Music

Music


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 courses preparing 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 industry internships.

Performance Opportunities
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.

Admission
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.

More Information
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.