The online Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in Music at Valley City State University is an innovative program designed to serve students who are unable to study music in an on-campus environment. 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 on-campus degree offered at VCSU. The same high standards set forth in the on-campus degree apply equally to the online degree. The degree includes instruction in music theory, aural skills, basic conducting, 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.
All academic coursework for the degree program is delivered in the online format. Lessons and ensembles must be taken for credit at a college or university and transferred to VCSU, or they can be taken here on the VCSU campus. Prior applied study credits may be accepted in a transfer, but students must submit an audition to demonstrate current proficiency on their instrument. Additional semesters of lessons may be necessary to bring students up to the required level.
The BA/BS in Music degree includes the following components:
All VCSU students must complete a capstone project as a requirement for graduation. There are several options for music students:
For additional information, please contact:
Jessica Shuler, Online Music Coordinator