Often recognized for its national leadership and innovative programming at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, Ball State’s School of Music can make you real-world ready for a wide range of careers.


Through intensive instruction, you will be immersed in our innovative programs as you challenge yourself within our academically and artistically rigorous environment. You can perform with award-winning ensembles, develop recording engineering and songwriting skills, compose music for a variety of performers and media, or prepare to teach in today's music classrooms, all under the guidance of a welcoming community of world-class faculty.

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Music Education

Bachelor of Music Education

Ball State has one of the nation’s leading music teacher education programs that prepares more than half of all Indiana music teachers. Learn more.

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Music Media Production

Bachelor of Science

The bachelor’s degree in music media production offers courses in recording techniques, music production, songwriting, mixing, mastering, live sound, and music business. Learn more.

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Music Performance

Bachelor of Music

A bachelor’s degree in music performance offers students intensive training with award-winning faculty who possess a wealth of experience in both performance and teaching. Learn more.

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Jazz Studies

Bachelor of Music

A bachelor’s degree in jazz studies immerses students in jazz and commercial music with award-winning jazz faculty. Learn more.

Major in Music (BA)


Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

A major in music at Ball State provides you with a solid, multi-faceted education in the theory and practice of music. Learn more.

Did You Know?

The Ball State University School of Music is a proud All-Steinway School, where all pianos used by music students for practicing or performing are Steinway. Likewise, our school maintains a long-term partnership with Conn-Selmer Inc., the leading manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments for both students and professionals. And all of our degree programs are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Enhance Your Degree with a Minor

The School of Music offers several undergraduate minors that can complement a student's major area of study, career goals, and personal interests. You’ll receive intensive instruction from our faculty, and you may take advantage of the many resources and opportunities we provide.

Sacred Music

The minor in sacred music requires 26 credits in applied study (private lessons), music theory, music history, ensembles, and a specialty in organ or voice. Learn more.

Jazz/Commercial Music

The newly revised minor in jazz/commercial music requires 25 credits in applied study (private lessons), music history, music and jazz theory, improvisation, and jazz electives in a number of interest areas. Learn more.

Symphonic Instruments or Guitar

The minor in symphonic instruments or guitar requires 24 credits in applied study (private lessons), music theory, music history, piano, and ensembles. Learn more.


The minor in piano requires 24 credits in applied study (private lessons), music theory, music history, piano, and ensembles. Learn more.


The minor in voice requires 24 credits in applied study (private lessons), music theory, music history, piano, and ensembles. Learn more.

Music History

The minor in music history requires 24 credits in music history, music theory, and other fine arts and foreign language/history classes. Learn more.

Music Theory and Composition

The minor in music theory and composition requires 26 credits in composition lessons, music theory, computer music, and music literature. Learn more.

Music Literature

The minor in music literature requires 24 credits in applied study (private lessons), music theory, music history, piano, and ensembles. Learn more.

Music Recording

The minor in music recording requires 26 credits in music history, music theory, and music media production. Learn more.

Entrepreneurial Programs 

We recognize the importance and value in entrepreneurial learning. As the professional landscape for music in the 21st century changes, musicians must increasingly rely on their ability to spearhead fulfilling artistic endeavors and create employment opportunities for themselves. That is why we offer an undergraduate certificate, graduate certificate, and doctoral secondary area of study in entrepreneurial studies in music. Learn more.

Artist Diploma

The artist diploma is a highly selective nondegree graduate program for the specialized training of gifted and accomplished performers. It is open to both traditional classical-music artists and jazz musicians. Learn more.

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The Ball State School of Music offers two master’s degree programs: the master of music (MM) and the master of arts (MA). Several programs and specializations, reflecting various applied and academic emphases in the School of Music, are available for the MM; the MA has one curriculum plan.

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Master of Music

If you’re seeking in-depth study of music performance, music education, conducting, music theory, composition, or research, our master of music degree has several program plans to fit your interests. Learn more.

Master of Music: Music Education Concentration


Earn your master of music with a concentration in music education while continuing to teach with this 100% online option of our master of music degree. Learn more.

Master of Arts in Music

The master of arts degree allows students to develop a secure, broad-spectrum knowledge of music, balancing music performance, theory, education, and music history/musicology. Learn more.

Doctor of Arts in Music

The doctor of arts degree prepares students for careers that combine teaching, performance, and scholarship. The program integrates in-depth preparation in a primary area of study with an area of secondary emphasis and additional courses in music. The successful student will be ready to perform professionally, to undertake research or compose, and/or to teach at the college or university level. Learn more.

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