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Undergraduate Degrees

The School of Music offers an undergraduate degree in the following areas:

Bachelor of Music:

Music Education

The Bachelor of Music with Teacher Certification degree is structured for students desiring to become public school music teachers. The curriculum presents students with a broad knowledge of the elements of music, instructional knowledge in teaching individual instruments, voice, and ensembles, as well as the science and art of teaching.

The degree program prepares students to become:

  1. elementary music teachers,
  2. orchestra directors for junior & senior high school,
  3. choir directors for junior & senior high school, or
  4. band directors for junior & senior high school.

At the conclusion of course-work, students become eligible to take the state certification tests for music (grades EC-12).



For students wishing to pursue careers as professional performers, the School of Music offers outstanding programs in instrumental and vocal performance. Experiences in large ensembles, chamber music, opera workshop, and accompanying (for keyboard majors) are designed to provide students with a broad-base structure for performance activities. The studio faculty and ensemble conductors have extensive performance backgrounds and are knowledgeable in the diverse opportunities for students in careers as musical performers.

  • Significant emphasis is placed on applied (private) lessons
  • Each studio conducts its own studio class. The class provides opportunities for solo and chamber performances as well as discussions concerning pedagogy, repertoire and other important topics
  • Each year the School of Music hosts a number of guest professional musicians who perform concerts and/or present master classes on campus.
  • Students also have opportunities to gain experience working as professional performers and private teachers in surrounding areas.

The School of Music has a full complement of traditional music performance areas:

  • Winds and Percussion
  • Strings
  • Voice
  • Keyboards



Students wishing to pursue careers as composers or to specialize in music theory may complete a degree in music composition. The School of Music has a distinguished faculty for this academic concentration who can help students realize career opportunities beyond performance and the professional programs of music education and music therapy.

Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy

All incoming students must complete a live interview to be considered for admission.

The School of Music at SHSU offers the bachelors degree in music therapy or, for the student who already holds a bachelor degree in music, a music therapy equivalency program. Either offering prepares the student to sit for the music therapy board certification exam and to practice as a professional music therapist. Programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and approved by the American Music Therapy Association.

The music therapy degree plan includes intensive course work in music as well as courses in the behavioral sciences. For several semesters, students are concurrently involved in clinical work with a wide variety of populations, gaining practical experience while taking courses that coincide with those experiences. The final credits are earned in a full-time, 900-1040 hour internship under a board certified music therapist in an approved program.

Bachelor of Arts in Music

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