Bachelor in Music


Program Description

If you have a passion for music and want to pursue a career that spotlights your talents and personal interests, the Music major at C.M.U. is a huge step in the right direction. Through this program, you will not only gain experience and knowledge in the many different genres of music but build performance skills and confidence that make you shine.

About This Program

The Music major is offered to our students through the Swinney Conservatory of Music. This major often serves as a great choice if you wish to add a minor to your educational experience. Our classes instill a well-rounded knowledge of music and create the foundation needed to pursue a musical career.

As a C.M.U. Music major, you will have opportunities to:

  • take classes such as Music History, Instrumentation, Guitar Techniques, Basic Conducting, Composition, The Theory and Practice of Music, and Major Ensemble
  • improve leadership abilities both as an individual and as part of a group while developing advanced memory, concentration, and performance skills
  • interact with a variety of audiences, evaluate and critique talents, and form new musical ideas
  • receive the preparation needed to earn an advanced degree

Degrees Available

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • a minor in Music is also available

Other C.M.U. Music Programs:

  • Education - Vocal or Instrumental Certification
  • Music Ministry
  • Music Performance - Vocal or Keyboard
  • Master of Music Education

Admission Requirements

Admission to C.M.U. is selective. Our admission staff carefully reviews and evaluates each application on an individual basis. Please review all requirements prior to applying for admission.

Whether you’re a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) student or a College of Graduate and Extended Studies (CGES) student, C.M.U. will challenge you, and provide opportunities to develop skills that will pay off in your professional journey.

We would love for you to join us and experience an education that gives you more. There are just a few requirements to keep in mind regarding the admission process.

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Incoming Freshmen

To receive admission to Central Methodist University, applicants are expected to have completed a college preparatory program with at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale or 2250 GED score and have a 21 or above on the ACT or 1500 or above on the SAT examination. Applicants are advised to complete a college preparatory program which would include:

  • Four years of English
  • Three years of Math
  • Three years of Science
  • Three years of Social Studies
  • One year of a foreign language

Students falling below the minimum standards may be admitted on a provisional basis and will be considered individually. This consideration will be conducted by the Director of Admission and the Academic Standards and Admission Committee. Students admitted under provisional admission must comply with all conditions and requirements specified in writing by Central Methodist University

Homeschooled Students

Homeschooled students must submit a valid homeschool transcript, have a 2.5-grade point average and a 21 ACT or above or a 1500 or above on the SAT.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants must have a 2.0 or higher GPA for all previously attempted college coursework and be eligible to return to the last college attended. Those who do not meet these criteria must present a letter of appeal to the Academic Standards and Admission Committee which will determine whether the student will be admitted.

All transfer applicants must submit official transcripts of their high school records clearly indicating GPA and class rank. Transfer applicants must also submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. These transcripts are part of the student's permanent college record.

Audition Information

Students will interview and audition with a Swinney Conservatory faculty member, usually during a campus visit. Materials may include All-District or All-State audition music, solos or etudes. Students may also be asked to sight-read or perform scales.


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

  • Annual Tuition (12-18 hours per semester) $23,000


This program is offered at the following locations:


  • Fayette, MO
Last updated Jul 2018

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