Bachelor of Arts degree tracks include performance, composition, theory and history. In the first two years of study, all students take the same lower-division course work, which should include one or more years of applied music study and typically includes music history and ensemble performance. In their third and fourth years, students choose upper-division courses along one of the three specialty tracks, concluding their studies with a required senior project. All tracks include music history, applied music study, and ensemble performance.
A Master of Arts program leads to Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the fields of composition and theory, musicology, and ethnomusicology. The department also offers a master's emphasis in conducting. Composition emphasizes analysis of tonal and post-tonal music, and original composition. Musicology focuses on stylistic study in all historical periods, the acquisition of research skills, and the presentation of papers dealing with studies in music history. Ethnomusicology covers training in the theory, fieldwork, ethnography, transcription, and intellectual history of the subject. Conducting emphasizes advanced techniques and musical issues, such as performance practice. All students are encouraged to take part in performance groups sponsored by the department.