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Degree Programs

The Kutztown University Department of Music is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and offers these diverse music degrees.


Master of Education in Music Education

Designed specifically for working professionals, this program can be completed fully online or partially on-campus. It offers students the flexibility needed to balance work, school, and personal obligations. Graduates will possess tools needed to work as advanced practitioners and leaders of music education in K-12 schools. Coursework covers topics in music education issues and trends, learning processes, instructional design, research applications, musical analysis, musicology, and technology.


Bachelor of Science in Music Education

Music education majors receive a unique combination of musical and professional training to become highly-qualified professional teachers in a variety of settings. The Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and aligns with all National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards.

Bachelor of Arts in Music - Performance Emphasis

The B.A. in Music Performance allows students to concentrate on performance within a liberal arts degree. The Performance concentration provides a strong fundamental musicianship base and is designed for the music major who can demonstrate outstanding performance skills and the required devotion and commitment that comes with a demanding practice schedule. Students will also acquire entrepreneurial, personal and practical skills necessary for success in the 21st century.

Bachelor of Arts in Music - Commercial Music

Not all students interested in music wish to teach or perform, which are typically career goals for students pursuing the B.S. in Music Education and the B.A. in Music Performance degree. The B.A. in Music - Commercial Music degree is designed for students who wish to focus their studies in the vast area of the commercial music industry (such as recording engineer, arts administration, performance of popular music, and other positions in the music industry). Students interested in commercial performance are encouraged to add the Jazz Minor.


Dual Degree in Performance and Music Education

Dedicated students who meet degree requirements for both performance and music education can complete dual degrees in these fields. Through careful curricular planning with an advisor and wise use of electives the dual degree can usually be achieved in four and a half years with the use of occasional summer or intersession courses. Students in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education must complete a minimum of 150 credits to be awarded dual degrees. Please see each degree for requirements.


Bachelor of Arts in Music

Students enrolled in the liberal arts B.A. Music degree take crucial fundamental classes in subjects such as harmony and theory, aural skills, conducting, music history, and applied music. The combination of superb mentoring by renowned artists/teachers, small class sizes, diverse performance opportunities, and a well-rounded curriculum will help students on the road to success. This liberal arts degree allows students the flexibility to investigate various areas of interest including composition, musicology, audio engineering, business, and/or for those interested in pursuing graduate studies in music therapy. This degree is well-suited for those who wish to double-major in music and another field.

The following minors are also offered in the Department of Music: