Unlike other music degrees, general music allows students to earn a degree in music while  exploring other academic opportunities. For Kristen Landrum ’11, this is great news. “I like acting,” Kristen says “and this major gives me the freedom to be in more musicals and in other drama classes while I get my music degree.”

Students singing in the JBU Cathedral Choir

JBU offers students a broad range of musical experiences with either the B.A. or B. S. in General Music.  Concentrations are possible in voice, piano, organ, string, wind or percussion instruments. Students will have access to the Berry Performing Arts Center, Steinway concert grand pianos, a well-equipped computer-MIDI lab, a Yamaha keyboard lab, ample practicing facilities, recording facilities and a music library with over 1600 titles.

As with all JBU classes, professors strive to give students opportunities to develop excellent skills in critical thinking, research, writing and oral presentation. The JBU music curriculum offers a balance of private applied studies, public performances, ensemble experiences, MIDI notation software skills and academic coursework in music theory and history. The general music degree allows students to easily wed their music studies to another discipline. 

“I know not every student who studies music wants to make a career of it,” Kristen says. “This degree gives me the option to expand my talents in other areas while still studying music.”

*Note: The JBU's B.A. in General Music includes 12 hours of foreign language while a B.S. in General Music does not.

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