​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

Students in the music degree program at Central Michigan University study in extraordinary facilities, work closely with expert faculty and seek advanced musical skills. They value the liberal arts and are dedicated learners. Whether earning a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree, you’ll become adept in music theory, composition, history and performance as you prepare for a career in the arts, business, industry or government or go on to graduate study.

The Central Michigan University School of Music is located in a modern 119,000-square-foot facility. You’ll learn, practice and perform in a state-of-the-art 500-seat concert hall with a 61-rank Casavant organ, a 100-seat recital hall, digital audio technology labs, recording facilities and a music resource center.

As a music major, you can live in the School of Music Residential College, surrounded by peers who share your interests and goals. CMU ensemble, chamber music and solo performers participate in festivals, competitions and conferences at the state, national and international levels.

Put Your Degree to Work

Graduates of CMU’s music program find careers in music, business, government and education. Music careers, some of which require further education, include:

  • Arts administration/management
  • Music merchandising
  • Music librarian
  • Music therapy
  • Music criticism
  • Music publishing and recording
  • Performance
  • Private teaching

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
High school teacher$55,050 per year6% (52,900 more jobs)
Recreational therapist$42,280 per year13% (2,700 more jobs)
Administrative services manager$81,080 per year12% (34,200 more jobs)
Music director/composer$47,350 per year5% (3,500 more jobs)

Several of the jobs above are generalist positions rather than music specific, as listed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For More Information

Visit the School of Music website or contact:

School of Music
Music Building 162
Email: musicadmit@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3281

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Music Major

The music major on the B.A. or B.S. is designed for students preparing for careers as musicologists, composers, music librarians, performers, or church musicians who prefer to study music within a broad-based liberal arts degree program or for those students who wish to combine a music major with a second major in another discipline.
Total: 40 semester hours
Required Courses I
(26 hours)
Music Theory, History, and Literature Note: 4 hours of MUS 097.
MUS 097
Recital Attendance
MUS 101
Theory I
MUS 102
Theory II
MUS 103
Sight Singing and Ear Training I
MUS 104
Sight Singing and Ear Training II
MUS 109
Introduction to Music Technology
MUS 201
Theory III
MUS 202
Theory IV
MUS 203
Sight Singing and Ear Training III
MUS 204
Sight Singing and Ear Training IV
MUS 211
Historical Survey of Music I
MUS 212
Historical Survey of Music II
MUS 311
Historical Survey of Music III
Required Courses II
(4 hours)
Performance - Applied Study - 4 semesters of study on same instrument at 100, 200, 300 and/ or 400 level (4); - 300 level proficiency (0); - Solo Performance (0)
Required Courses III
(6 hours)
Performance - Ensemble - 4-5 semesters of MUS 182, MUS 183, MUS 185, or MUS 186 (4-5); - 1-2 semesters of MUS 281, MUS 282, MUS 284, MUS 285, or MUS 286 (1-2)
MUS 182
Women's Chorus
MUS 183
Concert Choir
MUS 185
MUS 186
MUS 281
Chamber Ensemble
MUS 282
Chamber Singers
MUS 284
Techniques for the Singing Actor
MUS 285
Percussion Ensemble
MUS 286
Jazz Ensemble
Other Requirements
(1-3 hours)
Supportive Courses outside of Music Select a course from one of the following course designators: ART, DAN, TAI.
Music Electives
(1-3 hours)
Courses selected must be at 300 level or above.