The Music Department offers students the opportunity to study with gifted, nationally and internationally recognized faculty while pursuing their undergraduate or graduate music degrees.

Undergraduate students may choose to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music or a Bachelor of Music Degree.  Students choosing a career path in the Bachelor of Music Degree may specialize in one or more areas of emphasis: music composition, music education, music performance, music theory, or the Bachelor of Music Degree with elective studies in business.

Master of Music students can pursue emphases in composition, instrumental conducting, instrumental performance, music education, music history, or music theory.

Graduate students who have completed an MA Degree or its equivalent have the opportunity to further develop their musical skills in a performance-intensive program culminating in a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Performance.


Graduate Choral Conducting

Applicants must upload a video recording of the applicant conducting two contrasting pieces. The Director of Choral Activities will review the recording and make a recommendation regarding an on-campus audition. If selected for an on-campus audition/interview, the applicant will be invited to rehearse and conduct the Schola Cantorum, Arkansas’ premiere 40-voice mixed ensemble, for approximately 15 minutes in two or three stylistically and historically varied choral pieces selected by the Director of Choral Activities. Additionally, the applicant will be required to sing one solo vocal piece for the choral faculty and demonstrate proficiency in sight-reading, ear training, and keyboard skills.

Graduate Instrumental Conducting Auditions

Applicants for the Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting should upload a sample video recording of conducting in performance and/or rehearsal. After reviewing applicants, the Director of Bands will ask qualified applicants to interview/audition on campus.