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Music (BA)
Students pursuing a degree in music will have an opportunity to concentrate work in the disciplines of music and be assured a broad exposure to other disciplines at Rockford University. This program is especially useful if students would like to develop an interdivisional major and concentrate work in more than one department. Likely combinations would be Music and Business, Music and Religion or Music and International Studies.


Rockford University offers two degrees with an emphasis in music: a bachelor of arts in general music and a BFA in musical theatre performance. The general music major provides great flexibility in carving out the music major that is just right for you. It includes a core of required music classes ranging from music theory and history to private lessons and participation in an ensemble. Six hours of music electives are also required, and students may choose from a diverse menu of options, including conducting, vocal diction and literature, composition and seminar in church music. We believe that the best education in any concentration includes a broad and liberal base of knowledge across many disciplines, so music students will also take courses in literature, modern languages, social sciences, mathematics and more. The BFA in musical theatre performance focuses on honing your ability to sing, dance and act, and you can learn more about that major in the theater arts section of the catalog.


Rockford University is also proud to produce some of the best theater in the region, including two full-scale musicals each year. We encourage students from all disciplines to get involved, whether auditioning for a role, playing in the pit orchestra or helping out behind the scenes. Two state-of-the-art performance spaces and a highly experienced creative team make theater at Rockford University an experience to treasure your entire life.


If you’re interested in finding out more about the Music program at Rockford University, please call or e-mail Professor Timm Adams in the Performing Arts Department.

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