Major in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music (B.A.) with a performance emphasis (voice and piano) is offered. Teaching Licensure in Music or Vocal/General, is available by completion of the B.A. in Music as well as the required professional education courses.

The Music program at Freed-Hardeman University prepares professional musicians and music educators. It provides every student at the University a chance to experience music and serves as a center of musical art and culture for Henderson and the surrounding West Tennessee area.

The FHU Music program provides a quality curriculum that combines theory, history, music education, and performance in low student-faculty ratio classes. A distinguished faculty of scholars, educators, and performers with expertise in their field of specialty guides the music major in his/her studies. Vocal and instrumental performing groups, open to majors and non-majors alike, offer students many opportunities to perform. Private instruction in piano, voice, and instrument is available.

Regardless of whether you are considering a professional career in music or want to pursue it as an avocation, whether you want to refine your skills as a performer, or deepen your understanding as a listener, come and explore the opportunities that await you at Freed-Hardeman University.

4-Year Plans

To make your path to graduation a little easier, a 4-year plan for students planning to major in Music has been created:

2014-2015 4-Year Plans

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Bachelor of Arts in Music with Teaching Licensure


2013-2014 4-Year Plans

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Bachelor of Arts in Music with Teaching Licensure


2012-2013 4-Year Plans

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Bachelor of Arts in Music with Teaching Licensure



2011-2012 4-Year Plans

Bachelor of Arts in Music


Degree Requirements

Course of Study for a B.A. Major in Music

Program Coordinator:  Dr. Richard England
Desirable High School Requirements.
The student desiring to major in music should make the following preparations: have private lessons in voice or major instrument; participate in vocal/instrumental ensembles; acquire a working knowledge of the piano; and have a knowledge of music theory and sight singing.
For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: "Degree/ Graduation Requirements." 

I. General Education Requirements 46 hours
         (Listed in this catalog under Academics: "General Education Display")
II. Major Requirements
MUS 101 Introduction to Sight Singing and Ear Training 2 hours
MUS 102 Sight Singing/Ear Training 2
MUS 201 Music Theory I 3
MUS 202 Music Theory II 3
MUS 211/212 Music Literature I and II (W) 4
MUS 214 The Development of American Music OR 3
MUS 315 Class Instruction in Instruments (2)
MUS 300 Music for Children (K-6) 3
MUS 310 Conducting 2
MUS 311/312 Music History I and II (W) 6
MUS Applied Music 8
MUS Private Voice (4)
MUS Private Piano (4)
MUS 316 Instrumentation and Orchestration (W) 2
MUS 400 Form Analysis 3
MUS 410 Music Methods and Materials (Grades 7-12) 2
42-43 hours
III. Additional Requirements
         Humanities Course for B.A. Degree  3-4 hours
IV. Electives (including additional Bible) 33-35 hours
Total Hours  126 hours 

Participation in an organized performance ensemble with an MUS prefix

is required of all majors each semester except the student teaching semester. A minimum of four hours of instruction in piano and voice is required, and at least three hours of these must be upper-division. Proficiency exams in piano, voice, and conducting must be taken by the end of the junior year. 

Special Music Requirements: Ensemble participation is required of all music majors and minors. Students seeking the B.A. Major in Music with a concentration in Voice or Piano must also successfully complete MUS 399C Junior Recital and MUS 499C Senior Recital.

Requirements for Teaching Licensure in Music

1. Completion of the course of study for a B.A. major in Music as outlined above.
2. Required professional education courses (see Department of Education entry).