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Music (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts in Music allows students to specialize in music within a broad liberal arts degree program. Students may select 18 credit hours of upper-level music courses or may choose an emphasis in either music history, music theory or jazz areas. Students planning on graduate study in music theory, history, or jazz should consider this program.

Music (B.A.)


Description


What is Music at ODU like?

The Bachelor of Arts in Music allows students to specialize in music within a broad liberal arts degree program. Students may select 18 credit hours of upper-level music courses or may choose an emphasis in either music history, music theory or jazz areas. Students planning on graduate study in music theory, history, or jazz should consider this program.

Program Highlights


What makes Music at ODU unique?

  • Ability to choose one of four emphases: general music, music history, music theory, or jazz.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Music Directors

$61,490

MEDIAN SALARY


Direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras or choirs.

Music Composers and Arrangers

$61,490

MEDIAN SALARY


Write and transcribe musical scores.

Producers

$90,770

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan and coordinate various aspects of radio, television, stage, or motion picture production, such as selecting script, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing.

Program Directors

$90,770

MEDIAN SALARY


Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in preparation of radio or television station program schedules and programs, such as sports or news.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Music at ODU?

MUSC 221:
Music Theory


Written and keyboard harmony and voice leading. An elementary course dealing with the fundamentals of pitch and time and the use of triads. Prerequisites: Music majors or music minors and completion of Music Theory placement test or permission of the instructor.

MUSC 361:
History of Music


A general survey of the growth of music showing the influence of historical events upon musical developments. Prerequisites: MUSC 264A, or MUSC 261 and MUSC 262, and MUSC 222, or permission of instructor.

MUSC 445:
Applied Music Pedagogy


Teaching techniques, literature in the performing area. Seminar deals with resource materials. Laboratory: observation and teaching under supervision. Prerequisites: music major senior standing or permission of the department.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Music at ODU?

Students entering the Bachelor of Arts program in Music should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

  • Foreign Language Requirement 

    • Proficiency in French or German through the 202 level preferred; proficiency is not met by completion of an associate degree. 

     

  • Recital Attendance Credit and Ushering Service

    • MUSC 311+ Recital Attendance, is required of all music majors and music minors for six (6) semesters of their enrollment as a music major or a music minor. The successful completion of the course requires attendance at a specified number of approved recitals, concerts, and events each semester.  
    • Also, students must usher for six (6) performances and/or events prior to graduation. 
  • To schedule an admission audition visit the following page: https://app.getacceptd.com/odmusic 

For admission to the Music program


GPA:

3.00


TOEFL score:

paper based: 550, internet based 79


IELTS score:

6.5


Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 374

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Transfer Articulation Agreements


To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to ODU.
Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

Contact


Need help applying?

Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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