and Choirs
Voice study at KSU will provide you with an atmosphere of excellence in your development as a vocal artist. As a voice major, you’ll receive individual instruction and studio masterclasses from our outstanding voice faculty in addition to courses in music theory, music history, language and diction study, vocal and opera literature, vocal pedagogy, conducting, and opera training.
As a voice major, not only will you train to enhance your vocal capabilities, but you will also learn about the music business and attend entrepreneurship seminars to provide you a foundational understanding of the music business world.
As a singer, you’ll participate in masterclasses with guest artists from the Atlanta Opera and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and notable international artists. You’ll also have the opportunity to sing in full operatic productions with orchestra, as well as opera scenes. Recent opera productions include:
- Pasatieri’s Hotel Casablanca
- Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore
- Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe
- Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte
- Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Stephan Paulus’ The Three Hermits.
You’ll be acquainted with a wide variety of music and styles both as choral members and as oratorio soloists. As a choir singer, you’ll perform with chamber players, ensembles, and the KSU Symphony Orchestra.
The Kennesaw State University choral program and award-winning choirs have performed at Georgia Music Educators Conferences and State, Southern Divisional and National American Choral Directors Association Conferences, and the National Collegiate Choral Organization. You’ll find that our choral program represents diverse academic disciplines from across the KSU campus.
Many of our voice graduates have won scholarships to prestigious music schools across the country. Several have won scholarships for study in national and international summer programs, such as the International Performing Arts Institute in Germany
Winds and Percussion
At the School of Music, if you play wind and percussion instruments, you’ll choose from applied concentrations among the band and orchestra instruments.
You will regularly have opportunities to perform chamber music and work with faculty that perform in the top professional ensembles across the region, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the Symphony Orchestra, a 70-member student ensemble that performs masterworks from the symphonic canon, as well as contemporary compositions and pops literature.
Collaborations have included residencies with several guest composers, So Percussion, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, eighth blackbird, Boston Brass, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Our Wind Ensemble hosted the Southeast Regional College Band Directors Association/ National Band Association Conference and performed a wide variety of classic and new works for the winds. The Wind Ensemble was also recently selected to perform at the College Band Director’s National Association Conference in Charleston, S.C.
The Bailey School of Music has one of the most extensive string programs in the state. It offers applied concentrations in violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, and classical guitar.
As a Strings major, you’ll perform in a full symphony orchestra that previously toured China and hosted the National Conference of the College Orchestra Directors Association. We offer a vibrant chamber music program. Our string faculty perform and collaborate with the top-performing organizations in the region, such as the Atlanta Symphony, the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, and the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra.
You’ll have the opportunity to attend masterclasses with outstanding artists. Recent master artists include; the Ying Quartet, Aspen String Trio, Augustin Hadelich, James Ehnes, Jennifer Koh, Stefan Jackiw, Alisa Weilerstein, Andrés Cárdenes, Vega Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, David Coucheron, and Midori.
The jazz performance concentration is comprehensive and includes courses specific to the jazz idiom in performance, improvisation, theory, arranging, history, and pedagogy.
As a jazz major, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the Metro Atlanta and the southeast region jazz scene. You’ll have the chance to gain a blend of university experience with real-world performance and training.
Recent performances by the Jazz Ensembles have included Brazilian and Latin jazz programs, swing concerts, music from musical theatre, jazz-rock, and retrospectives of such composers as Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Count Basie, and others.
So that you can meet the varying demands of today’s musical world, the KSU Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Combos will help to develop your general jazz performance and improvisational skills.
KSU Jazz Ensembles and Combos have performed at the Jazz Education Network conference, the Georgia Music Educator’s Association in-service conference, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards, the International Festival of University Theatre of Casablanca, as well as performances in Montepulciano, Italy.
With a Composition concentration, you’ll have many great opportunities to develop and advance your creative work. There are numerous opportunities for you to get performances and recordings of their compositions, ranging from our annual composition recitals to our composition contest winners who have their works presented by our top orchestra or wind ensemble. You’ll study with our faculty composers and with internationally recognized guest composers. Additionally, there are a growing number of opportunities for scoring for film, video games, and new media.
Music Theory offers musicians and scholars an advanced study of patterns in music and their interpretation. Our faculty is top-notch, with three PhDs in Music Theory from schools such as Eastman and LSU. Recent students have gotten full tuition, teaching assistantships, and scholarships to attend graduate programs such as Indiana University, University of Kansas, University of Minnesota, and University of Massachusetts - Amherst. A degree in music theory will provide you with a wide range of skills including writing, music analysis, piano and singing proficiency, scholarly reading, and composition in different musical styles. Training is hands-on with lots of one-on-one faculty-student interaction. You will have a lot of flexibility in designing your program of study.
If accepted into the program, you will continue to play your instrument, take applied lessons, and participate in our many well-known ensembles. We ask that all theory majors maintain a GPA of at least 3.0
The Bailey School of Music at Kennesaw State University is an incredibly vibrant and engaging home for you to play, learn, and grow in your musical education and career! We appreciate your interest in joining the KSU Bailey School of Music family. To apply to the KSU Bailey School of Music, please review and complete the application and audition information.
What Can You Do with A Major in Music?
The KSU Music degree can be used in various fields. Enhance your experience and resume by interning while still a student.
The Music degree is a gateway to various professional career areas such as: · Touring and Performing Musician
- Private Studio Teacher
- Music Director
- College Professor
- Classical Composition
- Professional Arranger
- Film, TV, and Video Game Scoring
- Recording Studio Professionals
- Instrument Design and Repair
- Music Scholarship and Research
- Music Criticism
- Music Publishing
- Piano Technician/Tuner
A career in Music offers various paths that can easily align with your current and future goals. Below are just a few jobs achievable with a bachelor's degree in Music from KSU.
Sound Engineering Technicians
Median Salary: National $53,520; Georgia $65,000
Job Growth by 2028: National 6%
*Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, O*Net Online
Excellent Location - KSU is close to Atlanta, where the music scene is exceptional. The program gives you a strong foundation of music history, skills, and music practice.
Hands-On - Students are immersed in studio practices and real-world performances with exceptional professors with renowned artists and orchestras.
Enriching Facilities and Faculty - The Dr. Bobbie Bailey School of Music at KSU is comprised of over 250 vibrant, creative, and talented music students and over 80 faculty members and professional staff devoted to the development of music education, performance, and scholarship within our community.
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