Inspire others with the gift of music.

A degree in music prepares students to be the next generation of musicians. Graduates with music degrees understand that self-discipline, collaboration, creativity and adaptability are central to the work of musicians.


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BA Music

Bachelor of


The Bachelor of Music balances performing, academic, educational and technological aspects of music to prepare 21st century musicians and offers the following emphasis areas:

• Business Studies
• Composition
• Music Performance, Instrumental or Vocal
• Music Theory
• Performance Jazz Studies

UMSL's Music Department is committed to teaching, research/creativity and public service. In addition to its role of advancing knowledge as part of a comprehensive research university, the Music Department advances the university’s land grant tradition by enhancing the cultural life of the St. Louis metropolitan area, providing high quality and accessible educational experiences in music.

Outcomes and Career Outlook

Upon completion of the BM, graduates will have technical skills requisite for artistic self-expression; understand the common elements and organizational patterns of music and their interaction; have a rudimentary capacity to create original or derivative music; have basic knowledge of music history and repertories through the present time; be able to work on musical problems by combining their capabilities in performance, aural, verbal and visual analysis, composition/ improvisation, history and repertory.

Those who choose a Business Studies emphasis will also be able to develop necessary professional abilities and dispositions in order to function in a field-based business internship (e.g. marketing, management, public relations, etc.). Those who choose a Music Theory emphasis will also develop requisite knowledge base, skill sets and the professional dispositions needed to engage in scholarly dialogue through research and analysis.

Employment of music majors is projected to grow up to 1% to 2029, with a median annual salary of $56,403, according to wage and employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Median annual salary


Employment growth by 2029

Career Opportunities

  • Accompanist
  • Artistic Director or Manager
  • Composer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Film Scoring
  • Music Production
  • Music Therapist
  • Performer
  • Song Producer
  • Sound Design
  • Talent Scout/Representative
  • Vocal/Instrumental Coaching


Plan of study


Non-Missouri Residents: Prospective students are responsible for reviewing the NC-SARA state authorizations page to see if this program is offered in their state throughout their program and to review the licensure or certification requirements for the state in which they reside.

Student organizations

From leadership, to cultural, to just plain fun, Recognized Student Organizations at UMSL make it easy to get involved. Students who join RSOs make new friends, learn new skills, and perform better in classes. Plus, with over 120 student organizations on campus, there’s something for everyone! You might like:

Honors College

The UMSL Honors College is a certificate program that can be paired with any major without adding extra classes or extending time to graduate. Classes in the Honors College are seminar-style, meaning that they are based in reading, writing, discussion, and critical thinking. This unique class format fosters an intellectual climate centered around democracy, diversity, civility and academic excellence.

Undergraduate research

We encourage and support students as they engage in exciting activities in and outside of the classroom that enrich their academic and professional understanding of their chosen area of study. All majors are encouraged to participate in Undergraduate Research and Scholarship to produce discipline-specific intellectual or creative innovations to their field.