The Bachelor of Arts in Music with a general emphasis is a well-rounded degree that provides you with substantial training on an instrument or as a singer. Along with broad academic preparation, you explore all types of music and develop your talent.

Once you have been accepted to Truman, an audition is required for acceptance into this music major.

Career Paths

Truman alumnus Paul Niehaus

The B.A. in music with a general emphasis lets you explore a wide range of professional fields related to music, and graduates often pursue further study. Common career paths include:

  • Entertainment Law
  • Music Engineering
  • Music Technology
  • Music Historian
  • Professional Performer

Featured Courses

Students singing

  • Music Analysis
  • Aural Skills in Music
  • Arranging
  • Lyric Diction
  • Keyboard Skills
  • Music Literature
  • Orchestration

Student Opportunities

saxophone player

Music Programs and Studios

You can participate in several programs and studios to develop your skills in a variety of musical instruments and styles.

Steel Pan percussion group

Music Ensembles

You can join ensembles ranging from choral groups to instrumental, jazz, and athletic groups.

Sheet Music


The music faculty is dedicated to helping you gain a deeper understanding of music through research. At Truman, you have many opportunities to work one-on-one with your professors.


Study Abroad

Immerse yourself in the culture and music of Italy or other study-abroad destinations around the world.


Concerts, Recitals, Annual Music Events

Truman’s Music Department hosts several festivals, competitions, and recitals, and various ensembles perform throughout the year.

Resources for Music Students


Our Music Program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

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Music Majors and Minors

Graduate Studies

Master of Arts in Music

Master of Arts in Education (Music Specialty Area)