Music Degrees



The Music Department offers the Bachelor of Arts in Music, the Bachelor of Music Education with choice of vocal or instrumental emphasis, and a music minor.




Bachelor of Music Education

The Bachelor of Music Education degree program combines an outstanding faculty with a challenging curriculum designed to develop the professional competencies necessary for a successful career as a music educator. Students may choose either a vocal or instrumental emphasis.

The music education program emphasizes thorough preparation in the fundamentals of music. Students learn how to structure successful learning experiences for others as they become familiar with classroom and rehearsal techniques. Music education students are systematically introduced to principles and strategies of teaching voice, instruments and ensembles. In addition, they study the music literature appropriate for various levels of orchestra, band, chorus and general music settings.

Along with class work, observations and internships are an integral part of the program. Students learn by example through observation of professional music educators at work both at UAFS and in the community at large. The program culminates with elementary and secondary student teaching experiences, leading to Arkansas K-12 Music Certification.

Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree provides a broad coverage of the entire field of music, with the option of developing an individualized program tailored to meet the educational and career goals of the student.

The B.A. in Music provides career opportunities in music business, church music, songwriting, performing, arranging/composing, and private music instruction. Through professional instruction and various perfomance opportunities, students will be well equipped if they choose to continue their studies at the graduate level. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Music Education or Bachelor of Arts in Music program, graduates will be able to:

  • Perform with developed technical skill and stylistic refinement, both as a soloist and as an ensemble member.
  • Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the theoretical concepts of music and their relationship to each other with reference to works performed.  
  • Critically analyze, discuss, and demonstrate the use of musical concepts to present a stylistic interpretation of music performed.
  • Demonstrate proficient aural and visual skills in reading and writing music, including composing, arranging, and improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
  • Demonstrate critical listening skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the major Western historical music periods and the music of world cultures.
  • Demonstrate fundamental competence in using music technology through study and laboratory experience.
  • Synthesize skills and knowledge through jury, recital, and concert performance as well as portfolio development and practicae.
  • Demonstrate functional keyboard kills with proficient ability to accompany and perform at the piano.

In addition, Music Education graduates will be able to:

  • Synthesize and incorporate the philosophies and methodologies of current music education practices.