The online degree in music at Valley City State University is an innovative program designed to serve students who are unable to study music in a face-to-face environment. Students have included military members serving overseas, non-traditional students, those working in full time jobs or with large family commitments, and those who do not have easy access to university programs.
The BA/BS in Music for Distance Students provides students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor's degree in music online. The Department of Music at VCSU holds accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the curriculum of the online program parallels the face-to-face degree offered at VCSU. The same high standards set forth in the face-to-face degree apply equally to the online degree. The degree includes instruction in music theory, aural skills, basic conducting, music technology, scoring and arranging, music history, piano, applied lessons, and ensembles. Like most college degrees, full time students usually take four years to complete this degree.
Before pursuing this further, please check to see that your state will allow you to participate.
Not all states make our degree program available. This link is regularly updated and contains the most current information.
Quick links for more information
Online music courses are available to high school graduates seeking music theory, aural skills, history, conducting, or pedagogy to further their education. These courses fulfill requirements for a music degree or serve as coursework helpful to acquiring MTNA National Certification.
For more information on the Jump Start program, click here
For more information on the MTNA Certification program, click here
For more information on state requirements for online participation, please check here. Unfortunately, not all states are accepting online degrees. Click the "More..." link below to see the chart.
Undergraduate Music Courses Online
VCSU's interactive online courses are offered concurrently with the face-to-face classes on campus. All online courses are recorded and archived through Blackboard Collaborate or other programs, providing access to students who cannot “attend” class sessions at the scheduled time.
- Real-time videoconferencing allows the distant student to be "in class" with on campus students.
- Interactivity is provided via whiteboard, application sharing, chat, and polling.
- Online office hours allow one-to-one time for students to meet with the instructor.
VCSU online coursework is not self-paced; rather it is planned and organized around a fifteen-week semester schedule or an abbreviated summer term. Students are expected to fulfill class requirements on the timeline set forth in the syllabus for each course.
Apply to the Department of Music
The Online Student Handbook contains all of the information needed to get started and will also serve as a guidebook throughout matriculation in the program. Regular updates are made to this document, which is always available here.
Fillable forms for Applied Lesson Documentation (more soon)
Printable Forms for Juries