The Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Performance or Composition provides you with the most musically intense major within the music discipline at Truman. This path prepares you for a career in professional performance in music, composition, or for graduate study in these areas.

Once you have been accepted to Truman, an audition is required for acceptance into this music major.

Career Paths

Truman alumnus Anthony Cooperwood

The Bachelor of Music degree lets you explore a wide range of professional fields related to music, and graduates often pursue further study. Common career paths include:

  • Performer
  • Arranger
  • Song Writer
  • Band Member
  • Music Director
  • Agent
  • Business Manager
  • Music Historian
  • Film/TV Composer

Featured Courses

Music conductor

Sixty-five percent of the degree content for the Bachelor of Music is devoted to music courses. Sample courses include:

Performance Emphasis
  • Music Analysis
  • Aural Skills in Music
  • Keyboard Skills
  • Lyric Diction
  • Form and Analysis
  • Music History
Composition Emphasis
  • Music History
  • Electronic Music
  • Applied Music Composition
  • Arranging
  • Conducting
  • Orchestration

Student Opportunities

Music Programs and Studios

Get the most out of your undergraduate experience by participating in programs and studios to develop multi-stylistic approaches.

Jazz Band

Performance Groups

Gain hands-on experience in our ensembles ranging from Symphony Orchestra to the University Chorus. You can also find opportunities to conduct various ensembles.

Student Research Conference

Research Opportunities

Work one-on-one with a professor or pursue research on topics of special interest to you. You can present your creative work at Truman's Undergraduate Research Conference as well as regional conferences.

Study Abroad

Immerse yourself in the culture and music of a different part of the world, such as exchange programs with conservatories in Italy.

Jazz Band

Concerts, Recitals, Annual Music Events

The Music Department hosts annual events, such as the Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Fest, as well as ensemble concerts and student recitals.

Resources for Music Students


Our Music Program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

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Music Majors and Minors

Graduate Studies

Master of Arts in Music

Master of Arts in Education (Music Specialty Area)