Majors & Programs
An accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1931, Music at Jacksonville University is dedicated to providing excellent programs of study within the context of a strong liberal arts education.
Guided by a distinguished faculty of performing artists, teachers, composers and scholars, our students take advantage of the cross-disciplinary opportunities of the Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts—a place where music, dance, theater, and visual arts intersect in a dynamic creative community.
Composition (BM), Jazz and Commercial Music (BM), Instrumental Studies (BM or BA), Vocal Studies (BM or BA), Music Business (BS), Musical Theatre (BFA), Music Education (BME)
Bachelor of Arts in Music
The BA emphasis includes private instruction in the student’s primary instrument, ensemble opportunities of varied size and scope, and instruction in standard music core subjects such as theory, aural skills, and history. BA students enjoy a larger elective core in this traditional liberal arts degree, allowing flexibility to tailor the course of study to their interests. Foreign language proficiency equivalent to four semesters of study is required for the BA degree and may be demonstrated by placement examination or coursework.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Musical Theatre is a professional interdisciplinary degree that provides immersive study in the areas of music and vocal performance, theatre, and dance. This degree prepares students for careers as performers or further advanced study.
The BFA in Musical Theatre provides intense instruction in music (voice), acting, and dance. This training is synthesized in various productions put on by the university. A typical year will include 2 musical theatre productions, 2 plays, 2 dance concerts, along with many large and small ensemble concerts. Individualized instruction ensures that each student finds and hones what makes them unique and marketable in the cutthroat profession of musical theatre.
Bachelor of Music
The BM emphasis includes private instruction in the student’s primary instrument, ensemble opportunities of varied size and scope, instruction in standard music core subjects such as theory, aural skills and history, and advanced topics including contemporary music, orchestration, and counterpoint. Cumulative recitals showcase performance achievements during the junior and senior years.
Bachelor of Music Education
Bachelor of Music Education (BME) degree students pursue concentrations in Choral or Instrumental Music; upon completion of coursework, students are prepared to earn certiﬁcation to teach K-12 Music in the public schools of Florida and most other states. The BME emphasis includes private instruction in the student’s primary instrument, ensemble opportunities of varied size and scope, instruction in standard music core subjects such as theory, aural skills and history, and advanced topics including conducting, contemporary music, orchestration, counterpoint and courses in instrumental or choral methods and literature. A cumulative recital showcases performance achievements during the senior year. The capstone project is the Music Education Internship (or “student teaching”) during which semester the student teaches full time under the mentorship of a supervising public school teacher.
Bachelor of Science in Music Business
The BS in Music Business features coursework in Music and Intellectual Property Law; Artist and Concert Management; Record Company Operations; and Music Entrepreneurship. The degree also includes ensemble opportunities varying in size and scope; instruction in standard music core subjects such as music theory, aural skills and music history. The 12-credit concentration in Music Technology features courses including Film Scoring, Acoustics and Recording and Songwriting and Record Production. The alternate 12-credit concentration in Management include course from the Davis College of Business such as Leadership, and Information Technology.
The faculty includes performers, record producers, composers and conductors with years of accomplishments in their field, with experience with major ensembles, or in jazz or commercial venues and recordings.