Dr. Tom Cato
Department Head
Phone: 912.344.2556
Fax: 912.344.3419
Department of Art, Music & Theatre

Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree provides students with a strong foundation in music combined with a broad liberal arts core curriculum. The music major at Armstrong State University has the choice of a variety of areas of specialization including keyboard, voice or instrumental applied study; composition; or a liberal arts track. Each of these programs includes a strong component of music history and theory that equips the graduate to succeed in a variety of music related professions.

Career Opportunities

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree have a wide variety of professional opportunities before them. Armstrong graduates have pursued advanced degrees in church music, music education and performance. The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree also qualifies the graduate to pursue study in areas such as music library studies, music management and commercial music. In addition to classical studies, the department also has an active jazz music program with ample performance opportunities in the community. Following graduation, musicians find that continued performance avenues in chorus work and wind ensemble also exist locally. Many graduates also pursue careers as private music teachers or as church musicians.

Program Features

Students have many opportunities to hear top professional musicians perform because Armstrong is located in Savannah, a city that is home to several musical organizations. Many teachers on the Armstrong music faculty are members of the Orchestra Players of Savannah Organization and have performed as core members of highly regarded full-time regional orchestras in Savannah and in Charleston, South Carolina. Armstrong music students enjoy many opportunities to participate in or simply listen to a variety of music events in the following genres: classical, jazz, folk and popular music. The church musician also finds ample opportunity to gain professional experience in the large number of churches located in Savannah.

Enjoying access to our recently renovated state-of-the-art 1,000-seat concert hall, Fine Arts Hall Auditorium (FAA), Armstrong music students regularly perform recitals and concerts in Savannah's most satisfying performance venue. Aesthetically pleasing and acoustically sound, FAA is a highly sought-after concert venue for on-campus and off-campus performers alike.

Course of Study

For the Bachelor of Arts degree in music, all students must complete the core curriculum mandated by the Board of Regents, along with a group of foundation courses in music. Students in the Liberal Arts track will take a maximum of 47 semester hours in music, with the remaining courses selected from related arts fields, foreign languages and other areas of interest. Students in a professional track (voice, keyboard, instrumental or composition) will generally take 78 hours in music. There are specific performance requirements for each track.

Beyond membership in large and small performance ensembles, Armstrong music students have the opportunity to develop long-term collaborative and networking partnerships with peers through membership in Armstrong's student chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music honorary.