UM-Flint Programs in Music

University of Michigan-Flint Music prepares students for careers as successful educators, performers, arrangers/composers, and leaders in the arts. Students are given the opportunity to study the essential aspects of music as an art form through curricula emphasizing performance, music theory/listening skills, music history, and pedagogy.


Bachelor of Music Education

The Bachelor of Music Education degree (B.M.E.) prepares students to teach music in a variety of classroom settings. This established program includes extensive preparation in performance, conducting, and pedagogy, leading to K-12 certification in the state of Michigan. UM-Flint B.M.E. graduates are found throughout Michigan and beyond, teaching in diverse school music programs and recognized as leaders in music education.

Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music degree (B.M.) prepares students for future careers as performers and studio instructors. Students prepare solo recitals, participate in both chamber and large ensembles, and study pedagogy related to the major instrument or voice. The high quality and rigor of this program enables students to compete nationally as performers auditioning for professional groups, and as continuing students in graduate schools.

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) emphasizes study of music in combination with selected fields outside of music. Students participate in studies as music majors in conjunction with other disciplines.

Music Minor

Minor in Music 

This minor is ideal for students interested in music theory and music history, in addition to applied music lessons and ensemble performance.

Minor in Music Composition

The study of music theory and composition creates the background of this minor which allows students to begin exploring their voices as composers. Websites, gaming, commercial advertising, Facebook, Instagram, are just some of the places in which music is an expected part of the experience associated with these media outlets. This minor allows for further exploration and development of the skills to write music.

Minor in Music Technology

This minor provides students with opportunities to explore uses of technology as it relates to music. Students work in the creative application of computer technologies, sound synthesis techniques, and electronic music composition.


Music Theater Minor

This minor creates the perfect solution for students looking to explore a program track that includes music performance with theatre and dance curricula.

Applied Music Instruction

All UM-Flint students who pass the audition are eligible to enroll in applied music (private instruction) in voice, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, piano, guitar, mandolin, violin, viola, cello, double bass, organ, and harp.

The Honors Program in Music

This advanced academic program requires the completion of all Bachelor of Music Education or Bachelor of Arts requirements as well as those of the Honors Scholar Program, including a freshman/sophomore core curriculum of Honors courses and a junior/senior concentration that includes an off-campus study semester, a senior thesis, and a senior honors seminar.

For questions about requirements for specific degree programs, consult the current  University of Michigan-Flint Catalog Department of Music pages.

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