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Music, B.A., B.M., B.M.E.

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

Visit the program website for more information.

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.

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.

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at the Grand Valley Allendale Campus.


Career Options

Music graduates go on to careers as varied as:

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

Combined Degree Programs

This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.

For More Information

Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
1300 Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts
(616) 331-3484

Admissions Office


“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.”


“I am so grateful to this program, and to the very caring and knowledgeable professors that deeply impacted me, whether on a personal or musical level.”