Bachelor of Arts in Music

Southeastern’s Department of Music offers challenging technical training and instruction in music theory and history to the serious performing musician. Studying alongside faculty members who have trained at some of the top programs and conservatories in the country, you will be skillfully prepared for a career in piano, voice or instrumental performance. Study alongside professors with extensive experience in the field — including training at top conservatories, performing abroad and playing in a myriad of settings.In addition to multiple performance opportunities on campus each year, including operas, musicals and concerts, you will take your skill into the Lakeland community, performing at local churches, museums, arts centers and more. Within the music major itself, you’ll take core courses that will form your foundation as a musician: theory, music history, ear training, lessons and piano. You’ll also participate in ensembles — the context in which all must perform to fully be musicians. Our program then allows you to take elective courses that fit your interests or ambitions within the music field. For example, you can study jazz or music technology through our classes in these specialties. And because the Bachelor of Arts in Music requires fewer music courses than other degrees at Southeastern, this program best serves students who want to combine their passion for music with other areas of study.

Combine your passion for music with other areas of study by taking electives courses that fit your interests — for example, in jazz or music technology.

Program Details

43 hours of major core
55 hours of general education
6 hours of foreign language
26 hours of electives

Total credit hours — 130

Music Majors, Ensembles and Scholarship Auditions

In addition to acceptance to Southeastern University, each student pursuing a music degree at SEU must also apply and be accepted to the Department of Music. Music minors do not require an audition. The online music application must be completed via Acceptd in order to schedule an audition. After completing the music application, an audition time will be sent to you for the date requested. Please note that music scholarships are listed as part of an applicant’s financial aid award package. Therefore, applicants must complete the university application process before a music award can be confirmed.

Sample Core Courses

  • Aural Theory I (MUSC 1041) — This course provides training in the recognition of fundamental melodic, harmonic and rhythmic patterns. In addition, training is provided in sight-reading melodic and rhythmic excerpts with a moderate level of difficulty.
  • Music Theory IV (MUSC 2233) — This course is an advanced study of melodic, rhythmic, harmonic and formal elements of music as well as compositional techniques from the late 19th century to the present.
  • Conducting I (MUSC 3222) — A study of conducting techniques and skills. This course includes instruction in basic baton technique and simple score study.
  • Music History and Literature II (MUSC 3632) — This course is a study of basic styles of music history from the late Baroque Period to the mid-nineteenth century with emphasis on listening and analysis.