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New music degrees approved

Music students have two new degree options to consider this fall. In June the Bachelor of Music Education was reinstated at IU South Bend, providing an initial teacher licensure program in K-12 Music Education. The IU Board of Trustees approved the new Bachelor of Arts in Music in October. “This is the beginning of a new day in the music program at IU South Bend,” said Dr. Marvin Curtis, Dean of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts. “These new degrees allow us to better serve area students and help them become the music professionals they want to be.”

The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts began offering a Bachelor of Music Education degree this fall. The last Music Education degree awarded by Indiana University South Bend was in 2005.  David Barton, former coordinator of the music program, chaired the faculty committee working with Karen Clark from the School of Education to insure the degree met all required standards. 

The new Bachelor of Arts in Music offers three concentrations: composition, music theory, and music history. The Bachelor of Arts in Music is a very flexible degree that offers students the opportunity to choose from a great variety of elective courses in our campus. Students with a Bachelor of Arts in Music can continue for graduate studies in disciplines such as composition, music history and music theory, in addition to non-music disciplines.

The faculty welcomed the news of the approval of the degrees, as they recognize how this addition will provide students with a well-rounded program and additional opportunities within the job market. Students interested in pursuing the Bachelor of Music Education or Bachelor of Arts in Music degrees can contact Professor Jorge Muniz, coordinator of the Music Program at 574.520.4458 or Michele Morgan-Dufour, manager of Outreach Services at 574.520.4558.

The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts is currently pursuing the addition of a minor in dance as well as an Arts Administration degree.