To be a music major at OWU is to broaden your horizon and focus your skills. Our majors specialize in creating artistic performances, evaluating music with a global perspective, and sharing the power of music with their community.

Over 95% of our graduates achieve their post-graduate goals as performers, composers, music teachers, or by connecting their passion for music with other disciplinary pursuits from pre-med and chemistry to business and international studies.

Two majors are available within the Bachelor of Arts and both offer students an enriching curriculum of music expertise within the context of a robust liberal arts education. They have the same performance opportunities as a professional degree, require specialized private applied study in one of three concentrations (instrumental, vocal, or composition), and allow ambitious students to pursue a second major in another discipline.

  • BA in Music
    This major offers a comprehensive concentration in music within the context of a liberal arts degree program. While the Music major provides sufficient preparation for students to enter graduate music programs, it also allows for the breadth and flexibility of a liberal arts education giving students not only the option to take a wide range of courses, but also to complete a second major without going beyond eight semesters of study. This is a particularly good option for students who wish to continue their music study in college, or for those who wish to combine their love of music with their goals in another career field.
  • BA in Music Education (Vocal and Instrumental Requirements)
    The Music Education program at OWU provides an excellent foundation to become a great music teacher with strong fundamentals of musicianship, interdisciplinary problem solving skills across our liberal arts curriculum, and leadership skills teaching K-12 students in multiple field experience and student teaching school placements. Double majors are permitted and all graduates complete the 4-year program with professional licensure to teach music in Ohio public schools.

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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

Department Contact Info


Ohio Wesleyan University
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, OH 43015
P 800-922-8953
F 740-368-3314

Department Contacts

Chair: Frank Chiou
Associate Professor of Music

Academic Assistant: Lisa Hill
740-368-3702 (Sanborn Hall – Music)
740-368-3846 (Chappelear Drama Center – Theatre)