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Columbia College Bachelor of Arts in Music

Follow your passion for music creation, performance or education.

Explore piano or vocal music at Columbia College

Music is one of the most beloved performing arts—and as a major, it’s rich with possibilities. All students within the program receive a foundation in musicianship and performance. Beyond that, you choose the path you follow. This could lead you toward music education, business administration, religious studies, film, theater or other areas of interest.

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.

Opportunities to study:

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

Create, direct, teach or perform musical compositions

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
  • Graduate school

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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Nollie Moore

"I feel very strongly that students will perform at a level and a frequency far beyond what their peers would get at a larger school. I really believe that is one of the things that defines this program. It makes it a challenge and a lot of work, but if experience is what you are needing, I think it’s really important."

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Available program formats

  • General education requirements 39-42 credit hours
  • Core requirements 39-47 credit hours
  • Electives 7-15 credit hours
  • Multicultural requirements 6 credit hours
  • Total degree requirements 120 credit hours

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