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Bachelor of Arts in Music


  • Oxford
  • Major
  • On Campus
Men's choir

Harmonize Your Interests

Your focus in a music discipline will be complemented by a broad liberal arts experience. This combination will prepare you for careers that use the arts, writing, creativity, expression, and imagination across many job areas nationally and globally. You can choose from tracks in performance, music in culture, or music technology.

Contact Info

Chris Tanner, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor

Department of Music

109 Presser Hall

501 S. Patterson Ave., Oxford, OH 45056


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Curriculum and Courses

Depending on the track you select, your curricular requirements will differ. All BA in Music students take core music courses in music theory and music history, in addition to specializing in their track (Performance, Music Technology, Music in Culture).

  • MUS 101 Theory of Music 1
  • MUS 212 History of Western Music
  • MUS 160 Functional Piano

At Miami, there is something for everyone

Course Catalog

Career Options

The BA in Music degree prepares students for a variety of career paths. Some of our graduates work in the music field as freelance artists or private teachers, while others find jobs in related fields such as arts management. Because the BA in Music degree works well as a double major, many students in this degree program go on to pursue careers in medicine, business, industry, or academia.

Additional Opportunities

 The Department of Music offers a variety of opportunities for students to explore.

  • Ensemble


    All music ensembles are open to all Miami students, and some participate in more than one group per semester. Vocalists can sing in choir and even audition for the Opera, while instrumentalists can choose from wind bands, orchestra, jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble, and steel band.

    More About Ensembles
  • Dr. Tammy Kernodle working with a student

    Outstanding Professors

    You’ll have the opportunity to work closely with outstanding faculty who are nationally recognized experts. For example, Distinguished Professor Dr. Tammy Kernodle has consulted for the Smithsonian’s African-American Museum of History and Cultures.

    Meet the Faculty

Facts and Stats

Your college experience here will be one of the most exciting times of your life. To make sure of this, we’ll provide you with a powerful support system.

  • 90% First-to-second year retention

    Miami University Data

  • 21st Among Public Universities in the United States for Four-Year Graduation Rate

    The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac

  • 96% of 2018-2019 graduates who were employed or furthering their education by fall 2019

    Miami University Data


Megan Moore
  • Megan was inspired by the “feeling of camaraderie and of family” as she participated in the Chamber Singers and Miami Opera. Recently, she co-founded a program that creates accessible sensory-friendly vocal performances.

    Megan Moore ’12

Admission and Aid

This is Where Your Journey to Miami University Begins.

Explore what it means to be a college student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where students prepare to go anywhere and everywhere. We’ll be here to help every step of the way as you prepare for college admission, enrollment, and success.

Students interested in a major in Music must apply to the Department of Music, in addition to completing their application to Miami University.

An audition is required for the Performance track, while the tracks in Music Technology and Music in Culture require a portfolio review.

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