Whether you want to perform, teach or work
in the music business, Berry can help you reach your goals.
Three Music Degrees
Berry’s music program holds full membership in the National
Association of Schools of
Music. Degrees offered are:
- Bachelor of Arts in music – for students interested in pursuing music performance in graduate school.
- Music education – which leads to state certification for grades P-12 in choral and instrumental music.
- Music with elective studies in business – for those interested in a career in the music industry.
Students seeking to pursue a
Bachelor of Arts degree take a combination of the general
education core and music specific
students for graduate
school and professional performance after college. Some required courses include
music theory and history, specialized music literature studies, conducting,
private lessons and performance with large ensembles. All B.A.
students will be required to pass a Piano Proficiency Exam or demonstrate equivalent skills with the exception of piano majors.
Students seeking to pursue a
Bachelor of Music in Music Education actively participate in teaching
methods and preparation and are required to pass state certification for grades P-12 in choral
and instrumental music. Courses taken include general education
core classes, music theory and history
and conducting as well
as private lessons. Education students are also required to participate in student teaching and education courses and
to be familiar with all instrumental and voice methods. Students seeking to pursue a Bachelor of Music
with Elective Studies in Business are amply prepared for a career in
the music industry. The Music
Business students must participate in the general education core classes, music theory and history
courses and conducting as well as private lessons. They also must
take music industry classes, business classes and by graduation must have
completed six hours of department-approved music
There are many opportunities
to perform on and off campus as a music major. Large performance groups at Berry
College include the Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Berry Singers, the Drumline
and Berry College Symphonic Orchestra. Chamber Groups at Berry include
the Flute Choir, Clarinet
Choir, Woodwind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble and Brass Quintet.
Once a student
is admitted to Berry
College, depending on the availability of instrumental positions
in the performance groups, the student may need to audition
for eligibility into the department as a Music major. The following requirements are expected at auditions:
- Strings: The performer will be expected to play material of a high school All-State level or two contrasting solos/ etudes.
- Winds: The performer will be expected to play high school All- State audition material or a solo from the repertoire.
- Percussion: The performer will be expected to play one selection on two different percussion instruments of a high school All-State level.
- Voice: The performer will be expected to perform two contrasting pieces from the standard classical repertoire (foreign language preferred).
- Piano: The performer will be expected to play two contrasting movements from the standard classical repertoire; memorization is recommended.
Music scholarships are available by audition. More information on the audition process can be found at www.berry.edu/finearts/auditions, and more information on music can be found at www.berry.edu/music.