Undergraduate Music Programs


Bachelor of Music - Performance

Offering a strong concentration in performance, this degree provides a thorough musical background based upon a broad liberal arts experience. Students awarded this degree are prepared to enter careers as professional musicians, studio music teachers, and for jobs in music-related industries.

Degree Requirements


Bachelor - Music Education

Designed for prospective elementary, middle, and secondary school music teachers, this degree prepares the student for a career in public and private education. Graduating students receive a PreK-12 State of Kansas certification to teach either vocal or instrumental music. Students can select a second area in either vocal or instrumental music and also receive that PreK-12 area certification.

Program Benefits:

  • Accredited by National Association of
    Schools of Music
  • Affiliated with Emporia State’s nationally
    recognized Teachers College
  • Private school class size and personal attention
    at a state school price
  • Active student chapter of National Association
    of Music Educators
  • Gain teaching experience at the PreK,
    elementary, middle school or high school levels
  • Opportunities to participate in multiple
    instrumental or choral ensembles

Degree Requirements - Instrumental 

Degree Requirements - Vocal


Bachelor of Arts in Music

This broad-based degree emphasis, along with traditional music preparation, opportunities for student directed second concentrations. Graduates are prepared for music and art related positions within many career options.

Degree Requirements


Concentration in Digital Audio Recording

The Emporia State University Department of Music offers the Bachelor of Arts in Music with second field studies in Digital Audio. With the BA in Music as the basis for the program, it includes specific studies in music, coursework presenting the basics of digital audio recording, and coupled with the Minor in Business, provides students with an education that will help them in their pursuit of a career that includes music. It is not a recording arts degree, but is rather a broadbased curriculum to develop a wellrounded individual and support a variety of entrepreneurial pursuits in music: working in one of the many facets of the music industry and related businesses, creating original music, or performing.

Students will learn basic concepts in:

  • Microphone Technique
  • Digital Recording Software
  • Mixing
  • Studio Procedures
  • Other Recording Equipment

Practical music courses, piano, applied lessons, ensemble experience, and conducting, develop musical skills and insights to rehearsing and presenting a project.

Degree Requirements


Music Minor

The music minor provides additional musical development in selected music areas.

Minor Requirements



Certificates are available for short-term study (12 credits).   They are open to all undergraduate students who meet requirements.

Requirements - Music Performance

Requirements - Piano Pedagogy






Music Certificate - Music Performance

12 hours
  • Applied Music (400/500 levels) - 4 hours
  • Performance Area Literature Course - 3 hours
  • Music Electives - 5 hours
Certificate Pre-requisites
  • Upper division student enrollment
  • Permission of applied instructor




Music Certificate - Piano Pedagogy

12 hours
  • MU 728 - Piano Pedagogy 1 (2 hours)
  • MU 729 - Piano Pedagogy 2 (2 hours)
  • MU 442 - Performance Practices in Music (2 hours)
  • MU 740 - Piano Literature (2 hours)
  • MU 451/551 - Applied Piano (4 hours)
Certificate Pre-requisites
  • Upper division student enrollment
  • Permission of applied instructor



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