Music with an Outside Field

Can’t make up your mind between music and other interests? Do both.

Stetson has pioneered a degree that became one of our more popular music degrees. The BMOF, or Bachelor of Music with an Outside Field, is very close to a performance degree, but it has been modified to allow for 20 credits in a field outside of the School of Music. You will have all the benefits and rigor of the lessons, ensemble, theory and history of a traditional music degree, but you will truly leave with multiple types of expertise as you excel in your outside field. Which outside field will you choose? Political Science? Philosophy or Psychology? Marine Biology? Health Sciences? Communications Studies or Russian Studies? The list goes on and on.

Program Overview

  • Bachelor of Music

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

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Program Benefits

The BMOF students enjoy all that the School of Music offers. The singers participate in choirs and voice lessons, the operas or musical theater productions. The instrumentalists take private lessons from expert faculty while playing in band, orchestra, jazz band or any number of chamber or specialized smaller ensembles. Conducting, music technology and career skills are some of the standard courses taken by all music majors. You will even complete a senior recital with guidance from your applied music instructor through weekly lessons and performance classes.

We tweaked the language and diction requirements for singers and the advanced theory sequence for instrumental majors to make room for the extra units in whatever outside field you choose. Both you and your family will like this degree because in the complexity of today's world, you might not want to be an expert in just one field of study.


The BMOF Degree does not have one or two faculty members who administer the degree. Rather, all of the School of Music faculty serve as mentors. Your faculty advisor and the Associate Dean will also have expertise in the structure of your degree, and your studio teacher will also guide you.his distinguished and diverse faculty put student success above all else.

Career Significance

Many students even use their electives to add more classes to the 20 credits already taken in a specific area of expertise. You can be prepared for law school, medical school or various internships in business or politics. Other examples? 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. Environmental Studies, Journalism, International Business, Finance, Economics, French, truly the sky's the limit

Success Stories

Brian Rodriguez graduated with his BMOF in Business and is a fine tenor. For his business model he works on a cruise ship as a performer, but also as a business employee of the cruise line doing marketing work when he is not on stage. Susan Moore did BMOF Psychology and then entered a graduate program in Music Therapy, and then started a Music Therapy program at a hospital in Central Florida. Emmy Award-winning alumnus and composer Wesley Whatley combined his music studies with business. He is creative director for Macy's Parade and Entertainment Group in New York City. Several students have combined music with education, so they could work in large cities or internationally as teachers of underserved populations. Still others decide to seek a strictly music-oriented career by going on to the finest graduate schools in the country or into music internships. Start your own private studio? Work as a music minister? Teach in a local school, or start your own arts school? It’s your choice.