Bachelor of Music

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The Bachelor of Music degree in Composition, with special areas of interest in instrumental, vocal, and piano, provides training in composition, orchestration, and arranging and prepares students for professional work in music.

The Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, a five-year program, with areas of interest in instrumental and vocal, prepares the student for a career in public school music teaching while earning Nevada teacher certification.

The Bachelor of Music degree in Performance, with special areas of interest in instrumental, vocal, and piano, prepares the student to begin a professional career in music. All Bachelor of Music degrees in performance provide thorough preparation for further study in music at the graduate level.

Available Options

  • Composition/Instrumental
  • Composition/Piano
  • Composition/Vocal
  • Music Education/Instrumental
  • Music Education/Vocal
  • Performance/Instrumental
  • Performance/Piano
  • Performance/Vocal

Accreditation

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Perform in one primary performance medium, at a level appropriate for the area of specialization, with sufficient technical and musical skills requisite for artistic self-expression.
  2. Demonstrate broad working knowledge of the solo repertoire for their primary performance medium, at a level appropriate for the area of specialization, and display essential skills to interpret a range of styles within that repertoire.
  3. Perform in solo and ensemble (large and small) settings at a level appropriate for the area of specialization, with sufficient technical and musical skills requisite for artistic self-expression.
  4. Read solo and ensemble (large and small) literature at sight with fluency demonstrating both general musicianship and, in the primary performance medium, a skill level relevant to professional standards appropriate for the area of concentration.
  5. Demonstrate in written, verbal, aural, and visual methods knowledge of styles, composers, genres, forms, and processes of Western European art music through present time, including contributions to this tradition made by composers of both genders and multicultural societies.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of harmony, musical form, and compositional process, and the ability to use this knowledge in written, verbal, aural, and visual analyses.
  7. Demonstrate fluency in written fundamentals and aural comprehension of music theory (including aural dictation).
  8. Utilize the piano for personal music study and instruction.
  9. Synthesize performance, historical, stylistic, analytical, and technological information to solve artistic problems and form musical interpretations, and convincingly communicate these solutions and interpretations in written, verbal, aural, and visual methods.
  10. Develop and plan for instruction in P-12 settings (Music Education Only).
  11. Facilitate the technical development and artistic growth of students’ musical skills through appropriate pedagogical techniques and methodologies (Music Education Only).

Career Possibilities

The Bachelor of Music in Performance (Instrumental or Vocal concentration) prepares the student to attain the knowledge, competencies, and skills to enter many professional careers in music.

Musicians

  • Performer
  • Composer
  • Contractor
  • Teacher
  • Arts administrator
  • Music technologist

Performers

Performers find employment as:

  • Conductors
  • Solo and chamber musicians
  • Commercial or studio musicians
  • Ensemble players
  • Freelancers
  • Military ensemble performers

Composers

Composers work as:

  • Arrangers
  • Orchestrators
  • Film Composers
  • Copyists

Music Educators

Music educators teach in:

  • Private studios
  • Public schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Community music schools
  • Early childhood music programs

There are many other positions in arts administration; artist management, media music, music retailing, instrument repair, manufacturing, and design, and the recording industry.

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Contacts

College of Fine Arts Advising Center

Fine Arts Advising assists first-year, sophomore, and new transfer students. Students advance past the second year in their respective disciplines, they must seek advising from the school or department of their major.

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School of Music

The School of Music offers excellent undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students pursuing careers in composition, conducting, jazz studies, music education, and performance. More than 400 music majors study under the guidance of dedicated artist/performers, master teachers, and respected international scholars.

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College of Fine Arts

The College of Fine Arts provides an academic experience that heightens awareness of the physical, intellectual, and cultural world while preparing students for professional employment and/or post-graduate study in their artistic area.

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