Bachelor's in Music

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Why Study Music? 

Our rigorous Bachelor of Arts in Music program prepares you to perform at a professional level and successfully compete in your chosen career field—performance, composition, direction or sound production. Students who want to teach music in schools can earn a minor in education, which will lead to a K-12 Missouri teaching certification. 

What You'll Learn 

Your path to a career in music starts with a foundation in musicianship and performance. You will gain insights into music history and theory along with exposure to music from other cultures and countries while enhancing your aural skills (including sight singing, ear training, rhythmic reading, dictation and part singing). As a result, you will gain confidence and competence in performing on your own or as part of an ensemble.

Program Details

A Bachelor’s degree prepares you for a rising career and for future graduate study by emphasizing clear communication, critical thinking, and a leading-edge understanding of your chosen field. View the core requirements and electives needed to earn a Bachelor's in Music from Columbia College.

  • Voice 
  • Piano 
  • Music history 
  • Music theory 
  • World music 
  • Repertoire courses 
  • Conducting 
  • Choir

Pair your degree with a related minor or explore your other interests without taking on a full course load.

Careers & Outcomes 

This program prepares you to perform at a professional level and successfully compete in your chosen career field. This may include music performance, composition or direction—or it may be a related role such as sound production or film analysis. You will also be prepared to pursue a graduate degree in the performance arts. 

Students who intend to teach music in schools can earn a minor in education, which will lead to a K-12 Missouri teaching certification. 

Possible paths include: 

  • Music Educator 
  • Producer 
  • Performer 
  • Conductor 
  • Director 
  • Arranger 
  • Music Critic

Flexible Education

Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.

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