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Whether you want to specialize in playing rhythms and melodies or teaching those essential musical elements to others, you can hone your specialty through any number of our academic programs. Your opportunities to grow as a musician are numerous at MSU. As a student in one of our music programs you can participate in a variety of performance areas and ensembles, allowing you to receive hands-on performance experience before graduating.

Bachelor's Degree offerings

Bachelor of Music Education (BME): This program is designed for students who are planning for careers as music teachers in public schools. The BME program meets the requirements for the Integrated Music P-12 initial certificate. The Integrated Music P-12 certificate is the Kentucky license to teach general, instrumental, and vocal music, primary through 12th grade levels.
Bachelor of Music (BM): This program is designed for students who are planning careers as professional musicians or in music performance.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music: This program prepares students for a wide range of careers in music.
MSU also offers a minor in music which complements a number of degree options.


These programs are offered on the Morehead campus.

For information about the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Traditional Music Studies or the minor in traditional music, visit the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music.

Program Requirements

  1. Unconditional admission to Morehead State University - Apply for admission to MSU. View MSU's admission requirements.
  2. Admission to MSU Music—Apply for admission to MSU Music Programs


Career Opportunities

Our graduates are acclaimed music teachers and professors, leading members in the music performance world, Emmy-nominated composers and commercial musicians in the music products and recording industries and graduate students studying at the nation's leading music schools and conservatories.

A degree in music prepares you for a wide range of careers including:

  • Music education: private and public school teachers, college and university professors and private studio instructors
  • Performers: soloists in small and large ensembles
  • Music industry specialists: retail, publishing, technology and management
  • Director of music: band, choir, orchestral, church, military

Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.