A candidate for the degree of bachelor of music may choose from three specified curricula: the curriculum in performance, in composition, or in music education. Before being admitted as a student into any of these programs, the candidate must arrange for an audition before the department of music in demonstration of his/her proficiency and promise. Please see the audition requirements website for additional information.

A Bucknell student who wishes to change his or her degree program from a bachelor of arts in music to a bachelor of music in performance may apply for admission to the B.Mus. program at the end of each semester through the sophomore year. The application must be made in writing to the chair of the music department, must include a jury examination or audition, and must be approved by the full music faculty. Students normally are not accepted into the bachelor of music in performance program beyond their sophomore year.

Each candidate for the degree of bachelor of music, before the beginning of the senior year and usually at the end of the fourth semester, will appear before a committee of faculty to demon­strate keyboard proficiency. Furthermore, they must fulfill the requirements for recitals as specified in the programs outlined below.

All Bachelor of Music students at Bucknell must participate in an official music department ensemble each semester they are in residence. The only normal exception to this policy is the semester in which music education students undertake practice teaching. The ensembles should be varied both in size and nature. Ensemble credits do not count toward fulfilling the minimum requirements of the degree program.

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