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Bradley’s Department of Music offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Music in Composition. Music at Bradley involves a combination of technology and tradition to prepare students for careers as teachers, composers, performers, or executives in the music industry. All applicants audition on their primary instrument or voice to gain entrance into the program. The audition is required both to determine acceptance into a degree program and for the consideration of talent scholarships. The music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). In January 2001, the Music Department was honored with the prestigious Helen Bartlett Award for Excellence in Service to Students.
The Department of Music offers a number of scholarships, grants, and awards designated for incoming students who choose to major in music. Talent awards range from $100 to $4,000 and are allocated by the Department of Music through the audition process. Students who receive these awards must remain a music major, maintain a specified GPA, and participate in a major performing ensemble each semester. Band, Choir, and Orchestra scholarships are also available to all students at Bradley University, regardless of major. These awards range from $200 to $500 per year. Participation in an assigned ensemble is required.
Core requirements for all Music majors include:
- applied lessons
- sight singing
- ear training
- music history courses
Composition students also participate in:
- theories of atonal music classes
Outside of the classroom, Bradley Music Performance majors enjoy many cocurricular and cooperative learning experiences, including:
- Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (the professional men's music fraternity)
- Sigma Alpha Iota (the professional women's music fraternity)
- The National Association for Music Education (MENC)
In addition, Bradley offers a number of different performance groups and ensembles for both music and non-music majors, including:
- Symphonic Winds
- Symphonic Band
- Jazz Ensemble
- Basketball Ensemble
- Knox-Galesburg Symphony
- Bradley Symphony Orchestra
- Peoria Symphony Orchestra
While at Bradley, Music students have a strong curriculum to prepare them for a wide variety of post-graduate experiences including graduate coursework and professional careers.