Why study Music: Liberal Studies at APSU?
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Arts are liberal studies degrees that prepares students for a wide array of careers for which a specific music degree may not be required, and allow students to select from a broad spectrum of courses that suit their career goals and interests. This concentration requires a minor in another area that students select with the help of their academic advisor, and based on career goals and interests. The minor provides additional skills and content that may not be offered in a music course, but are essential for some music-related careers.
What will I learn?
All music majors take basic musicianship classes including music theory, ear training, music history, and music technology, and a group of general education courses that are required of all APSU students (English, Math, Science, etc…). You will also take private lessons with an applied instructor, and perform in any one of APSU’s vocal or instrumental ensembles.
The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.
The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.
What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?
The music department is home to four music student organizations.
- Collegiate chapter of National Assocaiton for Music Education (CNAfME) is a service/professional organization for music education majors.
- Phi Mu Alpha is a music service organiation for men. Students do not need to be music majors to join.
- Sigma Alpha Iota is a music service organization for women. Students do not need to be music majors to join.
- Aspiring Vocal Performers is a professional organization for vocal music majors.
APSU music majors serve the department and community through a variety of outreach programs.
What Do Music: Liberal Studies Majors Do After Graduation?
After graduation, our majors are able to apply for any job (music or otherwise) requiring a bachelor's degree. They are also qualified to apply for entrance into a master's program in music performance or in another field. Those who graduate with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in music degree have many options. Some choose to use the bachelor’s degree to go into the music business, studio recording, or arts management. Finally, some go on to non-music careers like medicine, law, or business. The fact is that a Bachelor of Arts can lead to many different career paths.