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Difference between B.A. and B.M.

Hi.
I'm a pianist and I don't know what kind of school to apply to when I'm done with high school. I want to focus on my music as much as I can when I'm in university. Is there a big difference between a university and conservatory? Why do some schools offer a BA and BM? What's the difference? I just want to be able to practice as much as I can when I'm in school. Thanks for you help!
Carla

  1. Borah HanBorah Han01-24-2013

    Those are some great questions, Carla.

    You should decide which universities and/or conservatories to apply to depending on what you want. If you want to practice a lot and solely study musical subjects, conservatories are advised. If you want to have your main focus be music but also desire to have options/continue your core non-musical education (English, math, science, humanities, foreign languages, etc.), then I’d choose a university. I went to a university for my Bachelor of Music and I fulfilled the core education requirements along with the musical requirements by testing out (AP classes or placement exams) or taking one or two classes per subject. Each university will have different requirements but nowadays all the specific curriculum can be found on the schools’ official websites. For example, here are links to some curriculum:
    http://necmusic.edu/piano/bachelor-music
    http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/piano/curriculum/undergraduate
    http://www.music.umich.edu/departments/piano/programs.htm
    http://music.msu.edu/areas-studios/piano/degree-requirements7/
    http://catalog.juilliard.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=13&poid=1293&returnto=1389

    I honestly do not know the difference between Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music very well… I believe Bachelor of Arts is pursued if you want to do less musical classes while you are pursuing another concentration in another field. Bachelor of Music for me roughly consisted of 80% musical classes and 20% non-musical classes. Perhaps, someone else can better answer the question regarding Bachelor of Arts degree.

  2. Borah HanBorah Han01-25-2013

    Those are some great questions. You should decide which universities and/or conservatories to apply to depending on what you want. If you want to practice a lot and solely study musical subjects, conservatories are advised. If you want to have your main focus be music but also desire to have options/continue your core non-musical education (English, math, science, humanities, foreign languages, etc.), then I’d choose a university. I went to a university for my Bachelor of Music and I fulfilled the core education requirements along with the musical requirements by testing out (AP classes or placement exams) or taking one or two classes per subject. Each university will have different requirements but nowadays all the specific curriculum can be found on the schools’ official websites. For example, here are links to some curriculum: http://necmusic.edu/piano/bachelor-music http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/piano/curriculum/undergraduate http://www.music.umich.edu/departments/piano/programs.htm
    http://music.msu.edu/areas-studios/piano/degree-requirements7/
    http://catalog.juilliard.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=13&poid=1293&returnto=1389

    I honestly do not know the major difference between Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music… I believe Bachelor of Arts is pursued if you want to do less musical classes while you are pursuing another concentration in a non-musical field. Bachelor of Music for me roughly consisted of 80% musical classes and 20% non-musical classes. Perhaps, someone else can better answer the question regarding Bachelor of Arts degree.

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