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Music with an Outside Field

Fast Facts

Faculty: Varies

Can you minor in this program? No

Emphasis within the major: Varies based on student interests

Popular outside fields: business, psychology, theatre arts

Program website:
stetson.edu/music

More Information

The music with an outside field degree allows students to prepare for a career tailored to both their music and non-music interests.

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If you'd like to combine your study of music with courses in another field of interest, consider working toward the music with an outside field degree, the bachelor of music with elective study in an outside field. This diverse and competitive degree program will enable you to prepare for both your chosen fields.

This major is ideal for students whose interest is primarily in music, but who also have a strong desire to pursue a non-music area of study as well. Students in this major combine their music studies with any degree area offered by the university. For instance, a bachelor's degree in music with an outside field in psychology is a popular combination that can prepare students for graduate study in music therapy. Music with an outside field in theatre combines a love of musical performance with an interest in theater production. Many other combinations are possible. The most popular combination - music with an outside field in business - can be used as the foundation for a five year program that results in both bachelor of music and master of business administration degrees for the graduate.

A Distinctive Program

The opportunity to combine a music education tailored to include your liberal arts or business interest can create unique opportunities for future employment or graduate study. The music with an outside field degree is our most flexible music degree, offering an exciting option to students who value the liberal learning tradition that Stetson was founded on and a world-class education in music.

Academics and Research

Independent research

All music students at Stetson University complete a senior research project in some form through a recital, composition or research paper. Music with an outside field students complete a senior recital, prepared for with guidance from their applied music instructor though weekly lessons and performance classes.

Facilities and opportunities

The School of Music at Stetson University takes advantage of three buildings on campus: Presser Hall, McMahan Hall and Elizabeth Hall. Presser Hall serves as the core location for most music majors, and houses all practice rooms, the majority of classrooms and faculty offices, select rehearsal rooms and the administrative offices of the dean and associate dean. McMahan Hall offers an expansive space for large-ensemble rehearsals like the band, orchestra and large choir as well as percussion practice facilities. H. Douglas Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall is our primary performance space. This live acoustical room that can seat an audience of 750 is an ideal space for performances by organists, guitarists, choirs, soloists and chamber groups. The chapel houses our notable Paul R. Jenkins Jr. Beckerath organ, one of six Beckerath organs housed on the Stetson campus.

Preparation for graduate study

Depending on the outside area of study that the student chooses, the opportunities for graduate study are diverse. The program has had students who have pursued music performance, law, music therapy, business (M.B.A.) and many other graduate fields after completing their music with an outside field degree in the School of Music.

Awards and Recognition

Distinguished faculty

Students study with a variety of faculty members based on their instrument (voice, piano, clarinet, etc.) and outside field. Refer to the School of Music's faculty page for a complete list of faculty.

Grant-funded research

Students are encouraged to take part in the Stetson Undergraduate Research Experience. Each year undergraduate scholars are selected in a university-wide competition for grants to work with a faculty mentor on a summer research project.

Undergraduate awards and honors

Students have the opportunity to join Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honors society.

After Stetson

Diverse careers

The music with an outside field degree allows students to prepare for a music-related career tailored specifically to their interests. For example, a graduate who combines the study of music and business could pursue a career in performing arts management. The combination of music and psychology could lead to private practice or hospital-related work in music therapy. Music and religious studies would benefit students interested in music ministry, and music and theater could lead to a career as a director. Emmy Award-winning alumnus and composer Wesley Whatley '02 combined his music studies with business. He is creative director for Macy's Parade and Entertainment Group in New York City.

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