Music Liberal Arts
Are graduate studies available for this program? No
Can you major in this program? Yes
Can you minor in this program? No
Emphasis within the major: music
This program offers a liberal arts degree with a significant emphasis on music.
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If you want to be involved in a strong liberal arts program while also taking part regularly in School of Music performances, consider majoring in music within the College of Arts and Sciences.
A cross-disciplinary program, operated jointly by the College of Arts and Sciences (which grants the degree) and the School of Music, the major is designed for those who wish to pursue a traditional Arts and Sciences curriculum while continuing to study music through lessons, recitals and ensemble performances.
What makes the program distinctive?
The bachelor of arts in music offers the strong Stetson University bachelor's degree with a significant emphasis in music, including eight semesters of applied study, eight semesters of ensemble experiences and academic courses such as introduction to music, music culture, style and analysis and two semesters of music theory.
Academics and Research
A senior research project is required of students in the major, as well as an applied recital.
Facilities and opportunities
The School of Music is housed in Presser and McMahan halls, and performances are generally presented in Lee Chapel within Elizabeth Hall. Music facilities include three large ensemble rehearsal halls, six classrooms, 32 practice rooms, 34 teaching studios and an Apple computer lab.
The music collection of scores, books, recordings and videos is housed in the arts wing of the university's duPont-Ball Library. The six Beckerath organs owned by the university are housed in Lee Chapel, Pittman Organ Studio and various rehearsal and practice spaces. Computerized voice lab equipment, also used in instrumental instruction, offers students immediate visual and aural feedback on many aspects of their singing, including pitch, volume, overtones and vowel accuracy.
Preparation for graduate study
The department helps prepare students who are interested in graduate work through their senior research project and the senior recital.
Awards and Recognition
Music majors in the College of Arts and Sciences can take advantage of the academic variety offered by the professors in its many programs, while also studying with School of Music faculty members who are performing artists with expertise in the fields of performance, music education, theory and composition, and music technology. The program director is:
- Janis B. Kindred, D.M., Florida State University; composition, creating computer programs for teaching music theory
Students are encouraged to take part in the Stetson Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (S.U.R.E.), which provides funding for equipment, room and board, and travel.
Undergraduate awards and honors
The School of Music awards several awards for undergraduates, including the Presser Scholarship, membership opportunities in Pi Kappa Lambda, and special scholarships based on achievement and performance during the undergraduate career. Students can also join the international music fraternities: Sigma Alpha Iota (women) and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (men).
Our alumni go on to a wide variety of careers that require a bachelor of arts degree.