The Bachelor of Music (B.M.) at CSU is a professional degree program, with concentrations designed to prepare students to become highly skilled music educators, music therapists, performers, and composers. Program goals encourage and develop high standards of teaching, scholarship, performance, and research in music. We are pleased to offer small academic classes, applied study with highly qualified faculty, and careful attention to advising. A successful audition is required prior to entrance into the Bachelor of Music (B.M.) programs.

Courses in music appreciation, music theory fundamentals, and ensembles are open to all students regardless of major.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • Ability to perform music from a variety of historical/ style periods appropriate to the area of specialization, and exhibit the appropriate skills for musical self-expression in juried performances, public concerts, and other performance situations. These skills include: technique, musicianship, tone, diction/articulation, style, interpretation, sight-reading, rhythm, and artistry.
  • Keyboard skills appropriate to the area of specialization
  • The capacity to create original or derivative music.
  • Understanding of the common elements and organizational patterns of music, including musical forms, processes, and structures.
  • Knowledge of music history and repertory, including representative composers and works according to the area of specialization, as well as study and experiences with music in addition to that of the primary culture encompassing the area of specialization.

Performance skills and artistry appropriate to the area of specialization are tested throughout the course of study, at the end of the sophomore year, and in a graduation recital if required by the degree option. Some programs require satisfactory completion of supervised student teaching, an internship, or a senior project. 

Potential Occupations

The professional undergraduate music curricula at CSU can lead to personally fulfilling careers as music educators, music therapists, performers, composers, private teachers, and entrepreneurs. Music graduates from CSU have successfully gained employment in public and private schools, hospitals and institutions, and as professional performers and composers, and/or have advanced to outstanding graduate programs throughout the United States.

Concentrations and Options

Music Audition

In addition to applying to CSU through the Office of Admissions, a successful audition with CSU Music faculty is required for entrance into the B.M. in Music. Please refer to the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance website for information regarding auditions and specific application requirements.

Music Program Fee

A music program fee is assessed with undergraduate and graduate music majors and minors, per semester. The fee does not apply to the following students: online degree students, summers-only master's degree students, music therapy students in an internship off-campus, music education students who are student teaching off-campus, and music minors who are not actively enrolled in any lessons or ensembles. Please visit the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for special course fees.