Apr 16, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, B.A.

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Contact Information

Phone: (470) 578-6151

Program Description

Applied Instruction

All three undergraduate music degrees offer applied instruction in piano, voice, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, harp, guitar, violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Only certain applied areas are offered in the jazz concentration within the Bachelor of Music in Performance.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Music Education program is separate from admission to Kennesaw State University. Students must meet the program requirements to pursue this degree program, outlined below.

  • Students must complete a supplemental application and successful audition with the School of Music, and demonstration of successful academic performance.
  • All prospective music majors and minors are required to audition for the faculty on their principal instrument or voice. If the student is not accepted based on their first audition, they may complete a second audition for admission in a later term. If, however, they are not accepted after the second audition, the student may not audition again.
  • In order to be eligible for admission to the School of Music, prospective transfer students and current KSU students interested in becoming a music major or minor must have a minimum adjusted GPA of 2.0 to audition and apply for entrance into a music degree program.
  • Applied music study may not be initiated until the student has been fully accepted as a major or minor by the School of Music. All students enrolling at KSU for a second degree in music must meet the same departmental audition requirements required of all incoming students.
  • Prior to admission to a music degree program, the prospective music major/minor is required to submit an application form to the College of the Arts and present an audition in the principal area of applied concentration.
  • Applicants may also elect to audition on more than one instrument or an instrument and voice. Auditions, conducted by the music faculty, are held on the Kennesaw State University campus on specific dates.

Transfer Admissions

  • Students who wish to transfer into the School of Music from another institution follow the same admissions procedure as all new students (see above).
  • Transfer students are placed at an academic level in their principal area of applied concentration based upon the transferable amount of study earned at other institutions and the performance level demonstrated at the audition.
  • Transfer credit for all course work is evaluated as quickly as possible after a student has been admitted to KSU. Students who transfer completed baccalaureate applied performance credit to KSU will be required to take additional applied performance study and additional ensemble credit so as to parallel remaining semesters of their designated degree program of study at KSU.
  • The School of Music accepts students from other schools and colleges at Kennesaw State University on the same basis as new students and/or transfer students from other institutions. Interested and qualified students are encouraged to transfer into the program.

Change of Concentration

Students who wish to change their applied performance concentration must re-audition and be accepted for applied studio instruction in the new concentration.

Change of Degree Program

Students who wish to change degree programs in music must re-audition and gain admission status to the new degree program.


The School of Music holds the exclusive authority to determine appropriate admission level placement in the applied concentration, music theory, music history, piano proficiency, and continuity of study. Continuous study in the area of the applied concentration is a requisite. A lapse of two or more semesters of applied study will require an audition for re-admittance to the School of Music.

General Requirements:

  • A variety of School of Music regulations and policies affect music majors and minors. Included are requirements for recital and ensemble participation, recital and concert attendance, piano proficiency, departmental assessment procedures, and applied juries.
  • Enrollment in an applied area of concentration is required of all music majors as specified in the degree program. Further, music students must be enrolled in an appropriate large ensemble every semester in which the student is enrolled in applied music. The appropriate ensemble director determines a student’s large ensemble placement.
  • To earn academic credit toward their degree, music students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all music courses.

Graduation Requirements

Each student is expected to meet the Academic Policies Graduation Policies and Procedures  outlined in the Academic Policies section of the Catalog.


The School of Music is a member of, and accredited by, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and requirements for entrance and graduation are in accordance with NASM guidelines.

Program of Study

General Education Core Curriculum (Areas A-E) (42 Credit Hours)

See listing of requirements.    

Graduation Requirement

Students will be required to pass with a satisfactory grade (S) six semesters of MUAP 1101 to be eligible to graduate. They must be enrolled every semester in this course until the requirement is accomplished.

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) (18 Credit Hours)

Major Requirements (16 Credit Hours)

Concentration (20 Credit Hours)

Please select one of the following concentrations:

Applied Studies Concentration

Theory Concentration

Musicology Concentration

Ethnomusicology Concentration

Upper-Division (Non-Music) Electives for All Concentrations (12 Credit Hours)

Twelve hours of upper-division non-music studies beyond the major requirements. Lower-division courses may also be approved when appropriate provided students have earned 39 upper division credit hours.

Free Electives (12 Credit Hours)

Any course in the university catalog.

Program Total (120 Credit Hours)

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