Department of Music

Policies and Procedures relating to Undergraduate Music Degree Programs

First, a note about the information presented here.

The following information (as well as information and advice contained in further sections of this website) has been compiled to convey some of the most commonly requested information about music degree programs.   Not all details are discussed here.   For further information, see your academic advisor.

Although every effort is made to ensure its correctness, regulations of the university and music program requirements change from time to time during the period any student is attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks.   The University and the Department of Music reserve the right to initiate changes in any of its regulations or program requirements.

If any regulation or requirement described below appears to conflict with information otherwise thought to be correct, please bring this possible conflict to the administrative assistant of the Music Department so that the text shown here can be clarified or corrected.  

The UAF Department of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

The Department offers the following undergraduate programs of study:

Bachelor of Arts in Music,
Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Elementary),
Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Secondary),
Bachelor of Music in Music Education (K-12), and the
Bachelor of Music in Performance.

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is a liberal arts degree.   While the area of major specialization is Music, the degree is designed to allow the student to explore many different courses outside of music.   The degree requires the student to complete an academic minor in a subject area other than music.

The Bachelor of Music in Music Education is a professional degree designed to prepare students for careers either in music education.   The B.M. program in Music Education lead students not only to completion of a degree, but also to professional certification as teachers for the State of Alaska public schools.   This degree comes with a choice of three different certifications: K-12, Elementary, and Secondary. Each certification has courses optimized for teaching in the public school at the grade level chosen by the college student.   There is no academic minor required for these degree programs.   Students graduating with the B.M. degree in Music Education often find employment in the Alaska Public School System.

The Bachelor of Music in Music Performance concentrates on the intense preparation required for professional music performance. Two solo recitals must be successfully presented by a student for completion of this degree program.   For this degree program, there is no separate academic minor required.  Many students who graduate with this degree continue into graduate-level study in music performance.

The following information is intended to supplement the information found in the UAF Catalog. For advice or more information, please see your academic advisor. Sample four-year plans of study and degree checklists are available under Resources on the Music Department web home page.   These documents are provided to assist students with the planning of their academic schedules and to help them track their progress through their degree of choice.