• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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Overview

The School of Music offers a comprehensive program that strives for the highest quality in music performance, education and academic study. The curriculum includes music theory, music history, applied study, ensemble participation and concentration-specific courses. Many of our professors are widely known as concert performers, researchers, pedagogues, composers and conductors. Additionally, the School of Music seeks to provide cultural benefits for the surrounding community. The School of Music is accredited by NASM. 

The Bachelor of Music degree at James Madison University offers six majors:

  • Performance - The music performance program offers a broad course of study tailored to meet the needs of the individual musician and prepare the student for further pursuit in the many areas of the music profession.
  • Music Education - The music education program consists of both instrumental and vocal concentrations. Students who choose a vocal concentration participate in applied study in either voice or keyboard and focus on the pedagogical aspects of teaching general and/or vocal music
  • Music Industry - JMU offers both an undergraduate Concentration in Jazz Studies (a "jazz studies major") and a Minor in Jazz Studies. Performing groups include two large jazz ensembles and multiple jazz chamber ensembles. 
  • Jazz Studies - The music industry program offers a broad course of study suiting the needs of a diverse profession.
  • Composition - The composition program stresses the technical aspects of form, harmony, counterpoint and orchestration, but also puts strong emphasis on the development of personal creative style.
  • Music Theater - The music theater program is designed to prepare the vocal music student to be competitive in the field of popular Broadway musical theater performance.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    124 alternative credits

    124-131

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fundamentals of Music 
  • Introduction to Music Theory and Aural Skills 
  • Literature and History
  • Music in General Culture
  • Music in America
  • Introduction to Global Music
  • History of Jazz in America 
  • Music Theatre History and Analysis
  • Music History 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Successful completion of the equivalent of a US secondary education
  • Minimal 2.5 GPA (Grade Point Average) - equivalent to 80% or a 'B-' average
  • Diploma or certification of graduation from High School in your home country
  • Undergraduate applicants who intend to major in theater, dance, music and studio art must also submit a portfolio and/or arrange an audition.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    24150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24150 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    24150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24150 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7250 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7250 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Harrisonburg

  • 1050 - 1720 USD/month
    Living Costs

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