Music (B.A.)

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 a vocation, 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!

Degree Requirements

B.A. Major in Music                                                                                 126 hours

Program Coordinator:  Dr. Richard England
For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: Degree/ Graduation Requirements.

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.

I.  Liberal Arts Core Requirements 34 hours
Listed in this catalog under Academics: Liberal Arts Display
II. Major Requirements 39 hours
MUS 102      Sight Singing/Ear Training  3
MUS 200   Introduction to Music Technology   3 
MUS 201 Music Theory I  3
MUS 202 Music Theory II  3
MUS 214 The Development of American Music   3
MUS 310 Principles of Conducting  3
MUS 311 Music History I (W)  3
MUS 312   Music History II (W)  3 
MUS 316 Instrumentation and Orchestration (W)  3
MUS 324   Survey of Music Literature   3 
MUS 400 Form Analysis  3
MUS  Private Voice OR  2 
MUS  Private Piano  (2) 
MUS  Applied Music (2 hours must be upper-division; proficiencies must be passed by junior year)   4 
IV. Electives (including additional Bible) 53 hours**

*Participation in an organized performance ensemble or approved music group, approved by the Department of Fine Arts, or accompanying is required of all majors each semester (except the student teaching semester.)

**Recommended electives in music:
MUS 318 and MUS 320 (These electives are required for all music education majors.)

Requirements for Teaching Licensure in Music

1. Completion of the B.A. major in music as outlined above
2. Required professional education courses (see Department of Education entry)
3. Complete the required additional courses:  MUS 200 Introduction to Music Technology, MUS 318 Introduction to Digital Music Production I, MUS 324 Survey of Music Literature, and MUS 410 Music Education for Schools.