The University of Oklahoma School of Music offers students a variety of ways in which to study music. There are two performance degrees: the Bachelor of Music (BM) and the Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA). Additionally, we offer the Bachelor of Music Education (BME) degree in both instrumental and voice. Finally, we offer the Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA), a liberal arts degree with an emphasis in music. And, for students who would like to continue to study music at the university level, but do not wish to pursue a degree in music we offer a Minor in Music that can complement any degree offered at OU.
- Bachelor of Music
- Bachelor of Musical Arts
- Bachelor of Music Education
- Bachelor of Arts in Music
- Music Minor
- Instrumental Jazz Minor
If you are interested in pursuing any of these degrees, see our Auditions & Admissions page for more information on the application and audition process for the School of Music.
The BM is the performance degree in which students spend the majority of their career at OU in music classes. Students in this degree program present two recitals (a junior recital and a senior recital) and participate in ensembles every semester. Bachelor of Music students devote a significant amount of time to the learning of performance skills and repertoire. This is the degree plan for students who wish to continue performance study as graduate students and/or pursue careers as performing artists and artist teachers.
The BMA is a music performance degree that also allows the student to take approximately 30 credit hours in a secondary emphasis. Students in this degree program present one recital and participate in ensembles for a minimum of three years. The secondary emphasis allows students to pursue additional studies either within the School of Music or in other departments and colleges at the University of Oklahoma.
Students who choose a secondary emphasis from within the School of Music have four options: music technology, jazz emphasis, academic emphasis, and theatre organ.
Students who pursue an emphasis outside of the School of Music have a wide array of options when it comes to fulfilling their secondary emphasis requirements. Many choose to pursue a minor in another area of study. At last count, OU has over one hundred available minor degree options.
The BMA program is an excellent degree program for students interested in going into professional programs such as medical school, dental school, physician’s assistant programs, or law school. Students typically use the secondary emphasis to fulfill pre-health or pre-law coursework.
The BME is the degree that prepares students to be educators in the nation’s K-12 schools. Students are introduced to music education coursework as early as their very first semester, and are engaged in a sequence of music education courses during every semester of their degree while taking the same basic sequence of courses required of all music students. Our placement rate for graduating students with a BME degree is well above 90% over the past decade.
The vast majority of students in the BME program go on to teach in public and private schools. Many will pursue a graduate degree in education in later years. This degree also prepares students for graduate study in performance.
The BA in Music is a liberal arts degree with an emphasis in music. Students in this program complete a majority of their music courses within two years of study at OU. This degree requires over 40 hours of coursework to be taken outside the School of Music. Students in this program often seek double majors or double degrees.
The Bachelor of Arts in Music is an excellent degree program for students interested in going into professional programs such as medical school, physician’s assistant programs, law school, etc.
Students who pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Music can choose a general concentration in music or an instrumental jazz concentration.
The Music Minor is an excellent option for students who wish to engage in university-level musical training and preparation while majoring in another area of their choice.
Consisting of a total of 26 credit hours, the Music Minor includes: MUNM 1113 Understanding Music OR MUSC 1312 Music in Culture, 2 semesters of music theory, 3 semesters of major performance ensembles, 3 semesters of applied lessons, and 9-10 additional credit hours to be chosen from upper-division applied lessons, ensembles, or music classes (may be selected from music major courses or non-music courses).
The Instrumental Jazz Minor is a performance-centered minor, available to any musician (vocal or instrumental).
This minor is not limited to typical jazz band instruments. It is available to anyone wishing to become a more well-rounded musician in the commercial and jazz genres.
Consisting of a total of 21 credit hours, the minor includes performance in both large ensemble and chamber jazz, reinforced by improvisation, music theory, and jazz history courses.
An independent study option is available, so the degree can be tailored to the individual student's needs.