Bachelor of Arts in Music (B.A.) is a liberal arts degree program with a broad curriculum that includes the standard music history and theory courses as well as diverse of many electives both within and outside of music. Graduation requires the completion of 148 credits, including 28 credits of university requirements, 40 credits of professional education requirements, 80 credits of music department requirements and electives. Applied music in performance emphasize on areas such as piano, vocal, strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass) woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon), brass (trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba), percussion, and composition. Students are widely engaged in various ensemble opportunities such as chorus, symphony orchestra, and chamber music ensembles. Traditionally, this program provides the preparation of elementary schoolteachers. In today’s world, there are many other directions that graduates may pursue: performance, composition, music business, music technology, and others.
Master of Music (M.M.) provides music with in-depth training and experience in three areas of concentration: music performance and composition, music education, and musicology. Music performance is concentrated in the area of piano, voice as well as composition. Graduation requires the completion of 32 credits, including 16~20 credits of requirements, 10~14 credits of electives, and 2 credits of independent studies. The study in each of these areas aims to improve student expertise in handling instructional challenges and musical demands.
- Cultivate professional music teachers with either on education and performing competencies. In most cases, students graduating from our undergraduate and graduate programs are basically professional music teachers for elementary schools.
- Develop the independent research ability of student in the musical field.
- Prepare students to enter the highly diverse and competitive music market, such as orchestra performing, private teaching, music therapy, music publishing, music technology and music business managing.
- Prepare students to engage in community music promotion works.
- Encourage students to participate in national/international professional music organizations.