Bachelor of Music

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A Bachelor of Music graduate at her graduation ceremony.

Bachelor of Music (B.M., B.Mus., Mus.B. or Mus.Bac.) is an academic degree awarded by a college, university, or conservatory upon completion of program of study in music. In the United States, it is a professional degree, and the majority of work consists of prescribed music courses and study in applied music, usually requiring proficiency in performing an instrument, voice, or conducting. In Canada, the B.Mus. is often considered an undergraduate degree. Programs typically last from three to four and a half years.

The degree may be awarded for music performance, music education, composition, music theory, musicology / music history (musicology degrees may be a Bachelor of Arts (BA) rather than a BMus) music technology, music therapy, music ministry, music business/music industry, music entertainment, music production or jazz studies. In the 2010s, some universities have begun offering degrees in Music Composition with Technology, which encompasses traditional theory and musicology coursework and sound recording courses using digital technologies.

In the United Kingdom, the Bachelor of Music – often referred to in speech as a BMus /ˌb ˈmʌz/[by whom?] – is generally a first degree lasting three years (or four years in Scotland) and consisting of a wide range of areas of study (normally including music performance, composition, music theory, musicology/music history), but at the University of Oxford[1] and the University of Cambridge[2] it is a one-year postgraduate degree which can only be read (taken) if a student is a graduate in music with honours at those universities; the undergraduate course is in the Faculty of Arts and leads to the degree of Bachelor of Arts (and subsequently to the degree of Master of Arts (Oxbridge)).

Post-graduation options[edit]

Graduates may apply for music jobs in performance, teaching, or arts administration. Graduates with an interest in teaching in the school system may go on to complete a teaching degree or diploma. Graduates who have achieved a high standard on their instrument or voice or another musical specialty may go on to apply for a Master of Music (MMus) degree. BMus graduates can also apply to graduate library science programs and public administration programs. BMus graduates in some fields, such as composition, may be able to apply directly to Ph.D programs.