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Texas State School of Music undergraduate program offers degrees in the following:

Bachelor of Music in Performance

This program provides preparation for performance and studio teaching careers. It is available in voice, piano, classical guitar, jazz, and all standard instrumental and string instruments. Students interested in composition can add additional composition classes (see below) to the required voice/instrument studies.

Current Undergraduate Catalog - Degree Requirements. 

Bachelor of Music in Music Studies (with all-level teacher certification)

This program leads to teacher certification for public schools, grades K-12. Areas of emphasis include:

  • Choral + Elementary Emphasis
  • Band + Elementary Emphasis
  • Orchestral + Elementary Emphasis

Interested students can add a minor in Jazz (18 hours) or Mariachi (18 hours) to this degree program only. Additional courses in the Jazz minor include jazz theory and improvisation, jazz band participation, jazz history, and jazz pedagogy. Additional courses in the Mariachi minor include mariachi arranging, vihuela & guitarron techniques, mariachi history, and other mariachi techniques.  Full details on courses for each minor can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Current Undergraduate Catalog - Degree Requirements.

Bachelor of Science in Sound Recording Technology

The Sound Recording Technology (SRT) program is the only one of its kind in the Southwest. It trains students to enter into the recording industry in various capacities.  Potential careers include music producers, live sound technicians, movie music, and much more. Please visit the SRT website for complete information.

Current Undergraduate Catalog - Degree Requirements.


Bachelor of Arts in Music

This program provides a general liberal arts overview of music studies and the music major is combined with a minor or second major of the students choice to lead to careers in a variety of fields. Potential careers opportunities/fields including music business, music therapy (NOTE: This degree is not the equivalent of a Bachelors degree in Music Therapy. Students must transfer to a full degree program prior to graduation and/or complete additional certifications through another institution in order to receive a Music Therapy degree or accreditation.), music history/ethnomusicology, entertainment law, music ministry, arts administration, and music journalism, just to name a few. Students interested in composition can pursue this program of study and take various composition classes in addition to their required voice/instrumental lessons, but a bachelors degree specifically in composition is not offered at this institution (see below).

Current Undergraduate Catalog - Degree Requirements.


Minor in Music (General)

This program covers the main areas of music – basic music theory & literature, performance, and a choice of music electives. The music minor does not require an audition and is declared through the advising center of the student’s major.

Current Undergraduate Catalog - Degree Requirements.


General Notes about all music degrees

In order to claim one of the music degrees described above as the student's major at Texas State University, students must first audition and be accepted by the performance faculty. Visit Becoming a Music Major for the audition dates and full details on performance requirements and supporting materials required for the audition.

Transfer Studies – visit the university's admission website for transfer students to determine which music courses will transfer towards your degree at Texas State.

In general, all 1000- & 2000-level courses are taken during the Freshman & Sophomore years. The 3000- & 4000-level courses, in most cases, can only be taken upon passing the upper level competency review in the student's chosen music degree program.

General education core curriculum components must be completed for all degrees. These requirements can be completed in any order (with the exception of the Music Studies degree), at any Texas institution, or through AP/CLEP exams. The course requirements can be found in the University College section of your catalog or at this website: http://statecore.its.txstate.edu


Special General Studies Requirements for music degree programs:

  • BS-Sound Recording Technology: Pre-Calculus (MATH 2417), General Physics I & II (PHYS 1410, 1420), Intro to Fine Arts (MU 2313)
  • BM-Music Studies: C or higher in College Writing I & II (ENG 1310, 1320), Philosophy (PHIL 1305 or 1320), MATH Component, History (HIST 1310, 1320), Political Science (POSI 2310, 2320). B or higher in Communications (COMM 1310)

All degrees have a minimum requirements to graduate:

  • Minimum Texas State GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum Major GPA: 2.25
  • Minimum Minor GPA (if applicable): 2.0
  • Minimum hours: 120 hours (the music studies degree requires more than 120 hours to complete course requirements due to the College of Education Teacher Certification courses)
  • Advanced hours (3000-, 4000-level): 36 hours
  • Foreign Language proficiency: Completion of at least 2 years of the same language in High School or at the university level
  • Computer proficiency: Completion of at least 1 year of a computer-based course in High School or at the university level


Texas State University does not offer an undergraduate, Bachelor's degree, specifically in Composition. If a student is interested in composition, they must choose either the BA or BM-Performance degree tracks and complete an audition on an instrument/voice. All performance requirements for the degrees above must be fulfilled on an instrument/voice. Introduction to Composition and composition lessons are available to interested students at the undergraduate level through a portfolio review, but the Bachelor's degree received will not be in composition.