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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.)


The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance is a center for artistic excellence in performance, teaching, and scholarship.

Program Overview

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in music promotes the study of music within the context of a liberal education curriculum.
  • Bachelor of Music (B.M.) is designed for students with exceptional ability and particular interest in performance.
  • Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) prepares students to teach music and meet certification requirements for Michigan's elementary and secondary schools.
  • A minor in Music is also available.

Prospective students must audition; information can be found at Ensemble participation is open to all university students, though some ensembles require auditions.

Career Options

Music graduates go on to careers as varied as:

  • Arts administrators
  • Composers
  • Musicologists
  • Music therapists
  • Performers
  • Teachers

Why Study Music at Grand Valley?

  • Studying music at GVSU, within the context of a liberal education foundation, prepares our students to answer the call of a rewarding career and life.
  • As an undergraduate-only program, our students have greater opportunities to learn and perform.
  • Small class sizes allow students to engage directly with our faculty members, who are committed to understanding and encouraging each student's unique talent and needs.
  • Our professors are performers, international competition winners, conductors, composers, theorists, scholars, and acclaimed teachers.
  • Grand Valley is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.


“The music education program provides student-centered learning in a close-knit, warm, and supportive environment... Faculty genuinely cares for us as students and people. Even after graduating, I still feel incredibly supported by the music faculty.”


“The bachelor of music program introduced me to instructors who were challenging and nurturing. It helped me build a strong foundation as a musician that prepared me for work in graduate school and beyond.”


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