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Course Descriptions

 Department of Music
 Park Street Music and Art Complex    
 793 Park Street, S.W.
 Telephone: (404) 880-8211 / Fax: (404) 880-6267


Degree Programs

The Department of Music offers The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with concentrations in either of five areas: Vocal Studies, Piano Studies, Jazz Studies, Commercial Music/Composition, and Church Music. Qualified students may select their major area of emphasis from among the five concentrations. The department also offers a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music minus the five concentrations – a General Music option - for those students whose needs are not met by the five concentrations. This option offers students opportunity for more elective coursework and greater flexibility than the concentrations. All options are designed to prepare students for careers in music and/or post-baccalaureate study. To qualify for entry into either of the concentrations, students must meet appropriate requirements. Link to Admissions for more information.

General Music

The music major’s professional preparation includes a judicious mixture of the following: music theory; music history and literature; individual music performance; performance in ensembles; and special skills that include basic piano, conducting, practical applications of and exposure to technology, and/or methodologies, skill sets, and in-depth knowledge relevant to the various concentrations.

For musically talented students pursuing other disciplines, the department offers a Music Minor in each concentration. Additional opportunities for participation in our performing Ensembles are also available to the general student population as well as music majors and minors. Large ensembles include The Philharmonic Society (concert choir), Concert and Marching Bands, Jazz Orchestra, and The Atlanta University Center-wide Orchestra. Smaller non-credit performing ensembles are organized through the department’s Performance Seminar courses (CMUS114A/B –CMUS 414A/B). Membership in the ensembles is by audition. Prospective ensemble members
should review the Music Department’s Admissions page for more information.