Bachelor of Music

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).

BM Performance (Instrumental, Vocal, and Jazz)

The BM Performance degree is designed to prepare students for careers as specialists in the field of musical performance. BM Performance majors learn general musicianship skills in theory, aural skills, music history and literature, and pedagogy in addition to their applied and ensemble skills in the area of performance. The performance degree is offered with concentrations in instrumental performance (including piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, guitar, violin, viola, cello, double bass, and harp), vocal performance, or jazz performance (including primary applied areas of voice, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, drums, guitar, and bass).

BM Theory

Music theory offers musicians and scholars a concentrated study of patterns in music and their interpretation. This area of the BSOM plays special roles in promoting critical thinking, writing skills, musicianship, and undergraduate research. The Bachelor of Music degree in music theory gives a musician a wide range of skills including writing, musical analysis, piano and singing proficiency, scholarly reading, and composition in different musical styles. If accepted into the program, students take applied instrumental or vocal lessons and participate in performing ensembles, in addition to taking academic classes in music. Graduates of the program are prepared for continued study in music theory or musicology, or for pursuing employment in music as a teacher, performer, or entrepreneur.

BM Composition

The Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in Composition prepares students for careers as composers. Students embark on an in-depth study of compositional techniques and styles which includes class and applied composition instruction, and results in the creation of a portfolio of original works. Composition students also learn applied instrumental and/or vocal performance skills (including ensembles), and complete coursework in music theory and aural skills, music history and literature, musical analysis, keyboard proficiency, and music electives. This degree provides students with the musical, collaborative and leadership skills appropriate to a career as a composer of music.



KSU music students in the classroom

Program Snapshot

Program Format: Face-to-Face

Number of Credit Hours: 120 Total Hours

Entry Term: Fall, Spring, Summer

Time to Complete: Four-year Program

Primary Campus: Kennesaw

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Degree Pathway

Stay on path for graduation by using the degree pathway that maps out your courses by semester and by year.

Music Degree Pathway
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Music Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • 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.

What can you do with a Music degree?

  • Private Studio Teacher
  • Music Director
  • College Professor
  • Classical Composition
  • Professional Arranger
  • Recording Studio Professionals
  • Instrument Design and Repair
  • Music Scholarship and Research
  • Music Criticism
  • Music Publishing

Bachelor in Music Degree Salary and Career Information

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.

Double Owl

Double Owl Pathway

Double Owl Pathways allows undergraduate students to obtain their undergraduate and graduate degrees at significantly lower costs and in less time than pursuing each degree separately. KSU offers a variety of Pathways to choose from various disciplines, allowing students to graduate sooner and get a head start on their future careers.

Double Owl Pathways

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Bailey School of Music

Kennesaw State University
Bailey School of Music
Building 31, Room 111, MD 3201
471 Bartow Avenue
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Phone: 470-578-6151

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