Music Performance (Bachelor of Music) prepares students for careers as performing musicians or studio teachers. A strong background in music reading and performance (including participation in school bands, choirs, or orchestras; performance experience in small groups and as a soloist; and private study) is required. Many students in this concentration have excelled in community groups, such as youth orchestras, and have performed in public concerts and recitals. An audition is required for admission.
Music Education (Bachelor of Music) prepares students to teach music in schools or other group settings from early childhood through adulthood. Graduates qualify for a Georgia teaching certificate in K-12 music. In addition to performance, students in this concentration study child development and learning, as well as methods of teaching music. Applicants should have a strong background in music performance and music reading, and should have a particular interest in sharing their love of music with others. An audition is required for admission. (If you already have a bachelor's degree and are seeking teacher certification without completing another degree, please view our Non-Degree Graduate Teacher Licensure for Georgia Schools, P-12 program.
Composition (Bachelor of Music) is designed for students who wish to compose and score music for soloists and ensembles. The resources at Georgia State also permit experience with the medium of electronic music. Applicants should have a strong background in music reading and performance, as well as evidence of interest and elementary exposure to music composition. During their career at Georgia State, student composers will hear their works performed by other students in the School of Music. An audition is required for admission.
Jazz Studies (Bachelor of Music) prepares students for careers as performing musicians in the field of jazz music. All jazz students study classical as well as jazz performance. Applicants should have strong performance backgrounds, experience performing jazz music in ensembles or as soloists, and music reading skills. An aptitude for music improvisation is an asset for applicants to this program. An audition is required for admission.
Music Technology (Recording/Music Production) (Bachelor of Music) prepares students for work in artistic, technical, or producer/director capacities in music and music-related media industries. Students are both aesthetically and practically trained for work as audio engineers and music technologists. The program balances the development of artistic and creative skills with the mastery of technical skills, achieved through course work and a culminating internship. Applicants should have a strong background in music reading and performance. An audition is required for admission.
Music Management (Bachelor of Science) prepares students for a variety of management-related careers in the music industry, including both profit and non-profit sectors. The curriculum is founded on a basic knowledge of music, experiences in performing, and courses in business and music management. Graduates may work in a range of capacities at record labels and distributors, or in artist and concert management, retail sales, or music publishing. All students complete at least one internship with a commercial firm or non-profit agency as part of their programs. Applicants should have a strong background in music reading and performance. An audition is required for admission.