Julia E. Robinson Music Building and Annex
The mission of the Bethune-Cookman University Department of Music is to contribute to a vibrant artistic culture in the campus, local, and regional communities by maintaining a vigorous commitment to performance, music scholarship, and development of future music educators, practitioners, and arts advocates. In furtherance of our founder’s Christian vision, we also maintain a commitment to serving diverse constituencies, seeking to ensure that academic and musical opportunities remain available for deserving students of all communities.
The Department of Music offers degree programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, and Bachelor of Arts in Music Recording Technology.
Admission to all programs is determined by audition. Students applying to become music majors or minors must:
1. gain admission to the University;
2. complete an “Application for Music Admissions;
3. audition successfully with a principal instrument or voice. Recorded auditions may be acceptable when a live audition is not possible;
4. complete the musicianship placement examination.
The Bachelor of Arts in Music offers students a liberal arts education with a concentration in music. Graduates of the program will have a comprehensive background in core musicianship and performance requirements in addition to a minor in an outside field suited to each student’s career goals. Students will consult with a student success coach to choose the minor and concentration in music that is most appropriate. This degree allows students to craft a degree that is suited to their needs while allowing them the flexibility to pursue a wide range of interests in order to craft an individualized educational experience.
The Bachelor of Arts in Music Recording Technology is a focused degree that, in addition to providing a strong musical foundation through required musicianship and performance courses, covers the fundamental aspects of audio, music production and music business to prepare students for a career in the music and audio industries. Some of the more specific topics covered include: digital audio, fundamentals of sound, microphone technique, music production, arranging, MIDI production, songwriting, music licensing, artist management, record label structure, audio for post-production, live sound reinforcement, and sound design. Students can also complete coursework leading towards Pro Tools certification and have the opportunity to become a Pro Tools Certified Operator. Students graduate with a portfolio and clinical experience through an internship.