The B.A. in Music Education, completion of which enables students to apply for Michigan comprehensive K-12 teacher certification in music, is designed for students desiring to teach in the public schools.
The B.A. in Music provides students with a broad general studies education in the liberal arts combined with comprehensive music studies. The liberal arts emphasis will develop students' collaborative, innovative, and imaginative skills and abilities, which are transferable to many post-graduation settings. The performance emphasis will enable graduates to choose to engage in further study in music and pursue a career in music.
In addition to the above courses, each music major is required to attend (5) concerts per semester that they are not performing in. Also, during their degree program at SVSU, majors are required to perform once in a solo setting and once in a chamber setting.
The B.A. in Music at SVSU is a liberal arts degree with a performance emphasis. Many students and parents wonder what someone can do with a degree in music. Here are some alternatives.
A liberal arts degree does not limit a graduate to a specific career path. Instead it develops broader skills that can lead to many varied careers. This may seem daunting to a new graduate who does not know which career path to follow, but in the long term it leaves the graduate able to change fields more flexibly as the job market changes or their own inclinations develop. Here are some of the most important skills that a student with a liberal arts degree develops over the course of their college career:
Music majors learn other important skills:
The performance emphasis of SVSU’s B.A. in Music allows the student to develop their musicianship and performance technique to a level that means they can successfully enter graduate degree programs in their performance medium, music theory, or music history.
All these attributes also make graduates good candidates for graduate degree programs in other fields. A careful choice of minor can enhance a student’s chances of success in a musical career as well as job prospects in other fields. Some of the minors we recommend are Entrepreneurship, Communication, Theatre, French, and Sociology.
For a more detailed discussion of the benefits of a degree in music, read this. For the graduate who chooses a career outside music, their musical talent, skills, and knowledge can be a lifelong avocation.