Music Program

Mission

PVAMU’s Music Program offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music with the following concentrations available to voice, instrumental, and piano majors: EC-12 Teacher Certification, intended for those seeking careers in music teaching, General, designed for those seeking a broad-based education in music, and Performance, prepares one for a career as a performing musician. String majors are excluded from the Performance concentration.

A departmental audition is required for all incoming Music Majors and a departmental advisor is assigned to each incoming music major to provide guidance in choosing an appropriate music degree plan. Majors are required to take an Applied Music (Private Lesson) course each semester and earn ensemble credit by joining one of our department ensembles (which require a separate ensemble audition). Majors and Minors must earn a minimum of “C” in all Music classes. Those who earn a grade below “C” must repeat the course to receive credit. All Music Majors meet with their departmental advisor for advisement at least once per semester in order to register for classes and track degree progress.

Objectives

  • To prepare students for professional careers in music and for graduate study in music.
  • To provide effective musical experiences in an educational environment that stimulates academic and musical development. These experiences include solo and ensemble performance experiences.
  • To transmit to students the heritage of Western music through studies in music history and literature, theory, applied music and performances in recitals.
  • To present musical performances on the university campus for cultural enhancement.
  • To provide general music instruction to non-music majors at the university.