Music Major

Prepare for careers in instrumental performance, jazz studies, vocal performance or music technology with a degree in music.

Bellarmine’s Department of Music offers an integrated program of both standard and commercial instruction, ideal for students who plan to pursue a career in music as well as those who wish to double-major in an area outside of music.

Why earn your Music degree at Bellarmine?

Diverse course offerings, numerous and enriching music activities, challenging ensembles, individual attention from faculty, and innovative flexible-degree programs make the Bellarmine University Music Program an attractive choice.

Our faculty are active in the music industry as performers, conductors, clinicians, adjudicators, educators, scholars and composers throughout the region, the United States, Mexico, Europe and South America. A number of music faculty perform with The Louisville Orchestra, The Louisville Ballet, The Louisville Master Chorale, The Louisville Vocal Project and numerous chamber groups and companies. Other faculty own their own music business enterprises, are published composers or recording artists and appear as guest musicians throughout the region.

Majors within the Music Department include Vocal Performance, Instrumental Performance, Piano Pedagogy and Accompanying, Jazz Studies, Theory/Composition and Music Technology.

Program Highlights

The Music Department at Bellarmine University provides our students comprehensive training in all components of music, including performance, scholarship, and the practical aspects of the musical profession. Value-centered learning takes place in an inclusive, diverse, and engaging environment. Students are prepared for a life in the performing arts, with diverse career options including classical music performance, popular music performance, conducting, composing, music education, the creation of electronic music and the application of digital recording expertise. The Music Program offers an integrated program of both standard and commercial instruction. Diverse course offerings, numerous enriching musical activities, challenging ensembles, individual attention from faculty, and innovative and flexible degree programs make the Bellarmine University Music Program an attractive choice for student musicians.

Music Technology Emphasis
Write and record your own music. Learn on-site and studio recording skills and how to build an effective home digital recording studio. Learn basic digital manipulation and editing techniques through synthesis, signal processing, software-based systems, and interactive computer music, acoustics, perception, basic electronics, invention, trends, aesthetics and the history of electro-acoustic music. Learn aspects of the music business including Intellectual Property, Copyright and Artist Contract Laws. All music technology majors will be accepted into the program upon successful completion of an interview with the program director, a music portfolio/audio CD, and instrumental or vocal audition. If you do not have a music portfolio, this does not mean you cannot enter the program—call the department chair and he will further explain.

Learning Goals

Music Department students will demonstrate:

  1. Tone that is full, consistent, mature, pleasing to the ear, and comparable to other accomplished performers in their artistic medium.
  2. A level of accuracy in their performance characterized by correct notes and rhythms, with minimal to no errors in performance.
  3. Mastery of their medium, exhibiting outstanding facility and showing promise of approaching the mastery of a professional.
  4. Mastery of collaborative performance, where interaction and synchronization is intuitive and fluid, and collaborators function as a unit.
  5. Understanding of music history and theory in both writing and performance practice.

Frequently Asked Questions

What courses are required to complete the program?
Bachelor of Arts in Music:

  • MUSC 101, 102, 105, 110, 201, 205, 211, 330, 409, 410;
  • MUSI 191 (eight semesters);
  • Eight credits (one per semester), in applied major (MUSI instrument, vocal, or jazz course);
  • Eight credits (one per semester) of an approved ensemble (MUSE course);
  • Four credits of approved upper level music (MUSC) electives.

Bachelor of Arts Music majors must also complete six credits of a foreign language or satisfy the Bellarmine College of Arts and Sciences Bachelor of Arts foreign language proficiency requirement.

Bachelor of Music, Emphasis in Instrumental Performance, Jazz Studies, Piano Pedagogy & Accompanying, Theory & Composition, or Vocal Performance:

  • Required Music Theory Courses: MUSC 101, 102, 105, 201, 202, 205, and 206;
  • Required Music History Courses: MUSC 211, 330, and 409;
  • Additional Required Music Courses: MUSC 110, 320; 434;
  • Eight credits of upper level music (MUSC) electives;
  • Eight credit hours of emphasis courses (see Required Emphasis below).
  • Required Performance Courses: MUSI 191 (eight semesters); MUSC 210, 310, 410;
  • Sixteen credits in applied music (two credit hours per semester of the same applied MUSI course appropriate to the emphasis);
  • Eight credits of an approved ensemble (1 credit hour MUSE course per semester).
  • Required Emphasis - All BM majors must select one of the following major emphases and complete the required courses for that emphasis:
    • Instrumental Performance Emphasis: MUSC 341, 405, 407, and 420.
    • Jazz Studies Emphasis: MUSC 312 and 343, and 4 hours of MUSI 201.
    • Piano Pedagogy and Accompanying Emphasis: MUSC 266, 354, 355, and 366.
    • Vocal Performance Emphasis: MUSC 351, 375, 385, 412, and 420.
    • Music Theory and Composition Emphasis: MUSC 341, 403, 405, and 407.

Bachelor of Music, Emphasis in Music Technology:

  • Required Music Theory Courses: MUSC 101, 102, 105, 201, 202, 205, and 206;
  • Required Music History Courses: MUSC 211, 330, and 409;
  • Additional Required Music Courses: MUSC 110, 304, 341, 407, 434; and eight credits of upper level music (MUSC) electives.
  • Required Performance Courses: MUSI 191 (eight semesters), MUSC 410, eight credits in applied music (1 credit hour MUSI course per semester), and four credits of an approved ensemble (1 credit hour MUSE course for four semesters).
  • Required Music Technology Emphasis Courses: MUST 173, 174, 273, 274, 373, 374, 380, 473, 474.

Are there any special admission requirements for this degree program?
In order to be accepted into the Music Program as a major or minor, you must successfully complete an entrance audition. This audition can be set up at various times throughout the year based upon your planned visit to the Bellarmine campus. The audition will not deny you entrance; it is designed to allow faculty members to assess your music skills and background so they may better advise you as to the most suitable degree track and course schedule for your individual situation.

Successful completion of the course requirements for the degree and consistent improvement of your musical skills are necessary to remain in the major or minor status.

What employment opportunities are available with a degree in music?
Some of our graduates have gone on to teach in public and private schools. Others have completed graduate degrees in music at the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, New York University, University of Maryland, or other graduate degrees at the Savannah College of Art and Design and Minnesota State University in fields including Music Therapy, Special Education, Chiropractic School, and Experiential Education. Other graduates go on to careers in Studio Recording and Engineering as well as successful freelance musicians, private studio teachers, and composers living and working in Louisville, New York City, Pittsburgh, Nashville, and Los Angeles.

Do you provide job or internship placement?
Yes. Students in the Music Program are required to complete an internship to gain first-hand experience from professional organizations. Bellarmine students take advantage of internship opportunities at a number of music- and arts-related venues in the Louisville Metro area. Some of those include Gist Piano Technician and Marketing Training, Label X, WFPK/WFPL Radio Partnership, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arts Council of Southern Indiana, StageOne Children’s Theatre, and TNT Recording Studio.

Is financial aid available?
Yes. Please go to Bellarmine’s financial aid website for detailed information on financial aid packages. Additionally, students can work with our Faculty Development Center to apply for grants and awards outside of the Bellarmine offerings.

How many hours can I expect to spend studying outside of class time?
Students have their own learning styles so this can vary greatly. As a rule of thumb, expect to spend an average of two hours studying for every hour you spend in class.

Alumnus Story

“What made Bellarmine unique to me was how hands-on they are with their music program. Not every school and not any school nearby really does what Bellarmine does. They don’t just approach music from a classical way; they approach it from a more modern way. Their production classes are very current and very helpful and have pushed me in my career. Bellarmine’s music program makes sure all their students are well-rounded: playing the music, producing music, reading music. Music theory is such an integral part in being a musician, and while it is hard work, it’s worth the work to grow as a musician. I think programs like this, especially Bellarmine’s music program, push the next generation of musicians.”

Roman Aprile ’15
Music Technology
Producer, Engineer, Musician
Jakarta Records

Career Prospects

Some of our graduates have gone on to teach in public and private schools. Others have completed graduate degrees in music at the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, New York University, University of Maryland, or other graduate degrees at the Savannah College of Art and Design and Minnesota State University in fields including Music Therapy, Special Education, Chiropractic School, and Experiential Education. Other graduates go on to careers in Studio Recording and Engineering as well as successful freelance musicians, private studio teachers, and composers living and working in Louisville, New York City, Pittsburgh, Nashville, and Los Angeles.

On-Campus Experiences

Music majors have opportunities to use state-of-the-art equipment to study current music technology and studio recording skills, and can participate in performances with other students. With performing arts productions from the art, music and theatre departments, students can attend a number of out-of-the-classroom events and engage with students from in and outside the major. Music majors make the most of their learning experience by learning from students, faculty and performing arts professionals who are invited to campus to share their productions and experiences with students.

Ensembles
We offer intensive ensembles for experienced music majors and a variety of ensemble opportunities for non-majors. Ensembles include University Singers, Schola cantorum, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, Brass Choir, Chamber Winds, Chamber Strings, Classical Guitar Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Handbell Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Nouveau Gumbo Ensemble, Opera Theater, Percussion Ensemble, Piano Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Technology Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble, and African Drum Ensemble.

Admission Requirements

The Music Department does not deny anyone the opportunity to participate in our music program. If you wish to be accepted into the music program as a major or minor, you must successfully complete an entrance audition. This audition can be set up at various times throughout the year based upon your planned visit to the Bellarmine campus. The audition is designed to allow the faculty members of the music department to assess your music skills and background so that we may better advise you as to the most suitable degree track and course schedule for your individual situation. Successful completion of the course requirements for the degree and consistent improvement of your musical skills are necessary to remain in the major or minor.

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Accreditation

Bellarmine University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master's and doctorate degrees.

Study Abroad

Bellarmine music students have taken advantage of study abroad opportunities in Salzburg, Austria, Universidad de Salamanca in Spain, Universitat Tubingen in Germany, and the University of Ghana in West Africa, among others. The Music Department also mounts a European Concert Tour every other year where the Schola cantorum choir, Oratorio Society and Jazz Ensemble perform throughout a country or countries for 10-12 days. Past trips have included Italy, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Poland. Learn more about what study abroad opportunities are available to you below.

Contact Information

S. Timothy Glasscock, D.M.A., Chair
502.272.8449 or sglasscock@bellarmine.edu

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