To meet your individual interests and goals, we offer four majors in Music and two distinct degrees: the Bachelor of Music and the Bachelor of Arts.

Embedded in the liberal arts, OWU's music programs can prepare you for almost any profession in the music world. We offer majors in composing, performing, and teaching, and you can combine a B.A. in Music with a second major in business, computer science, creative writing, psychology, and dozens of other fields.

Students in Music select from four majors.

  • Bachelor of Music in Performance. Students select from three concentrations: Instrumental, Keyboard, and Vocal. This major provides a solid foundation for students who have the drive to excel in musical performance. Performance majors appear on recitals all four years, give a half-hour solo recital during their junior year, and a one-hour concert their senior year. Numerous other performance opportunities include a concerto competition to win the chance of playing a movement of a concerto or singing an aria with the OWU Chamber Orchestra. Students also gain experience teaching beginners under the supervision of their applied professor.
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Composition. This major combines the best aspects of traditional music writing (private lessons, notation, instrumentation, and orchestration skills) with new electronic composition methods and technologies and music notation programs. Students also learn to play different instruments, participate in instrumental and vocal ensembles, and gain skills in visual and dramatic art, writing, literary analysis, computer science, and acoustics. Each composer presents a new work on a composition recital each semester. The program culminates with an hour-long recital of original works during their senior year. 
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education. Students select from three concentrations, Choral, Instrumental, and Keyboard, and will be prepared to teach general, vocal, and instrumental music in Pre K–12 schools. Students specializing in choral education learn skills such as diction, managing choral performance groups, conducting, vocal auditions, and program building. Instrumental education majors specialize in brass, percussion, strings, or woodwind instruments. All Music Education majors learn the psychology and principles of music teaching to children, including history, philosophy, types of school programs, and organization of instruction.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music. This major in for students who want a nonprofessional concentration within a liberal arts degree program. While the B.A. provides sufficient preparation for students to enter graduate music degree programs, it also provides a broad liberal arts education and flexibility to combine with other programs to prepare for careers in other fields. Many B.A. in Music majors with a second major or minors in a variety of areas, such as business, computer science, and psychology.


Graduate Outcomes

Rachel Ballitch '18

With Bachelor of Music degrees in vocal and keyboard performance, Rachel was accepted at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where she is pursuing a Master's in Vocal Performance.

OWU Music Alumni


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Chair: Larry Griffin
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Secretary: Lisa Hill